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

This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road” This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road”
by Christopher Zumski Finke
A future where India is the major world superpower, gender is flexible, and energy comes from waves? This writer’s version of the near future feels much more real than apocalyptic nightmares we’ve come to dread.
The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway
by Fran Korten
The fact that the issue reached the Senate floor is a huge victory for the American people, who overwhelmingly say they want something done about corporate influence in elections.
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
by Nick Hanauer
Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and self-described “plutocrat,” says a healthy economy and an effective democracy depend on a thriving middle class of workers.
Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa) Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa)
by Joe Solomon
In this Q and A, the talented Khalifa talks about how she became interested in issues of racial justice, her work with the Dream Defenders, and the power of social media.
Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike
More than 400 workers and supporters were arrested on Thursday amid a nationwide wave of walkouts and demonstrations.
To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation
by Liz Pleasant
In the next 20 years, many American family farmers are likely to retire—putting enormous amounts of land on the market. Here's how they're connecting with young farmers to make sure the family farm survives.
Obamacare Closed a Loophole for CEO Pay—And Won Taxpayers $72M Obamacare Closed a Loophole for CEO Pay—And Won Taxpayers $72M
by Marjorie E. Wood
The savings from 2013 alone could pay for dental care for 262,000 Americans for an entire year.
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
by Valerie Schloredt
Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet 6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet
by Liz Pleasant, Jim McGowan
We asked psychologists, user experience designers, and writers what web users could to do to promote more empathic interaction in online places. Here's what they said.
Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will? Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?
by Dean Paton
47 million Americans live beneath the official poverty line, under a daily judgment of failure. The question today is: Whose failure?
The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour
by Betty Udesen
For low-wage workers, Seattle's minimum wage increase means a chance to go to college, pay the rent, and visit the dentist.
Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First
by Mari Margil
Unless the legal foundation for local self-governance is truly built on the rights of communities, victories like the one in New York can easily be overturned.
Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena
by Jim Shultz
Three major international meetings about climate change are on the horizon. Is this the moment to fix the failures of Copenhagen?
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