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

Detroit Bankrupt? Six Ways the Motor City Is Thriving Detroit Bankrupt? Six Ways the Motor City Is Thriving
by Larry Gabriel
National media accounts of Detroit's bankruptcy miss the growing industries, strong communities, and policy changes laying the foundation's for the city's recovery.
Syria: Six Alternatives to Military Strikes Syria: Six Alternatives to Military Strikes
by Sarah van Gelder
Many of the legal and diplomatic processes that led to peace in other times of conflict haven't even been tried yet in Syria.
The TPP Is Another Job Killing Trade Deal—So Why Are Both Parties Supporting It? The TPP Is Another Job Killing Trade Deal—So Why Are Both Parties Supporting It?
by Natalie Pompilio
Factory owners in the United States say that the Trans-Pacific Partnership—which is being negotiated this week in Brunei—will force them to lay off workers. Yet opponents in Washington are few and far between.
Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood
by Jay Walljasper
Starting the process of change in a place you know well makes it more doable and fun.
"It's Unstoppable": Washington's GMO-Labeling Campaign Picks Up Where California's Left Off "It's Unstoppable": Washington's GMO-Labeling Campaign Picks Up Where California's Left Off
by Erin Sagen
If Initiative 522 succeeds, it could push manufacturers nationwide to begin labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms.
Putting Workers on TV: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Bringing Labor to Prime Time Putting Workers on TV: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Bringing Labor to Prime Time
by Amy B. Dean
While the days when every city paper had a labor beat may be gone, Hayes is finding new ways to get the issues facing workers into the national conversation.
Can Crowdsourcing Help Save Dying Languages? Can Crowdsourcing Help Save Dying Languages?
by Michele Lent Hirsch
More than 3,000 of the world’s languages are at risk of dying out, but a new set of tools will help the linguists and advocates who defend them.
Restless Nation: The Real Meaning of Iran's Elections Restless Nation: The Real Meaning of Iran's Elections
by Stephen Zunes
Will the people of Iran get the reforms they asked for in electing the moderate Hassan Rouhani? The answer depends partly on them, and partly on the United States.
Voices from Turkey’s #OccupyGEZI Movement Voices from Turkey’s #OccupyGEZI Movement
by YES! online staff
Filmmaker Deniz Tarsus brings you into the occupation of Istanbul’s Gezi Park in this new short film.
This Guy Moved Into His Parents’ House So a Homeless Family Could Live in His This Guy Moved Into His Parents’ House So a Homeless Family Could Live in His
by Chris Francis, Katrina Rabeler
Three extraordinary, everyday people who will make your day better.
5 Signs the Voting Rights Act Will Survive 5 Signs the Voting Rights Act Will Survive
by Brentin Mock
Despite a recent Supreme Court ruling that hurt the Voting Rights Act, it's far from dead. Meanwhile, popular movements to defend voting rights are gathering momentum.
Why I Got a Bad Score on the GRE—on Purpose: Taking a Stand for Real Education Why I Got a Bad Score on the GRE—on Purpose: Taking a Stand for Real Education
by Dan Marion
What I learned from saying what I really thought in the essay section of an important standardized test.
Four Ways to Escape the NSA Dragnet Four Ways to Escape the NSA Dragnet
by Nick Pearson
Start by switching to an alternative search engine, using an alias on Facebook, and supporting allied nonprofits.
Striking Fast Food Workers: “We Can’t Survive on $7.25” Striking Fast Food Workers: “We Can’t Survive on $7.25”
by Lauren Feeney
A movement to improve pay and work conditions in America’s fast food restaurants appears to be gathering steam.
 What’s Next for Moral Mondays? What’s Next for Moral Mondays?
by Sue Sturgis
The movement to push back against North Carolina’s ultraconservative state legislature is in its 13th week, and still growing.
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