Tag Archives: activism

#BlackLivesMatter Founders Celebrated by #Forbes

Forbes celebrates the three women who founded the Black Lives Matter movement as great leaders this week. “Modern social movements often fizzle after their moment in the national news (Occupy Wall Street and to a lesser extent the Tea Party come to mind). But Black Lives Matter has steadily gained momentum since its founding in […]

The Hunger Games Are Real: Teenage Fans Remind the World What Katniss Is Really Fighting For

Originally posted on The Stake:
This article originally appeared at YES! Magazine. This week, millions of Americans will gather in theaters to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While for many the film is little more than big-budget Hollywood pop fare, for others the story will dramatically shape the way they see the world’s economic…

GOP Leaders after the Shutdown Disaster: Can They Clean Up the Tea Party’s Toxic Spill?

Headlines and pundits are reporting that Republican leaders and the divided party are soul searching again after another Tea Party mess that alienated voters and weakened the credibility of the GOP vision for reform. But are they really going to search their political souls, as is promised, or will it be the same non-search that […]

Day 69: Celebrating George Orwell’s 110th birthday (dob 25 June 1903)

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
Dutch Artists Celebrate George Orwell’s Birthday By Putting Party Hats On Surveillance Cameras Dutch artist duo Front404 decorated security cameras with party hats in one of the Netherland’s largest cities to celebrate George Orwell’s 110th birthday. “George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian…

Passings: Wu Dengming, Chinese Environmental Leader

“Green, green, green, was all he thought about….” Wu Dengming, the Founder of the Chongqing Green Volunteer League and one of the most effective Chinese environmental leaders, changed hearts and minds by listening to the stories of devastation, teaching those who suffered how to cope, sharing those stories of success and failure, loss and recovery. […]

Shakti Vahini’s Activist Leadership: Diversity, Alliances and Social Change

Often we believe that the best leaders to right a wrong are those who have suffered the oppression. But world-changing leadership needs to come from allies as well as those who suffer, or activism cannot succeed in changing a damaged culture. Whatever the cause, whatever the oppression, alliances must be made between leaders from privileged […]

“Comedy is the Soft Spot of All Dictators”

I just watched “The Red Chapel,” a documentary about two intentionally bad Korean-Danish comedians coming to perform in North Korea, and this is the opening salvo by the creator: “Comedy is the soft spot of all dictators.” Then the film proceeds with an exploration of the paradoxes of performing comedy/satire within a dictatorship, complete with […]