activism

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The Target

A profile of Malala Yousafzai, the young activist from Pakistan who was just awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Birdie

A woman's involvement in an unstable Detroit activist movement.

"The houses we set out to destroy had already been inscribed by the city. The city had earmarked them as tear-downs during the first stage of a larger urban planning initiative – a large ‘D’ for Demolition had been written in white chalk on the front doors of the dilapidated multi-family structures, veterans of a time when Detroit was still a factory town, a place where the music of Motown fumed larger than the gusts of exhaust unleashed from the chains of cars which tumbled off the assembly lines at the auto factories and straight onto those glistening American freeways. The electric streetcar line along Woodward Avenue had been replaced by gas-powered buses. There’d been the great race wars. Even still, at the time those houses had been erected on that tender Northern riverbed which skirted the Canada border, the word future seemed more a promise than an urgency."

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The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion

Almost 40 percent of the world’s population lives in countries with limits on abortion. Activists like Rebecca Gompert imagine a future where those limits are meaningless because most abortions happen at home.

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Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s

Notes from a Black Panther fundraiser on Park Avenue.

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Lesbian Nation

On the lesbian separatists of the 1970s, who “created a shadow society devoted to living in an alternate, penisless reality.”

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Los Infiltradores

Why three young undocumented activists intentionally got themselves detained.

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The Prophets of Oak Ridge

The story of three peace activists — a drifter, an 82-year-old nun and a house painter — who penetrated the exterior of Y-12 in Tennessee, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the United States.

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Captured on Film

On dissident filmmakers in Syria.

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When the Earth Moved

On the history of Earth Day and the failure of the modern environmental movement.

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Death of a Revolutionary

Shulamith Firestone, one of the first radical feminists, helped to create a new society. But she couldn’t live in it.

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Memory to Myth

The life and work of Aaron Swartz, in context.

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Why Johnny Can't Ride

“What are you doing here?” Loggins asked Janette. Janette thought this an odd question. “It’s Bike to Work Day,” she said. “Did you ride your bike to school?”“Bicycling isn’t allowed at Maple Avenue School,” said Loggins. Janette did a double take. “You’re kidding me,” she said. “Right?”

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Undercover Anarchist

An undercover cop infiltrates a group of British activists, befriending and then betraying them.

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#Riot

On the intersection of technology and revolt.

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The Trials of Bidder 70

A profile of environmental activist Tim DeChristopher.

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The Avenging Angel

On the dying city of Port Arthur, Texas, and one man’s fight to save it.

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The Long Con

The anatomy of a bungled, massively expensive undercover sting conducted by the Seattle Police Department.

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The Unrepentant Whore

A profile of Canadian politician Jamie Lee Hamilton.

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Tea & Crackers

Taibbi on the Tea Party. “After lengthy study of the phenomenon, I’ve concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They’re full of shit.”

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Small Change

Can real activism happen on Twitter and Facebook? Malcolm Gladwell says no.

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“This Is How We Lost to the White Man”

The audacity of Bill Cosby’s black conservatism.