Articles about Activism
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The Radical Left Has Bernie Sanders All Wrong
While mainstream Dems debate realism vs. idealism, another set of the left is having an entirely different debate
The Power of One
Dr. Jane Goodall is an environmentalist, humanitarian, author, UN Messenger of Peace and one of the most famous scientists alive. Her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees...
I Have Had It With Cynical Faux-Realists Attacking Bernie Sanders Idealists
It's timid and fearful to limit ourselves to incremental change -- and it only makes the powerful more powerful
Do Not Send Us Bottles of Water. Instead, Join Us in a Revolt
Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made...
Transform Your Life With the Power of Acceptance
As spiritual seekers we sooner or later need to face an expectation–almost a commonplace now–to accept what is actually happening to us, surrender to the circumstances, since...
Are You Awake? The Dimensions of Alertness
What does it mean to be Alert? When the notion of Alertness is mentioned at a conversation, people often tend to confuse it with being awake. Alertness is, however, not...
The True Revolution of Our Time Is the Revolution of Consciousness
If we take a look at the events of our world, we will easily realize that we live in revolutionary times. The revolution of our days is, however, entirely different from any...
To Change Everything, It's Going to Take Everything We've Got
OK, here’s the idea. We’re in a crisis so deep, so knotted, so unprecedented, and so urgent that, well, we have to change everything, pretty much. Or else. And there’s no one...
Conflict Can Destroy Movements. We Need to Fight the System, Not Each Other
I’ve protested the death of my father, Eric Garner, for more than a year. I’ve learned who my allies are – and who will fight for the spotlight instead of justice
How the Elite Deal With Sparks of Revolt
“I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half” —Jay Gould Metanoia Films has released a new documentary, Plutocracy: Divide et Impera (Divide and Rule)...
The Stories We Tell Ourselves to Justify Our Silence
In the wake of Monday night’s direct attack on #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators in Minneapolis at a protest against the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, I feel compelled to...
The Dutch Ban Fur Farms That Kill 6 Million Mink a Year
After years of legal battles, a Netherlands court orders the industry to shut down.
Here's How Negative Thinking Is Changing Your Brain
If you’ve ever found yourself trapped in a seemingly endless loop of negative thinking, or wondered why you fixate on a stray rude comment but easily forget compliments, you...
Rage, Fear, Sadness, Fatigue: The Yoga of Darkness
“Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.” -Carl Jung I once had...
Dealing With the Killer Called Stress
Stress kills Mindfulness. Here are Ten Things you can do to avoid it.
Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators
I have been struggling with “how” to do the work so many of us call social justice. I understand the “why,” or I at least think I do. I am on a journey to understand my role in...
Beyond Dystopian Visions in the Age of Neoliberal Authoritarianism
George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. As American society has moved from a welfare to a warfare state, the...
Advice for the Budding Activist
It began in high school—actually before that—but my my first organizing effort was done senior year of high school. Speaking out against things that seemed unjust has always...
Help Change the Story at the Paris Climate Talks
  The UN climate talks in Paris (COP21) are right around the corner. This is a big moment in the fight for climate justice. From 30 November to 11 December, world leaders...
Why Revolution Is No Longer Possible
The tough logic of capitalism prevails even at the heart of the sharing economy. As nice as it may be to share, no one gives away anything for free.
Sanders' Snowden Response Proves He Doesn't Want a "Revolution"
Tuesday night at the Democratic presidential debate, leftist favorite Bernie Sanders clarified his feelings about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. "I...
"Arabian Street Artists" Bomb Homeland: Why We Hacked an Award-Winning Series
Homeland is racist (photo courtesy of Showtime) What’s wrong with Homeland’s political message? The very first season of “Homeland” explained to the American public that Al...
6 Short Films for Radical Action
To create the conditions for equality and justice, to end the wanton destruction of the environment and begin the process of restoring ecosystems, we need to understand the...
Swedish Band 'The Knife' Nail Central Flaw of The UN's Sustainable Development Goals
Brilliant satirical comic imagines what policy would look like if the UN focused on eliminating extreme wealth.
Hundreds of Thousands March in Berlin Against TTIP Trade Deal
TTIP, activists fear, would erode labor and environmental standards.
