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Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater: The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace

We cannot tolerate a new Democratic-controlled Congress continuing to do business as usual, with a military budget of over $700 billion and a trillion dollars projected for new nuclear weapons over the next thirty years, while struggling to find funds to address the climate crisis.

January 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jodie Evans: What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border

From the individual stories, we saw the systems of oppression and the effects of the war economy and wondered what kind of world we live in that we treat other human beings this way.

January 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frances Moore Lappé: What Could the French “Yellow Vests” Teach Us about Ourselves?

For the French, equality is a positive value; whereas here at home calls for greater equality are fought by evoking fear of creeping “communism” and—with racist undertones—the coddling of the … Continue reading

January 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Hard Times

The grim news that a Texas judge declared that the ACA – i.e., “Obama Care,” is unconstitutional filled cyber space last night. It was hard to trudge up the steps … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Carpool Duet

“I have a good life. I’m financially secure. My kids have stayed married, and my grandkids are doing well. John and I are free to travel, to do whatever we … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · 7 Comments

Robert Okaji: The Theory and Practice of Rebellion

Such small lives we’ve led, diffident, quiet, until provoked.   Remove our words, we become steel and sharp stone, fletched softwood splitting the air, string reverberating, singing resist, resist.   … Continue reading

November 6, 2018 · 8 Comments

Michael Silberman: 5 Ways New Movement Leaders Are Effecting Change

The Parkland students and others are reinventing models for people-powered activism that adapts to today’s rapid pace of change. . It’s hard to think of anything more embarrassing than throwing … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On Zinn and An Aroused Citizenry

A member of Code Pink protests as US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: A Thousand Pigeons

Robbie, Paul & I met Carlin at the Hamburger Hamlet in Westwood in 1970. Carlin had a big laugh & shiny hair, but behind the jokes, a serious guy. He … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

K.H. Anderson: A Lefty’s Guide to Liberty

Real-life individual liberty — for everyone — is at the heart of everything progressives stand for. It’s time we own it. . The liberty ideal should be perfectly at home in every nook and cranny … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Filtering a Plastic Ocean

. Filtering A Plastic Ocean profiles ocean activist Marc Ward and his simple invention that removes toxic microplastics from the beach, and therefore the ocean. The film explores the impact … Continue reading

September 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

Nancy Altman: This Labor Day, Gear Up to Stop Trump and GOP War on Workers

The ballot box looms for unpopular politicians. Labor Day is traditionally a time to honor workers and their invaluable contributions. But this year, it’s also a time to recognize the … Continue reading

September 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Van Hook: Why Mister Rogers Is the Role Model We Need Right Now

The unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media. Rogers says that in times of “scary news,” of tragedy and disaster, his mother taught … Continue reading

September 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Lornet Turnbull: Lawyers Turn to Activism as Civil Liberties Come Under Attack

A new generation of social justice attorneys has risen to defend against the hard-line policies of the Trump administration, from immigration and abortion access to voting and gender rights. . … Continue reading

August 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

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