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Sarah van Gelder: I Was Wrong About the Rural–Urban Divide

Wisconsin dairy farmers reminded me not to allow Fox News and the NRA to define groups of people. I thought I knew something about Wisconsin politics. I assumed the state … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah van Gelder: We Need Radical Imagination

Imagination, as Hawaiian Native rights advocate Poka Laenui describes it, is more than an antidote to hopelessness. It is a source of power. There are many consequences to the near … Continue reading

February 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah van Gelder: Feeling Burned Out? When We Gather, We Get Energized

If it feels like you and the people you know have no say over what happens in Washington, D.C., that’s not an illusion. Research shows that ordinary people have close … Continue reading

January 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah van Gelder: Americans Are Stressed About the Future. Here’s Why That’s Promising

The era of empire, white supremacy, dirty energy and global capitalism is coming to a close. Americans are really stressed out, according to a new poll by the American Psychological … Continue reading

November 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sarah van Gelder: To the Millions Who Have Stood Up to the Trump Administration — Thank You

The Republican health care bill is dead. Good riddance. The bill was so harsh that even Donald Trump called the House version “mean.” And yet, this legislation was stopped at … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

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