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What the Oscars Can Teach Us About Elections That Work What the Oscars Can Teach Us About Elections That Work
by Rob Richie
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?
Global Day of Dance Connects Women around the Globe Global Day of Dance Connects Women around the Globe
by Katrina Rabeler
Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising brought women into the streets in every country registered with the United Nations, plus a few places that aren’t. At the Seattle event, a dancing little girl seemed to represent the movement’s hopes for women’s lives.
Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us
by Sarah van Gelder
When a new law paved the way for tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel development on native lands, four women swore to be “idle no more.” The idea took off.
Eleanor: The Radical Roosevelt Eleanor: The Radical Roosevelt
by Peter Dreier
Hollywood just can’t seem to tell the truth about Eleanor Roosevelt, who was a fierce defender of human rights. Historian Peter Dreier steps in to set the record straight.
Remembering Aaron Swartz, “Alpha Geek” and Defender of Online Freedom Remembering Aaron Swartz, “Alpha Geek” and Defender of Online Freedom
by Micah L. Sifry
Aaron Swartz took his own life at the age of 26, after years of legal trouble over academic articles he downloaded and intended to share. He leaves behind a legacy of thinking about the power of the internet to shape our political lives.
Movement to End High-Stakes Testing Steps Up in Seattle Movement to End High-Stakes Testing Steps Up in Seattle
by Dean Paton
Teachers at two Seattle high schools violated district policy and their union contracts by refusing to administer a mandatory test. And signs abound that teachers around the nation are ready to stand up, too.
Why Post-Sandy America Needs State Banks More than Ever Why Post-Sandy America Needs State Banks More than Ever
by Ellen Brown
If we the people want the sort of security in emergencies that is available to the owners of Wall Street banks, we need to own some banks ourselves.
Why Won’t the Wall Street Journal Cover the Cooperative Economy? Why Won’t the Wall Street Journal Cover the Cooperative Economy?
by Gar Alperovitz, Keane Bhatt
Cooperative businesses are proliferating quickly, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the Wall Street Journal.
Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones? Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones?
by Stuart Glascock
Book Review: Killing by remote control is no game, peace activist Medea Benjamin argues in “Drone Warfare.” We know that drones kill civilians and inflame hatred against the United States—but can we stop them?
Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts” Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts”
by Deepak Bhargava
Obama’s grassroots supporters voted for jobs and social services, not for the budget cuts that Congress is demanding. Now they’re working to make sure that message is not forgotten.
This Inauguration Is Brought to You By... This Inauguration Is Brought to You By...
by Signe Predmore
Despite widespread petitions and concerns about money in politics, corporations will provide funding for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
4 Ways to Leap the “Fiscal Cliff” to a Better U.S.A. 4 Ways to Leap the “Fiscal Cliff” to a Better U.S.A.
by Sarah van Gelder
Sarah van Gelder looks beyond the hype about the deficit and finds four ways to balance the books while protecting our health and financial security.
Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy
Buying local isn’t enough. If we’re going to get our economy back on track, we have to re-center on communities.
We Can Address “Fiscal Cliff” Without Cuts to Social Security We Can Address “Fiscal Cliff” Without Cuts to Social Security
by Democracy Now!
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman investigates the issue of the “fiscal cliff” and examines the agenda of some of those advocating for corporate tax relief.
New Ebay Contracts: What’s in the Fine Print? New Ebay Contracts: What’s in the Fine Print?
by Signe Predmore
Ebay’s new contracts require users to compose a letter and snail-mail it to them in order to retain the right to make legal claims against the site. Find out how, why, and what you can do about it.
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