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?
The Education of Bill McKibben: How the Unlikely Activist Learned to Break the Rules
by Madeline OstranderDec 11, 2013
- “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
by Bob MassieDec 09, 2013
- 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?
by Caroline SelleDec 05, 2013
- 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
by David KortenDec 03, 2013
- "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"
by James TrimarcoNov 22, 2013
- 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
by Katrina RabelerNov 22, 2013
- 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.