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Nonviolent resistance proves potent weapon

By Michelle Nicholasen ~ Weatherhead Center Communications ~ The Harvard Gazette ~ Erica Chenoweth discovers it is more successful in effecting change than violent campaigns Recent research suggests that nonviolent civil resistance is far more successful in creating broad-based change than violent campaigns are, a somewhat surprising finding with a story behind it. When Erica Chenoweth started her predoctoral fellowship at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in 2006, she…

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This City Made Access to Food a Right of Citizenship

By Frances Moore Lappe ~ Yes! Magazine A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: End hunger. “To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer.” CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL   In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not…

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It’s Non-Negotiable. We Have to Teach Social Justice in Our Schools.

By Zachary Wright ~ Education Post ~  In a recent article, J. Martin Rochester, a professor of political science at the University of St. Louis-Missouri, raised concerns about teaching social justice in schools. Rochester’s problem with teaching social justice in schools is focused on two simultaneous axes. One, he thinks that social justice exists outside the jurisdiction of school curricula, and second that those who would teach social justice approach it…

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Expensive US Health Care Isn’t Adequate for Women, Study Finds

By Jerica Deck ~ Global Citizen ~  The US had higher maternal mortality rates and more women with chronic health issues. Despite paying more for health care, American women are less healthy, more likely to die in pregnancy, and have higher rates of emotional distress than women in other wealthy countries, a new study from the Commonwealth Fund says. The new study, released on Wednesday, shows how far behind other wealthy nations…

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What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan: Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border

By Jodie Evans ~ Local Peace Economy ~ Salon ~ We saw an outpouring of generosity for the people most hurt by our oppressive immigration policy. December was the month CODEPINK: Growing a Local Peace Economy was dedicating our outreach and organizing to being an ally for the asylum seekers who had just arrived in and around Tijuana below the U.S. San Diego border. CODEPINK’s Local Peace Economy was created to…

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Crowdsourced Twitter Study Reveals Shocking Scale of Online Abuse Against Women

By Amnesty International ~ Common Dreams ~ Amnesty International released a ground-breaking study into abuse against women on Twitter today, conducted with Element AI, a global artificial intelligence software product company. The findings showed that although the abuse cut across the political spectrum, women of color were much more likely to be impacted, and black women are disproportionately targeted. More than 6,500 volunteers from 150 countries signed up to take part in Troll Patrol,…

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Homeless America

By Chris Hedges ~ TruthDig ~ PORTLAND, Ore.—It is 8 a.m. I am in the small offices of Street Roots, a weekly newspaper that prints 10,000 copies per edition. Those who sell the newspaper on the streets—all of them victims of extreme poverty and half of them homeless—have gathered before heading out with their bundles to spend hours in the cold and rain. “There is foot care on Mondays starting…

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What Is the Real Cost of Mass Incarceration?

By Lornet Turnbull ~ Yes! ~ The documentary ‘Milwaukee 53206’ depicts the toll of the prison epidemic on families and entire communities. When documentary producers first approached Beverly Walker about featuring her family in a film, the Milwaukee mother and grandmother knew what that meant: cameras trailing them, her cherished privacy breached. But her husband, Baron Walker, by then having served nearly two decades of a 60-year sentence, saw an…

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FBI Reports Biggest Increase in Hate Crimes in Past Decade

By Jerica Deck ~ Global Citizen ~  And it shows no signs of slowing. Hate crimes in the United States have increased by 17%, the highest jump in more than a decade, according to a new report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The annual Hate Crimes Statistics report said that 7,175 hate crimes were reported to authorities last year, compared to 6,121 in 2016. This is the largest rise in…

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