Social movements

By Meredith Dezutter | People are organizing and pushing against existing social boundaries and constructs as well as established systems. In the past decade people are organizing to bring attention to poverty and both income and marriage inequality while education, climate change, and the refugee crisis from Syria are impacting our changing world.

Bernie Sanders

Trump's Appeal to the Authoritarian Personality

Political theories have done a poor job accounting for the rise of Donald Trump, leaving befuddled observers to turn to psychology in search of …

Psychology

Are Food Deserts to Blame for America's Poor Eating Habits?

When it comes to nutrition access, the focus should be on poverty, not grocery-store location.<p>It’s a plausible hypothesis: Poor people in the United States suffer from measurably worse nutrition because they have such limited access to good food. Confronted with a high concentration of poor diet …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Eviction Epidemic | The New Yorker

Arleen Beale’s latest eviction began with a snowball fight. It was January of 2008, and Milwaukee was experiencing its snowiest winter on record. Arleen’s son Jori and his cousin were cutting up, packing powder tight and taking aim at the passing cars on Arthur Avenue. One jerked to a stop, and a …

Housing

Bernie Sanders and the Case for a New Economic-Stimulus Package

Earlier this week, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released its annual Economic Report of the President. “Claims that America’s economy is in decline or that we haven’t made progress are simply not true,” President Obama wrote in the foreword. The body of the report touted the 13.8 …

Where Is Black Lives Matter Headed? | The New Yorker

On February 18th, as part of the official recognition of Black History Month, President Obama met with a group of African-American leaders at the White House to discuss civil-rights issues. The guests—who included Representative John Lewis, of Georgia; Sherrilyn Ifill, the director-counsel of the …

Black Lives Matter

Climate change activists are just warming up

Even as it became clear that a historic climate agreement could be reached in France, activists were organizing protests deep into next year, some liberal political leaders were pledging to go beyond whatever goals the agreement might yield and diplomats, scientists and consultants were planning …

Climate

After Marriage Equality, What's Next For The LGBT Movement?

Amid celebrations about the Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage, some within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are also raising concerns about what may lie ahead for them.<p>J. Bryan Lowder, an editor at <i>Slate,</i> outlined his own concerns earlier this week in a piece that …

LGBTQ

The Triumph of Occupy Wall Street

The movement that began in Zuccotti Park didn't disappear—it just splintered and regrouped around a variety of focused causes.<p>On her first campaign stop in Iowa in April, Hillary Clinton struck a decisively populist tone, declaring that “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.” …

Equality

Why did the Occupy Wall Street Movement Fail?

In the fall of 2011, Lower Manhattan was awash with protesters. Wall Street bankers couldn’t go out for a coffee without being accused of ruining the …

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post

<b>There’s this video</b> that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of …

H&M

How Change Is Going to Come in the Food System

<i>Editor’s Note: This piece is one in a series of</i> <i>replies to Frances Moore Lappé’s essay on the food movement today.</i> <br>In the forty years since the …

Vandana Shiva’s Crusade Against Genetically Modified Crops | The New Yorker

Early this spring, the Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva led an unusual pilgrimage across southern Europe. Beginning in Greece, with the international Pan-Hellenic Exchange of Local Seed Varieties Festival, which celebrated the virtues of traditional agriculture, Shiva and an entourage of …

Agriculture

The Arab winter

“I AM the free and fearless. I am secrets that never die. I am the voice of those who will not bow…” The voice in question, raised in song amid the …