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Here I offer links to people, organizations, articles, books, videos, etc. that are consistent with the mission and vision of this site.
AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of dozens of other independent media sources. AlterNet’s aim is to inspire citizen action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, and health care issues.
Amnesty International, a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide, undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of human rights.
Bioneers is a forum for connecting the environment, health, social justice, and spirit within a broad progressive framework. Bioneers are biological pioneers who work with nature to heal nature and ourselves. Above all, Bioneers represent a culture of solution
Using cutting-edge new internet video campaigns, Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films have created a quick-strike capability that challenges corporate media with the truth and empowers political action nationwide.
National Priorities Project analyzes and clarifies federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent.
Powerful forces — from technological change to demographic shifts, from economic globalization to the rise of new global powers — are remaking America. Now, more than ever, our nation needs a robust public debate that does justice to the complex challenges and opportunities of this era. New America Foundation aims to bring promising new voices and new ideas to the fore of our nation’s public discourse.
The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.
Worldchanging is a solutions-based online magazine that works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. Another world is not just possible, it’s here. We only need to put the pieces together.
BAD MONEY: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics And The Global Crisis Of American Capitalism by Kevin Phillips
“Bad money” — the emergence of a U.S. economy that is globally dependent and dominated by hubris-driven financial services rife with risk miscalculations — has failed the American people and pointed U.S. capitalism toward a global crisis.
PLAN B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester Brown (available as free download from earth-policy.org)
“Saving civilization is not a spectator sport,” says Brown. “We have reached a point in the deteriorating relationship between us and the earth’s natural systems where we all have to become political activists. Every day counts. We all have a stake in civilization’s survival.”
DREAMS AND SHADOWS: The Future of the Middle East by Robin Wright
Wright says, “This is a book about disparate experiments with empowerment in the world’s most troubled region. My goal was to probe deep inside societies of the Middle East for the emerging ideas and players that are changing the political environment in ways that will unfold for decades to come.”
FREE LUNCH: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill) by David Cay Johnston
The peak income year for the bottom 90% of Americans was way back in 1973–when the average income per taxpayer (adjusted for inflation) was $33,001. That is nearly $4,000 higher than the average in 2005. Johnston does not mince words: “The pattern here is clear. The rich are getting fabulously richer, the vast majority are somewhat worse off, and the bottom half–for all practical purposes, the poor–are being savaged by our current economic policies.”
IN DEFENSE OF FOOD: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
According to Pollan, most of what we’re consuming isn’t food — he calls it ‘edible foodlike substances” – and how we’re consuming it is not really eating. It’s something we do pretty unconsciously as we work, drive or watch TV. Pollan claims that in the Western Diet, good old food has been replaced by nutrients, mom’s good advice by nutritional experts, common sense by confusion, and for most, a relatively good diet by a bad and dangerous one.
THE $3 TRILLION WAR: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict by Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz
After wildly lowballing the cost of the Iraq conflict at a mere $50-$60B, the Bush administration has been concealing the full economic toll. Taxes have not been raised to pay for the war—in fact, taxes on the rich have actually fallen. Americans will have to pay for the war at some point—and when they do, they will be paying not the Bush markdown but the full price of $3 trillion.