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Grassroots Activism

Stop Pouring Ice on Clicktivism

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Social media posts of friends and celebrities taking the ice bucket challenge have been virtually inescapable in the past 2.5 weeks. However, also difficult to escape has been criticism for the challenge, its flaws, and doubts about its effectiveness. Even as the evidence that it was clearly working has piled up.

When Walking the Walk Means Taking a Step Back

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

The movement to end poverty in America and to ensure that all families become full stakeholders in the American Dream is no exception.

Mayoral Candidate Dustin Barca Circles Kauai by Land and Sea

Choon James | Posted 08.11.2014 | Hawaii
Choon James

Dustin Barca began his circle-the-island marathon to fundraise and "talk-story" with the grassroots on May 29, 2014. He started by paddling from Ke'e Beach on the north, along the Na Pali coast, to Polihale State Park.

Advocacy and Making Policy Personal

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 08.10.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Public affairs experts would argue that advocacy work is much more effective when there is a personal story attached to an issue. A first person account makes policy personal, and puts a face on issues that may otherwise be debated in the abstract.

Grassroots: Why the Startup of Keystone XL South Makes Us Stronger

Maya Lemon | Posted 01.22.2014 | Green
Maya Lemon

Keystone XL South cuts through my community and puts my home and family in danger. The things I should write feel too painful and don't offer comfort or encouragement. The story I need to write therefore centers on this tiny clump of grass and the roots I cannot see.

Roll in My Chair

Kristin Duquette | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

As a wheelchair user and college student, I became frustrated with how the general public perceives and treats people with disabilities. In 2011, I founded a program called A Day in a Wheelchair on Trinity College's campus.

#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...

The Next Wave: HI Grassroots Activists

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

I moseyed on over to a panel discussion up at UH Manoa, entitled, "Coexist or Die." I figured at least they were bringing together various movement activists, so it looked like they were working toward the "coexist" part, and trying to avoid the "die" part.

On Immigration Reform: 'Don't Waste Any Time in Mourning. Organize.'

Elianne Ramos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Elianne Ramos

The next couple of months will be hard to bear, knowing that the holidays will be much less jolly for the millions still living in the shadows. For them, for us, I say: Let us grieve, let us lay blame, let us swing our imaginary chanclas at our bullyraggers.

The Last of The Gentle Rebels

Fred Lundgren | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Fred Lundgren

Did the contributions of our movement rival that of the labor movement, women's suffrage, the civil rights movement or the Vietnam War protests? The obvious answer is no but in its way, the American Agriculture Movement was equally necessary.

Millennials Meet to "reRoute" Our Economy

Keith Harrington | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Keith Harrington

In case you missed it, this past spring students at over a dozen universities and colleges across North America gathered on their campuses to lay the ...

Maine Town Tells Coal Plant to Clean Up Its Act

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Every week it seems like yet another small town gets fed up with the coal industry and demands action. This week's fantastic example comes from Eliot,...

Moral Mondays: A Model Grassroots Movement

Ben Jealous | Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

On April 29, 17 dedicated activists were arrested for civil disobedience at the North Carolina General Assembly as they protested attacks on education, health care, voting rights and the poor. Six "Moral Mondays" later, nearly 400 people have been locked up, and the nation is watching.

More Than One Million Actions for Climate and Clean Energy in 100 Days

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 07.03.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week marked six months since Superstorm Sandy, and it was also the end of our 100 Days of Action for Climate and Clean Energy, which we kicked of...

Capitalism Works for Me... ?

Phil Campbell | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Phil Campbell

capitalism works for meThe "art" of "Capitalism Works for Me!" isn't necessarily in the LED sign and voting machine, it's in how people are confronted with a question that is both very public and very personal.

Let's Hear It for and Thank the Vendors

Hugh Hogan | Posted 05.05.2013 | New York
Hugh Hogan

Last Wednesday, the New York City Council passed a bil that halves the fines that can be levied on vendors. Because of this victory thousands of new immigrants who enrich our city can go to work secure in the knowledge they'll be able to feed their families.

Koch Brothers Behind Last-Minute GOP Push

Politico | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics

There's so much secret money in conservative politics that even volunteers are getting paid -- and paid well. Grassroots activists who used to knoc...

Weekends Are for Conference Calls -- Right?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Once a month, REF 'super activists' from around the U.S. get together and hear from leaders in health, policy and development.

Tell Me What to Do, Part 2

Phil Campbell | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Phil Campbell

Last week I wrote a post with the blunt headline, "Obama Wants My Donation: Tell Me What to Do." In it I threw it to HuffPost readers to, well, tell m...

History's Most Colorful, Forgotten Character

Phil Campbell | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Phil Campbell

This is the story of the only U.S. Congressmen ever sent to an insane asylum.

Hollywood Gutted My Book, But That's OK

Phil Campbell | Posted 08.05.2012 | Entertainment
Phil Campbell

Every author who has a movie made from one of their books goes through the same predicament. Inevitably, something, if not everything, that is precious to the author gets abridged or left out entirely.

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.

Can There Be Transparency in Politics? Jefferson Smith Runs for Mayor of Portland

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Toni Nagy

Recently I was introduced to Jefferson Smith, an inspired, young elected official, who's now running for mayor of Portland, Ore., and aims to embody the future of what politics should be.

Notes on Slacktivism

John Conway | Posted 05.25.2012 | Impact
John Conway

Slacktivism is often defined as merely a feel-good measure that requires little personal effort or sacrifice on the part of an individual that has little practical impact in actually helping the involved cause. But ignore slacktivism at your own peril.

Hilary Tuttle

CAT FIGHT: 'Hank For Senate' Dogged By Attack Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Hilary Tuttle | Posted 03.02.2012 | Weird News

A humble house cat's bid for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) caught fire this week, drawing messages of praise from Russia an...