Articles about Activism
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The Four Mantras of True Presence
These simple mantras can help us overcome suffering
After Brexit: We Must Unite the Working Class Across Europe to Defeat Neoliberalism and the Far Rght
The following is a statement by the Left Unity Executive Committee following the outcome of the referendum vote in the UK: Left Unity deplores the Leave outcome of the EU...
The Left Should Celebrate Brexit: The UK Just Kicked Neoliberalism in the Nuts
It is a sad and ironic indictment on the state of the global Left and the progressive agenda, that the very compelling reasons to support a Brexit have been lost amongst the...
Beyond Bernie: Still Not With Her
Since the June 6 California primary, the historic upheaval that coalesced around Bernie Sanders’ campaign has continued to defy the demands of the political establishment, but...
Bernie Sanders: Here's What We Want
My supporters and I want real change in this country.
The Information Carousel to Nowheresville
Have you ever felt like you’re in a wash-rinse-repeat cycle watching the news, not just mainstream but even alternative media? Much of it is just that, in effect, if it doesn’t...
Halle/Chomsky: an Eight Point Brief for LEV (Lesser Evil Voting)
Among the elements of the weak form of democracy enshrined in the constitution, presidential elections continue to pose a dilemma for the left in that any form of participation...
Con Vs. Con
During the presidential election cycle, liberals display their gutlessness. Liberal organizations, such as MoveOn.org, become cloyingly subservient to the Democratic Party...
Tim Wise & the Failure of Privilege Discourse
"Unfortunately, I think our use of the term “privilege” is no longer a productive way for us to gain a thorough understanding of systemic injustice, nor is it helping us to...
Bernie Sanders Calls on His Supporters to Run for Office
During his June 16th national livestream address Sanders called on his supporters to run for local, state, and national offices, to continue the "process of transforming America".
What Does It Mean to Be Political?
Despite having been raised in a politically aware environment, as a young adult I made the conscious choice to dis-involve myself from politics. While I always cared deeply...
Seven Must-Have Skills for the 21st Century
We live in a world that moves faster than we do. Trying to keep up can be an overwhelming task that at times feels hopeless, like we are falling further and further behind—but...
5 Tips for People Who Feel Like They're "Living Alone in a World of Wounds"
Profound ecologist and writer, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), once said: “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the...
In a Rhino, Everything
I received the following email from a young woman, a student at an elite law school. I want to quote it in full, because it cuts so deep to core issues so many change agents...
An Open Letter to the Democratic Party From the Berniecrats
The time for status quo shortsightedness, superficiality, and consumerist distraction has passed- and your permission is not required.
As Establishment Lines up Behind Clinton, Calls Resound to 'Let It Bern'
"The Bernie campaign didn't get this far by deferring to the powerful, and there's no good reason to start now," says Norman Solomon of RootsAction
Bernie or Bust? No, It's Justice or Bust
Can we actually achieve a more just America as one of the outcomes of this political revolution? Yes. I believe we can.
'The Struggle Continues': Sanders Refuses to Bend the Knee to Establishment
'We will take our fight for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice to Philadelphia,' senator declares
Alternatives to War from the Bottom Up
MORE THAN AT ANY OTHER time in history, a strong case can be made on pragmatic, utilitarian grounds that war is no longer necessary. Nonviolent statecraft need not be the dream...
On Staying Sane in a Suicidal Culture
"All you can know is your allegiance to life and your intention to serve it in this moment that we are given." - Joanna Macy
Befriending Hopelessness
The impact was sudden. An SUV carrying several passengers, now hurtled like a Tonka Toy in a spinning arc two stories high. Six thousand pounds of metal flew through the air...
Embracing Radical Uncertainty
How to live passionately when we’re not sure how the story will end
What Happens Next? People's Summit to Fortify Sanders' Political Revolution
Speakers at the Summit, taking place June 17-19 in Chicago, comprise a roster of progressive luminaries
Down With Guilt! There Are Much Better Ways to Get People to Act on Climate Change.
How do you get people to do something about climate change? For years, the answer has been to prod people into thinking about their role in causing it, to guilt trip them into...
No Single Project Is the Magic Acorn: How All Our Efforts are Working Together
My interview with Tiziano Bonini has ben published in Italian at Che Fara. Here is the English version: Q Among the many case histories that you brilliantly discovered and...
