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Eight lessons from climate organizing for today’s youth-led movements

As a young person, there’s nothing less empowering than listening to an older person tell you how real activism was done in the 1960s. 

The future of trade unions

Unless democracy is reinstated as the movement’s guiding principle, organized labor will fail in any form.

At what cost? A second reflection on the crisis at Save the Children UK

Part two: ‘where next?’ Part one on ‘what went wrong’ can be found here.

Is it time for voluntary poverty?

Alternative forms of charity could have a deeper impact on the forces that underpin moral and social transformation.

At what cost? A reflection on the crisis at Save the Children UK

Part one: ‘what went wrong?’ Part Two on ‘where next’ can be read here.

Fifty years later, the spirit of the Catonsville Nine lives on

Those who burned hundreds of draft files to protest the Vietnam War deserve to be honored, remembered and emulated.

Why human rights groups are beginning to support the rights of non-human animals

Solidarity must extend, not only to all people but also to animals, the earth, and the environment.

Are we losing our love of life? ‘It must be the money’

Healing our relationship to finance is a pre-condition for building a grassroots-led investment fund that’s focused on wellbeing.

Can antifa build an effective broad-based anti-fascist movement?

Using violence and suppressing free speech is no way to build a just society.

The revenge against the commons

Why France’s biggest police operation since May 1968 is prepared to kill for Macron’s neoliberal nightmare (10k words).

The US teachers strike in historical perspective

Previous waves of unrest offer clues to the possible regeneration of the American labor movement.

It’s a fact—welcoming works

New Mexico has reduced the number of deportations far below the level of other US states.

Sacred activism: a movement for global healing

Our natural sense of interdependence has been replaced by an addictive focus on personal short-term profit.

Intimidation: the new normal

Increasingly, powerful people use threats, bribes and other tactics to avoid public scrutiny.

How do you tell the kids that Grandma is in jail for resisting nuclear weapons?

“Wait, these nuclear weapons…They are war things?” Seamus asked. “Yep, they are war things bud.” “Good for grandma.”

Do we have the right to financial rebellion? A conversation with Enric Duran

We need to practice economic disobedience so that radical alternatives can flourish.  

What Standing Rock gave the world

The Indigenous struggle that goes hand in hand with protecting the Earth was made visible for everyone.

How to build a progressive movement in a divided country

Since we can expect more polarization ahead, how can we use its heat and volatility to create something useful?

Where are all the leaders?

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination—a good time to reflect on leadership and moral courage.

Whatever happened to civil society?

In the last 40 years the architecture of voluntary citizen action has been transformed. Why aren’t we fighting back? 

Decolonizing birth

Indigenous women are taking back their power as life-givers.

Will Cuba become a test case for a post-postmodern future?

Metamodern mindfulness offers a new way of thinking about the ideological conflicts of the past.

With marijuana now legal, Los Angeles goes further to make amends for the war on drugs

How one city is repairing the damage caused by marijuana prohibition for the people who’ve been most affected.

The Great Society versus the Poor People’s Campaign

What can we learn from contrasting efforts to combat poverty and injustice in 1960s America?

Three more ways to build solidarity across our differences

For most people divisive rhetoric isn’t new; they’ve been developing ways to counter it for years.

Horizontalising international NGOs: can it be done?

Alternative structures are available—if we have the courage to adopt them.

Structures are constructed everywhere, including inside ourselves

Radical change requires public participation; it isn’t something a vanguard can sort out for the rest of us.

It’s time to take our charities to the cleaners

Everyone needs a deep clean from time to time. Best to do it before your teeth get infected.

Why positive thinking isn’t neoliberal

By discouraging the use of powerful self-healing and self-development tools we may weaken those who are already disempowered.

Radical happiness: moments of collective joy

True happiness is produced by cultivating our ties to one another: a review of Lynne Segal’s new book.

Why is the American left so prejudiced about the South?

Smugness and complacency are no basis for effective action on poverty, inequality and racism throughout the USA.

You don’t have to be embarrassed to be vegan

The more welcoming and accessible veganism becomes, the closer we’ll get to our goal: a world free of cruelty.

Why reconciliation and redemption are central to countering white supremacy

Sammy Rangel, director of Life After Hate, talks about his work with violent extremists.

“We’re a movement, not just a magazine”

Can the arts stimulate new ways of living in old mining communities like Doncaster?

Why we must respect the rights of all sentient animals

The only way to recognize the moral personhood of animals is to accord them a right not to be property—and that means the abolition of animal exploitation.

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