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Political Agenda

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Fare Play: Transit Rights Are Civil Rights for L.A.’s Bus Riders Fare Play: Transit Rights Are Civil Rights for L.A.’s Bus Riders
by Eric Mann
Is access to bus service a civil rights issue? These Los Angeles riders think so—and they're taking it to the White House.
Washington's Wall Street Sugar Daddies Washington's Wall Street Sugar Daddies
by Hillary Lehr
Who’s lining the pocket of your representatives? Here’s a tool you can use to find out.
5 Good Ideas from Occupy’s National Gathering 5 Good Ideas from Occupy’s National Gathering
by James Trimarco
Occupiers used the National Gathering to trade ideas about what was working and what wasn’t. The 5 ideas profiled below show a movement determined to adapt and stay vibrant.
Occupy Los Angeles Blends Art & Activism Occupy Los Angeles Blends Art & Activism
by James Trimarco
The writing’s on the wall—literally. Occupiers in L.A. take to a new medium and spread words of protest with chalk.
Syria: Lamp in the Storm Syria: Lamp in the Storm
by Michael Nagler
How can we can create the right vision to support indigenous nonviolence and unarmed civilian peacekeeping?
Think Small: A New Housing Model Think Small: A New Housing Model
by Doug Pibel
Why go back to the way things were when we can create housing that embraces the best of tradition and the best of new thinking?
A Student Debt Strike Force Takes Off A Student Debt Strike Force Takes Off
by Yates McKee
Debt—and the shame that surrounds it—is the tie that binds the 99 percent. Can young people reimagine it as something productive, rather than a tool for profiteering?
States Close in on Citizens United: California, Montana, and Beyond States Close in on Citizens United: California, Montana, and Beyond
by John Bonifaz
Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court justices behind the notorious decision struck down a century-old Montana law curbing corruption in politics. Last week, California became the largest state yet to officially join the movement to end Citizens United for good.
When You Should Vote For Book Burning When You Should Vote For Book Burning
The people of Troy, Mich. almost lost their public library—until they launched a shocking reverse-psychology campaign to convince their city it still needs books.
Occupy’s National Gathering: A Vision for the Next Step Forward? Occupy’s National Gathering: A Vision for the Next Step Forward?
by James Trimarco
The movement has been accused before of lacking direction. But this week in Philadelphia, delegates to the first-ever national Occupy gathering created a streamlined vision for the change they want to see.
How the Student Loans Debate Got Religion How the Student Loans Debate Got Religion
by Christa Hillstrom
There’s a biblical precedent for forgiveness—of debt. Why churches are standing by students on one of the Bible’s most surprising social principles.
Growing Beyond Growth for True Democracy Growing Beyond Growth for True Democracy
by J.A. Myerson
When democracy is not determined by economic power, it is possible to imagine alternatives to “growth” and “austerity.”
Medicare for All: A Single Solution to the Health Care Fracas Medicare for All: A Single Solution to the Health Care Fracas
by Robert Weissman
The Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court, but many remain dissatisfied. How we can still make health care work.
Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
International trade deals allow businesses to sue elected governments when corporate interests are threatened abroad. Here’s why you should care.
The Achilles' Heel of the American Dream The Achilles' Heel of the American Dream
by Sean Burns
Book Review: “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power” profiles the radical, working-class movements of the '60s and '70s—a guide for transformation today.
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