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In the Age of 45, Resources for Becoming the Engaged and Powerful Citizens We Need to Be

So you’ve decided to get more engaged in your community and in politics in general. You’re not alone, of course. That’s happening all over the country. Maybe you hit the streets in a march, or you’ve gone to a rally. … Continue reading

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A New Narrative

We need a new narrative. By “narrative” I mean simply a new story, an account of what is important, what is right, good, just. And by “we” I mean progressives, social justice workers, activists, artists, poets, organizers. But “we” also … Continue reading

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The problem I have with Bernie Sanders….

The problem I have with Bernie Sanders has nothing to do with Bernie Sanders, and everything to do with you and me. The key point: we can’t elect visionary and progressive leaders without having a powerful, well-organized progressive movement behind … Continue reading

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Self-Righteous Anger on the Left

Many pixels have been spilled in punditry about the coming apocalypse in Cleveland at the Republican convention, with good odds that the Republican Party will tear itself apart. But looking at the Democrats, I see scary overtones of the debacle … Continue reading

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Unschooling, Big History, and Adventure in an American Classroom

In a classroom at the Orca Middle School in Seattle, eighth grade social studies students are engaged in an ambitious, multi-year project; they’re creating their own history textbook. The project has a revolutionary potential and goes to a core question … Continue reading

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Everyday Magic in a Twilight World

As I write this, I’ve just come from a wonderful music venue. It’s a beautiful space, carefully and lovingly put together. It’s well hooked into the local music scene, but I would guess that, even if you go to a … Continue reading

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Art, Nudity, and Radicals: three takes on the Oregon Country Fair

A few weeks ago, I spent a week working at the Oregon Country Fair. For those who are unfamiliar: The fair is a huge crafts and music festival, sort of a combination of Seattle’s Folklife and Bumbershoot, but held in … Continue reading

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