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Why the Fight for the Gulf is Also in Borneo Why the Fight for the Gulf is Also in Borneo
by Jamie Henn
A proposed coal plant in Malaysia is provoking an international outcry.
The BP Oil Spill: Time to Get Unreasonable The BP Oil Spill: Time to Get Unreasonable
by Brooke Jarvis
Shrimper Diane Wilson might be going to jail for her high-profile protests against BP. Why is she so sure it’s worth it?
Portraits of Courage: Americans Who Tell the Truth Portraits of Courage: Americans Who Tell the Truth
by Robert Shetterly
To fight his shame and cynicism, artist Robert Shetterly began painting the courageous Americans whose lives filled him with pride and hope.
France (Not) to Repay Debt to Haiti France (Not) to Repay Debt to Haiti
by Brooke Jarvis
A prank website is bringing France's colonial crimes into the spotlight.
We Are Many: Chris Jordan Captures Our Blessed Unrest We Are Many: Chris Jordan Captures Our Blessed Unrest
A striking depiction of one million organizations working for a better world.
Why Power Is Not a Dirty Word Why Power Is Not a Dirty Word
by Frances Moore Lappé
Frances Moore Lappé looks at redefining power and taking it back.
First Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Passes First Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Passes
by Elizabeth DiNovella
The successful campaign to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York is cause for celebration at 2010 US Social Forum.
Social Forum Moments to Combat Cynicism Social Forum Moments to Combat Cynicism
by Mark Engler
The US Social Forum in Detroit thrives in smaller moments, free of grand pretense.
An Antidote to Urgency An Antidote to Urgency
by Margaret Wheatley
What does it take to think clearly when disaster strikes?
Danny Glover: Let’s Reclaim Our Country Danny Glover: Let’s Reclaim Our Country
by Sarah van Gelder
Actor and activist Danny Glover on how the Social Forum is strengthening people's movements.
US Social Forum Kicks Off US Social Forum Kicks Off
by Sarah van Gelder
The US Social Forum begins with arrivals of caravans and a poor people's march, and an opening "We have a dream" protest march and rally.
Detroit’s Renewal: Can It Inspire the Social Forum? Detroit’s Renewal: Can It Inspire the Social Forum?
by Sarah van Gelder
Detroit is known for its decay, violence, and gas-guzzling cars. With thousands of activists coming to town, will it also become known as a source of hope?
A Victory for Appalachia A Victory for Appalachia
by Sandra Diaz
The days of rubber stamping permits for mountaintop removal coal mining are over, for now.
What’s Next for the Nuclear Disarmament Movement? What’s Next for the Nuclear Disarmament Movement?
by Lawrence S. Wittner
Can a dazzling long-term mission—the abolition of nuclear weapons—be achieved through a series of small victories, like those of the last 19 months?
Weaving A Great Turning: Transition Albany Takes It Step-by-Step Weaving A Great Turning: Transition Albany Takes It Step-by-Step
by Pamela O'Malley Chang
A follow-up on the efforts to transform a 1.7-square-mile California town into a self-sufficient and resilient community.
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