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Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
The momentum behind the legalization of gay marriage came from grassroots action, not from court cases.
The Young Turks on YouTube: Keepin' It Real and Beating Out Corporate News The Young Turks on YouTube: Keepin' It Real and Beating Out Corporate News
by Kali Swenson
With over one billion views on YouTube and counting, The Young Turks prove that successful, independent, online news is possible.
Glenn Greenwald on Government Snooping: Why It's Dangerous and What We Can Do About It Glenn Greenwald on Government Snooping: Why It's Dangerous and What We Can Do About It
by Dean Paton
When it comes to stopping NSA surveillance, it may be more effective to write to Facebook and Google than to government officials.
Seattle Wins $15 Minimum Wage—Will Your Town Be Next? Seattle Wins $15 Minimum Wage—Will Your Town Be Next?
by YES! Editors
Activists built support for the ordinance by demonstrating that it would reduce poverty in the city.
Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won. Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
by Molly Rusk
The teachers found their careers at risk when an erratic statistical tool became a key measure of their success.
That Book About Inequality That's Sold Out of Bookstores? Here's What It Means for 2016 That Book About Inequality That's Sold Out of Bookstores? Here's What It Means for 2016
by John Feffer
The popularity of a new book by French economist Thomas Piketty should be a wake-up call for politicians. If inequality sells in the stores, it will sell at the polls as well.
Katie Couric Investigates America's Corporate Sugar Pushers in "Fed Up" Katie Couric Investigates America's Corporate Sugar Pushers in "Fed Up"
by Erin Sagen
Food can no longer be dismissed as niche news. It’s universal, vital, and urgent—and this film drives that point home.
Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations
by Molly Rusk
A new law will end the practice of evaluating teachers based on their students' standardized test scores.
This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Becker
These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.
They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate
by Rachael Stoeve
A look at the growing influence of undocumented voices in the movement for immigrant rights.
How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All
by Imara Jones
By keeping workers healthy, the Affordable Care Act will help the working poor achieve greater financial stability—and will probably boost the economy as well.
The Supreme Court Just Gave You One More Reason to Join the Clean Elections Movement The Supreme Court Just Gave You One More Reason to Join the Clean Elections Movement
by Fran Korten
The McCutcheon decision will boost the political power of the one percent at the expense of the rest of us. But it also adds to the urgency of the movement that's working to take back our democracy.
Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong” Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”
by Scott Nine
In her new book, Diane Ravitch—one of the leading thinkers behind the controversial Bush-era law—explores how the faulty logic of high-stakes testing, charter school expansion, and privatization hinders education.
Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy
by Doug Pibel
An influential study's failure to consider factors like poverty, race, and immigration concealed the fact that scores were improving.
Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On
by Erika Lundahl
A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice.
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