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Diane Wilson featured in DiCaprio’s 11th Hour

Diane Wilson, who led the effort to stop to the egregious pollution being dumped into the waters near her Seadrift, Texas home, and which endangered the livelihood of local shrimpers, is one of several dozen leading environmentalists and activists featured in Leonard DiCaprio’s new movie, The 11th Hour. Wilson, whose book Unreasonable Woman documents this fight to save the bay, is also a founder of CODE-PINK. During her fight with some of the largest multinational companies in the world, she took on about every powerful local, county, state, and federal agency through a mix of hunger strikes, legal action, and other direct action. She encountered scorn, bribery, and death threats in her fight to seek justice and the truth. DiCaprio’s movie, which is seen as taking over where Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth left off, opened Friday in LA and NYC, with more theaters to be added in the coming weeks. For more information about the film read these articles: Don Hazen offers an excellent overview of the film, and its politics on AlterNet. Kelpie Wilson, of Truthout, also has an interview with Nadia Conners, a co-producer of the film.

Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More..

Let’s Make Bernie Sanders a Bestseller!

As the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders continues to climb in the polls, crushing online fundraising records and frustrating party insiders and pundits along the way, we’re looking to put Bernie’s message on bestseller lists everywhere in time for the national debates this fall!With the second Democratic debate to be held on November 14th in Des Moines, it’s […] Read More..

Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..
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