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Political Agenda

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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.
 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.
“Stand Your Ground Isn’t What Put the Bullet in Trayvon”: Voices from Florida’s Occupied Capitol “Stand Your Ground Isn’t What Put the Bullet in Trayvon”: Voices from Florida’s Occupied Capitol
by James Trimarco
Daniel Agnew, Melanie Andrade, and Jabari Mickles are members of a group that occupied Florida’s capitol building after the Zimmerman acquittal.
Why the Revival of US Labor Might Start with Nonunion Workers Why the Revival of US Labor Might Start with Nonunion Workers
by Amy B. Dean
The AFL-CIO’s community affiliate, Working America, is expanding its work online and off.
President Obama’s Climate Speech: Is It Enough? President Obama’s Climate Speech: Is It Enough?
by YES! online staff
Thom Hartmann and YES! executive editor Sarah van Gelder discuss the president’s speech on climate change. Is it a first step toward climate justice? Or is it too little, too late?
The NSA’s Spying Program: What’s at Stake for the Climate Movement? The NSA’s Spying Program: What’s at Stake for the Climate Movement?
by James Trimarco
Programs such as Prism would likely be used to hamper the social movements we need to tackle the biggest problems of our time.
What to Say When They Say It’s Impossible What to Say When They Say It’s Impossible
by Andrea Brower
Here are ten smart responses you can use when people tell you there’s no alternative to the capitalism that’s cooking the planet.
Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech
by Christa Hillstrom
What we still have to learn from the world’s favorite riot grrrls.
Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha! Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha!
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In just six months, the “Land of Lakes” went from debating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, to legalizing it this week. One proud resident on celebrating change in one of our more politically quirky states.
The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits? The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits?
by Shannon Hayes
There’s nothing like talk of “government handouts” to get people upset. But when it comes to farm bill, the real culprits might not be who you think they are.
Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time
by Gar Alperovitz
Before 2004, no state allowed same-sex marriage. Today, it's legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia. If you want to see how political progress is made, look to the local level.
Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About
by Peter Pearsall
The largest march on May Day in Seattle was about immigrant families and their supporters standing together for human rights. Not to be confused with the rowdiness that took place later in the day.
Boston Aftermath Shows a Nation Less—Not More—Afraid of Muslims Boston Aftermath Shows a Nation Less—Not More—Afraid of Muslims
by Pramila Jayapal
Despite the horrific attacks and media slurs that followed the Boston bombing, the behavior of ordinary people and elected representatives shows improved tolerance of muslims and other immigrants.
A Tax System for the 99 Percent A Tax System for the 99 Percent
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
Feeling like taxes are more unfair than ever? Three ways corporations, banks, and individuals exploit an unjust system—and three ways the people are pushing back.
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen Soriano
Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.
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