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Occupy National Gathering Wants to Know: Where Are All The Journalists?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.30.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Unless there is blood, smoke or threatened police arrests, Occupy consistently complains that mainstream media reporters ignore or shy away from social protests and activism -- their movement, in particular.

Buddy, Can You Paradigm? Occupy's National Gathering 2014 Meets Sacramento

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.28.2014 | San Francisco
Jerry Ashton

They're baaaaaaaack. Actually, they never left, and to prove it Occupy Wall Street stalwarts are launching the movement's third national gathering this coming July 31 through August 3 in Sacramento, California.

Climate Change This Week: US Flunks Efficiency, Green Bonds Grow, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 2014 How unusu...

How to Make the Most of College as an Activist

Erin McKelle | Posted 07.17.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

When you're going into college (whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between) as someone who is, or aspires to be, an activist, the amount of preparation involved can seem overwhelming or even impossible to navigate. Believe me, I've been there.

To Those Who Are Meant to Go Against the World (My Fake Commencement Speech)

Claire Topalian | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Claire Topalian

Though I have not lived long, nor have I done anything noteworthy enough to warrant an actual commencement speech, I accepted the challenge and forced myself to focus on one central message that I would, at this stage of my life, deliver to an [un]willing audience.

Do Hashtags Count As Activism?

BuzzFeed | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact

On June 8, Shonda Rhimes -- producer, writer, and creator of hit TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and executive producer of forthcoming How to G...

AIDS Nostalgia and 1991's Someone Else From Queens Is Queer

Christopher Murray | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

I never saw a performance of Someone Else From Queens Is Queer, the 1991 solo show of AIDS activist and health policy enfant terrible Richard Elovich, but know it from the text published in the journal Theatre in the summer 1993 issue, which I've always kept a copy of and read every few years.

Why the Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls Will Persist and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Keri Day | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Dr. Keri Day

Our activism must be objective and consistent. Boko Haram has been largely ignored up until this point. Now that they have the public's attention, it is critical that we attack the root of the problem.

Roma as Game Changers

John Feffer | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Roma are a significant minority of the population in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and the countries of former Yugoslavia. Depending on the political balance of power in the country, Roma could achieve the same kind of success as the MRF if they consolidated their voting strength behind one party.

It's Time to Talk: Ending Burnout in Movements for Social Change

Justin Haaheim | Posted 04.25.2014 | Green
Justin Haaheim

It's like trying to run a marathon on no sleep and a twisted ankle, and continuing to do things this way is keeping us from winning victories. We are facing a crisis of planetary proportions. We have got to do better than this.

These 10 People Are Using Crafting For Activism

Buzzfeed.com | Posted 04.24.2014 | Impact

Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism, edited by Betsy Greer, features the work of dozens of people activating through handmade objects. It exp...

Winning the Future for Women in Politics and Service

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 06.03.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.27.2014 | 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 05.27.2014 | 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 05.21.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 04.29.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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...