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Grassroots Power

All it takes is a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.

Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America
by Kristin Moe
Idle No More has organized the largest mass mobilizations of indigenous people in recent history. What sparked it off and what’s coming next?
No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion
by Nathan Schneider
Religion is the means by which many imagine and work for a world more just than this one. Last year, Wall Street’s Trinity Church refused to shelter the movement; this year, churches and Occupiers are sharing a very different kind of Advent season.
Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones? Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones?
by Stuart Glascock
Book Review: Killing by remote control is no game, peace activist Medea Benjamin argues in “Drone Warfare.” We know that drones kill civilians and inflame hatred against the United States—but can we stop them?
Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment Why Curbing the Climate Crisis Will Take More Than Summits and Divestment
by Jim Shultz
Targeting the fossil fuel industry is essential, but divestment as the target for action raises the same question as global summitry does: Is it enough?
The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt? The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt?
by Fabien Tepper
Thomas Gokey is one of the creators of Occupy’s Rolling Jubilee, which is preparing to purchase and cancel $9 million of ordinary people’s medical debt. Here, he speaks about the project’s origins, methods, and future.
Occupy Sandy Provides Relief for More than Just a Storm Occupy Sandy Provides Relief for More than Just a Storm
by Jillian Buckley
Most of us who provide disaster relief with Occupy Sandy have learned not to wait for the powers that be to save the day, when change will ultimately come from ordinary citizens.
Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts” Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts”
by Deepak Bhargava
Obama’s grassroots supporters voted for jobs and social services, not for the budget cuts that Congress is demanding. Now they’re working to make sure that message is not forgotten.
Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S. Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S.
by Janet Redman
Will the United States ever change its policy of obstructing international action to stop climate change? If so, the political pressure to change the country’s role will have to come from the American people.
Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks
by Paul J. Comeau
They were unable to put a dent in Black Friday sales, but striking Walmart workers brought the plight of low-wage workers to the forefront of the national conversation. Their action has already inspired historic protests by fast-food workers in New York City.
How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate
by Marisa Franco
This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy.
In Hurricane Sandy Relief, a Reminder of Occupy’s Original Spirit In Hurricane Sandy Relief, a Reminder of Occupy’s Original Spirit
by Jeffrey Lawrence, Luis Moreno-Caballud
Commentators in the mainstream media have said the effective hurricane relief accomplished by Occupy Sandy represents a new direction in the movement. In fact, nothing could be closer to its founding ideas and actions.
Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization
by Olivia Rosane
Back in September, YES! covered the efforts of immigrant workers at New York City’s Hot and Crusty Bakery to form a union. After a series of twists and turns that tested the workers’ persistence, the shop is now set to open in December with a fully unionized workforce.
Occupy’s New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts Occupy’s New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts
by Fabien Tepper
Medical debt is the cause of 62 percent of bankruptcies, say organizers of Strike Debt, which threw last night's offbeat fundraiser for their new “Rolling Jubilee.” Ordinary people donated enough money to collectively buy an estimated $5.9 million in bad debt in order to cancel it.
Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors
by Chuck Collins
History is full of cases where the people got active on the big problems of their day by forming affinity groups of 10 to 20 individuals. These groups provide energy, organization, and even psychological support.
Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic
by Kumi Naidoo
Oil companies—and many of our political leaders—see melting sea ice as an opportunity to drill deeper. Fortunately, you don’t have to occupy an Arctic drilling platform to join the growing movement of people who are putting themselves on the line for our planet’s future.
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