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Why I’m Still Hopeful About America

Never give up fighting for a more just society.

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Nobody Special: Reflections on The Rise of Skywalker

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow. Before making the original Star Wars, George Lucas spent years working on Apocalypse Now, a film about the tragedy of America’s war in Vietnam. You don’t have to look too closely to see that, in its own way, Star Wars is also about the folly of American empire. More specifically, it’s about […]

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6 Ways We’re Already Leading an Economic Revolution

From the “buy local” movement to public banking, we’re well on our way to a more democratic, cooperative, and people-centered economy.

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The Point: Elegy for California

Soon we will leave California.

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The Man on the Radio is Talking

A woman calls in and she’s outraged: there is so much pain, especially of women, and well…

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The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

“Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension—all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles.”

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Capitalism Will Eat Democracy—Unless We Speak Up

The undemocratic economic sphere has cannibalized the political sphere.

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Here’s to Being Scared and Doing It Anyway

And so today, I’m packing a little bag. And I’m getting in the car. And I’m going to enjoy my adventure.

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Carrot Ginger Slaw

California Cuisine with a nod to some beautiful Hawaiian ginger.

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Our Continued March to the Mountaintop

A transcription of a speech delivered by Marcus Harrison Green at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle.

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How to Build a Culture of Good Health

Physical well-being depends on more than keeping our bodies fit. Emotions and the people who come into our lives matter just as much.

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A Farewell for Carol Doda

Carol Doda is now ascending on that white piano…

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Energy Democracy: Inside California’s Game-Changing Plan for Community-Owned Power

The democratization of energy can have far-reaching impacts and pave the way for the kind of equitable, regenerative, new economy we need to survive on the planet.

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Out of Control Rents? Thank Airbnb.

The company facilitates landlord conversion of entire rental buildings to de facto hotels.

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How the South Drives American Wages Down

A closer look at how the Southern slave labor system was rebooted and rolled out to the rest of America.

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Prophetic Author of Diet for a Small Planet on State of Food, Democracy

An interview with Frances Moore Lappè, author who helped awaken millions of people to the connections between our diets, our bodies, and the fate of the planet.

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From Libertarian to Liberal: How Understanding People Changed My Views

Studying psychology gave me a better understanding of how people think and behave. As a consequence, I went from libertarian to liberal.

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Goodbye Tipping, Hello Living Wage: The Changing Face of Progressive Restaurants

In cities like Oakland and Seattle, where the minimum wage is on the rise, restaurants are raising prices and rethinking tips as a way to level the playing field for workers.

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The Revolt of Small Business Republicans

Can it be that America’s small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they’re being screwed by big businesses?

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Strange Girls

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Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless

A growing sense of powerlessness in all aspects of our lives—as workers, consumers, and voters.

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Day Job (Why I Paint)

The first thing that happens after youth is something called reality. In reality, you cannot make any money as a painter, at least in the United States of America. Let’s talk about how to live in reality and be a painter.

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How to Make 6 Figures on 1.5 Acres

Jean-Martin Fortier’s farm sells $140,000 of food on an acre and a half. Now he wants to help others do the same.

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Youth Development Through Food

What if there was a place where young people could learn cooking skills, along with the softer skills of showing up on time and working in teams? There is. It’s called The Portland Kitchen. And their success is reproducible.

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Travels with Steinbeck

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

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Coastal Cat: A Week Alone

The sea lifts and falls, lifts and falls, and I search for a fresh place in the litter box where I won’t get a dangler. Just you try having one of those for a whole week.

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12 Empowering Ways to Engage in Civic Affairs

Connect with others who are fighting for the same causes.

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An Alternative to Growth Economics: Doughnuts

Why the economy should look more like a doughnut.

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My Visit to Trump’s Washington

It was my first visit to our nation’s capital since Trump became president.

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How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State

Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over.

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Congratulations: These Are the Shifts Available

These are the shifts available.

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10 Ways Vancouver Created a Greener, More Efficient Transportation System

In 2012, Vancouver BC set a lofty transportation goal—for people to make more than 50% of their trips in the city by foot, bicycle, and public transit by 2020. In 2015, the city had already met its target.

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15 Warnings Signs of Impending Tyranny

Consider yourself warned.

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My Wishes for Obama’s Parting Shots

In the waning days of his administration, I’d recommend Obama take the following last stands.