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

Purple America Resource Guide Purple America Resource Guide
This Guide offers resources to help you start dialogue across political lines; find shared values; and take action to build a common America. You’ll also find resources for promoting a people’s agenda, and pursuing reforms that a majority of Americans want, like universal health care and affordable housing.
Our Own Agenda :: 10 Policies For a Better     America Our Own Agenda :: 10 Policies For a Better America
Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to war. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda most of us can agree on—whether we think of ourselves as red, blue, or some other political color.
People We Love :: Bill Moyer People We Love :: Bill Moyer
by Stephen Silha
Bill Moyer founded the Backbone Campaign to call on political leaders to take a stand.
Signs of Life :: Foreign Policy Signs of Life :: Foreign Policy
Activists and political leaders across the country are saying “no” to U.S. military action against Iran and demanding that the U.S. government pursue real diplomacy.
The Battle for Reality The Battle for Reality
by David Solnit
David Solnit was one of the Direct Action Network organizers for the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle. He looks at what really happened in Seattle, what politicians and the mainstream media have done with the story, and what difference the new movie "Battle in Seattle" might make to public thinking about the 1999 demonstrations.
We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect
by David Korten
Recent research has shown that our brains are made to support caring, cooperation, and service. David Korten says there is evidence that we can learn to get along across the red-blue divide—after all, we want most of the same things. As a bonus, we'll be healthier and happier if we do.
Tools For a Populist Uprising Tools For a Populist Uprising
by Noah Grant, Layla Aslani
Practical steps for bridging the political divide. Organizing, building trust, taking direct action—this feature shows you how to get media attention, build a coalition, organize online, and reach out and communicate.
Media We Can Trust Media We Can Trust
The growing number of media outlets, many with a partisan slant, makes the task of finding reliable, unbiased news difficult. NewsTrust is a nonpartisan website that aggregates news articles and rates them based on their journalistic quality.
Immigrants & American-born: “Are you listening?” Immigrants & American-born: “Are you listening?”
by Pramila Jayapal
Pramila Jayapal talks about the "Night of 1000 Conversations". On June 19, people from different ethnic backgrounds sat down in small groups in cafes, homes, offices and union halls across the country. and discussed the role of immigration in the country’s past, present, and future.
Equality Ride Equality Ride
by Noah Grant
Noah Grant profiles the Equality Ride, a two-month road trip by a group of gay and lesbian youth to the most conservative campuses in the country. The goal: to connect with people who may never have spoken to an “out” gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person.
The Great Correction Song The Great Correction Song
by Eliza Gilkyson
Song lyrics from Eliza Gilkyson, The Great Correction, written for "Last Sunday" in Austin, Texas
Conversations Across the Divide Conversations Across the Divide
How do we form a more perfect union—or at least find enough common ground for a civil conversation? Breaking out of red-blue stereotypes is a good place to start. And listening to the hopes and fears that lie beneath the rhetoric. Respect helps, along with the expectation of transformation—our own as well as our adversaries’.
Our Own Agenda :: 10 Policies For a Better     America Our Own Agenda :: 10 Policies For a Better America
by Sarah van Gelder
Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to war. "Ten Policies for a Better America" shows an agenda most of us can agree on—whether we think of ourselves as red, blue, or some other political color.
An Agenda That Puts People First An Agenda That Puts People First
During an election season, we often step back and allow the candidates to set the agenda. But that agenda may be more about polarizing us and getting them elected than about the real changes we need. Here’s an agenda based on the realities facing Americans, and what we want for our families, communities, and country.
Seeing Red, Feeling Blue in Purple America Seeing Red, Feeling Blue in Purple America
by David Sirota
Americans are under increasing economic pressure, and many feel powerless to do anything about it. David Sirota travels coast to coast and finds the people who know the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction--and are joining a populist uprising to turn it around
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