12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014
by Lindsey WeedstonDec 19, 2014
- Slacktivism? Not so much. From #BlackLivesMatter to #BringBackOurGirls, this year's best hashtags around issues of social justice brought fresh voices into some of our most important conversations.
Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It
by Christopher Zumski FinkeOct 22, 2014
- We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a “movement” of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women.
See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram
by Mary HansenSep 16, 2014
- There’s no better way to celebrate America’s public lands than to visit them. But these Instagram accounts are a nice substitute for times when you can’t.
Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa)
by Joe SolomonSep 08, 2014
- In this Q and A, the talented Khalifa talks about how she became interested in issues of racial justice, her work with the Dream Defenders, and the power of social media.
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
by Valerie SchloredtSep 03, 2014
- Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work.
6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet
by Liz Pleasant, Jim McGowanSep 02, 2014
- We asked psychologists, user experience designers, and writers what web users could to do to promote more empathic interaction in online places. Here's what they said.
Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media
by Alexis GoldsteinAug 15, 2014
- Other tweets from Palestinians pointed out parallels in racial injustice between the two situations.
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
by Molly RuskAug 06, 2014
- StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator—from a remote controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.
To Strike Back at Hobby Lobby, Crafters Re-Knit the Wall Between Church and State
by Kali SwensonJul 31, 2014
- The campaign has collected 700 hand-knitted bricks to dump on the Supreme Court steps to protest its infamous decision.
Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project
by Kali SwensonJul 15, 2014
- Many Japanese Americans were incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. Densho is preserving their stories and the cultural knowledge that comes with them.
Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary
by Adrienne Maree BrownJun 27, 2014
- "The ideas in Butler's fiction challenge us to contend with our own choices and take responsibility for our own power."
The Young Turks on YouTube: Keepin' It Real and Beating Out Corporate News
by Kali SwensonJun 24, 2014
- With over one billion views on YouTube and counting, The Young Turks prove that successful, independent, online news is possible.
Glenn Greenwald on Government Snooping: Why It's Dangerous and What We Can Do About It
by Dean PatonJun 23, 2014
- When it comes to stopping NSA surveillance, it may be more effective to write to Facebook and Google than to government officials.
First He Came Out as Undocumented. Then As Gay. Here's What It Means For Immigration Debate.
by Kristin MoeJun 20, 2014
- Felipe Matos told his story in three words: "I am undocumented." It was an act of desperation—but it gave him a sense of agency and power.
Return of Hometown News: Old-School Reporters and Citizen Journalists Unite to Bring it Back
by Dan KennedyJun 13, 2014
- Filling a void left by big city newspapers, online projects combine community news, journalism, and conversations with our neighbors.