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12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014
12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014
Slacktivism? Not so much. From #BlackLivesMatter to #BringBackOurGirls, this year's best hashtags around issues of social justice brought fresh voices into some of our most important conversations.
Posted Dec 19, 2014
UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up
UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up
Negotiators have stopped trying to win a binding international agreement on carbon emissions. Now it’s up to the people to push our governments to action.
Posted Dec 11, 2014
The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity
The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity
Democratic ownership, localized food production, and a shift to renewables are key principles in this growing movement to re-envision our economy.
Posted Dec 10, 2014
Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season
Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season
If you close the Amazon app, get off the couch, and shop at independent shops this holiday season, you could be helping rebuild your local economy.
Posted Dec 09, 2014
An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food
An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food
“While not every traditional variety tastes great or looks great, its genetics may be invaluable 50 or 100 years from now when the climate is different.”
Posted Dec 09, 2014
Video: Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Reconciliation Process—Which Is Needed Now More Than Ever
Video: Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Reconciliation Process—Which Is Needed Now More Than Ever
A singing flash mob honors the passing of Nelson Mandela, who died one year ago this week and helped establish South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation process after apartheid.
Posted Dec 05, 2014
An Indigenous View on #BlackLivesMatter
An Indigenous View on #BlackLivesMatter
I was reminded over and over this week that black and indigenous communities of struggle are deeply connected through our experiences with colonialism, oppression, and white supremacy.
Posted Dec 05, 2014
Why I Want to Burn Everything Down Right Now—And Why I’m Not Going To
Why I Want to Burn Everything Down Right Now—And Why I’m Not Going To
What I learned from James Baldwin’s writing about race, in a moment of great anger.
Posted Dec 04, 2014
Meet the Lobstermen Arrested for Blocking a Coal Freighter—and the DA Who Kept Them Out of Jail
Meet the Lobstermen Arrested for Blocking a Coal Freighter—and the DA Who Kept Them Out of Jail
Last spring, these men were in a small white lobster boat anchored to block the path of an oncoming freighter hauling 40,000 tons of coal. They didn't expect the district attorney to support them.
Posted Dec 02, 2014
Sit Still, Listen, and Accept Being a Target: What White Men Can Do in Times Like These
Sit Still, Listen, and Accept Being a Target: What White Men Can Do in Times Like These
From law enforcement officers to sports team owners, we're hearing plenty of stories of white men behaving badly. Even the most decent and principled ones have to exercise muscles of consciousness they haven’t needed to use before.
Posted Dec 02, 2014
The Battle in Seattle, 15 Years On: How an Unsung Hero Kept the Movements United
The Battle in Seattle, 15 Years On: How an Unsung Hero Kept the Movements United
A lead organizer of the protests against the World Trade Organization in 1999 remembers Tyree Scott, a quiet presence in the labor movement who urged unity when it mattered most.
Posted Dec 01, 2014
Police Violence Is Not Inevitable: Four Ways a California Police Chief Connected Cops With Communities
Police Violence Is Not Inevitable: Four Ways a California Police Chief Connected Cops With Communities
“A critical look at any institution with as much power and authority invested in it as the police is probably a good thing.”
Posted Nov 28, 2014
“I’m Scared to Be a Black Male Walking Down the Street”: Seattle Teens on Why They Skipped School for a #Ferguson March
“I’m Scared to Be a Black Male Walking Down the Street”: Seattle Teens on Why They Skipped School for a #Ferguson March
“We all just left class. As soon as 11:00 came, we stood up and walked out of class. Together as one.”
Posted Nov 26, 2014
#Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today
#Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today
“For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.”
Posted Nov 26, 2014
Video: Vancouver Opera Violinist Plays 19th-Century Ballad for Protesters in Pipeline Fight
Video: Vancouver Opera Violinist Plays 19th-Century Ballad for Protesters in Pipeline Fight
The cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, as well as First Nations, have all sued the pipeline company Kinder Morgan, which wants to extend a pipeline through a mountain in British Columbia.
Posted Nov 21, 2014

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