The Hidden History of Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali’s resistance to racism and war belongs not only to the 1960s, but the common future of humanity.
We Are All Related: Working Together to Fight Fossil Fuels
As I write this, I’ve just returned from seeing my niece’s newborn baby girl. As I gazed into her eyes, I said a silent prayer hoping we can find a way to shift the systems of...
93 Documentaries to Expand Your Consciousness
There are over 800 documentaries now cataloged in our library of social change films. That's probably way too many for any mortal to ever watch in a lifetime, let alone a few...
How to Find Your Power (Your Ability to Make a Difference in the World) - And Avoid Abusing It
For the past twenty years, I have been carrying out experiments to find out how power is distributed in groups. I have infiltrated college dorms and children’s summer camps to...
The Faux Insurgency of the Climate Change Deniers and the Need for Closure
Climate change deniers like to style themselves as latter-day Copernicuses and Galileos, lone visionaries bucking the established wisdom of the ages embodied back then in the...
Beyond Trump: Disrupt, Defuse, Compete
To defeat the current upsurge in right-wing populism, progressives will need to disrupt, defuse, and – critically – compete for portions of its constituency.
By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
I’m dealing with massive cognitive dissonance right now. Multiple, contradictory beliefs and perceptions inhabit my mind, each compelling on its own terms. How do I...
Hope and Burnout in the Anthropocene
To build a lasting movement for climate justice, activists must decouple hope from victory and confront their fatigue head-on
Joanna Macy on How to Prepare Internally for WHATEVER Comes Next
“Yes, it looks bleak. But you are still alive now. You are alive with all the others, in this present moment. And because the truth is speaking in the work, it unlocks the...
Be an Island Crystal of Hope
We can all feel it — the mental disease of late-stage capitalism is causing widespread depression, an epidemic of suicides, chronic feelings of guilt and shame, and a general...
Solving a Problem That Has Not Been Named
Many changes happening around us remain unclear. We need better names and stories for them.
Protests Intensify, Spread Across France as Workers Refuse Submission
'What we want today is for this movement to spread,' says unionist.
The Inevitable Rise of the Berniecrats
"A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill." - Robert A. Heinlein
What About Human Nature?
In the struggle for a more just society, we will be aided, not hurt, by our shared nature.
Should Progressives Unify With the Democratic Party Establishment? Hell No!
In countless ways over the last 35 years, our society has become less economically equal and more dominated by corporate power. Less just and more jailed. Vast urban and rural...
Face It: Our Democracy Is a Sham. We Don't Have a Real Say in Most Decisions That Affect Our Lives
Are we able to stop fracking and other threats to the environment from coming into our communities?  Are we able to protect local farming from sewage sludge or factory...
'Not a Symbol, a Signal': Wave of Direct Actions Points to Fossil-Free Future
On final day of two-week Break Free mobilization, demonstrations take place in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Turkey, and beyond
Sanders Supporters Need to Engage Now More Than Ever
Simply put: if Sanders arrives at the convention with more pledged delegates than Clinton, the Democratic Party will be forced to nominate him. Right now, it is clear that...
Concerning "Bernie or Bust"
Have you seen the article going around, with the headline "Will some Democrats refuse to rally behind their nominee?"   It's manipulative spin messing with your head...
For 40 Years, Liberals Have Accepted Defeat and Called It “Incremental Progress.”
Bernie Sanders offers a different way forward.
Radical Politics in the Age of American Authoritarianism: Connecting the Dots
If the left is to fight back against authoritarianism, we must bring together diverse movements working for social change.
Bernie's Insurrection and the Question of Hillary's Qualifications
Americans don't just want a new president, they want a new precedent.
Occupy Activists Launch 'Battle of New York' to Counter Media Bias about Sanders and Clinton
With its huge media campaign, Operation Battle of New York is taking on corporate establishment
We Are Those Who Are on the Side of the Living. and We Are Going to Win
Who are we? We are the people who are ready to fight back. The people who no longer live in hope that the Earth will be saved, but in the certainty that we will save her. We...
The Lie of Patriotism
When Rory Fanning, a burly veteran who served in the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion and was deployed in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004, appeared at the Donald Trump rally in Chicago...