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Grassroots Power

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

Brower Youth Award Winner Diana Lopez Brower Youth Award Winner Diana Lopez
Diana Lopez, 21, earned a Brower Youth Award for transforming an old San Antonio, Texas, bar into a community garden.
In India, Fake Money Is Payback In India, Fake Money Is Payback
by Jeff Raderstrong
India's Zero Rupee note fights corruption.
A Personal Invitation to the US Social Forum A Personal Invitation to the US Social Forum
by Adrienne Maree Brown
The national coordinator of the US Social Forum, Adrienne Maree Brown offers her brief, heartfelt list of reasons to come to Detroit to participate in the 2010 USSF.
Winning the Frame Game Winning the Frame Game
by Fran Korten
As our society approaches major transitions ahead, we may welcome or resist the changes … How we react will rest partly on how we frame those changes.
A Requiem for Detroit? A Requiem for Detroit?
by Grace Lee Boggs
A new documentary illustrates a different kind of American Dream taking hold in Detroit.
Transforming Space Into Place Transforming Space Into Place
Video: Is the shortest distance between two points all that life is about? City Repair doesn't think so. They're helping people imagine and create lively public spaces—starting with your local intersection.
Bill McKibben's Message to Cochabamba Bill McKibben's Message to Cochabamba
The author addresses the thousands who gathered in Cochabamba for the World People's Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.
Cochabamba Postscript: Lessons, Reflections, and the Road to Cancun Cochabamba Postscript: Lessons, Reflections, and the Road to Cancun
by Jason Negrón-Gonzales
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the alliance gathering around grassroots solutions.
From Crisis to Opportunity From Crisis to Opportunity
by Velcrow Ripper
Will the World People's Summit be a turning point in the climate crisis?
The Cochabamba Water Revolt, Ten Years Later The Cochabamba Water Revolt, Ten Years Later
by Jim Shultz
Bolivia's historic grassroots victory against Bechtel is a reminder of the power of protest—as well as the importance of less romantic work.
Social Action: The Church’s Ministry in the World Social Action: The Church’s Ministry in the World
by Pastor Don Mackenzie
Somewhere in our history, the link between inner spirituality and its expression in the world as loving social action grew faint. To renew that connection, we can draw deeply on traditions that call attention to our Oneness.
Let's See Ourselves Let's See Ourselves
by Gustavo Esteva with Juliette Beck
The fight against climate change has begun to reflect the colonial, top-down worldview that contributed to the problem in the first place. Mexican activist and storyteller Gustavo Esteva on a new vision—one that is radically bottom-up.
Gaviotas: Village of Hope Gaviotas: Village of Hope
by Seth Biderman, Christian Casillas
Two activists discover the secrets of a Colombian community’s success—surprise and imagination.
350.org: Getting to Work in 2010 350.org: Getting to Work in 2010
With a weak climate "agreement" coming out of Copenhagen, the 350.org campaign urges citizens to get to work in 2010—whether politicians are on board or not.
Iceland Busts the Banksters Iceland Busts the Banksters
by John Nichols
In a symbolic decision, democracy trumps capital as Icelanders say "no" to big bank bailouts.
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