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How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
In Mora County, New Mexico, corporations seeking fracking contracts came up against “querencia”—a traditional way of thinking about and defending the land.
Posted Sep 15, 2014
For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever
For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever
We’re tired of winning the argument and losing the fight. And so we march.
Posted Sep 15, 2014
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
Posted Sep 12, 2014
This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road”
This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road”
A future where India is the major world superpower, gender is flexible, and energy comes from waves? This writer’s version of the near future feels much more real than apocalyptic nightmares we’ve come to dread.
Posted Sep 12, 2014
The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway
The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway
The fact that the issue reached the Senate floor is a huge victory for the American people, who overwhelmingly say they want something done about corporate influence in elections.
Posted Sep 11, 2014
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
Posted Sep 10, 2014
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and self-described “plutocrat,” says a healthy economy and an effective democracy depend on a thriving middle class of workers.
Posted Sep 09, 2014
Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa)
Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa)
In this Q and A, the talented Khalifa talks about how she became interested in issues of racial justice, her work with the Dream Defenders, and the power of social media.
Posted Sep 08, 2014
Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike
Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike
More than 400 workers and supporters were arrested on Thursday amid a nationwide wave of walkouts and demonstrations.
Posted Sep 05, 2014
To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation
To Save Family Farms from Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect with a New Generation
In the next 20 years, many American family farmers are likely to retire—putting enormous amounts of land on the market. Here's how they're connecting with young farmers to make sure the family farm survives.
Posted Sep 05, 2014
Obamacare Closed a Loophole for CEO Pay—And Won Taxpayers $72M
Obamacare Closed a Loophole for CEO Pay—And Won Taxpayers $72M
The savings from 2013 alone could pay for dental care for 262,000 Americans for an entire year.
Posted Sep 04, 2014
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work.
Posted Sep 03, 2014
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
Posted Sep 02, 2014
6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet
6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet
We asked psychologists, user experience designers, and writers what web users could to do to promote more empathic interaction in online places. Here's what they said.
Posted Sep 02, 2014
Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?
Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?
47 million Americans live beneath the official poverty line, under a daily judgment of failure. The question today is: Whose failure?
Posted Aug 28, 2014

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