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“Free Gaza Chicago River Flotilla,” three days of action calling for an end to Israeli attacks and blockades in Palestine. Read more

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The Yippies’ co-founder and counterculture provocateur was all about making political activism fun. Read more




The Stonewall riots mark the beginning of only one story. LGBTQ histories are deeper and messier and more nuanced than that one story can capture. Read more


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Bandari Lei

At the height of the protests more than one million students and workers occupied the square. Ultimately, the government declared martial law and brought in troops and tanks. Read more



minnie phan

Across the country, local groups have long been doing the work of filling the gaps in access to the procedure. Read more


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Hate Free Zone Queens Arts and Culture Committee

The diverse groups that drove the resistance movement to the retail giant signal a shifting politics nationwide. Read more

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Icy air filled the small space between us and my heart began to race. Read more




When a beloved soccer coach faced deportation, his community rallied. Read more




Less visible, but no less vocal than anti-abortion groups, are religiously-grounded defenders of strong and expansive reproductive rights Read more


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Christian Kortum

I battled climate change via a bank shot, never directly, in part because of existential despair. After attending a meeting, I realized my mistake. Read more


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Miriam Deprez

Diverse groups of local and international nonviolent activists disrupted the festivities to protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. Read more



Jeff Abbott

“On the global level, these conservative organizations and churches are organized.” Read more



Unite Here Local 1

Hotel strikes in 2018 resulted in new agreements to increase wages and pensions, but the fight continues. Read more

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Jason Wallace

Trans woman Veronika Fimbres has PTSD as a result of the traumas she experienced in the military. Forty-five years later, the Trump Administration has imposed a ban on transgender servicepeople. Read more

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Meredith Beeson

Many in the U.S. are unaware of the connection between refugees fleeing Honduras, and the struggle there for environmental justice. Read more


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Brad Wilson

Charters promised all sorts of miraculous educational achievements at low, low prices. But those achievements haven’t appeared. More people are understanding that what we’re really talking about is the privatization of our public school system. Read more

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Private companies want to build new immigrant detention facilities, but communities around Chicago are stopping them in their tracks. Read more


A new biography of Tom Hayden tracks his political life, as a radical activist and later as a prominent California Democrat. Read more


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Charles Edward Miller

In an historic election, the school board, long hospitable to private interests, is now controlled by a pro-public-school majority. That’s big news in a city that has had a giant target painted on it by the national school-choice lobby. Read more


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“We don’t believe in helicopter leadership.” Read more