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For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet 6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet
by Liz Pleasant, Jim McGowan
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.
Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will? Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?
by Dean Paton
47 million Americans live beneath the official poverty line, under a daily judgment of failure. The question today is: Whose failure?
The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour
by Betty Udesen
For low-wage workers, Seattle's minimum wage increase means a chance to go to college, pay the rent, and visit the dentist.
Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First
by Mari Margil
Unless the legal foundation for local self-governance is truly built on the rights of communities, victories like the one in New York can easily be overturned.
Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena
by Jim Shultz
Three major international meetings about climate change are on the horizon. Is this the moment to fix the failures of Copenhagen?
Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media
by Alexis Goldstein
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 A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
by Molly Rusk
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.
Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm
by Erin McCarley
Gaskin had a talent for thinking through ways to combine simple living with social engagement. He died on July 1, 2014.
To Strike Back at Hobby Lobby, Crafters Re-Knit the Wall Between Church and State To Strike Back at Hobby Lobby, Crafters Re-Knit the Wall Between Church and State
by Kali Swenson
The campaign has collected 700 hand-knitted bricks to dump on the Supreme Court steps to protest its infamous decision.
Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help
by Melissa Morrone
A guided tour of ways to use your local library to protect your privacy online.
Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
The momentum behind the legalization of gay marriage came from grassroots action, not from court cases.
“I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees “I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees
by Christa Hillstrom
Ashamed of the public rejection of children seeking refuge in the United States? Here’s what you can do about it.
Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project
by Kali Swenson
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.
Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff) Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff)
by Miriam Axel-Lute
When you ask Americans specific questions about the policies they support, it turns out we're not so polarized after all.
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