Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both?
by Sarah van GelderMar 08, 2013
- From 1999 to 2013, Hugo Chavez served as president of Venezuela. He leaves behind a mixed legacy that includes admirable efforts to empower the poor, but also a disturbing tendency toward authoritarianism.
Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph SolisMar 08, 2013
- Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.
You’ve Come a Long Way, Feminism (But You’re Not There Yet)
by Ruth RosenMar 01, 2013
- In the 1970s, women called for abortion rights, universal child care, and equal pay. So why are we still waiting for these rights?
What the Oscars Can Teach Us About Elections That Work
by Rob RichieFeb 25, 2013
- 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
by Katrina RabelerFeb 15, 2013
- 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
by Sarah van GelderFeb 07, 2013
- 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
by Peter DreierJan 24, 2013
- 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
by Micah L. SifryJan 17, 2013
- 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
by Dean PatonJan 14, 2013
- 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
by Ellen BrownJan 07, 2013
- 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?
by Gar Alperovitz, Keane BhattDec 20, 2012
- 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?
by Stuart GlascockDec 18, 2012
- 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”
by Deepak BhargavaDec 10, 2012
- 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...
by Signe PredmoreDec 07, 2012
- 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.
by Sarah van GelderDec 07, 2012
- 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.