How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.
Glenn Greenwald on Government Snooping: Why It's Dangerous and What We Can Do About It
by Dean Patonposted Jun 23, 2014
- When it comes to stopping NSA surveillance, it may be more effective to write to Facebook and Google than to government officials.
First He Came Out as Undocumented. Then As Gay. Here's What It Means For Immigration Debate.
by Kristin Moeposted Jun 20, 2014
- Felipe Matos told his story in three words: "I am undocumented." It was an act of desperation—but it gave him a sense of agency and power.
Return of Hometown News: Old-School Reporters and Citizen Journalists Unite to Bring it Back
by Dan Kennedyposted Jun 13, 2014
- Filling a void left by big city newspapers, online projects combine community news, journalism, and conversations with our neighbors.
Zydeco and Justice: Louisiana's Hyperlocal KOCZ Builds Community and Self-Reliance
by Christine St. Pierreposted Jun 11, 2014
- Low-power FM radio stations bring a much-needed focus on local issues and culture.
Watch the Beautiful One-Minute Ad Asking the Washington Football Team to Change Its Name
by Liz Pleasantposted Jun 10, 2014
- With the owner of the team vowing "NEVER" to change its name, Native American tribes around the country launch a national campaign to do just that.
Meet the Solutionaries: Kids Skip Scary Climate Coverage to Focus on Local Changemakers
by Molly Ruskposted Jun 10, 2014
- These high school students created a series of podcasts to tell the stories of inspiring people in their community.
Meet the Tenacious Gardeners Putting Down Roots in "America's Most Desperate Town"
by Kristin Moeposted Jun 09, 2014
- They're not always optimistic about the future of Camden, N.J. But they're committed to it anyway, and they've created one of the nation's fastest growing networks of urban farms.
Talking Cows Take on Factory Farms—Matrix Style
by Jonah Sachsposted Jun 04, 2014
- The viral success of "The Meatrix" shows how a good story trumps a mountain of facts.
Language Matters: How #YesAllWomen Named a Problem With No Name
by Rebecca Solnitposted Jun 04, 2014
- If you lack words for a phenomenon, an emotion, a situation, you can’t talk about it—which means that you can’t come together to change it.
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Jun 03, 2014
- Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
Seattle Wins $15 Minimum Wage—Will Your Town Be Next?
by YES! Editorsposted Jun 03, 2014
- Activists built support for the ordinance by demonstrating that it would reduce poverty in the city.
The Boomers "Failed" Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice
by Sarah van Gelderposted May 30, 2014
- First the anger, then the love—overcoming generational anger to find the courage required for the difficult work ahead.
Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
by Molly Ruskposted May 30, 2014
- The teachers found their careers at risk when an erratic statistical tool became a key measure of their success.
Everyone Still Loves "Reading Rainbow" (And This New Kickstarter Proves It)
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted May 28, 2014
- The PBS classic, which taught a love of books to generations of kids, will be coming back in an online version.
Fear of a Brown Planet: Watch This Stand-Up Comedian Explain 'Reverse Racism'
by Kali Swensonposted May 27, 2014
- Bullying, police brutality, and everyday insensitivities are regularly lampooned with Australians Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain's weapon of choice: comedy.