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Video: Liberty Hill

. Karen Collins is a grandmother and award-winning quilter with deep Texas roots. She never cared much about politics until the 2016 election. Now her retirement has a new sense … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jon Queally: Challenging Cuomo From Left, Cynthia Nixon Gets Big Applause for Going Huge on Climate

“We must transition from an economy based in toxic carbon emissions toward an economy that protects workers, our communities, and our planet,” said Nixon. “It won’t be easy. But we … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Still Following the Money

. The woke kids are still at it. Days before a planned National School Walkout to mark the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, Parkland survivor and firebrand David Hogg has … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Growing Up With the Threat of Pervasive Violence

The Weaponization of Everyday Life Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that’s recently been swept up in a round of protests over the … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Audio: Gwendolyn Brooks at the Library of Congress

From the Archive of Recorded Poetry at the Library of Congress The twenty-ninth person appointed Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gwendolyn Brooks reads selections … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Tools To Make A Change

Memorably marching for their lives. Reuters photo. Seeking to keep up the momentum to oust politicians in the blood-soaked pockets of the NRA, voting registration activists with HeadCount signed up … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kenya Downs: The Koch Brothers Vs. God

The fossil fuel lobby preached its gospel in Virginia. Now, black churches are fighting back.  Rev. Paul Wilson fastens enough buttons on his jacket to stay warm on a chilly … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Nora Biette-Timmons and James Burnett: The Parkland Kids’ Gun Reform Platform, Explained

In an online petition, and in testimony by one of their leaders to a shadow congressional hearing organized by Democrats in Washington, the Stoneman Douglas students galvanizing the new teen movement against gun … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah Stitzlein: Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations and elected officials in protest over … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Belle Chesler: High School Students — The Canaries in the Coal Mine of American Disaster

“It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter.” — Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Over the past three weeks, … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · 4 Comments

Marie Berry & Erica Chenoweth: Why training women in nonviolent resistance is critical to movement success

In the year since Trump’s inauguration, we have seen an outpouring of popular mobilization in resistance to his administration’s policies. Crowd estimates suggest that 5.2-9 million people took to the … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: How We Fight Fascism

In 1923 the radical socialist and feminist Clara Zetkin gave a report at the Communist International about the emergence of a political movement called fascism. Fascism, then in its infancy, … Continue reading

February 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Kids Have Had Enough

“The NRA is a terrorist organization.” With evidence growing that prayer will not stop bullets from killing school children, the kids themselves are stepping up to be the grownups in … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Eve Andrews: Climate Strange

The eco-obsessed often get labeled as weirdos — even by their peers. Weird, however, is looking better and better. Alec Mitchell doesn’t like praise for what he’s doing. Not for … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · Leave a comment