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I Stopped Eating Animals Because of Human Rights
What does the meat industry do to people’s mental health?
How Can We Make Our Politics Reflect What's Best in Us and Not What's Worst?
Both inner and outer change are essential for political transformation.
Clinton's F-You to Progressives: This Is How Trump Could Become President
Nominating a political clone like Sen. Tim Kaine is exactly the wrong thing to do if you want a higher turnout
My Fight to Save America: Police, Moral Injury and Activism
Police aren't the problem, Police HAVE a problem.
The Cultural Sickness That Needs to Be Named
All over the world there is a feeling that something is deeply wrong. It is often felt more than seen, an unnamed darkness that keeps millions (even billions) of people...
What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality
Once again we find ourselves confronting the murder of another black man at the hands of police. The video showing Michael Slager fire eight times at a fleeing Walter Scott is...
Why Black Lives Matter Won't Go Away: a Primer on Systemic Racism in America
Intellectually lazy. Willfully ignorant. Blinded by privilege. Drunk with prejudice. These are some of the words that come to mind when I think of the 30 percent of Americans...
I'm With the Banned - Welcome to the Scream Room
What my evening with Milo told me about Twitter’s biggest troll, the death of reason, and the crucible of A-list con-men that is the Republican National Convention.
15 Films That Explain Why the Political Revolution Must Continue Past November and Beyond
No matter who we vote for or who gets elected, the revolution must continue. These films remind us why.  [ffa-repeater][hori...
15 Films to Spread the 'New Story' Revolution
Charles Eisenstein is one of the first people I heard talk about the "new story," synthesising a diverse movement that has been emerging for the last several decades. When I go...
Dear Democrats: An Open Letter from a Sanders Supporter to Democrats Calling for "Unity". This is What it Looks Like from My Side
Dear Democrats, As the absurd Trump convention grinds on, somewhere in Philadelphia I imagine there is an army of volunteers inflating one hundred thousand colorful balloons...
The Deeper Reason Many Intelligent Progressives and Independents Will Not Support Hillary Clinton
The “lesser-of-evils” argument might not work for independent voters this year. Tony Brasunas investigates the real reasons behind Clinton's flagging support. The piece had...
7 Solutions We Can Support Right Now to Transition to a Resource Based Economy
One of the downsides of presenting such a visionary solution to our global crisis is that it's hard to know where to begin, beyond raising awareness. The gap between where we...
Two Brilliant Thinkers Had the Same Solution to Political Oligarchy: Direct Democracy
The primary threat to nature and people today comes from centralizing and monopolizing power and control. - Vandana Shiva
Now Is the Time to Defeat Both Trump and Clintonian Neoliberalism
"If Trump is the price we have to pay to defeat Clintonian neoliberalism – so be it." — Mumia Abu-Jamal
Listen to the Baton Rouge Police Killer: Tavis Smiley
How many more disaffected black men have to self-radicalize before we take their claims seriously?
5 Ways the News Media Can Get Real
When Donald Trump gets more air time than Bernie Sanders, the media misses the mark on grassroots change.
Cultivating Self-Awareness in Parents
A new book argues that parents need to focus more on themselves and less on their children.
Communalism: a Liberatory Alternative to the Present System
The belief that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking. - Murray Bookchin
We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence
Recent research has shown cities what works. For starters, hire more female police officers.
America's Police Culture Has a Masculinity Problem
Three police officers were killed and at least three wounded in a shooting early on Sunday, July 17 in Baton Rouge. Ten days earlier – on July 7 – a sniper gunned down five...
Now Is the Time to Be Rooted in Reality
In this time of unprecedented global change, we need to be rooted in reality more than ever. Yet it is quite clear — by simply tracking all the ways people make an exodus...
From 'Black Power' to #Blacklivesmatter: 50 Years of Resistance, In Pictures
For half a century, Stokely Carmichael's slogan "Black Power" has resonated in the fight against anti-Black racism and oppression in the U.S.
“You Can Have Your Weak Nominee If You Wish” – the Sanders Endorsement Backfires on Hillary Clinton, Empowers Sanders in One Masterstroke
Ultimately, what the Sanders endorsement has proved is what the candidate was arguing from the beginning – that it was not Sanders and his campaign that was holding Hillary...
After Sanders Endorsement of Clinton, 'Political Revolution' Faces Hard Choices
For the past months, the Democratic Party, particularly corporate Democrats, clamored for Bernie Sanders to quit the presidential race or endorse Hillary Clinton. He continued...
