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Embracing the Many Movements That Shaped This Proud, Gay, African American Community College President

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

I recently had the pleasure of giving a TEDx talk, called "Embrace Your Movement." You've heard of TED Talks -- their motto is: "Ideas worth spreading...

Remembering Madiba: Freedom for Prisoners in Punjab

Mandeep Singh | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Mandeep Singh

Not only does South Africa have a long way to go to correct the errors of Apartheid, but many places all over the world still suffer from the poison of inequality and injustice that he opposed. One of the emerging world leaders dedicating his life to a freedom movement in the way Mandela did is Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa in India.

How Indifference Is (One) Sign of LGBT Progress

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

The question has been raised: is the point of the gay rights movement to make us accepted as normal, or to get the larger society to accept what makes us special?

Is Europe Changing the Financial Sector?

Iván H. Ayala | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Iván H. Ayala

It is not a coincidence that banks have manipulated the LIBOR for preventing exposure of their positions of derivatives of interest rates in certain markets. It is the consequence of the so-called "liberalization of capital markets" which might be better defined as a "decriminalization" of some practices formerly regulated.

An Online Pledge That Might Actually Change the World

Search for Common Ground | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt's about changing your response to conflict. It's about having the skills to create constructive dialogue in heated situations, with uncomfortable topics.

Think Again: The Tea Party's Forebears Are a Cavalcade of 'Rich People's Movements'

Eric Alterman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Alterman

The anti-tax movement has been revived time and again over the course of the last century.

The True Food Prize Goes to the Haitians

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

The 2013 World Food Prize credits Monsanto in the fight against hunger through sustainable agriculture -- yet there is a disconnect between the spirit of the prize and the U.S. agrochemical giant's actual practices.

The First Civil Rights Movement Began -- in a Bookstore

William Petrocelli | Posted 10.14.2013 | Books
William Petrocelli

2013 marks a pair of Civil Rights milestones. We celebrated both the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th a...

The Government Shutdown: Opening Round in the Fight Over Economic Reform

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Holt Gimenez

There is much to be learned from the government shutdown, however it plays out. We're going to need these lessons to understand and engage constructively with the politics of the coming economic transition.

American Labor's New Agenda: A Movement for Global Shared Prosperity

Sabina Dewan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

How can American unions reconsolidate people power and build a 21st century union movement that is broader than its membership?

Can the Philanthropic Community Find Its Courage and Become More Effective?

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Today, our nation faces new mega-challenges: global warming, worsening income inequality and widespread (often intentional) voter disenfranchisement, to name the most obvious. Will today's foundations do their part to overcome these challenges?

What Feminism Can Teach the Black Movement (And Vice Versa)

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 11.16.2013 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

All social movements will need a "civic infrastructure" -- a participatory, "small d" democratic formation that is organized at a scale sufficient to respond to systemic social, economic, and political problems.

Animals as Partners in Our Work for a Vegan World

Kathy Stevens | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green
Kathy Stevens

The movement for veganism is the most challenging social change movement in history. We're not asking a segment of the population to change in order to right a wrong. We're asking every single human being to change.

We Don't Negotiate Life: The Defense of Indigenous Lands and Waters in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field September 9, 2013 At stake throughout Honduras, as throughout the world, are indigenous lands, forests, water, mineral...

DEFENDING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND WATERS IN HONDURAS: THE CASE OF RIO BLANCO

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series. On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders...

The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell An interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales. The following is from an interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales,...

"THEY FEAR US BECAUSE WE'RE FEARLESS": RECLAIMING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND STRENGTH IN HONDURAS

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field "Honduras has been known for two things only: being a military base for the [contra] attacks on the Nicaraguan revolut...

The Irony of Revolutions

Don Waisanen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Don Waisanen

With Egypt the focus of continuing news attention this past month, it's worth reflecting on the hard work that accompanies political reform.

Without Our Land, We Cease To Be a People: Defending Indigenous Territory and Resources in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Miriam Miranda is a leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), which works with the 46 communities ...

The Gay Man Who Organized the March on Washington

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Bayard Rustin is just one more reminder that there is a lot more to social movements than the most famous names. Behind each name you know, there are thousands of names you do not know.

We Don't Have Life without Land: Holding Ground in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Co-authored by Lauren Elliott Part 25 of the Harvesting Justice series For the next three articles, we will pause to ...

Inherit the Earth: Land Reform in Brazil

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 24 of the Harvesting Justice series As a key determinant of who has power and who doesn't, battles over land hav...

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

My Unexpected Research Partner Was My Daughter

Jeffrey W. Rubin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents
Jeffrey W. Rubin

Only glimmers of light showed through the hotel windows. "This will make a great story," Emma suggested gamely. Where had I brought my daughter, I worried, and how could I keep her safe?

Women of the World's Largest Peasant Movement Call the Shots

Salena Tramel | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Salena Tramel

Via Campesina serves as a model for social movements by linking agrarian reform with women's advocacy to attain a fair place in society.