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'Soul Of A Citizen': Want To Help? 10 Ways To Start Making Change

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Effective activism's a long-haul process, not "save the Earth in 30 days, ask me how." But there are some principles that seem to reoccur for people addressing every kind of challenge.

Take a Hike: Misconceptions and Machinations Keep Activists Incarcerated in Iran

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

You've probably heard about the three hikers being held in Iran since last summer. Their case has become a political football, highlighting the inhere...

"Caught in a Bad Hotel" = The Future of Protest?

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

"Caught in a Bad Hotel" didn't just make me happy because it's a fun video. It made me hopeful that creative activists can use this medium to more effectively get their message out.

Idealism, Conscience And The Spiritual Left

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Rooted deep in the grain of American culture, the Spirtual Left has long acted as the progressive conscience of the nation, championing from the beginning causes like abolition and women's rights.

Democracy 911: Calling Women to Media and the Public Debate

Madeline Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Madeline Wheeler

As a woman, mother and activist, to me, one week in American life and politics is like seven dog years. Women don't need to worry about keeping up wit...

New Yorkers Rally Nigerian Consulate Over Missing President

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Chelsea-Lyn Rudder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit On Friday, a group of Nigerian expatriates gathered outside of the Nigerian Consulate in...

Glenn Beck As Political Organizer: Fox News Host Sponsoring 7 Conventions

New York Times | BRIAN STELTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Glenn Beck, the popular and outspoken Fox News host, says he wants to go beyond broadcasting his opinions and start rallying his political base -- for...

Bassnectar On Change: "I Want To Make A Social Impact"

Causecast | Brandon Deroche and Nicholas Chung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The following interview originally appeared on Causecast.org Bassnectar is Lorin Ashton's multi-faceted electronic music and social experimentation p...

Women in Hip-Hop: The B-girl Be Festival

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Lauri Lyons

When it comes to women in hip-hop, don't call it a comeback. Women have been here for years.

The Rape of Taraneh: Prison Abuse of Iran's Protesters

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The strategies and ultimate goals are the same for any kind of torture: to humiliate, disembody, extract confessions and permanently terrorize the victims to prevent further 'disturbances'.

It's Not Enough

Stephen Ratner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ratner

Both President Obama and the Republican Party (and even failing sectors like the auto industry), could learn a thing or two from my generation.

An Interview with the Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers

Marissa Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marissa Moss

As open lesbians, gay rights have been major for the Indigo Girls -- along with environmental concerns They are artists who believe that activism goes part and parcel with the power of song.

F*ck Your Mother Ship, F*ck Censorship

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Disgrasian

This is China we're talking about, so the video isn't just funny, punny wordplay. The grass-mud horse video has become a national symbol of resistance to authority and censorship.

Finding Inspiration In Our Youth: The 'Lost Generation' Takes a Stand

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Last week, I wrote about the impact of the economy on our children and explored if there is an "upside" to the down turning economy for families. (rea...

Biggest Ever Civil Disobedience on Climate at Congressional Power Plant

Daniel Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daniel Kessler

Of all the fossil fuels, coal is the single biggest contributor to global warming; Burning it cuts short at least 24,000 lives in the U.S. annually.

New Rules for a New Era

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

Unlike candidates in the idealist era that just ended, Obama ran a national campaign and competed in formerly rock-ribbed Republican states. His reward? Victory in nine 2004 red states.

Your Government Needs You

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Thousands of citizens across the country will participate in 2009 Humane Lobby Day, and will ask their state legislators to support bills dealing with important animal-related policy reforms.

The Icelandic "Facebook Revolution"

Sigtryggur Magnason | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sigtryggur Magnason

Icelanders don't have the culture of crowds. There are no subways, no train stations, so Facebook has made a great social impact and has played a vital role in the days since the economic crash.

Will Obama's Presidency End the Progressive Movement?

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

Progressive billionaires, bloggers and grassroots activists mobilized less against a conservative president than a complicit mainstream media and a Bush-enabling Democratic establishment.

Wiped? Back to Work

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Wendy Block

This past Sunday I ran for re-election as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party. I was on the Progressive Slate, from the 42nd Assembly District which covers parts of LA and the San Fernando Valley.

A Sort of Hajj: The Pull of Ancestral Homelands

Daniel Cubias | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Cubias

With all the dream destinations in the world that I have yet to conquer, why am I hung up on visiting a tiny country best known for warfare and which my family abandoned a generation ago?

A Hate Crime You Won't See in Statistics

Mikko Alanne | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mikko Alanne

Each victim of a hate crime is equally precious. Each is equally deserving of protection and justice.

Red-State Expats: Please Send Money Home

Julie Fanselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Fanselow

Many of us are succeeding, in places like Great Falls, Montana, and Omaha, Nebraska, as former GOP strongholds become more hospitable to progressive ideas and people.

The Power of Protest in the Maldives

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

The triumph of democracy in the Maldive Islands should be counted as yet another example of the power of civil resistance to create a government by the people, for the people.

Police Spy On Climate Activist, Place Him On Terrorist Watch List

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

I'm a former Peace Corps volunteer, an Eagle Scout, church member, youth baseball coach, and dedicated father. I also happen to be director of one of ...