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

Donald Trump's Appeal to the Authoritarian Personality

Donald Trump shakes hands with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January …

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 …

Poverty

Forced Out

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 …

Homelessness

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 …

Economics

The Matter of Black Lives

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 Change

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 …

Marriage

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 …

Manufacturing

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 …

Is It Time to Table Farm-to-Table?

The “farm-to-table” movement has run amok as restaurants everywhere provide exhausting pedigrees for every morsel. When did where food comes from start to matter more than how it tastes?<p>I used to dream of being able to go to a restaurant near where I live that would serve the freshest and most …

Restaurants

Politics in the Middle East: The Arab winter

Politics in the Middle EastThe Arab winter<p>Five years after a wave of uprisings, the Arab world is worse off than ever. But its people understand …

Egypt

How the Maker Movement Is Moving Into Classrooms

The Maker movement is a unique combination of artistry, circuitry, and old-fashioned craftsmanship. Certainly, learning by doing or "making" has been …

Don’t Be Misled. The Apple-FBI Fight Isn’t About Privacy vs. Security

Throughout the ongoing fight between Apple and the FBI over custom access to an iPhone used by one of the two terrorists who killed 14 people in San …

Surveillance

The Serial Swatter

Early one weekend morning in January 2014, Janet was sleeping fitfully in her parents’ home in Toronto. A junior studying elementary education at a nearby college, she had gone home for the weekend in a state of nervous collapse. For months, someone going by the name ‘‘Obnoxious’’ had been …

Policing