Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd the US Standardized Testing System Is
by Liz PleasantMay 08, 2015
- John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
After Years of Living as Squatters, These Filipino Neighbors Fought for Nice, New Homes in Their Community—And Won
by Aurora AlmendralMay 07, 2015
- When the Manila government proposed relocating squatter families out of the city, residents came together and asked for housing in their own neighborhood.
Job Opening: YES! Reporting Fellow
May 07, 2015
- This position is ideal for journalists from underrepresented communities who are somewhat obsessed with things like worker-owned cooperatives, community banking, and land trusts—and how clever people are using them to build a world that works for everybody
One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis
by Stacy MitchellMay 06, 2015
- While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?
Baltimoreans Celebrate Charging of Officers—But Say It’s Just First Step
by Mary Hansen, Araz HachadourianMay 02, 2015
- “It’s not ‘game over,’ it’s ‘game on.’ Now, we can actually start to see things happening.”
Photos: Baltimore Protests Inspire Renewed Sense of Direction For Community Leaders
by Cecilia Garza, Mary HansenMay 01, 2015
- “If people are calling for peace, we need to push the narrative toward policies and political changes that are actually going to give people the conditions to deal with structural violence.”
One of These 4 Radical, Badass Women Could Be on the $20 Bill
by Lindsey WeedstonApr 30, 2015
- Until May 10, Americans will vote on Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and two other contenders to replace Andrew Jackson.
Is the Local Economy Too Local? Why Co-Ops and Credit Unions Need a Broader Strategy
by Keith HarringtonApr 28, 2015
- Author and activist Gar Alperovitz calls it a “checkerboard strategy.” In the first piece in a series, we look at the organizations working to transform our economy, and how they can benefit from working together.
State of Emergency—Meet the Everyday People Demanding Justice on Baltimore Streets
by Liz PleasantApr 28, 2015
- Video: City council members, religious leaders, and community activists continue to ask Baltimore police be held accountable for Freddie Gray's death.
"Freddie Gray Used to Buy Me Ice Cream"—Voices From the Streets of Baltimore
by Liz PleasantApr 28, 2015
- After 25-year-old Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained in a Baltimore police van, city residents are rallying to demand accountability.
Why Seattleites Think They Can Stop Shell Oil From Drilling in the Arctic
by James Trimarco, Araz HachadourianApr 27, 2015
- The Port of Seattle has welcomed the oil company to temporarily moor its drilling rig before it’s towed to Alaska. But these protestors are threatening to block it.
"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..."—Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives
by Lindsey WeedstonApr 23, 2015
- Teachers don't always know the challenges kids deal with outside of the classroom. Sometimes talking can make all the difference.
A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More
by David KortenApr 15, 2015
- The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.
What If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? These Denver Cabbies Are Making It Happen
by Mary HansenApr 10, 2015
- Workers at app-driven companies like Uber don’t have the rights of full employees. But with the help of traditional unions, some are banding together into worker-owned cooperatives.
8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline
by Kristin MoeApr 09, 2015
- TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.