How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.
When Big Money Controls Big Media, There’s a Big Decline in Democracy
by David Kortavaposted Apr 23, 2014
- “Dollarocracy” examines innovations in other democratic nations to solve our money-in-politics crisis.
They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate
by Rachael Stoeveposted Apr 16, 2014
- A look at the growing influence of undocumented voices in the movement for immigrant rights.
Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today
by Mark Engler, Paul Englerposted Apr 10, 2014
- Most organizers today believe that Alinsky taught to focus on building organizations and not social movements. But the author's own political work shows a more flexible approach.
How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All
by Imara Jonesposted Apr 07, 2014
- By keeping workers healthy, the Affordable Care Act will help the working poor achieve greater financial stability—and will probably boost the economy as well.
Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone)
by Kristin Moeposted Apr 04, 2014
- "Intersectionality" has evolved from a theory of how oppression works to a notion of how people can fight it.
The Supreme Court Just Gave You One More Reason to Join the Clean Elections Movement
by Fran Kortenposted Apr 03, 2014
- The McCutcheon decision will boost the political power of the one percent at the expense of the rest of us. But it also adds to the urgency of the movement that's working to take back our democracy.
Edward Snowden's TED Talk Offers Guided Tour of NSA Leaks
posted Mar 21, 2014
- The former NSA contractor, who is living in asylum in Russia, spoke from the screen of a wheeled robot.
Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”
by Scott Nineposted Mar 14, 2014
- In her new book, Diane Ravitch—one of the leading thinkers behind the controversial Bush-era law—explores how the faulty logic of high-stakes testing, charter school expansion, and privatization hinders education.
These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement
by Diane Brooksposted Mar 14, 2014
- Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system.
Video: Can Co-Ops Curb Poverty In New York City?
by Laura Flandersposted Mar 14, 2014
- Of the many businesses in New York, only 23 are worker co-ops. But those that exist have a strong record of raising wages and reducing poverty, especially in low-income communities like city councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo's South Bronx district.
W. Virginia's Grassroots Response to Water Crisis: A Movement in the Making?
by Dana Kuhnlineposted Mar 13, 2014
- Community responses to the Elk River chemical spill draw on West Virginia's long, proud history of grassroots work for environmental and economic justice.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie Schloredtposted Mar 06, 2014
- In the tradition of “Maus” and “Persepolis,” “March” tells the story of young African Americans who, like its author, rose up from the Jim Crow South to assert their human rights.
Jon Stewart on the "Insanity" of Buying Seafood with Food Stamps
posted Mar 06, 2014
- What do right-wing TV anchors think low-income people should eat? Not salmon, apparently.
This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School
by Bill Bigelowposted Mar 06, 2014
- “The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy
by Doug Pibelposted Mar 05, 2014
- An influential study's failure to consider factors like poverty, race, and immigration concealed the fact that scores were improving.