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Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa) Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa)
by Joe Solomon
In this Q and A, the talented Khalifa talks about how she became interested in issues of racial justice, her work with the Dream Defenders, and the power of social media.
Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike
More than 400 workers and supporters were arrested on Thursday amid a nationwide wave of walkouts and demonstrations.
To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation
by Liz Pleasant
In the next 20 years, many American family farmers are likely to retire—putting enormous amounts of land on the market. Here's how they're connecting with young farmers to make sure the family farm survives.
Obamacare Closed a Loophole for CEO Pay—And Won Taxpayers $72M Obamacare Closed a Loophole for CEO Pay—And Won Taxpayers $72M
by Marjorie E. Wood
The savings from 2013 alone could pay for dental care for 262,000 Americans for an entire year.
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
by Valerie Schloredt
Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work.
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.
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