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Kunin and Day One of the DNC: “What It Means to Live in a Democracy”

Former Governor of Vermont and author Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power) encounters protestors, Michelle Obama, and Ted Kennedy. All this and more as Madeleine covers Day One of the Democratic National Convention. From the Huffington Post article:
There are two stages at the Democratic Convention in Denver, one that is played out in streets and the other inside the Pepsi center. Both dramas portray, as no political science textbook could, what it means to live in a democracy. Outside the convention center I walked past a dozen young people waving blue and white John McCain signs. Every few minutes they would break into a vigorous chant: “Drill here, drill now!” Near by another group held signs that said, “Save the environment, tax meat!” A lone man, well dressed, wearing a hat, held up a hand-made sign on a street corner. It simply said, “Stop Torture.” The entrance to the University club, where a group of feminist pro-choice organisations held a rally, was partially blocked by an impassioned group of Right to Life protestors. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) later referred to them from the podium, noting that she was asked if she needed an escort to get by them. She retorted , “I don’t need an escort, let them look out for me.”
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Enter to Win Your Copy of Nuclear Roulette

Seventy years ago, the city of Hiroshima was incinerated by an atomic bomb. Today, tens of thousands gather in Japan to mark the anniversary with silent ceremonies and somber reflections. In the United States, visitors to the National Air and Space Museum hear a narrative recounting that day as they view the Enola Gay, the […] 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..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..