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10 Most Hopeful Stories of 2010

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

It was a tough year, but events from 2010 contain the seeds of transformation. None of the following stories is enough on its own to change the momentum, but each story points to a piece of the solution.

Food Sovereignty Chronicles

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

The displacement of local seeds with GMOs, and the violent dislocation of peasant communities to make way for industrial plantations in the Global South are not far removed from the urban realities of Detroit.

What I Learned in Detroit

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

At the United States Social Forum in Detroit I concentrated on three areas: reclaiming the commons, organic farms and the end of mountaintop removal.

Weekly Diaspora: White House Likely to Sue Over Arizona's Racial Profiling Law

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Hope for a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year has fallen by the wayside, but the Obama administration is rallying for one last hurrah before mid-term elections in November.

Weekly Pulse: U.S. Social Forum Tackles Health Issues

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Tens of thousands of progressive activists are converging on Detroit this week for the U.S. Social For...

The Hummer Is Dead. And We Buried It.

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Medea Benjamin

CODEPINK converged to bury the symbol of the American hubris: the Hummer. One month after the last Hummer rolled off the production line, the activists gave the hulk of steel a proper burial.

A Motor City Farm and Must-See Cinema -- Grown in Detroit

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leslie Hatfield

Filmmaker Mascha Poppenk invited me to visit the Catherine Ferguson Academy, a local high school for teenage mothers and the subject of her documentary, Grown in Detroit.

Weekly Audit: Senate Republicans Nix Jobs Bill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Annie Shields, Media Consortium blogger It looks as if election-year strategies are trumping any actual problem-solving by Republican lawmakers. In...

Detroit: A Model of Renewal for the U.S. Social Forum?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

Detroit was not an accidental choice for the U.S. Social Forum. It is a city in the midst of a rebirth from the bottom up, and the organizers knew this well when they chose Detroit for the second USSF.