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India's Own "Occupy": How a New Political Party is Battling Corruption—and Winning  India's Own "Occupy": How a New Political Party is Battling Corruption—and Winning
by Nathan Schneider
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 How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids
by Laura Gottesdiener
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 After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura Flanders
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?
The Education of Bill McKibben: How the Unlikely Activist Learned to Break the Rules The Education of Bill McKibben: How the Unlikely Activist Learned to Break the Rules
by Madeline Ostrander
“Sometime in the course of the past decade I figured out that I needed to do more than write—if this fight was about power, then we who wanted change had to assemble some.”
Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility
by Bob Massie
Why moving utilities from corporate to public control puts energy, dollars, and decisions into the hands of local communities.
Can this Small College in Maryland Pass the Fairest Wage Policy in US Academia? Can this Small College in Maryland Pass the Fairest Wage Policy in US Academia?
by Caroline Selle
An initiative developed by staff, students, and faculty would tie the earnings of the school's highest-paid employees to those of the lowest.
We Know Who Stole the Economy—National People’s Action Moves to Take It Back We Know Who Stole the Economy—National People’s Action Moves to Take It Back
by David Korten
"Listen to and work with your base to create a shared, big-picture narrative."
TPP Protestors to Foreign Negotiators: "Don't Let U.S. Bully You" TPP Protestors to Foreign Negotiators: "Don't Let U.S. Bully You"
by James Trimarco
Negotiators from Latin American and Asian countries said they were "doing their best" to stand up to the U.S. Trade Representative.
8 Courageous Things Harry Potter Fans Did to Fight Real-Life Dark Forces 8 Courageous Things Harry Potter Fans Did to Fight Real-Life Dark Forces
by Katrina Rabeler
If Harry Potter were a real person, he’d fight child labor, voter suppression, and poverty. Here are our favorite ways Harry's fans have taken his values from the page to the real world.
Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
The profits of corporate giants that crash our economy and corrupt our politics deserve your outrage. But the efforts to curb them need your creative energy.
Two Years After the Eviction of OWS, Here's 5 People Keeping the Movement Alive Two Years After the Eviction of OWS, Here's 5 People Keeping the Movement Alive
by Ann Kathleen Bradley
Two years ago today, when Occupy Wall Street was evicted from Zuccotti Park, many wondered what was next for the movement. Two years later, we profile five projects that got their starts in the encampments and are still making change today.
How the Voters of One Small County May Have Stopped 48 Million Tons of Coal How the Voters of One Small County May Have Stopped 48 Million Tons of Coal
by Rachael Stoeve
In a council election unlike any other in the history of Whatcom County, voters sided with representatives believed to be against a proposed coal export facility.
Four Signs that Regular Folks Can Still Win (and One That Shows the Power of Money) Four Signs that Regular Folks Can Still Win (and One That Shows the Power of Money)
by Sarah van Gelder
Here are four cases in yesterday's election where people power won out over corporate interests. And one that went the other way.
Three Elephants Head from Zoo to 80-Acre Sanctuary Three Elephants Head from Zoo to 80-Acre Sanctuary
by Cynthia Daniel
A specialist in animal psychology sees the decision as evidence of progress in understanding between species.
Meet the New Climate Heroes: Faces of the Frontline Meet the New Climate Heroes: Faces of the Frontline
by Kristin Moe
Not all of these young people focus directly on climate change in their work. But it tends to take a prominent position in their worldview, which sees issues of race, class, labor, and environment as inextricably connected.
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