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Facts Are Stubborn Things

Michael Kempner | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
Michael Kempner

As President John Adams said, "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

Both Sides Now: Reinvesting In America From The Grassroots Up

Bill Ayres | Posted 01.20.2017 | Impact
Bill Ayres

I went on the March on Washington in 1963. It changed my life forever. I became a small part of the Civil Rights Movement, marched with Doctor Marti...

The US Environmental Movement Needs A New Message

The Conversation US | Posted 12.14.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Environmental issues had a marginal impact on this year's elections. This hard truth, and the strong pro-fossil-fuel tilt of President-elect Trump's cabinet, are a wake-up call for the U.S. environmental movement.

Chase Your Dream, Not Your Dragon

Suzannah Galland | Posted 12.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Suzannah Galland

I'd like to say I had an ordinary week of meetings with clients, a hot date, and regular news purge. But as things go, I had the unusual task of worki...

Grassroots Girls Go Global: International Recognition for Girl-Led Groups

Victoria Dunning | Posted 11.02.2016 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Nyanza Initiative for Girls' Education & Empowerment (NIGEE) is a GFC grassroots partner and a 2016 recipient of the With and For Girls Award. Workin...

Listen Up: We Have Something to Say! A Message from Grassroots Leaders

Stephanie Heckman | Posted 09.30.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Heckman

In August 2016, One World Children's Fund, ACODEV and the African Diaspora Network convened the first Grassroots Forward meeting and workshop in Kampala, Uganda. More than 50 participants from over 10 countries across Africa spent the day together to discuss how we can push Grassroots Forward.

Will Your Neighborhood Affect Your Access to Vote? And Other Questions This Election Cycle

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.12.2016 | Politics
Craig Newmark

Hey, I'm putting my money where my mouth is and supporting efforts to get out the vote. I'm helping out orgs in 15 states across the nation. These are...

Sharks Are Citizens, Too: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In every ocean, sharks are highly sought out... By one another and by the human race for their meat and for their valuable fin, often used in cuisine and trading.

Two Florida Dems Walking Away With The Bernie Small Donor Award

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Tim Canova, who's trying to unseat former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the House, has raised a greater share of his funds from small donors so far than any other congressional candidate.

Gloria Steinem Shares The Big Reason Why Face-To-Face Activism Is So Important

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 07.25.2016 | OWN

As an activist, Gloria Steinem has spent most of her life traveling, speaking and advocating for the equality and empowerment of women in all parts of...

Just Who Is the 'Establishment?'

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

People who believe in and act on these tenets can properly be called members of the establishment. Anyone who believes that "rulers and ruled" are "we and them" fairly belongs in that group. These people - the ones with a vested interest in government - are the ones the public should hasten into retirement.

If You Don't Think Trump Can Win, Look Across the Pond

Colin Delany | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Colin Delany

Brexit! In our latest sign of populist political dissatisfaction, the British voted last night to leave the European Union. Voters in declining industrial cities left behind by the global economy provided the decisive margin, which ought to give American economic and political elites a serious jolt.

Feeding Peace: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.18.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven grantees whose projects are bringing peace to their communities. Volunteers in Maryland engag...

Humanity and the Future of Philanthropy: Why We Can't Afford to Wait Any Longer

Stephanie Heckman | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Heckman

Co-authored by Obed Kabanda, Executive Director, ACODEV-Uganda Recent years have seen the philanthropic sector shift focus from charity to social ju...

The Most Powerful Entity in the Sanders Campaign Are the People

Nana Karlsson-Ofori | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Nana Karlsson-Ofori

This article originally appeared on in April 2016. The countless numbers of volunteers who spend hours phone banking, canvassing, hos...

Brides March Against Domestic Violence

Nana Karlsson-Ofori | Posted 05.17.2016 | Women
Nana Karlsson-Ofori

The 15th annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk kicked off at Monroe College in the Bronx on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The march is named after Gladys Ricart, who was murdered on her wedding day by her abusive ex-boyfriend on September 26, 1999.

Will Sanders Campaign Adequately Fund the Grassroots to Win Big in the West and Ensure Fair Elections?

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Greenberg

A growing number of Sanders supporters believe that Bernie's key to winning Western States with more than 60% of the vote is to have his campaign immediately shift millions from planned media buys and use the money to fund grassroots efforts.

The Evangelical Church, Demographic Change, and its Discontents

Vanessa Carter | Posted 02.17.2017 | Religion
Vanessa Carter

In the past few months, two events of note have taken place: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship invited Michelle Higgins, active in Black Lives Matter, to speak at their triennial mission conference and Wheaton College suspended Dr. Larycia Hawkins after her public efforts to establishing better relationships with Muslims.

Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Are Actually Fighting About Barack Obama

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

The debate Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are having in the Democratic presidential campaign is in many ways about the future. It's about their di...

Send Dominic Ongwen of the Lords Resistance Army Home for Real Justice

Travis Rejman | Posted 01.22.2017 | Home
Travis Rejman

Major General Ongwen was a notoriously brutal top commander who spent his entire adult life in the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) which terrorized communities in Northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

Woman Changes Retirement Plans To Aid Hispanic Community In Florida

Alexandra McNulty | Posted 01.13.2016 | Latino Voices

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

Increasing Food Sovereignty Through Grassroots Efforts, Part II

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 11.30.2016 | Green
Nichlas Emmons

In my last post, I wrote about the importance of better understanding food sovereignty. This means that we, as the consumers, know more about the food...

Increasing Food Sovereignty Through Grassroots Efforts, Part I

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 11.18.2016 | Green
Nichlas Emmons

At least in the United States, it is not a problem to find some sort of sustenance. All along the main roads of any American town and city we find an ample supply of fast food establishments and casual restaurants.

The Positive, Creative Power That Emerges When Ideas Are Shared

Andy Bryant | Posted 10.12.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Photo credit: Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust This is a guest post by Michele Ostertag, co-founder and director of Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust. "Tell me ...

Working It: The Activist Art Magazine Fueling Labor Rights for Strippers and Other Sex Workers

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.01.2016 | Women
Katherine Koster

It's a Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before her domestic violence hotline shift begins, and Matilda Bickers has put out the final call for submissions to the fall version of Working It, a Portland-based quarterly by, about, and for sex workers.