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A New Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Nuclear disarmament is a job for faith -- and for the kind of social movements that faith at its best has always inspired.

Will The Youth Vote Trump Tea Party In Midterm Elections?

Bakari Kitwana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bakari Kitwana

One of the most important unasked questions this midterm election year is this: "Will the youth vote be a factor in 2010?" Given the actual impact of ...

Bold Changes, Great Leaders, Big Movements

Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson

Our country is facing a glut of complex problems that no single politician, political party, or other organization can solve in a lasting way, without help. For shifts of this magnitude, we need social movements and compelling leaders.

Progressive Strategy in the Obama Era

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

Some 500 days into the new administration, progressives are souring on Obama's leadership. It is this precise moment when I propose that progressives turn this disappointment into a reflection on our selves rather than on a single political figure.

Vermont's New Universal Health Care Law: a Model for Health Reform Based on Human Rights

Anja Rudiger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anja Rudiger

A pioneering grassroots campaign for the human right to health care has made Vermont the first state mandated by law to establish a universal, equitable health care system based on human rights principles.

What Are We Going to Do About Gambling Addicts?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

My solution to gambling addiction would be same one that seems to be helping keep track of sexual predators: A national registry. If widely shared, such a list could prevent addicts from any legalized gambling.

A Flawed Step Forward on Health Care Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen in love with the health care debate. To say the process hasn't been pretty would be one of the biggest Washington understatements in years.

An Interview With Joseph Stiglitz -- Regulation and the Euro Zone

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lia Petridis Maiello

Stiglitz explains the future of the Euro Zone, how it was possible to create a moral vacuum on Wall Street, why US citizens do not take their anger to the streets and how the US should follow Greece and start regulating now.

Why I'm Joining the Alliance for Youth Movements

Sam Graham-Felsen | Posted 10.28.2011 | Technology
Sam Graham-Felsen

Technology will never replace the difficult, usually unglamorous work required to produce lasting social change. But it's clear that online and mobile tools can dramatically expand the power of grassroots organizers.

My 'Daniel Fast'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I believe our nation is in deep trouble. Sometimes things get so bad that you really don't know what to say or do. When that happens, it's a good time to fast and pray.

President Once and Future: The Spirited Inauguration of Evo Morales

Nathaniel Loewentheil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathaniel Loewentheil

Whether Evo sees himself as the indispensable spiritual guide or the humble movement cipher is hard to determine.

The Elections You May Not Have Noticed

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I think as people continue to see so much of politics as usual in this town -- partisan bickering and big money buying votes -- they are increasingly likely to vote against whatever represents the old politics for them.

Hechler's Wake Up Call to Greens and Liberals: Big Coal Denial Calls for Hellraisers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Tragic lessons in history remind us that the coal crisis and its deniers call for more hellraisers, not compromise.

A.T. Ariyaratne: Leading Sri Lanka's Largest Civil Society Movement for 50 Years

Anuradha K. Herath | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anuradha K. Herath

The meek 77-year-old Ariyaratne, often called the "Gandhi of Sri Lanka," has become popular for his massive meditation sessions in which hundreds of thousands of people converge to pray for peace.

Courage Contagion: Social Influence in Protests

Jamil Zaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamil Zaki

The last few weeks in Iran have reminded us of many things we'd rather not remember about governments, and of at least one thing that we should remember about people: they can stand up for their beliefs even when doing so poses great risk.

Framing the Green Revolution in Red

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cynthia Boaz

The Green Revolution is not just a series of ad hoc protests against a political theft, it is a story of widespread resistance to ongoing oppression.

Koreans Still Have a Beef With US Free Trade Deal?

Todd Howland | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Howland

As we begin to reflect back on 2008, how tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of Koreans turned out for 40 nights in a row of street protests against US beef imports deserves some reflection.

Transitioning the Obama Movement

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The newly politically engaged youth -- groomed in an election campaign but not fashioned as a standing political force -- will be at loss as to what they can do.

Dealing with Racism in the Age of Obama

Howard Winant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Winant

Obama's win hardly puts an end to this system of racism, but it's still momentous, because it shows us a way forward, a way to reduce if not eliminate racial injustice and inequality.