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New series shows “the reality of the problem but also the joy, humor, and humanity that we’re trying to fight for in the first place.”
Liz Pleasant | Sep 26, 2017
Worker-ownership economics catch on in Ohio, Nevada, and North Carolina.
David Bowie pushed boundaries, challenged norms, and helped pop culture become more inclusive. Here’s how to keep his legacy alive.
Lots of us have had a moment—a revelation, observation, or interaction—when climate change became more than a concept. What’s yours?
Liz Pleasant | Dec 4, 2015
For nearly 20 years, the residents of this mostly African American Greensboro community had nowhere to shop for food. They tried to attract a big-box grocery store; when that didn’t work, they started their own.
Liz Pleasant | Nov 12, 2015
Who needs banks when you have communities? And organizations like Mission Asset Fund have even figured out how to use the system to raise credit scores.
Liz Pleasant | Oct 21, 2015
In the new documentary "Just Eat It," filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer swear off grocery shopping for six months and eat only food that would otherwise be thrown out.
Liz Pleasant | Jul 1, 2015
For once, Stewart had no jokes to offer.
Liz Pleasant | Jun 24, 2015
Is Rachel Dolezal blacker than I am, or a misguided white woman in need of a reality check? I asked two black women—one who worked with Dolezal and another who is a leader in the #BlackLivesMatter movement—to weigh in.
Liz Pleasant | Jun 20, 2015
This best-selling author explains why blame is bad for us and our relationships.
Liz Pleasant | May 29, 2015
Tired of the lack of understanding with traditional "Get well soon" cards, Emily McDowell decided to create an alternative.
Liz Pleasant | May 22, 2015
For Bryan Stevensen, the largest evil surrounding African-American history isn’t slavery, but the pervasiveness of white supremacy and the difficulty we have discussing it openly.
Liz Pleasant | May 13, 2015
John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
Liz Pleasant | May 8, 2015
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.
Liz Pleasant | May 2, 2015
This co-op south of Portland wants to strengthen the local food system by helping local farmers cooperate instead of compete with one another.
“Teachers are better prepared because #FergusonSyllabus created a space for exchange among educators about best practices and materials for illustrating the best and worst of our democracy.”
Liz Pleasant | Jan 13, 2015
How do you fit a full-sized family into a tiny house? The Morrisons and Kasls found that the benefits of life in 200 square feet outweigh the difficulties.
Liz Pleasant | Dec 25, 2014
First, they started buying up—and canceling—individuals’ medical debt. Now the people behind Rolling Jubilee are taking on student loans from a for-profit university that exploits the poor—and the whole debt system could be next.
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.
Liz Pleasant | Sep 6, 2014
Teachers and educators collect ideas and resources for how to talk about Ferguson with students of all ages.
Liz Pleasant | Aug 27, 2014
The goal is to raise enough money to send 500 treatments for tear gas exposure to support protesters in Ferguson, Mo.
Liz Pleasant | Aug 20, 2014
As the problem of marine pollution gets serious, people around the world are turning ocean trash into all sorts of useful objects.
Liz Pleasant | Aug 1, 2014
New York City's newly approved budget allocates $1.2 million for developing and supporting worker-owned cooperative businesses.
Liz Pleasant | Jun 28, 2014
With the owner of the team vowing "NEVER" to change its name, Native American tribes around the country launch a national campaign to do just that.
Liz Pleasant | Jun 11, 2014
Artists from Seattle's hip hop scene—including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis—speak about music's healing power.
From Oakland to Brooklyn, practitioners of holistic health care are working to make their services affordable for all.
Liz Pleasant | Jun 7, 2014
Signs of change are appearing in the United States military as well.
Liz Pleasant | May 24, 2014
We pored through a debt-resistance manual created by former Occupiers to bring you these practical tips.
Liz Pleasant | May 22, 2014
The decision is the largest single win for the movement to push institutions to divest from fossil fuels. And student activists say they'll keep the pressure on Stanford to divest from oil and natural gas as well as from coal.
Liz Pleasant | May 14, 2014