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What’s the Biggest Threat to American Democracy?

Originally published on Common Dreams, July 12, 2018 Democracy’s essence is dignity—knowing that we count and have a real voice, in the voting booth, yes, but also in other dimensions of life, including the economic (Photo by Sam Morris/Getty Images) We sure hear a lot today about external threats to our democracy, whether it’s Russia’s election “meddling” or North Korea’s nuclear expansion. But a home-bred threat might run deeper still. Consider this. More than a third of Americans polled by the finance company LendEdu say they’d forfeit the right to vote in exchange for a 10 percent raise. Whoa…I had long assumed that such a sad choice would be tempting only in the poorest societies. Learn

A Sign for the Democracy Movement?

Every movement needs a hand sign, right? So, what’s the sign of the Democracy Movement? At the Small Planet Institute, that question bugged us…until one of our staffers, a Millennial named Ashley Higgs Hammell, came up with a great idea. "Why not use the American Sign Language symbol for the letter 'd'?" she asked. To form the sign, you rest all your fingers on your thumb except for the index finger, which is raised. Then lift your arm into the air. The first time I tried it, I immediately heard myself saying inside: “I have something to say!” or “One person, one vote!” or “I count!” or “democracy now!” The sensation and these messages align, I found. I thought I’d test out Ashley’s suggesti

Why Mexican Farmers Are Hopeful About López Obrador’s Win

Originally published on Food Tank, July 6, 2018 The victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his Morena party in Sunday’s Mexican elections has stunned international observers. The center-left insurgency received an estimated double the votes of its nearest rival in a multi-party presidential race, winning more than 50 percent of the vote, several important governorships including the first woman to run Mexico City, and an absolute majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. However the final tally ends up, López Obrador has a resounding mandate for change. ​​ Many observers have interpreted the results as a vote against rampant corruption; given the pervasive graft and influe

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