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Rebecca Solnit's latest book is Men Explain Things to Me (Dispatch Books, Haymarket Books).
What to Do When You're Running Out of Time
Posted on: Sep 18, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
When it comes to climate change, there’s still a window open for action -- but it’s closing.
How We Can Rescue a World That's Going Up in Flames
Posted on: Sep 18, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch
Personal changes aren't enough; only great movements and collective action can save us now.
Our Best Hope for Fighting Male Rage—Why #YesAll Women Matters
Posted on: Jun 2, 2014, Source: TomDispatch
All across America, women are defining the discussion of misogyny.
Feminism Has Just Started—There's No Stopping It Now
Posted on: May 20, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch
Ideas don't go back in the box once they are out—no matter what conservatives say.
Let's Call Climate Change What It Really Is—Violence
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014, Source: The Guardian
No species, place or beings will be spared in the coming catastrophes wrought by carbon barrons.
The Arc of Justice and the Long Run: Hope, History, and Unpredictability
Posted on: Dec 22, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch
I don’t know what’s coming. I do know that, whatever it is, some of it will be terrible, but some of it will be miraculous.
America's Best Cities Are Being Lobotomized
Posted on: Oct 24, 2013, Source: Creative Time Reports
Cities exist to promote culture. But gentrification is destroying this vital role.
Why It's So Difficult to Face the Frightening Climate Change Reality
Posted on: Oct 6, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch
The corporate media aren’t exactly helping.
Thoughts for the Second Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
Posted on: Sep 15, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch
Such transformative moments have happened in many times and many places—in these moments, the old order is shattered, governments and elites tremble, and civil society is born, or reborn.
Can We Pull the Planet from the Brink of Catastrophe?
Posted on: Aug 18, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
It can only happen if engaged citizenry create a widespread but thoroughly interconnected movement.
Why I'm Going to March on Chevron this Saturday
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013, Source: Truthout
People from across California and beyond will march on the Chevron Oil Refinery on the one year anniversary of the 2012 explosion and fire.
'Dear Edward Snowden, I Am Moved by Your Choice and I Fear for You'
Posted on: Jul 18, 2013, Source: TomDispatch
A letter to the young man who placed our future before his own.
How to Act Like a Billionaire
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com
The criticism of Silicon Valley brought about by revelations about spying is long overdue.
In Praise of Darkness
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch
What darkness and the far north have to do with creativity and empathy.
Too Soon to Tell: The Case for Hope, Continued
Posted on: May 19, 2013, Source: TomDispatch.com
If you take the long view, you’ll see how startlingly, how unexpectedly but regularly things change -- not by magic, but by countless acts of courage, love, and commitment.
Hate Crimes: A Rape Every Minute, a Thousand Corpses Every Year
Posted on: Jan 24, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch
There' a pattern of violence against women that’s broad and deep and incessantly overlooked.
The Sky’s the Limit
Posted on: Dec 25, 2012, Source: Tom Dispatch
The Demanding Gifts of 2012
Occupy Your Victories: Occupy Wall Street’s First Anniversary
Posted on: Sep 16, 2012, Source: TomDispatch
We can make history, and we have, and we will, but only when we keep our eyes on the prize, pitch a big tent, and don’t stop until we get there.
Why "Mansplaining" Is Still a Problem
Posted on: Aug 19, 2012, Source: TomDispatch
Mansplaining is not a universal flaw of the gender, just the intersection between overconfidence and cluelessness where some portion of that gender gets stuck.
Posted on: Aug 7, 2012, Source: Orion Magazine
Urban agriculture: upscale fetish or revolution in the making? It depends in part on what you hope to cultivate.
Apologies to Mexico: The Drug Trade and GNP (Gross National Pain)
Posted on: Jul 10, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com
The Mexican drug cartels crave money, but they make that money from the way Yankees across the border crave numbness. They sell unfeeling. We buy it.
Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games: Sending Debt Peonage, Poverty, and Freaky Weather Into the Arena
Posted on: May 1, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com
Why the Media Loves the Violence of Protesters and Not of Banks
Posted on: Feb 21, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com
The grand thieves invented ever more ingenious methods to crush the hopes and livelihoods of the many. This is the terrible violence that Occupy was formed to oppose.
Compassion Is Our New Currency: Notes on 2011's Preoccupied Hearts and Minds
Posted on: Dec 22, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com
Civil Society at Ground Zero: You Can Crush the Flowers, But You Can't Stop the Spring
Posted on: Nov 22, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com
So far, the Occupy instigators and Occupy insiders have been doing a brilliant job of improvising a way that civil society can move forward into the unimaginable.
Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope
Posted on: Oct 19, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com
An open letter to Mohammed Bouazizi, whose self-immolation set off the Tunisian revolution, about the beautiful movements that have sprung up in the wake of his death.
Doom Is Not Inevitable: Hope Is Out There, We Just Have to Work For It
Posted on: Jul 31, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com
They may not make it into mainstream news, but hard working activists who understand that hope is not guaranteed continue to give us reasons to be optimistic.
Vision: Revolution Is "Unpredictable and As Beautiful as Spring"
Posted on: Mar 20, 2011, Source: TomDispatch.com
When do the abuses that have been tolerated for so long become intolerable? When does the fear evaporate and the rage generate action that produces joy?
Vision: How a Better Future Is Being Made Right Now
Posted on: Dec 22, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com
Behind our destructive system of unbridled capitalism is a shadow system of kindness, the other invisible hand. Let's celebrate it and help it grow in the future.
Invasion of the Democracy Crushers: Oil Industry Monsters Work to Destroy the Planet
Posted on: Oct 24, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com
Oil industry monsters from Texas are preying on California, pumping money into a campaign that would kill the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
When the Media Is the Disaster
Posted on: Jan 22, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com
In the wake of the Haiti earthquake, false depictions of victims as criminals hinder the relief effort.
Corporations (and Sarah Palin) Are Cyborgs Sent to Scuttle the Fight Against Climate Change
Posted on: Dec 20, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com
Why does it seem as if we're in an action movie in which the fate of the Earth is at stake?
Why Fanaticism Can Be a Good Thing
Posted on: Dec 1, 2009, Source: Comment Is Free
It's popular to think the world gets changed by delightful people, but agents of change are often obsessive, intransigent, unreasonable, and demanding.
How 9/11 Should Be Remembered: The Extraordinary Achievements of Ordinary People
Posted on: Sep 10, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com
After 9/11, saw amazing acts of courage by ordinary people, including assembled flotilla of boats evacuated 300,000 to 500,000 people from lower Manhattan.
The Icelandic Volcano Erupts: A New Era of People Power in the Streets?
Posted on: Feb 9, 2009, Source: TomDispatch.com
Can a hedge-fund island lose its shirt and gain its soul?
The Homicides You Didn't Hear About in Hurricane Katrina
Posted on: Dec 21, 2008, Source: TomDispatch.com
Getting to the bottom of criminal and racist that acts were no secret in New Orleans -- yet never became part of the official story.
Men Explain Things to Me
Posted on: Apr 13, 2008, Source: TomDispatch.com
Facts didn't get in their way.
One Nation Under Elvis: An Environmentalism for Us All
Posted on: Mar 19, 2008, Source: Orion Magazine
Answering that requires digging into American race and class wars, and into the broad crises of environmentalism.
Books That Will Change the World
Posted on: Jan 1, 2008, Source: TomDispatch.com
Twelve authors on war and peace, dissent, the environment and the empowerment of the poor provide inspiration to transform the world in 2008.
What to Say to Those Who Think Nuclear Power Will Save Us
Posted on: Jul 24, 2007, Source: Orion Magazine
As the energy crisis heats up, you may need a refresher on the evidence against nukes.
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