What Climate Activists Can Learn From the Fight Against Big Tobacco

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America   Today hundreds of thousands of people around the world — from Burundi to Berlin to Brooklyn — will take to the streets in what organizers are calling the biggest climate march in history. This outpouring of action in the lead-up to this year’s global climate summit in […]

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Vandana Shiva

Hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch… Hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency… Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the Earth’s treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal.

Hope just means another world might be possible, not promised… Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope.”

[Rebecca Solnit]

Big Food Uses Mommy Bloggers to Shape Public Opinion

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America   This past weekend, biotech giant Monsanto paid bloggers $150 each to attend “an intimate and interactive panel” with “two female farmers and a team from Monsanto.” The strictly invitation-only three-hour brunch, which took place on the heels of the BlogHer Conference, promised bloggers a chance to learn […]

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Detroit’s Fight for Public Water is Also the Nation’s

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America Detroit made international news this month when its municipal water board resumed cutting off water to residents with unpaid bills. With thousands of community members struggling in homes with no running water, local groups reached out (PDF) to the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe […]

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Junk Food Industry’s Shameful Targeting of Black and Latino Youth

#82055765 / gettyimages.com by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America   One hundred and six million people tuned in to watch the Broncos take on the Seahawks in this year’s Super Bowl; almost as many saw the McDonald’s ad that ran during the game, featuring a dunk contest between basketball stars LeBron James and Dwight Howard. Using […]

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