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Grassroots Power

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

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.
A Win for Indigenous History at Columbia University A Win for Indigenous History at Columbia University
by Nur Lalji
Students in Columbia's Native American Council think the University could do more to acknowledge indigenous history, and they're helping to make it happen.
Why the Climate Movement Should Have No "Keystone" Why the Climate Movement Should Have No "Keystone"
by Arielle Klagsbrun, David Osborn, Maryam Andragi, Kirby Spangler
We must call for what we really need—an end to all new fossil fuel infrastructure and extraction.
Pro-Coal Kids' Pages Pulled from Government Site as Public Pressure Increases Pro-Coal Kids' Pages Pulled from Government Site as Public Pressure Increases
by Jeff Biggers
Two sections that essentially told kids that coal was safe and good for the environment disappeared today from the website of a state agency in Illinois.
Why Jon Stewart Wants to Adopt Malala Yousafzai Why Jon Stewart Wants to Adopt Malala Yousafzai
by Christa Hillstrom
“If you hit a Talib with your shoe, there is no difference between you and the Talib”—and other impressive things the teenage Nobel Peace Prize contender said to leave “The Daily Show” stunned.
Why the Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia Why the Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia
by Nathan Schneider
Real anarchists aren't just for abolition of the state. They're for a society in which ordinary people can freely and democratically govern themselves.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet its Real-Life, Climate-Defending, Disney-Dissenting Villains Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet its Real-Life, Climate-Defending, Disney-Dissenting Villains
by James Trimarco
When their name appeared in Joss Whedon's new TV show, the environmentalist group Rising Tide took to social media to fight back.
White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers
by Christa Hillstrom
The Obama administration makes good on its promise to give direct care workers the same rights as nearly everyone else—and to top it all off, California follows suit.
For Safer Factories, CEOs Are Listening to Workers on the Frontlines For Safer Factories, CEOs Are Listening to Workers on the Frontlines
by Samir Goswami
The future of corporate responsibility means hearing firsthand from factory workers about their conditions.
Six Good Things Occupy Wall Street Made Possible (That You Probably Already Take for Granted) Six Good Things Occupy Wall Street Made Possible (That You Probably Already Take for Granted)
by James Trimarco
Now that the encampments are gone, what do we have to show for our movement? As it turns out, quite a bit.
Occupy at Two: How a Flawed and Fleeting Utopia Changed the World Occupy at Two: How a Flawed and Fleeting Utopia Changed the World
by Rebecca Solnit
Author Rebecca Solnit brings you back to the encampments of Occupy, and to the months that forged new friendships, changed the horizons of possibility, and terrified elites.
How the People Pushed Back on Syria—and Won (for Now) How the People Pushed Back on Syria—and Won (for Now)
by Sarah van Gelder
In Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other cases, the people protested and got war anyway. Why—at least, so far—has the story played out differently with Syria?
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