How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.
Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”
by Scott Nineposted Mar 14, 2014
- In her new book, Diane Ravitch—one of the leading thinkers behind the controversial Bush-era law—explores how the faulty logic of high-stakes testing, charter school expansion, and privatization hinders education.
These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement
by Diane Brooksposted Mar 14, 2014
- Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system.
Video: Can Co-Ops Curb Poverty In New York City?
by Laura Flandersposted Mar 14, 2014
- Of the many businesses in New York, only 23 are worker co-ops. But those that exist have a strong record of raising wages and reducing poverty, especially in low-income communities like city councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo's South Bronx district.
W. Virginia's Grassroots Response to Water Crisis: A Movement in the Making?
by Dana Kuhnlineposted Mar 13, 2014
- Community responses to the Elk River chemical spill draw on West Virginia's long, proud history of grassroots work for environmental and economic justice.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie Schloredtposted Mar 06, 2014
- In the tradition of “Maus” and “Persepolis,” “March” tells the story of young African Americans who, like its author, rose up from the Jim Crow South to assert their human rights.
Jon Stewart on the "Insanity" of Buying Seafood with Food Stamps
posted Mar 06, 2014
- What do right-wing TV anchors think low-income people should eat? Not salmon, apparently.
This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School
by Bill Bigelowposted Mar 06, 2014
- “The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy
by Doug Pibelposted Mar 05, 2014
- 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
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Feb 28, 2014
- 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
by Erin Sagenposted Feb 24, 2014
- 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
by YES! Editorsposted Feb 21, 2014
- Where’s the big money in privatization? Take it from the teachers.
The Myth Behind Public School Failure
by Dean Patonposted Feb 21, 2014
- 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
by Sarah van Gelderposted Feb 21, 2014
- 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
by Erika Lundahlposted Feb 20, 2014
- 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
by Levana Saxonposted Feb 17, 2014
- 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.