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Zach Carter

WATCH: Netroots Nation and RightOnline Activists Join Forces | Zach Carter | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Netroots Nation and RightOnline held competing conferences in Minneapolis this week, generating an unusual amount of ideological...

Spain's 15 Mayo Protests: What Will It Mean for U.S. Youth Election Year Activism?

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 08.10.2011 | World
Ellen Freudenheim

Democracy in action is a beautiful thing to see. For the past few weeks, a colorful, makeshift camp erected by young Spanish protestors demanding gov...

Gaza Diaries: Prison Visits

Salena Tramel | Posted 07.16.2011 | Impact
Salena Tramel

Gaza is an intoxicating place where minds are free to travel, despite physical barriers. I am grateful for this opportunity to learn more.

Obama Working To Rebuild Grassroots Army

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is barely a month old, but Camille Gervasio and other volunteers nationwide already are ...

People's Power Blocks Dam Construction in Northeast India

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Peter Bosshard

With more than 150 dams proposed for construction and 11 projects in operation, Northeast India is one of the hotspots of global dam building. The big...

Bringing Art To Haiti's Children

Lysa Heslov | Posted 06.16.2011 | Impact
Lysa Heslov

While I'm well aware we don't live in a cave, strong partnerships and alliances will be the only way to exact a true measure of change.

Amy Lee

Helping Prospective Grassroots Leaders Find The Support They Need | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

This post is part of our month-long series featuring Greatest Women of the Day, in recognition of Women's History Month. To nominate a Greatest Wom...

The Breaking Point

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alyson Renaldo

However, let us consider this: when Mohamed Bouzizi set himself a blaze that Friday morning he did not have the external validation of a grassroots nation wide solidarity, or media coverage.

PUBLIC ART: Turning Times Square Billboards Into A Public Art Project

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Justus Bruns is a Dutch designer with a vision and a mission: to turn Times Square into a public museum, replacing the adds on billboards with his ver...

The First Day of Christmas: How a 3-Year-Old Boy and I Exchanged Unconventional Gifts

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alyson Renaldo

I had my first gift exchange this year with a three-year-old child that I don't know. It was memorable, if a little uncomfortable.

Citizens Fiddle, Obama Dances

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

When things are not going well, until you get the truth out on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it. -- Bob Seel...

Calorically-Challenged Finger Sandwiches and a Spot of Tea

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

When it comes to tea, I like mine complex, robust, and naturally fragrant -- none of that orange spice, fruity impartations, or bergamot oil please. H...

Building Our Future, Block by Block

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Parties in Cancun can begin to demonstrate that national self-interest is actually best served by international cooperation, rather than short-sighted and narrow-minded bickering.

And You Thought You Had Thanksgiving Off: Gender Inequality in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Lily Blau | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lily Blau

In some ways, the last thing even I want with the turkey is a side of feminist frustration. But in the 84-year history of the parade, only 10 female characters have ever sailed down the avenues.

Obama the President Defeats Obama the Movement

Jeffrey Winters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Winters

Activity replaced apathy. Excitement replaced boredom. Hope replaced resignation. Many feel foolish for allowing a flicker of hope to interrupt their experienced pessimism.

OMG! Glenn Beck Is Onto Something!

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dolan

Glenn, that sure is scary stuff about those well-funded "freedom" groups getting their emissaries elected with secret money and requiring loyalty and litmus tests. Thanks, man, for the warning.

Final Dispatch on Upton Sinclair's Wild 1934 Campaign -- and Why it Was One of Most Influential Ever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

The lesson of Upton Sinclair's 1934 gubernatorial run is that sticking to principles and running hard from the left -- if backed by the grassroots -- can get results from a president, even if the candidate in question loses.

The Roots of Brazil's Success

Jeffrey W. Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey W. Rubin

Sunday's strong presidential victory for Dilma Rousseff confirms Brazil's unique trajectory from military dictatorship in the 1970s to thriving democracy today.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Irving Thalberg's Final 'Attack Ad' Sparks Riots

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

As Election Day neared, Hollywood's crusade against Upton Sinclair, the Democratic nominee for governor, hit a new low.

Planting the Seeds

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

After stories of death and dislocation from the Soviet invasion of 1979, and now from the American occupation, Nur Akbari imagines communities learning to provide for themselves.

Surprised Political Legend

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Block

An irrepressible visionary housed in a levelheaded package, Ferial Masry is the progressively Democratic candidate for her 2/3 white, majority Republican district.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Upton Sinclair Fights Back Against Hollywood Scare Tactics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Sinclair finally wrote an angry letter protesting unprecedented tactics by Irving Thalberg, Louis B. Mayer and others.

Voting Local Is the New Global

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Salzman

As a marketing and PR professional, I'm a strong advocate of the phrase "Local is the new global." (I am not, however, a huge fan of the jargon-y term...

Are Progressives Fiddling While Rome Burns?

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

If fall of 2008 was "silly season", then what does that make this election cycle? We are in a critical moment (yes, I know someone says that every ...

Pushing For More and Better Development Assistance, One Letter at a Time

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

An interview with Asma Lateef, Director of the Bread for the World Institute, an anti-hunger advocacy organization.