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The Rain on Our Parade: A Letter to My Dismal Allies

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

Every four years we hear that in presidential elections we are asked to choose the lesser of two evils. Now, this is not an analysis or an insight; it is a cliché, and a very tired one.

Occupy Wall Street: One Year Anniversary (VIDEO)

Krzysztof Piotrowski | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics
Krzysztof Piotrowski

In late September 2011, I found a story on Russia Today about a new protest movement called "Occupy Wall Street". After seeing the spectacle of boist...

We Need Youth to Care

Aaron Miller | Posted 11.13.2012 | Teen
Aaron Miller

American youth, the demographic most important to America's future, are often excluded from political processes and omitted from election ballots in just about every way.

When Enough Is Enough: Get Out And Shout

John Carroll | Posted 10.21.2012 | Gay Voices
John Carroll

I have to admit, it's been a long time since I've felt the need to be politically active. But When Mike Huckabee spoke out in favor of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay stance and called for a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," and thousands upon thousands of like-minded people showed up, it woke me up.

Deep Rivers, Souls, and the Enduring Artistic Challenge: A Reflection on Paul Robeson and Rob Murat

Charles Howard | Posted 10.13.2012 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

Beyond his legendary athletic abilities and his brilliant scholarship, Robeson is best known as an Artist and as an Activist. His deep baritone emerges from a deep resolve to fight against oppression everywhere.

The Stinging Comedy of "Gringoyo" Cuts Away the Twisted Logic of the Mexican Drug War

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy
Anthony Papa

Could someone actually be bold enough to make comedy about Mexico's devastating War on Drugs? Filmmaker, journalist and self-proclaimed "recovering documentary filmmaker" Greg Berger has done just that.

Whose Roads? Our Roads! OWS Activist Gets Low Mileage But High Visibility

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.20.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

In her "mobile extension" of the OWS Protests, Occupy Wall Street's Janet Wilson is proving that authorities might evict Occupy from streets and parks, but cannot keep it off the road.

Carne Ross: Participatory Democracy Opens Political Process

David Vognar | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
David Vognar

Former British diplomat Carne Ross doesn't know why we're spending so much time following the presidential campaigns. "We have been led to believe that one little vote every few years is meaningful when I think intuitively, secretly we know it's meaningless," he says.

Why Building Community Wealth Is a Key Challenge to Corporate Power

Steve Dubb | Posted 07.24.2012 | Business
Steve Dubb

As resistance has grown to America's widening gulf between the "1 percent" and the rest of the population, something new has exploded in America's communities; "community wealth building" is an explicit strategy to democratize the ownership of wealth from the ground up.

Where Have All the Buttons Gone?

Julie Bindel | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home
Julie Bindel

In the 1970s and '80s those of us on the political left used to declare our views on bits of metal pinned onto denim and leather. Buttons make a message so much more intimate.

How Poetry Led Me From Disease to Ease

Jennifer Nix | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Nix

Admit it. You think poetry holds no meaning for you and is just something that bored you in school. Maybe you liked a few love poems that first time y...

Introducing a Blog Blog

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 06.20.2012 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

Blogs can serve as a great outlet for college students to voice their concerns and opinions in a mediated environment that is often saturated with viewpoints from established players.

Why I Came to Occupy Wall Street and Why I Left: an Introduction

Max Bean | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Max Bean

There are so many things about the movement that people ought to understand but that never get properly expressed in the public discussion or the mainstream media.

Student Activism Today

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 05.14.2012 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

Americans have lost faith in the responsiveness of government, abandoning the expectation that political activism gets results. But while bad politics have made a mockery of the political process, restoring it is a cause worth fighting for.

Just In Time For Election, Nonprofits Get Own PAC

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.12.2012 | Impact
Robert J. Rosenthal

Thanks to the new political action committee (PAC)CForward , nonprofit organizations now have a voice on Capitol Hill. And it's about time. Nonprof...

Democracy and Smart Mobs

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Nathan Gardels

In our age, the advent of social networks and the transparency of shared networks challenge all hierarchies from monopoly of the mainstream media to professional knowledge protected by credentials, such as doctors, to dictators protected by force.

Building a Non-Profit Democracy

Roger King | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Roger King

Imagine what the opinion of millions of people made public is like in real time. Imagine one website dedicated to democracy, a nonprofit democracy founded by angels, made relevant by public will.

Investors, Business Schools and Financial Crisis

Sion Owen | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business
Sion Owen

It is not just Wall Street that needs to be occupied and reformed, but Main Street, and the process is already underway in finance, retailing, manufacturing, education and politics. Perhaps this is the time for business schools to step forward and take a radical lead.

While the Net Goes Dark for SOPA and PIPA, Register to Vote

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.19.2012 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

January 18 reflects the commitment of the technology community to take a stand when it comes to policies that would serve to cripple the openness and values that have made the Internet so robust.

2011: The Year of the Activist

Biko Baker | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices
Biko Baker

2011 was the year that America experienced an explosion of grassroots community activism. Seeing our hijacked democracy hurtling towards a fiery crash, the American citizen wrestled itself into the driver's seat, and is putting our country back on track.

Why So Unstable?

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The November BLS Non-farm Payrolls release had several strong and equally many weak points. Most discussion has centered on the large decrease in head...

What Age Do You Teach Your Child Current Events?

Hayley Krischer | Posted 02.11.2012 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

Is it my job as a mother to shield an almost eight-year-old from a lesson about society and social unrest? Or do I discuss current events with him as I see fit?

Translators Without Borders Prepares to Bridge the Last Language Mile

Nataly Kelly | Posted 02.02.2012 | Impact
Nataly Kelly

Most people have heard about Doctors without Borders. Far fewer individuals are aware of Translators without Borders. I recently sat down for an interview with Lori Thicke, co-founder of the latter organization.

'Angels' in Search of a Better Government

Andy Shaw | Posted 01.21.2012 | Chicago
Andy Shaw

At first glance I assumed it was another $50 donation. Another 999 of those and we'll hire a new investigator, I thought. But as I examined the numbers more closely the written amount jolted me like an electric shock: $50,000. From people I'd never met.

WATCH: Join the "Occupy Your Block" Sidewalk Chalk Campaign

Ben Zolno | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Ben Zolno

The Outreach Group at Occupy Wall Street NYC has an idea inspired by this story of unity between strangers using the original social media: chalk. It...