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Occupy Sandy Provides Relief for More than Just a Storm Occupy Sandy Provides Relief for More than Just a Storm
by Jillian Buckley
Most of us who provide disaster relief with Occupy Sandy have learned not to wait for the powers that be to save the day, when change will ultimately come from ordinary citizens.
Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts” Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts”
by Deepak Bhargava
Obama’s grassroots supporters voted for jobs and social services, not for the budget cuts that Congress is demanding. Now they’re working to make sure that message is not forgotten.
Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S. Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S.
by Janet Redman
Will the United States ever change its policy of obstructing international action to stop climate change? If so, the political pressure to change the country’s role will have to come from the American people.
Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks
by Paul J. Comeau
They were unable to put a dent in Black Friday sales, but striking Walmart workers brought the plight of low-wage workers to the forefront of the national conversation. Their action has already inspired historic protests by fast-food workers in New York City.
How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate
by Marisa Franco
This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy.
In Hurricane Sandy Relief, a Reminder of Occupy’s Original Spirit In Hurricane Sandy Relief, a Reminder of Occupy’s Original Spirit
by Jeffrey Lawrence, Luis Moreno-Caballud
Commentators in the mainstream media have said the effective hurricane relief accomplished by Occupy Sandy represents a new direction in the movement. In fact, nothing could be closer to its founding ideas and actions.
Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization
by Olivia Rosane
Back in September, YES! covered the efforts of immigrant workers at New York City’s Hot and Crusty Bakery to form a union. After a series of twists and turns that tested the workers’ persistence, the shop is now set to open in December with a fully unionized workforce.
Occupy’s New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts Occupy’s New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts
by Fabien Tepper
Medical debt is the cause of 62 percent of bankruptcies, say organizers of Strike Debt, which threw last night's offbeat fundraiser for their new “Rolling Jubilee.” Ordinary people donated enough money to collectively buy an estimated $5.9 million in bad debt in order to cancel it.
Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors
by Chuck Collins
History is full of cases where the people got active on the big problems of their day by forming affinity groups of 10 to 20 individuals. These groups provide energy, organization, and even psychological support.
Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic
by Kumi Naidoo
Oil companies—and many of our political leaders—see melting sea ice as an opportunity to drill deeper. Fortunately, you don’t have to occupy an Arctic drilling platform to join the growing movement of people who are putting themselves on the line for our planet’s future.
Van Jones: In Obama Win, a Triumph of Community Organizing Van Jones: In Obama Win, a Triumph of Community Organizing
by Van Jones
Community organizers around the country worked overtime to hand the election to President Barack Obama. Now we need him to stand up for our values and vision.
McKibben Spearheads Plan to Hit Dirty Energy Where It Hurts McKibben Spearheads Plan to Hit Dirty Energy Where It Hurts
by Fabien Tepper
Could 350.org’s aggressive new strategy bring an end to global warming?
Making It Count: Next Steps for the Minority Majority Making It Count: Next Steps for the Minority Majority
by Rinku Sen
Minorities around the country stood strong in the face of efforts to suppress their votes. Now that the election is over, what will happen to that energy and force?
Five Things to Watch for in Obama’s Second Term Five Things to Watch for in Obama’s Second Term
by Fran Korten
The devil’s in the details, but so are the angels. Here are five things on Obama’s agenda you’ll want to keep an eye on—and get active in, too.
Under Obama, Social Justice Campaigners Have Better Chances Under Obama, Social Justice Campaigners Have Better Chances
by Mark Engler
Many of those who supported Barack Obama four years ago have been disappointed by his presidency. But recent history shows that campaigns for social justice do better under centrist presidents than under conservative ones.
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