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Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism's Big Wins—and What to Do Next Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism's Big Wins—and What to Do Next
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
It was online campaigning that got Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck's shows canceled. But the real power of Internet activism is what happens after we step away from the screen.
How Bike Friendly Cities Beat the Opposition and Became the New Normal How Bike Friendly Cities Beat the Opposition and Became the New Normal
by Jay Walljasper
Now that all the debate about whether bike lanes are OK seems to be (mostly) over, cities around the country are enjoying their benefits.
Climate Change Is Happening but We Can Meet the Challenge Climate Change Is Happening but We Can Meet the Challenge
by Sarah van Gelder
It can be hard for youth to deal with the overwhelming effects of climate change. But, by taking action, we can erode the hold that oil, fracking, and coal has on people and the environment.
What’s Love Got to Do with the Apocalypse? We Asked This Group of Young Leaders What’s Love Got to Do with the Apocalypse? We Asked This Group of Young Leaders
by Sarah van Gelder
On life, leadership, and the future in an age of catastrophic change.
David Korten on “Walking Away from the King” David Korten on “Walking Away from the King”
by YES! online staff
In this clip from the film Money and Life, thinker David Korten explains why those who hold power in our society depend on our consent, and why we must act together if we want things to change.
Occupied Istanbul: Scenes from the Front Lines Occupied Istanbul: Scenes from the Front Lines
by Fabien Tepper
Thousands of people are sleeping in a public park to protest the actions of the Turkish government. Check out this photo essay for a view of daily life, music, and politics inside Turkey’s homegrown occupation.
Better than Cyber Utopia: How the Internet Helped Us Create the Sharing Economy Better than Cyber Utopia: How the Internet Helped Us Create the Sharing Economy
by Neal Gorenflo
Back in the ’90s, people thought the Internet was going to open up a zone of perfect cyber-freedom. It didn’t work out that way. But the Internet’s real significance may be found elsewhere: in a growing sector of the economy based around peer-to-peer sharing networks.
Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech
by Christa Hillstrom
What we still have to learn from the world’s favorite riot grrrls.
Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal
by Robert Jensen
Feeling anxious about life in a broken economy on a strained planet? Turn despair into action.
For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising
by Kristin Moe
Idle No More is the latest incarnation of an age-old movement for life that doesn't depend on infinite extraction and growth. Now, armed with Twitter and Facebook, once-isolated groups from Canada to South America are exchanging resources and support like never before.
Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha! Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha!
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In just six months, the “Land of Lakes” went from debating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, to legalizing it this week. One proud resident on celebrating change in one of our more politically quirky states.
Why Sharing News About Solutions Is a Revolutionary Act Why Sharing News About Solutions Is a Revolutionary Act
by Frances Moore Lappé
Scary stories of kidnappings and explosions lead our news feeds, but it's the good news that helps break down the myth of our own powerlessness.
Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time
by Gar Alperovitz
Before 2004, no state allowed same-sex marriage. Today, it's legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia. If you want to see how political progress is made, look to the local level.
Not Your Father’s Union Movement: NYC’s Young Workers Committee Not Your Father’s Union Movement: NYC’s Young Workers Committee
The Young Workers Committee of New York’s transit union was out on the streets in a vibrant march. This video shows the group rallying, taking over an official’s office, and using the Occupy-style “people’s mic.”
Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About
by Peter Pearsall
The largest march on May Day in Seattle was about immigrant families and their supporters standing together for human rights. Not to be confused with the rowdiness that took place later in the day.
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