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Why Nearly 400 Students Were Willingly Arrested

The Huffington Post | Allison Bresnick | Posted 03.12.2014 | College

Tulane University senior Nick Stracco was one of nearly 400 students to be arrested last week outside of the White House, and he was happy to do so. ...

Why we rob our children

William S. Becker | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
William S. Becker

In 1934 when the FBI asked Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he reportedly answered, "Because that's where the money is." Today, if you ask an inve...

What The LSU Sneauxpocalypse Really Means

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 04.05.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Louisianans hardly see snow in the subtropical climate, let alone three snow days within one week. Overjoyed LSU students took to Twitter with the hashtag #SneauxDay to document how they spend their time when school is out.

Big Hopes for the Student Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement in 2014

Joe Solomon | Posted 03.02.2014 | Green
Joe Solomon

Young college students today have far more power than you realize. You are the first generation that isn't just fighting for your grandkids, or for your children per say -- but for your own future.

More Bad News for the Pebble Mine: Rio Tinto Announces It May Divest

Joel Reynolds | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Today, in yet another sign that the massive Pebble Mine is doomed, the London-based mining giant Rio Tinto publicly announced that it is considering "divestment" from the uniquely reckless project, proposed for the headwaters of the most productive wild salmon fishery in the world.

Mandela: Remembering It Took a Very Long Time to Do the Obvious

William Bradley | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Mandela is nothing short of a consensus world icon, celebrated from the most insurgent to the most establishmentarian precincts, as he should be. But why, then, was his cause so difficult for so many to support when action was needed?

#ClimateThanks: 5 Things I'm Thankful for this Year

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.27.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This Thanksgiving, people around the country are using the hashtag #ClimateThanks on Twitter to share who and what they're thankful for in the fight a...

Eleven Things to Give #climatethanks for

Heather Libby | Posted 01.27.2014 | Green
Heather Libby

For every missed opportunity at the international level, there are countries, states, cities and individuals stepping up to do more.

It's Time for the District to Divest From Disaster

Matt Grason | Posted 01.25.2014 | DC
Matt Grason

By divesting, the nation's capital would be calling on country, state, and local governments, as well as businesses, to take urgently needed action to prevent the worst-possible impacts of climate change from becoming a reality.

Straws in the Typhoon

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Tom Engelhardt

Every now and then, set against the overwhelming, you can sense change in the tiniest of things. Here, for instance, may be a little sign when it comes to global warming.

Illinois College Students Vote Six to One in Favor of Divestment

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Americans continue to demand clean energy from the local to national level, and here's yet another amazing example of quick, successful organizing by ...

Harvard and Brown Fail Moral Leadership Exam

John Fullerton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
John Fullerton

At a time when institutions of business and government continue to fail society, two of our leading academic institutions missed the opportunity to provide essential moral leadership on the most pressing challenge ever faced in the history of human civilization.

Columbia University to Reveal Fossil Fuel Holdings

Iliana Salazar-Dodge | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Iliana Salazar-Dodge

Once again, Columbia University has the opportunity to be a leader in tackling the most pressing issue of our time: climate change.

Brown University's Misguided Vote to Not Divest From Coal

Jamie Henn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

Today, on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Brown University defied the will of its student body and its own investment advisory committee and voted not to divest from the 15 largest U.S. coal companies.

Iron Like a Lion for Zion: Ari Lesser Sings Truth to Power

Philippe Assouline | Posted 12.24.2013 | Arts
Philippe Assouline

Ari Lesser has made a reggae video that went viral recently. It garnered 100,000 views in one week.

In First Vote, Columbia College Students Back Fossil Fuel Divestment

John V. Santore | Posted 12.20.2013 | Green
John V. Santore

"We demand that Columbia and Barnard immediately freeze any new investment in the 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies currently holding the vast majority of the world's proven coal, oil and gas reserves," the initiative read in part.

Let's Prevent This Crisis: A Letter to Harvard's President Faust

Mayor Michael Patrick McGinn | Posted 10.17.2013 | Green
Mayor Michael Patrick McGinn

Just as you have a duty to look out for Harvard's academic mission, the City of Seattle must look out for our employees, who rely on our pension system for a secure retirement. We also share a greater and overlapping responsibility -- one to our planet and to future generations.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Spreads to Europe

Jamie Henn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

Europe is the next front in the growing movement. Home to some of the largest stock exchanges and corporations in the world, making progress in Europe will be key if the divestment effort wants to pose a serious threat to the fossil fuel industry.

Harvard President Affirms Anti-Divestment Stance

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 10.04.2013 | Green

Harvard's multibillion-dollar endowment will continue to include investments in the fossil fuel industry, university president Drew Faust affirmed in ...

Tar Heels Continue to Pressure School to Divest

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you're like me, you're looking for some positive news as the government shutdown and stalemate continues to affect millions of Americans. Let me he...

Why Is the 'Tinderbox West' the New Normal?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Arizona a few weeks ago, 19 highly skilled firefighters were killed by a fire in what the New York Times called "Deadly New Normal: A Tinderbox West."

Solar Gold Rush

Billy Parish | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Billy Parish

One morning 165 years ago, James Marshall was examining his sawmill on the American River, near Coloma, Calif. Marshall was having a run of bad luck -...

This Past Week's Progressive Scorecard

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is always good to remind ourselves that progressive change doesn't happen overnight, that most progress comes as steppingstone victories, and that setbacks are a normal part of the struggle for social justice. Social justice activists have to be marathon runners, not sprinters.

Obama Embraces the Divestment Movement: From Apartheid to Climate Change

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The word "divest" was like a dog whistle to campus activists who've been pushing their colleges and universities to rid their endowments of stock in companies that are part of the fossil fuel industry.

We Didn't Sign at the Office

Barry Glassner | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Barry Glassner

Sitting in our inboxes and on our desks are two piles of petitions we've received as university presidents. One pile consists of petitions we are being asked to sign; the other contains those telling us what we should or should not do.