When Oppression Is the Status Quo, Disruption Is a Moral Duty
History teaches us that legislative action rarely happens without organized protest. This is why the Black Lives Matter movement is so essential today.
Progressives Must Disrupt and Challenge
Everyone everywhere complaining about grassroots activists not being ‘strategic’ or ‘effective’ by targeting so-called Left politicians – you’re wrong. In addition to the...
Audre Lorde: "Learning From the 60s" (1982)
"Hopefully, we can learn from the 60s that we cannot afford to do our enemies' work by destroying each other."
Top 25 Protest Albums of the 2010S (So Far)
The following list is aimed at putting to rest the notion that there is an absence of protest music or a lack of protest bands or singers. Many of the bands and singers are...
Igniting the Life Force at Our Creative Core, Bringing Spirituality into Action
Called forth by the enormous challenges of our times, a powerful new movement is emerging with the potential to change our world. Evolutionary spirituality is a new, integral...
The Incomprehensible Idea: What Opposing All Wars Means
The world’s two big nuclear militaries are in the same war now in Syria and, if not on opposite sides exactly, certainly not on the same side. A primary, if not the primary...
Wikileaks vs. the Empire: the Revolutionary Act of Telling the Truth
George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” These are dark times, in which the propaganda of deceit touches all our lives...
Conscientious Compassion: A Buddhist's View on Climate Change, Social Justice, and Saving the World
American scholar and Theravada monk Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi might not receive the same high-profile press coverage as the Roman Catholic Church’s charismatic standard-bearer...
What We Can Learn From Forgotten History
This unexpected alliance between slaves and natives is a great model for social change
10 Pieces of Political Graffiti You Can Recreate Yourself
The world is your canvas, use it.
As 'This Changes Everything' Debuts in US, Leave Your Climate Despair at the Door
'People are ready for a deeper, much more systemic critique and much more grassroots, radical solutions,' says film's director Avi Lewis
Capitalism Can't Be "Less Greedy" - the Greed Is Baked In
More people lately are identifying capitalism as the underlying cause of our current global troubles and crises. That’s certainly positive: the first step toward cure is a...
9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible
In my first year of college, I stopped calling myself an activist. It took attending just a few meetings of the campus queer group for me to realize that I didn’t fit in with...
Compassion, the Antidote
Thich Nhat Hanh has published nearly 100 books and is one of the best-known teachers of Zen Buddhism in the world today. In the early 1960s his practice of what he termed...
Six Easy Ways to Tell If That Viral Story Is a Hoax
“And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems...
The Fire Within
Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) was a German activist who is famous for speaking out against the Nazi regime. Scholl was a member of a protest group called The White Rose, which...
A Rejoinder on "The Sanders Paradox"
When CounterPunch published my essay “The Sanders Paradox: A Brief for Bernie” two weeks ago, I was hoping that it would trigger constructive, spirited discussion and debate...
Sanders’ Jaw-Dropping Call for Revolution
In case you haven’t heard, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called for political revolution. That’s gargantuan news, which poses an equally gargantuan...
History Doesn't Go In a Straight Line
Noam Chomsky on Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn, and the potential for ordinary people to make radical change.
The Unicorn Ally
I’ve been interested in oppression politics and social justice activism for a while now, both from the point of having things that directly affect me and that I want to change...
Bravery's Edge: Syrians Standing Up Against Extremism and Violence
Thousands of unknown activists have risked their lives to defy extremism and violence. Daniel Adamson interviews some of them.
The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another
'This is our sacred duty to those this country harmed in the past, to those suffering needlessly in the present and to all who have a right to a bright and safe future.'
How to Disagree
The web is turning writing into a conversation. Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. The web lets readers respond, and increasingly they do—in comment threads, on...
Sacred Activism: Mindfulness and Racial Justice
In early September, a huge delegation of the Buddhist teacher and author Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's monks and nuns will arrive in New York City to lead retreats, book...
Why Radical Leftists Should Support Bernie Sanders
Leftists can fantasize that they are doing a great service to humanity by scoffing at Bernie, but they’re merely isolating themselves from the rest of the country.