How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.
Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s Master Storyteller
by YES! online staffposted Mar 22, 2013
- The great Nigerian author and essayist Chinua Achebe died on Thursday in Boston. In this interview with Bill Moyers, first broadcast in 1988, he explains why “The storyteller has a different agenda from the emperor.”
For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating
by Jonathan Roweposted Mar 21, 2013
- Could it be as simple as that? Author Jonathan Rowe thought so, and tried it out in his own hometown.
Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own
by Nina Rogozenposted Mar 20, 2013
- The Affordable Care Act hopes to drive expansion of health care co-ops.
Three Tactics for a Stronger Climate Movement
by Melanie Jae Martinposted Mar 19, 2013
- In January, the Sierra Club reversed a 121-year-old ban on civil disobedience to reflect the urgency of climate change. The move presents an opening for radical groups to try new tactics like the three discussed here.
New Film Calls Worker-Owned Cooperatives “Next American Revolution”
by Kristin Hugoposted Mar 15, 2013
- Gar Alperovitz’s film points to worker-owned cooperatives as a growing alternative to traditional capitalism and socialism.
Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence
by Katherine Gustafsonposted Mar 14, 2013
- A growing network of programs is teaching kids how to understand and express their emotions. Among their results: decreased aggression and violence.
Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffmanposted Mar 11, 2013
- Psychologists recently conducted a study that found that meditation may make you more liberal, at least in the short-term. Richard Schiffman argues that the politics of true spirituality are more about balance than support for any one side.
Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both?
by Sarah van Gelderposted Mar 08, 2013
- From 1999 to 2013, Hugo Chavez served as president of Venezuela. He leaves behind a mixed legacy that includes admirable efforts to empower the poor, but also a disturbing tendency toward authoritarianism.
Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph Solisposted Mar 08, 2013
- Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.
Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement
by Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa, Sally Bunner, Lauren Resslerposted Mar 06, 2013
- The students organizing for climate justice on campuses today are drawing connections between the environment and social issues like debt, racism, and immigration.
You’ve Come a Long Way, Feminism (But You’re Not There Yet)
by Ruth Rosenposted Mar 01, 2013
- In the 1970s, women called for abortion rights, universal child care, and equal pay. So why are we still waiting for these rights?
What the Oscars Can Teach Us About Elections That Work
by Rob Richieposted Feb 25, 2013
- Academy Award-winners are selected by algorithms that allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, selecting backups if their first choices lose. What if we elected our leaders that way?
Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broadposted Feb 25, 2013
- Review: More than half of the nation’s worst-paid jobs are related to food. Saru Jayaraman’s new book dives into the explosive movement for better rights for those who plant, process, and cook the food we eat.
California Teachers Divest Pension Fund from Assault Weapons
by Chris Francisposted Feb 22, 2013
- Just hours after Sandy Hook, the managers of the teachers’ pension fund sold off their stock in a manufacturer of semi-automatic rifles.
Largest Climate Rally in U.S. History Comes to Washington
by Sarah Kuckposted Feb 19, 2013
- What does it sound like when 40,000 people raise their voices for climate justice at once?