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Carbon Divestment

Already, the California Teachers’ Pension Fund, the state of Vermont, the city of Seattle, and students across the nation are working on divestment campaigns that will speed the transition to renewable energy. President Barack Obama is on a rhetorical roll on the issue of climate change. “The 12 hottest years on record have all come

Brian Christopher: The Aftermath of Celebrity

When Brian Christopher walked into the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in early December 2010, he had only one thought on his mind: making himself whole again. The then 49-year-old Navy veteran, who had long struggled with emotional issues as well as alcoholism, had sought out the shelter in order to heal and finally

LGBT Undocumented Immigrants

On Monday, April 15, ten South Floridian activists gathered for a press conference in front of Senator Mark Rubio’s (R-Fla.) office to ask him to consider LGBT concerns in the immigration reform package set to release the next day. The protest included representatives of the grassroots group GetEQUAL and members of the Florida Immigration Coalition,

Old, Female, and Homeless

The doors of the Mission Neighborhood Health Center in San Francisco don’t open until 7 a.m., but on the Saturday morning I was there, a dozen or so people were already lined up by 5:30 a.m.. The group included a middle-aged white man who had lost his job managing a high-end restaurant and a black

SCOTUS and Gay Marriage

Boston’s Government Center was exceptionally colorful and loud on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, when large groups of people from all over united in favor of same sex marriage. A rainbow flag was raised in Government Center as a sign of support for this cause. The rally was held in recognition of the Supreme Court hearing

Ditching Rape Culture for Good

Usually when I’m angry about something, my first instinct is to write. And while I’m furious about what happened to that 16-year-old girl in Ohio, I’m hesitant to lend more ink to the topic, because every additional word adds to the explosive media gossip-fest this has become. But if we’re going to stop having more

Brooklyn Is Burning

This morning I woke up in a curfew O God, I was a prisoner, too, yeah! Could not recognize the faces standing over me They were all dressed in uniforms of brutality. . . . [T]hats why we gonna’ be burnin’ and a-lootin’ tonight —Bob Marley, “Burnin’ and Lootin’” Can protestors be patriots? Can looters

Inequality Is Hurting Us All

Inequality hurts us all. Imagine if you could go back 45 years to 1968. That year, after three decades of creative policy from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal through President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society, the United States was one of the world’s most equal nations. Now imagine that instead of falling into the

Now the Work of Movements Begins

Since the November election much attention has been paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts. The media analysts will fill the hours on the cable news networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidate’s

Super PACs and Female Candidates

The landmark Supreme Court case: Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission established that government cannot restrict independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. While this strongly impacts all candidates for congress, women campaigning for public office have felt the blunt end of the 2010 court decision. Three of the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices are