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How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

Nine Ways Our World Changed During the '00s
by Sarah van Gelder
Corporations get still more powerful. A middle-class living slips away from millions. Climate change becomes deadly. War, and more war. Looking back on the '00s (uh ohs) and the nine trends that changed our world.
It's Time For Direct Action and Compassion on Climate It's Time For Direct Action and Compassion on Climate
by Michael Nagler
After Copenhagen, now it's up to us. We need to pluck up courage, drop our usual routines, go beyond our comfort zones, and take some risks.
"Peacing It Together" Unites Israeli and Palestinian Teens  "Peacing It Together" Unites Israeli and Palestinian Teens
A movie trailer for the 30-minute documentary "Peacing It Together," which follows 10 Israeli, 10 Palestinian, ad 9 Canadian teens as they make films together that focus on peace.
10 Courageous Things You Can Do to Build Community 10 Courageous Things You Can Do to Build Community
by Milenko Matanovic
Building strong communities is critical, hard work. It’s also one of the most courageous and important things each of us can do every day.
Why Annie Leonard is Right About Cap-and-Trade Why Annie Leonard is Right About Cap-and-Trade
by Peter Barnes
The real question isn’t why Annie Leonard questions cap-and-trade; it’s why all environmentalists don’t support Cantwell-Collins.
Tsunami Survivors Fight for Land Rights Tsunami Survivors Fight for Land Rights
by Robert Reynolds
In Thailand, the Indian Ocean tsunami allowed resort developers to push indigenous coastal communities off their land. Villages are fighting back--and winning legal rights to their homes.
Have Yourself a Commons Holiday Have Yourself a Commons Holiday
by Jay Walljasper
The holidays are the one time of the year when American domesticity expands beyond the narrow circle of the nuclear family of mom, dad, and the kids—when we take a step in the direction of commoning.
Climate Shame, Climate Hope Climate Shame, Climate Hope
by Jamie Henn
Jamie Henn: Though many of the people that I have been talking to here in Copenhagen remain doggedly hopeful, their hope has little to do with our supposed “leaders." It has to do with all of you.
Debt Relief: The Results Are In Debt Relief: The Results Are In
by Hayley Hathaway
Debt relief has allowed poor nations to pay for schools and health care instead of loan interest. A new bill in the U.S. Congress would offer relief to more countries and make lending more responsible.
Hungry in Copenhagen Hungry in Copenhagen
by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben: A day of fasting isn't the only reason why activists in Copenhagen are hungry today.
A New Beginning with the Muslim World A New Beginning with the Muslim World
by Farrah Hassen
If the administration is serious about building a new relationship with the Muslim world, it should implement one basic, non-ideological, cost-effective policy: Stop killing Muslims.
Was Lehman So Long Ago? Was Lehman So Long Ago?
by Robert Weissman
While the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act makes some positive strides, what's really needed is a popular uprising for stronger regulation.
From the Halls of Copenhagen From the Halls of Copenhagen
by Dominic Frongillo
As negotiations heat up and international leaders begin to arrive at the U.N. climate negotiations in Copenhagen, grassroots pressure is increasing.
In Argentina, Activists Celebrate Media Reform In Argentina, Activists Celebrate Media Reform
by Margit Christenson
After years of campaigning by hundreds of the country’s civil society groups, Argentina is transforming its media regulations.
Activists Wrangle Forest Victories from Corporations Activists Wrangle Forest Victories from Corporations
by Laura Kaliebe
Fierce pressure from activists has led several major corporations to change purchasing practices linked to deforestation.
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