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Lawns Are for Suckers. Plant a Garden - for the Climate!
Ripping out your lawn and planting kale and peppers won’t just lead to great stir-fry — a new study finds it could make major contributions to fighting climate change...
You Should Get Naked More Often. It's Good for You.
When Nelly encouraged overheated people worldwide to get naked in 2002, he was unknowingly advocating much more than just a sexy, sweaty dance party. Sunbathing, sleeping...
#DONTVOTE
“To vote is to give up your own power. To elect a master or many, for a long or short time, is to resign one’s liberty” – Elisee Reclus Many people work hard to convince...
How to Be Positive When the World Is Negative
Do you sometimes feel that the world around you is negative? Do you get easily irritated and frustrated, not knowing how to deal with this negativity, and lack the energy...
Confirming Big Pharma Fears, Study Suggests Medical Marijuana Laws Decrease Opioid Use
Study comes after reporting revealed fentanyl-maker pouring money into Arizona's anti-legalization effort
Mainstream Media Finally Admits Bias
Stop the presses! The mainstream media are acknowledging that they are biased! As Captain Renault would no doubt observe, "I'm shocked--shocked!--to find bias going on in these...
This Text Message Exchange Between a Mother and Daughter is Pure Gold
When Belinda Hankins got a text message from her 13-year-old daughter, who was shopping for period products, it started an exchange that will resonate with women everywhere. Enjoy.
The Planet's Most Dangerous Predator Is Us
Humans are the world's top predator. The way we fulfill this role is often mired in controversy, from factory farming to trophy hunting to predator control. The latter is the...
The Myth of Positivity: Why Your Pain Holds a Mighty Purpose
Of all the great myths of contemporary life, one of the most toxic is positivity. It says: there are negative and positive emotions, and only the positive ones are worth...
22,000 Years of Climate Change - The last 200 Are Shocking
A timeline of the earth's average temperature since the last ice age glaciation
Censoring American War Crimes
After years of hating the iconic photo, Kim Phuc came to embrace it as a powerful tool to teach peace.
Erased by False Victory: Obama Hasn't Stopped DAPL
All Native struggles in the United States are a struggle against erasure. The poisoning of our land, the theft of our children, the state violence committed against us — we are...
Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem
Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.
5 Lies About Abortion Doctors Are Forced to Tell You
Picture this: you hurt yourself, and you go to the doctor to talk about knee surgery. What would you think if your doctor was required — by law — to tell you that the operation...
Goodbye Democracy and Capitalism
Shifting to new paradigms to replace dysfunctional ones.
Living With Chronic Illness: Your Worth Isn't Dependent on What You Do
I recently spent 4 weeks in hospital. This morning, lying in bed, in severe pain and unable to move, I had a strange feeling of missing hospital. Not the noisy and un-restful...
On Ending Racism and the Need for Holding Simultaneous Realities
One of the things I've been reflecting on a lot lately is the importance of holding simultaneous realities in our hearts and awareness at the same time. When it comes to ending...
The Anthropocene Is Here: Humanity Has Pushed Earth Into a New Epoch
The epoch is thought to have begun in the 1950s, when human activity set global systems on a different trajectory
What Are Democratic Schools?
Imagine a school where children and teenagers are accorded all the rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship; where students truly practice, rather than just read...
What's Wrong With Being in Someone's "Friend Zone"?
I once read a Dear Abby column responding to a letter from a girl who, as I recall, was in middle school. She was asking for advice about an awkward incident that happened to...
North Dakota Gov Cuts Water Supply to Native Americans as DAPL Protest Swells in Number and Spirit
Thousands join protest camp as supporters are holding a rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday outside of Army Corps hearing
Is This - the Love Journey? Is This the Only One?
You meet them, you get to know them, you date them, you learn about them. You have sex with them. Finally, you love them. You live with them. You marry them. You have kids with...
Healing a Suicide Attempt: Cartooning My Experience
In April 2012, I attempted suicide whilst living in San Francisco. It was - obviously - an incredibly intense time, but in many ways the time that followed the attempt was...
The Pedagogy of the Meaning of Racism: Reconciling a Discordant Discourse
Racism is a term on which a great deal of discourse does and should turn in all realms of social work theory, practice, policy, and research. Because it is a concept heavily...
