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

Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Might Have to Change First
Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Might Have to Change First
Unless the legal foundation for local self-governance is truly built on the rights of communities, victories like the one in New York can easily be overturned.
Posted Aug 27, 2014
Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena
Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena
Three major international meetings about climate change are on the horizon. Is this the moment to fix the failures of Copenhagen?
Posted Aug 26, 2014
Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media
Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media
Other tweets from Palestinians pointed out parallels in racial injustice between the two situations.
Posted Aug 15, 2014
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator—from a remote controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.
Posted Aug 06, 2014
Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm
Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm
Gaskin had a talent for thinking through ways to combine simple living with social engagement. He died on July 1, 2014.
Posted Jul 31, 2014
To Strike Back at Hobby Lobby, Crafters Re-Knit the Wall Between Church and State
To Strike Back at Hobby Lobby, Crafters Re-Knit the Wall Between Church and State
The campaign has collected 700 hand-knitted bricks to dump on the Supreme Court steps to protest its infamous decision.
Posted Jul 31, 2014
Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help
Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help
A guided tour of ways to use your local library to protect your privacy online.
Posted Jul 25, 2014
Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See
Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See
The momentum behind the legalization of gay marriage came from grassroots action, not from court cases.
Posted Jul 25, 2014
“I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees
“I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees
Ashamed of the public rejection of children seeking refuge in the United States? Here’s what you can do about it.
Posted Jul 24, 2014
Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project
Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project
Many Japanese Americans were incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. Densho is preserving their stories and the cultural knowledge that comes with them.
Posted Jul 15, 2014
Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff)
Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff)
When you ask Americans specific questions about the policies they support, it turns out we're not so polarized after all.
Posted Jul 09, 2014
How Mischief-Makers Built Australia Through Pranks and Protests
How Mischief-Makers Built Australia Through Pranks and Protests
In his new book "How to Make Trouble and Influence People," Iain McIntyre offers readers an alternative version of Australian history.
Posted Jul 08, 2014
Meet the 99-Year-Old Revolutionary Who's Still Changing Detroit
Meet the 99-Year-Old Revolutionary Who's Still Changing Detroit
PBS's new documentary "American Revolutionary" explores the life of Grace Lee Boggs—who's been fighting for civil and labor rights in the Motor city for more than 75 years.
Posted Jul 03, 2014
These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way
These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way
Longhouse Media helps indigenous artists step behind the camera and document their lives.
Posted Jul 01, 2014
Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary
Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary
"The ideas in Butler's fiction challenge us to contend with our own choices and take responsibility for our own power."
Posted Jun 27, 2014

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