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James M. Russell is a Horace Mann Fellow at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, he has lived across the United States working in a variety of positions and on various political campaigns. You can check out his writing portfolio here, follow him on Twitter @james4texas or e-mail him here.

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The Road From Fukushima to Nuclear Abolition

Posted April 26, 2011 | 12:08:13 (EST)

"By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy -- indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction" ~ William Osler

To Tad Daley, there is no bigger...

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Filmmaker Sees Community, Creation at LA Strip Club

Posted February 7, 2011 | 18:39:36 (EST)

It's easy for filmmaker Leilah Weinraub to describe Shakedown, a black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles.

"Shakedown is really a club where girls go when they first realize they're gay... and it's the kind of place where amazing things are happening all the time," she says by phone. "It's...

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At 'Summit for People,' Cautious Optimism About Ending Citizens United

Posted January 27, 2011 | 16:22:03 (EST)

For Annabel Park, founder of the Coffee Party USA, the influence of corporations on elections is "a cancer in our political system." Speaking by phone, she elaborates on this heavy metaphor with a statement even more dire: that if Americans remain cynical and allow the cancer to spread...

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On 9th Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, Activists "Witness Against Torture"

Posted January 17, 2011 | 17:58:20 (EST)

The announcement by White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs on December 26 that "it's gonna be a while" before the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility closes did not deter nearly 200 activists in Washington, DC on a snowy January 11. Working as a group called Witness Against Torture (WAT), these activists rallied...

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Activists Act, Don't Wait, As Senate Holds More Hearings on Future of DADT

Posted December 8, 2010 | 09:46:19 (EST)

Like many other pieces of legislation, the fate of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) rests in the hands of the lame-duck session of Congress.

When the Senate Armed Services Committee announced that it would conduct hearings on December 2 and 3 on a report commissioned by the...

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Up & Over It: They Don't Speak Usual Irish Dance

Posted November 15, 2010 | 12:27:29 (EST)

If you're one to believe that the most innovative people begin in their craft when they are young, then it will likely not be a surprise that Irish dancers Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding have been dancing for most of their lives. Cleary, who was born in Dublin and raised...

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On Election Day, Activists Begin Fast for Civil Rights

Posted November 2, 2010 | 02:57:42 (EST)

Alan Bounville and Iana DiBona have given up their livelihoods and been demonstrating and protesting outside of the campaign office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for nearly 36 days. Their demand? That Gillibrand file the American Equality Bill, which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil...

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Chris Rabb Talks Invisible Capital

Posted October 26, 2010 | 14:44:28 (EST)

When asked about the overriding concept of his new book, Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shapes Entrepreneurial Opportunity, Chris Rabb put it in five simple words: "why Donald Trump is evil." Though he says this with a laugh, Trump nonetheless represents to Rabb "how we view entrepreneurship, transcendent of political...

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Richard Noble on Equality, Activism, Spirituality

Posted October 12, 2010 | 14:38:39 (EST)

For nearly 10 days of fasting, Richard Noble sounds healthy. Speaking by phone from Palm Springs, California, the energetic Noble from October 1 to 9 was publicly fasting for the end of the discrimination that he believes brought the suicides of young people like Asher Brown, 13, of...

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The Progressive Role of Billionaires

Posted September 10, 2010 | 16:24:12 (EST)

Last month, 40 billionaires from around the United States announced that they had signed "The Giving Pledge," an initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, stating their plans to donate the majority of their personal fortunes in their lifetime or after their death....

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