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One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It As a National Crisis

While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?

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Peace and Justice

Young Guatemalan Farmers Fight For Land Rights, Local Food, and Sustainable Traditions Endangered by Global Trade Deals‏

The same forces that have driven many onto the migrant trail have led to the emergence of a movement of young campesinos organizing to stay on their land.

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People Power

Baltimoreans Celebrate Charging of Officers—But Say It’s Just First Step

“It’s not ‘game over,’ it’s ‘game on.’ Now, we can actually start to see things happening.”

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Meet the Woman Behind #BlackLivesMatter—The Hashtag That Became a Civil Rights Movement

Alicia Garza and two friends first tweeted #BlackLivesMatter to spark a conversation after the death of Trayvon Martin. Three years later, their hashtag has become a movement.

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Peace and Justice

5 Numbers to Help You Understand Life in Freddie Gray's Baltimore

The #BaltimoreUprising isn't just about one death. Years of systemic neglect have left people with shorter lives, poor educations, and few employment opportunities.

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Peace and Justice

Photos: Baltimore Protests Inspire Renewed Sense of Direction For Community Leaders‏

“If people are calling for peace, we need to push the narrative toward policies and political changes that are actually going to give people the conditions to deal with structural violence.”

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People Power

One of These 4 Radical, Badass Women Could Be on the $20 Bill

Until May 10, Americans will vote on Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and two other contenders to replace Andrew Jackson.

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New Economy

Is the Local Economy Too Local? Why Co-Ops and Credit Unions Need a Broader Strategy

Author and activist Gar Alperovitz calls it a “checkerboard strategy.” In the first piece in a series, we look at the organizations working to transform our economy, and how they can benefit from working together.

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People Power

State of Emergency—Meet the Everyday People Demanding Justice on Baltimore Streets

Video: City council members, religious leaders, and community activists continue to ask Baltimore police be held accountable for Freddie Gray's death.

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People Power

"Freddie Gray Used to Buy Me Ice Cream"—Voices From the Streets of Baltimore

After 25-year-old Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained in a Baltimore police van, city residents are rallying to demand accountability.

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Planet

Why Seattleites Think They Can Stop Shell Oil From Drilling in the Arctic

The Port of Seattle has welcomed the oil company to temporarily moor its drilling rig before it’s towed to Alaska. But these protestors are threatening to block it.

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People Power

Armenia’s Genocide Began 100 Years Ago Today. Here’s How the World Remembered It

If you could see my Facebook feed right now, you would understand how much this day means to Armenians like me.

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Planet

The U.S. Has Nearly 600 Coal Waste Sites. Why They've Got West Virginians Worried

Residents fear that coal-contaminated water is seeping into their wells. But a lack of evidence is stalling action.

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Happiness

"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..."—Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives

Teachers don't always know the challenges kids deal with outside of the classroom. Sometimes talking can make all the difference.

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Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses

The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.

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Happiness

Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy‏. Really!

From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.

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Happiness

How I Learned to Ask For Handouts (No Matter How Weird It Feels)

Farming and writing don't bring home the bacon—why I'm no longer ashamed to ask my community to help.

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Happiness

We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life

City living is changing animals in surprising ways. But they’re also transforming the cities they share with us.

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New Economy

What If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? These Denver Cabbies Are Making It Happen

Workers at app-driven companies like Uber don’t have the rights of full employees. But with the help of traditional unions, some are banding together into worker-owned cooperatives.

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8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline

TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.

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Planet

In a Win for Opponents of Mountaintop Removal, W.Va. Govt Decides to Study Health Impacts

The state's shift in approach is also good news for environmentalists worldwide, who want to see more urgency in transitioning away from fossil fuels.

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People Power

It's Time to Think Boldly About Building a New American System

The inability of politics to address poverty, climate change, and other basic challenges has fueled extraordinary experimentation in American communities. Welcome to a new conversation on how we make change happen.

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Nature Needs a New Pronoun: To Stop the Age of Extinction, Let's Start by Ditching "It"

Calling the natural world “it” absolves us of moral responsibility and opens the door to exploitation. Here's what we can say instead.http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/housing-first-solution-to-homelessness-utah

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This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers

“Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.

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Call for Submissions: Debt, Power, and Life After Loans

Rolling Jubilee, debtors unions, underwater mortgages, and more: We're about to dive deep into debt. Send us your pitches by April 13!

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People Power

"Shame Cannot Survive Empathy": Monica Lewinsky Was the Internet's First Victim. Here's How She Bounced Back

In 1998, the brutal public shaming Lewinsky underwent was an online phenomenon we'd never seen before. Today, it's a growing trend that can only be curbed by compassion.

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Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present

In this selection from his new book, the poet and farmer Wendell Berry connects the dangers of the future to a failure to live fully in the here and now.

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New Economy

How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee

Labels like "fair trade" and "direct trade" indicate food is ethically sourced—but how do you know what they really mean, and whether they're effective?

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New Economy

A March Madness Makeover: 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball

March Madness is now a bigger cash cow than the Super Bowl, but in college sports the only people not getting a piece of the billion-dollar pie are the players.

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Happiness

Why “Broad City” Is the Perfect Comedy for the Student Debt Generation

The Comedy Central show allows millennials of a specific demographic—and even those outside of it—to laugh at the situation the 1 percent has handed them.

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