Blame - an Inquiry Into Why We Separate
Allow me to share a few personal anecdotes… My dear aunt recently passed away from bone cancer at just 60. To make sense of her passing, I went through a period of blaming...
What Does Black Lives Matter Want?
On August 1 the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a coalition of over sixty organizations, rolled out “A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom &...
The Real Way the 2016 Election Is Rigged
Despite what the media tells you, the Democrats will not take the House in November. Here's why.
Vote for the Lying Neoliberal Warmonger: It's Important
An explanation for why defeating Donald Trump—despite what we know about Hillary Clinton—should be the left's primary national electoral objective this November
The Boy in the Ambulance Offers Glimpse of 'Profound Horrors' in Syria
"It didn't stop & it won't stop with Omran if the world doesn't act."
The Battle Over Trump's Taj Mahal Is a Battle for Us All
What those striking are now bravely confronting in Atlantic City should resonate deeply with American workers, their unions, and beyond
One Earth, Two Social Fields
Dallas, Ferguson, Nice. Turkey, Trump & Brexit. The simultaneous rise of global terrorism, of authoritarian strongmen and the far-right are the twin faces of our current...
Being Hopeful About the Future
It is a delicate balance to know how much the world is messed up and still be hopeful about the future. This is something I dance with on a daily basis — while writing...
Being Crazy in a Sick Society Is Actually Healthy
To be normal is to be sick
What Is My Activism Really About? to Love, Serve and Remember
I have made a promise to this world that I will carry with me to my last days. It is my vow to lessen the suffering of the world while I am here - it is to ensure that every...
How to Find Your Soul Tribe in the Digital Age
Finding and connecting with your soul tribe is more important than ever—not just for connection but also to thrive in our modern society
Why You Don't Need to Change the World
Let’s say you’ve found a new sense of awareness or elevated consciousness —  suddenly you feel connected to the beauty of the world, you understand yourself better, and you’re...
Black Americans Have Always Lived Under Police State Fascism
The word fascism has reappeared in the American popular lexicon thanks to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The word is used to keep progressive Democrats in a state of...
The Politics of Being Woke
The fraternity of the woke is growing larger by the day, but can anyone get in? Who polices the woke, and why aren’t we checking IDs?
Let's Build a Boat (A Metaphor for the Great Transition)
Let’s jump off the train and build a boat. The train is constrained to the tracks and it’s momentum makes it almost impossible to slow, but the boat…. aaah the boat is very...
15 Ways to Help Create a More Beautiful World
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ~Margaret Mead
Here Is Why Your Vote Is Not Your Voice
In light of the precarious position many progressives find themselves in because they are weighing a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, this needs to be said...
A Strategic Voting Guide and Q&A For Progressives Thinking about the 2016 Election
Navigating the current political terrain means asking key strategic questions without losing sight of long-term vision
The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism
College-educated elites, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. Now they are being made to pay. Their duplicity—embodied in...
As Nominee, Stein Says She Wants to Assume Mantle of Sanders' Revolution
"Democracy needs a moral compass," said Green Party nominee Jill Stein. "We must be that moral compass."
Suffering From Rampant Individualism?
Do you suffer from loneliness? Feel isolated and distant from other people? Do you long for connection? Strive and hope to be noticed? To be loved? To be heard? To be...
How a Traffic Offense Can Be a Ticket to Prison
How can a traffic offense get you a ticket to prison? The answer is, “Quite easily if you’re poor!” Let’s take a look at the system of court fines and then correct it, our...
Money Can't Buy Life
The Economic Enigma of Money vs Life: [A Social Value Disorder]
A Note From Sweden on Use of Force
I received the following comment from a police officer in Sweden after my recent post “Using Force: A Reflection and Some Suggestions for Police.” I think these comments bear...
Bioregional Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Place in Which You Live?
In the vast emptiness of space there are an unimaginable number of galaxies, each galaxy containing billions upon billions of stars. Looking at one galaxy we find an average...
Imperialist Feminism and Liberalism
Colonial feminism is based on the appropriation of women’s rights in the service of empire and has been widely utilised in justifying aggression in the Middle East. But is it...