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Political Activism

Winning the Future for Women in Politics and Service

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As a country, we are failing in our efforts to include women in national and local politics while subjecting politicians to insufferable forms of sexism

Lethal Landslides and Common Ground

John Graham | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
John Graham

Why should it take a disaster to make this confluence of values so evident -- for me, for any of us? Why, since we share so much at a deep and personal level, is it so hard to share much of anything at a political level?

"FedUp" Activists Identify the Source of Economic Pain -- The Federal Reserve

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

For the first time since the '30s, the 99 percent stood up and pointed out the real culprits -- Wall Street and the politicians they own. People listened, they heard, and began to believe.

No One Man Should Have All That Power - Our Diversity Responsibility

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 03.27.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of speaking with a group of high school kids about power. During the conversation, I asked them how many of them t...

The Transformative Power of Visibility

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 03.27.2014 | Women
Simone N. Sneed

As women's history month draws to a conclusion, I have been reflecting on what it means to expand the work of feminism to better include diverse perspectives and narratives.

Animal Rights and the Erosion of the First Amendment: AETA, Ag-Gag and Why You Should Care

Anjali Sareen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Anjali Sareen

It's not simply the curtailment of practices used by activists to expose animal operations; it's in fact the abridgment of the right of free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Razan Zaitouneh: Kidnapped!

Elham Manea | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Elham Manea

The sectarian fighters on both sides do not want her Syria to prevail. Kidnapping her was meant to silence her voice. It is up to us to keep her voice alive in this mayhem. Do not give up on her Syria

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 02.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Testing Resistance and Reform Spring Launched

Lisa Guisbond | Posted 02.21.2014 | Education
Lisa Guisbond

Campaigns against the overuse and misuse of standardized testing are exploding across the nation.

Government Control of the Internet -- A View From Istanbul's Streets Echo Concerns on U.S. Streets

Jerry Ashton | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

Turkish Riot Police are using water cannon, tear gas and rubber (for the moment) bullets to quell the hundreds of demonstrators marching in Istanbul.

Activists are fighting to speak. Are you willing to listen?

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

By Rachel Meeropol, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and lead counsel on Blum v. Holder, a first amendment challenge to t...

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

David Kanegis | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

For many of us, Pete Seeger symbolized all that was great and noble in our country. Many of us were disaffected as the young of all generations tend to be. Here was a man born of our parents generation who "got us." If you were one of the lucky ones like me, your parents got him as well.

Reflections On 30 Years of Corporate-NGO Bridge Building

Bill Shireman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

For over 15 years, I battled corporate giants over nuclear power, open space protection, and the throwaway society. I campaigned with Ralph Nader for...

Announcing The Good Fight -- Picking up Where the Al Franken Show Left Off

Ben Wikler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Ben Wikler

That's when I found the progressive movement: the informal network of people and organizations working across race, class, sexuality, and origin to hold America to its best values, to the vision that all of us are created equal, and with inalienable rights

Starbucks Enters Same-Sex Marriage Boycott Wars

Sam Fiorella | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Sam Fiorella

The key here is that more often than not, controversy sells. Precedent seems to have been set. Expect more of these public 'us vs. them' stances being made by corporate CEOs and an equally decisive reaction from activists.

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...

Occupy's Birthday #2 at Zuccotti Park -- Will It Require Party Hats or Helmets?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.13.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

For a movement largely pronounced moribund by the mainstream media, there is a menu of activism that suggests otherwise. It will be a busy day.

Be You, Be Different, Improve the World

Kimberly Dark | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

Many of us are "different" in one way or another, yet we often tell the stories and put forth the selves that will receive social privilege. I wish we did less of that. Be brave. Be bold. Be yourself. That's how we each come to remember that human diversity is really pretty wonderful.

Activism's Double-Duty

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

People often think that activism is one-sided. That one must focus on a single issue and charge ahead. But true activism involves being able to tackle all the issues of the day -- both inside and outside of our own communities.

On the Precipice of Change

Tom Steyer | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Tom Steyer

When you consider the impact climate change will have on our collective future, it is instructive to remember what Martin Luther King had to say about the power of non-violent civil disobedience in that letter in 1958.

Not Backing Down

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

It's hard to be an activist in America while you're trying to pay the bills, mow the lawn and save for the kids' tuition.

Artist Arnold Mesches: Nine Decades, A Life in Progress

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts
Mary Crescenzo

His paintings leave an indelible mark on anyone who has the opportunity to stand before them, not only because of his mastery of the medium, but for the compelling political, social, and environmental content and context of his work.

Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century

Ira Chernus | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Ira Chernus

I bet you, like me, rarely talk to anyone about your dreams, even if you spend nearly all your time among politically active people working to improve the planet. Perhaps these days it feels somehow just too naïve, too unrealistic, too embarrassing.

The Most Shocking Thing Rush Limbaugh Has Ever Said

Joshua Graham Lynn | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Joshua Graham Lynn

Do I really believe that Limbaugh has evolved beyond partisanship? No, the sun still rises in the East. But I'm grinning because I've learned that at the end of the day America only works when it represents its people, and it's fun to see Rush learn that lesson too.