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Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy
by Doug Pibel
An influential study's failure to consider factors like poverty, race, and immigration concealed the fact that scores were improving.
A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The upcoming Academy Awards will recognize some of 2013’s best social justice-themed films. Here are some of our favorite past winners.
Nothing to Hide? Why Facebook's Fine Print Is Still Worth Fighting Nothing to Hide? Why Facebook's Fine Print Is Still Worth Fighting
by Erin Sagen
Devices we use every day are turning our personal data over to huge corporations. But can we win our privacy back?
Infographic: Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools Infographic: Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools
by YES! Editors
Where’s the big money in privatization? Take it from the teachers.
The Myth Behind Public School Failure The Myth Behind Public School Failure
by Dean Paton
In the rush to privatize the country’s schools, corporations and politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.
Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools
by Sarah van Gelder
For decades the myth of failing public schools justified industrial-scale testing and a privatization agenda. Now radical educators are bursting the bubble test, getting culturally relevant, and restoring justice to the classroom.
Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On
by Erika Lundahl
A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice.
How the Fight Against Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law Transformed a Community How the Fight Against Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law Transformed a Community
by Levana Saxon
Gwendolyn Ferreti Manjarrez is an organizer with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Here, she speaks about the role of grassroots groups in the fight to roll back HB 56.
A Welcome Surprise: There Are More States Working to Expand Voting Rights than to Restrict Them A Welcome Surprise: There Are More States Working to Expand Voting Rights than to Restrict Them
by Sue Sturgis
In 2013, 46 states introduced 237 bills designed to make voting easier, while restrictive measures were introduced in only 33.
"Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution "Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution
by Roman Krznaric
Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it.
In Pete Seeger's Letters, A Voice for Justice Sings On In Pete Seeger's Letters, A Voice for Justice Sings On
by Sam Rosenthal
In the midst of Seeger's countless documents was one that stood out. The editor who found it reflects on coming back to that letter today.
As Trans-Pacific Partnership Falters, Opponents Go After Fence-Sitting Pols As Trans-Pacific Partnership Falters, Opponents Go After Fence-Sitting Pols
by James Trimarco
A trade deal likely to harm environmental and labor protections may be losing momentum. But it's not dead yet.
When Her Photo Became an Anti-Feminist Meme, This College Woman Fought Back—and Thousands Joined Her When Her Photo Became an Anti-Feminist Meme, This College Woman Fought Back—and Thousands Joined Her
by Erika Lundahl, Rachael Stoeve
From internet memes to campus quads, young people are reworking feminism to meet today's challenges.
To Truly Address Inequality, Let's Build a People-Centered Economy To Truly Address Inequality, Let's Build a People-Centered Economy
by Laura Flanders
The high-tech hubs and natural gas drilling the president called for in his state of the union speech aren't the answer to our economic woes. Instead, we need to follow the leadership already coming from communities, workers, and small-business owners.
Obama Calls for "Opportunity for All": 8 Policies to Make It Happen Obama Calls for "Opportunity for All": 8 Policies to Make It Happen
by Sarah van Gelder
While the president outlined important steps forward last night, bolder steps are needed. Here are eight with the power to truly create the universal opportunity the president called for.
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