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

Climate Hero Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins Climate Hero Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
by Kate Sheppard
Green For All organizes minority and low-income communities to press for green jobs and mobilizes their grassroots power into a national force for an inclusive, clean-energy economy.
The "Battle in Seattle" at 10 The "Battle in Seattle" at 10
by Mark Engler
WTO+10: Did the 1999 protests against the World Trade Organization actually make a difference?
Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long
by Brooke Jarvis
By working with local businesses, Michelle Long helped make Bellingham, Washington a national leader in urban sustainability. As executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, she's taking her vision to cities around North America.
Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Day
by Berit Anderson
A non-holiday founded by a Vancouver office worker has become an international movement.
The WTO and the Myth of Activist Violence The WTO and the Myth of Activist Violence
by Rebecca Solnit
The people who have made our world through direct action have been treated as dangerous, even if they are revered when their radical acts are at a safe distance.
Waking Up to the Dangers of "Free Trade" Waking Up to the Dangers of "Free Trade"
by Fran Korten
WTO+10: When Fran Korten first started warning people about NAFTA, many had never heard of it. But the 1999 protests in Seattle showed that Americans were learning what many in the developing world had known for years: free trade agreements are not just esoteric rules about what goods can cross borders. They are about who rules—corporations or people.
The Meaning of Seattle: Truth Only Becomes True Through Action The Meaning of Seattle: Truth Only Becomes True Through Action
by Walden Bello
WTO+10: Before 1999, the momentum of globalization seemed to sweep everything in front of it, including the truth. But in Seattle, ordinary women and men made truth real with collective action.
The World Turned Out in Seattle The World Turned Out in Seattle
by Anuradha Mittal
WTO+10: The 1999 protests changed America's image in the eyes of the world, crippled the WTO, and energized an international civil movement for social and economic justice.
Last Mountain Standing: Coal River Valley Residents Fight for Wind Farm Last Mountain Standing: Coal River Valley Residents Fight for Wind Farm
by Jed Grubbs
The last intact mountain in West Virginia's Coal River Valley is slated for mountaintop removal coal mining. Local residents have other ideas.
One More Thing Seattle's WTO Shutdown Taught the World One More Thing Seattle's WTO Shutdown Taught the World
by Sarah van Gelder
Among the many ripple effects of the successful shutdown of the WTO in Seattle in 1999 is one that few know about. The organizing that went into the direct action, marches, media center, and forums inspired the organizers of the World Social Forums, which have become some of the world's most important centers of people power.
Giving Thanks for What We Share Giving Thanks for What We Share
by Jay Walljasper
The sharing ethic of the commons is woven into American traditions.
Climate Direct Action Camp Climate Direct Action Camp
In June 2008, activists gathered in Montana for the Climate Ground Zero Citizens Direct Action Training Camp, where they learned skills including the history and practice of nonviolent direct action, campaign strategy, and community organizing.
A Conversation About Nonviolence A Conversation About Nonviolence
by Eric Stoner
Eric Stoner responds to Stephen Zunes: Yes, nonviolent movements have achieved important democratic and political reforms. But if they fail to address the divide between rich and poor, are they really success stories?
Public Attitudes, Knowledge, and Values Around the Climate Public Attitudes, Knowledge, and Values Around the Climate
"The Energy Learning Curve", a Public Agenda poll, and additional polling data show America's changing attitude to climate action.
The Yes Men Fix the World :: Film Trailer The Yes Men Fix the World :: Film Trailer
Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno take on the world.
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