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Grassroots Power

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

People We Love :: Peter Marshall People We Love :: Peter Marshall
by Madeline Ostrander
Fighting fire with climate activism.
People Power Pushed the New Deal People Power Pushed the New Deal
by Sarah Anderson
Roosevelt didn’t come up with all those progressive programs on his own.
In Review :: Rules for Online     Radicals In Review :: Rules for Online Radicals
by James Trimarco
James Trimarco reviews Markos Moulitsas Zúniga’s Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era.
How to Get Involved in Food Policy Councils How to Get Involved in Food Policy Councils
by Mark Winne
Here are seven tips for local food citizens interested in organizing food policy councils.
Call for Mass Civil Disobedience Against     Coal Call for Mass Civil Disobedience Against Coal
by Bill McKibben, Wendell Berry
This is an open letter from Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben.
Update :: Americans Really Mean It: We Want     Universal Health Care Update :: Americans Really Mean It: We Want Universal Health Care
Americans Really Mean It: We Want Universal Health Care.
Update :: Gandhian-Style     Revolution Update :: Gandhian-Style Revolution
11 years ago in YES! we wrote about a visit to the headquarters of the Sri Lankan Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement. Today … we report on how the movement has grown: Sarvodaya is now the largest micro-credit organization in Sri Lanka.
People We Love :: Matthew LaClair People We Love :: Matthew LaClair
by Noah Grant
When his 11th-grade history teacher told the class that they would go to hell if they rejected God's salvation, Matthew LaClair thought the remarks crossed a line.
Signs of Life :: Iraq's Nonviolence     Activism Signs of Life :: Iraq's Nonviolence Activism
by Kristin Carlsen
More than 100 citizen groups in all 18 Iraqi provinces participated in a Week of Nonviolence, aimed at reducing violence in the January 2009 provincial elections.
Having a Voice Makes People Happy Having a Voice Makes People Happy
by Frances Moore Lappé
Most human beings are not couch potatoes and whiners. We are doers and creators. In fact, humans need to 'make a dent.'
Social Change not Climate Change Social Change not Climate Change
by Juliette Beck
Activists and communities in the United Kingdom—where over two hundred years ago, the first lumps of coal were burnt to power the industrial revolution—are igniting a historic revolution of their own. Last week, over 1500 people from all walks of life converged in the Kent countryside, just one-hour southeast of London by train, to rally against climate change in a demonstration of collective, sustainable living and creative direct action.
First Anniversary of the U.S. Social Forum First Anniversary of the U.S. Social Forum
by Alice Lovelace
Just over a year ago on June 27 to July 1, 2007, on a hot Atlanta summer week, we were making history at the first-ever US Social Forum (USSF)! We brought together more than 12,000 people from 64 countries and diverse sectors from all over the U.S. and various Indigenous Nations to declare that “Another World is Possible” and that “Another US is Necessary!”
People We Love :: Bill Moyer People We Love :: Bill Moyer
by Stephen Silha
Bill Moyer founded the Backbone Campaign to call on political leaders to take a stand.
Signs of Life :: Foreign Policy Signs of Life :: Foreign Policy
Activists and political leaders across the country are saying “no” to U.S. military action against Iran and demanding that the U.S. government pursue real diplomacy.
The Battle for Reality The Battle for Reality
by David Solnit
David Solnit was one of the Direct Action Network organizers for the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle. He looks at what really happened in Seattle, what politicians and the mainstream media have done with the story, and what difference the new movie "Battle in Seattle" might make to public thinking about the 1999 demonstrations.
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