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I’ve heard it said that when you’re feeling a little burned out, you should read a radical book. Yesterday, I took to twitter to ask for recommendations for radical books, using the hashtag #RecommendARadicalBook. What followed was an embarrassment of riches, one that continues into today as people continue to make wonderful recommendations on the […]

Cross-posted with permission from Because Finance Is Boring. Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Many on the Left are using this opportunity to bring new life to a much-aligned idea: that there is a role for government in fighting poverty. On the Right, LBJ’s War on Poverty drew criticism from […]

On April 26th, Senators Levin (D-MI) and Merkley (D-OR) put out a letter calling on our financial regulators to finalize a strong version of the Volcker Rule by the summer. Twenty-two Senators signed the letter. There is a draft companion letter circulating today in the House of Representatives that is being led by Rep. Blumenauer […]

Today, I saw a MASSIVE signal that the OWS movement is inspiring those who work within the system to grow a backbone and actually do something. Today, a NY Judge, Jed Rakoff, threw out a proposed settlement between Citigroup and the Securities and Exchange Commission (The SEC, if you need a refresher, is in charge […]

I have been busy. I have been actively involved with the Occupy Wall Street protests, in a number of Caucus and Movement groups (including Occupy the SEC which is a part of the Alternative Banking group). I’m long overdue to post to tell you about how I feel like a lawyer these days as I […]

Many people on twitter have been questioning why #occupywallst hasn’t been trending on twitter tonight, with the kettling and mass arrest of 400+ protestors on the Brooklyn bridge. Well, it just so happens that JP Morgan invested significantly in a fund with a $400 million share of twitter back in March of this year. While […]

Um, should I be worried that KitKats cause cancer? Because Nestle just acquired a company, Prometheus Labs,┬áthat makes products to treat cancer and gastrointestinal illness. Uh, since this smells like vertical integration, I should be worried, shouldn’t I?

It Begins with a Story In many ways, the most powerful thing we have is our stories. In 2006, Majora Carter blew the roof off with her TED Talk on Greening the Ghetto. Why? She told a very small piece of her story, her truth as a Black woman in America. One of the stories […]

Leymah Gbowee, mother of six, began a journey that would lead to nothing short of a revolution when she was working as a a trauma counselor in Monrovia. The backdrop? Fourteen years of bloody war in Liberia, the death of 200,000 people, the displacement of 1 in 3 people in the country, and the regular […]

   –Images from Popular Mechanics, Business Innovation Factory, the Majora Carter Group, United Nations Radio and The Engineer Guy “Best Of” lists for 2010 are usually disappointing. They are filled with people you already know, rehash stories you’ve already read. I wanted to compile a list of eleven people you may NOT have heard of, but […]

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