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Keeping private profits from getting in the way of the public good.

Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season
by Mary Hansen
If you close the Amazon app, get off the couch, and shop at independent shops this holiday season, you could be helping rebuild your local economy.
The Battle in Seattle, 15 Years On: How an Unsung Hero Kept the Movements United The Battle in Seattle, 15 Years On: How an Unsung Hero Kept the Movements United
by Jonathan Rosenblum
A lead organizer of the protests against the World Trade Organization in 1999 remembers Tyree Scott, a quiet presence in the labor movement who urged unity when it mattered most.
North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out
by Mary Hansen
In the far north of the Great Plains, you have to be a pharmacist to own a pharmacy. Next week, voters could overturn that rule—putting the state's thriving independent drugstores at risk.
Why a Tiny Decrease in Unemployment Means a Big Pay Raise for the Poor Why a Tiny Decrease in Unemployment Means a Big Pay Raise for the Poor
by Dean Baker
A sustained one-percentage-point decline in the unemployment rate is associated with a 9.4 percent rise in the wages of workers in the bottom quintile of the wage distribution.
Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco
by Alexis Goldstein
Kicking the polluters out of the negotiations may sound like wishful thinking. But there is a precedent: the global effort to regulate the tobacco industry.
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
by Nina Bunker Ruiz
In Mora County, New Mexico, corporations seeking fracking contracts came up against “querencia”—a traditional way of thinking about and defending the land.
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
by Thomas Hanna
Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff) Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff)
by Miriam Axel-Lute
When you ask Americans specific questions about the policies they support, it turns out we're not so polarized after all.
Anti-Homeless Spikes? Heartless. Cementing Over Them? Ingenious. Anti-Homeless Spikes? Heartless. Cementing Over Them? Ingenious.
by Molly Rusk
Londoners have made their feelings clear about a corporate "solution" to the problem of homelessness—and the company listened.
Return of Hometown News: Old-School Reporters and Citizen Journalists Unite to Bring it Back Return of Hometown News: Old-School Reporters and Citizen Journalists Unite to Bring it Back
by Dan Kennedy
Filling a void left by big city newspapers, online projects combine community news, journalism, and conversations with our neighbors.
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