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Where Do We Find Our Courage?

As an activist for more than 40 years, I’ve been very lucky. I’ve really only risked my life or serious injury a dozen times or so. I’ve never had to spend time in a real jail…I will not allow fear of my own death to keep me from doing the right thing.

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Why the Climate Justice Movement Needs Diversity

As a child growing up in NYC, I never thought about community food self-sufficiency until my teens. People who grew up in the farm community where I live now have been living and breathing it their whole lives. But I knew a lot about mass transit, housing density, and…

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Is Sexist Excuse Language Covering Up Something Much Deeper?

but I do see him as reachable through his misery. I see him as a deeply unhappy person, traumatized by a tyrannical father, someone who hasn’t found a way to be content even while accumulating a vast fortune, celebrity status, and the most powerful job in the world.

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Both Left and Right Must Join to Counter DT’s Attacks on the Press

Making thinly veiled threats to beat up journalists is NOT humor… Laughing off threatening behavior as “humor” is creating a culture where the behavior is permissible and excused. Put your glasses back on! We should be able to join across sides to protect First Amendment freedoms.

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Fight On, Beautiful Planet!

Monsanto and ExxonMobil joining forces with environmental leaders like Patagonia, Goolge, Tesla, and Walmart…the US would benefit economically by continuing its leadership through this agreement.

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What I Told the DT Administration: Business Case for Paris Accord

Paris Accord marks a wonderful opportunity for American business…win back the international market share they’ve lost to environmentally forward-thinking European companies.

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (part 3—Inside the Armories)

You could call it “University Within Walls.” Detainees offered a myriad of workshops around energy issues, green living/self-sufficiency, creating inclusive and active communities, environmental justice, and social change.

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (part 2—Outside the Armories)

But Clamshell made an important strategic breakthrough: being against nuclear was far more effective if we were for something else.

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (part 1—Why We Occupied Seabrook)

About two thousand of us marched into the construction site, armed with such “dangerous weapons” as tents, sleeping bags, and healthy snacks…1414 of us formed our affinity groups into circles, linked arms, and refused to leave when the order to leave or be arrested was given.

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What Role Can Nonstrategic Mass Movements Play in Social Change?

mass action makes the most sense as part of a well-thought-out and multidimensional campaign. And yet, I’m more optimistic…about the power of a one-off mass action to build momentum for change

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