This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles BeckerApr 30, 2014
- These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.
When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won
by Jing FongApr 25, 2014
- Curtis Acosta's classes in Mexican American Studies gave kids pride in their heritage—until the Arizona Legislature canceled them. That's when his students became activists, and some real-life lessons began.
Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today
by Mark Engler, Paul EnglerApr 10, 2014
- Most organizers today believe that Alinsky taught to focus on building organizations and not social movements. But the author's own political work shows a more flexible approach.
Edward Snowden's TED Talk Offers Guided Tour of NSA Leaks
Mar 21, 2014
- The former NSA contractor, who is living in asylum in Russia, spoke from the screen of a wheeled robot.
These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement
by Diane BrooksMar 14, 2014
- Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system.
W. Virginia's Grassroots Response to Water Crisis: A Movement in the Making?
by Dana KuhnlineMar 13, 2014
- Community responses to the Elk River chemical spill draw on West Virginia's long, proud history of grassroots work for environmental and economic justice.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie SchloredtMar 06, 2014
- In the tradition of “Maus” and “Persepolis,” “March” tells the story of young African Americans who, like its author, rose up from the Jim Crow South to assert their human rights.
This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School
by Bill BigelowMar 06, 2014
- “The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades
by Christopher Zumski FinkeFeb 28, 2014
- The upcoming Academy Awards will recognize some of 2013’s best social justice-themed films. Here are some of our favorite past winners.
Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On
by Erika LundahlFeb 20, 2014
- A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice.
Why the Smartphone Became the Lightsaber of the Environmental Justice Movement
by Kristin MoeJan 24, 2014
- From West Virginia to the Gulf Coast, residents of communities facing environmental problems are discovering that visual storytelling brings results. Their number-one tool is the humble smartphone.
Paradise Farmed: Inside Kaua'i's Local Food Movement
by James TrimarcoJan 23, 2014
- The issue of local food is more urgent when you're more than 2,400 miles away from the nearest continent.
India's Own "Occupy": How a New Political Party is Battling Corruption—and Winning
by Nathan SchneiderJan 22, 2014
- A few months ago, India's Aam Aadmi Party was a curiosity; now, it’s a call for pro-democracy movements elsewhere to step up their game.
How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids
by Laura GottesdienerJan 09, 2014
- Displaced by foreclosure, this family took direct action—and got a place to live.
After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura FlandersJan 03, 2014
- The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a gamechanger?