Did Sanders Break His Promise to Take the Nomination All the Way to the Convention?
He did promise he would, so that helps to explain some of the anger and disappointment with his endorsement. But it's worth considering all of the strategic advantages of...
Bernie Sanders: I Have Not Suspended My Campaign
While the corporate media painted a picture of Bernie Sanders riding off into the sunset after throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton, Bernie was rallying his troops for...
Why Did Bernie Endorse Hillary? Here's One Explanation.
He's playing the long game. If Sanders had gone third party, split the votes and then Trump got elected, it would have divided the left and set back the momentum and gains the...
Your Anger Is Misdirected: Don't Let Bernie Endorsing Hillary Distract You From What Matters
All this attention on Bernie endorsing Clinton is a big distraction from the fact that the work was always going to be up to us. The movement isn't about Sanders and what he...
Law Professor's Epic Response to Black Lives Matter Shirt Complaint
A first year law school student wrote a complaint about her professor having worn a Black Lives Matter T-shirt during class. The professor’s response is priceless. Scans of...
The Scientific Way to Train White People to Stop Being Racist
No one wants to be called fragile. And if you’re white, what you feel reading the title of this article may be indicative of the term. “White fragility” refers to white...
Black Deaths, Police Brutality, Caught on Video: No Justice, Only Sequels
In 1991, when video was released of Rodney King being beaten by Los Angeles police officers, Alton Sterling of Louisiana was 12 years old. Philando Castile of Minnesota was...
Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick
I keep thinking since the horrific police assassinations in Dallas that we’ve been here before. It’s not that so many police officers have been summarily executed. It’s that a...
Phase II of the Political Revolution
Millennials for Bernie have come a long way during the past 14 months, reaching 6.7 million people on Facebook with over 100,000 followers, 1000’s of people mobilizing, door...
What Bernie Sanders Gave to America Today
Today, my hero, Bernie Sanders, endorsed Hillary Clinton, a woman that I truly believe is sociopathic, for the office of the President of the United States and then immediately...
The Political Revolution Doesn't End Today. It Is Merely Entering a New Phase.
People for Bernie’s statement on Bernie Sanders endorsement
Donald and Hobbes Is Genius
Some clever folk have been replacing precocious 6-year-old Calvin, from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, with Donald Trump and the results are, well, take a look...
How Globalization Divides Us: Perspectives on Brexit From a Dual Citizen
In the aftermath of the Leave vote, people will need to find ways to calmly hear each other and bridge divides. Ultimately, we will need to unite against the corporate forces...
Policing Is a Dirty Job, but Nobody's Gotta Do It: 6 Ideas for a Cop-Free World
It's time to start imagining a society that isn't dominated by police
A Few Thoughts After the #Blacklivesmatter Vigil in Lawrence, KS Tonight
After tonight's ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ vigil, I don't have the words to speak to how powerful and moving this event was. It appeared there was about 400 people that got to hear...
Abolish the Police. Instead, Let's Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality.
When people ask me, “Who will protect us,” I want to say: Who protects you now?
After Last Week's Tragedies, What Can Be Said That Hasn't Been Said Before?
I have struggled to find words to express what I thought and felt as I watched the videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile being killed by the police. Last night, I...
Criminalizing the Hustle: Policing Poor People's Survival Strategies From Eric Garner to Alton Sterling
Garner sold loose cigarettes; Alton Sterling hawked CDs — and they both died at the hands of police
15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now to End Police Brutality
Martin Luther King Jr. said it best in 1966: "[The] law cannot make a man love me, but it can restrain him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important also." Two...
Police Terrorism Has Created a Climate so Dangerous the Police Are Being Counted Among Its Victims
This may be hard to hear but the truth isn't aided by mincing words.
Why Has It Taken the Menstrual Cup so Long to Go Mainstream?
Its long, sputtering history tells us that we change what we use only after we change how we think.
The Addiction to Control
This excerpt from The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein​ looks at our relationship to technology, civilization, nature and our sense of self.
Wikileaks Releases Over 1,200 Clinton Emails on Iraq War
Release comes two days before the UK government is set to publish its official inquiry into the 2003 invasion
Stunning Award Winning Photos Highlight Social and Environmental Issues
The winners of the the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 competition have been announced. This contest provides an international showcase for the very...
Put Away the Fireworks... You Don't Live in a Democracy Anymore
Within the last 30 years, while we’ve chased bogeymen overseas and here at home, our Democracy has fallen. We have been taken over; defeated; our voices neutered; our...