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Activism

Social change movements, engaged communities and special-interest groups.

Social isolation got you down? Try writing a letter.

March 23, 2020

Faced with months of isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, an Australian mom has encouraged her children to write letters to elderly neighbors. She told The Age that “returning to letter writing and finding pen pals [helps] children learn kindness and compassion.” The pandemic-age idea of engaging children to write to seniors has been taken […]

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Americans are working together to confront the pandemic

March 20, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Americans and world citizens are banding together in small groups and at the institutional level to provide mutual aid. [This article has been updated as of March 25, 2020.] Need help? Check out this database. Hundreds of mutual-aid networks are popping up across the country as volunteers double down […]

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Meet the giant mining corporation that wants to fight climate change

March 13, 2020

Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest, oldest, and most powerful mining companies, is fully on board the climate-change bandwagon. The corporation announced that it plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, largely thanks to pressure from the investor group Climate Action 100+.  Baby steps A conglomerate based in the United Kingdom […]

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A fire that killed more than a thousand garment workers has spurred global reforms

March 4, 2020

Seven years after a factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed over a thousand garment makers, both union organizing and legal reforms are changing the fashion industry and worker safety worldwide.  But substantial challenges remain, including the repression of union organizing in Bangladesh, and a legal battle that may pull the teeth of a French worker-safety […]

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Let us count the ways this Oregon pipeline project has gone off the rails

February 28, 2020

A proposed natural-gas pipeline terminal on the Oregon coast has everything going for it: A partnership with a Canadian energy corporation, backing from local-government officials and the support of the Trump administration.  So why can’t the Jordan Cove project on Coos Bay, which has been in the works since 2007, get construction approval?  One reason […]

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This new feminist anthem is bringing an anti-rape message around the world

January 16, 2020

The song became a viral phenomenon that has circled the globe — from Chile to Turkey, from Mexico to New York City.  It’s far from a bit of pop confection, however: “The Rapist in Your Path” is a full-throated cri de couer that names the state, the police, and the man on the street as […]

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