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Hope's 3 Essentials, and All Are Present

Volunteers delivering more than 85,000 signatures on a 2015 ballot initiative to strengthen Clean Elections in Maine. State House, Augusta ME. Originally published on Common Dreams, September 26, 2018 This is the 3rd of Frances' Thought Sparks Video Series as she opens her heart about what fortifies her in this scary time & shares her often-surprising takes on themes of hope, democracy, and courage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In earlier reflections on hope, I’ve declared that hope isn’t an assessment, it’s a stance toward life. Now I want to convince you that in this stance I’m on really solid ground. I start with an observation about our species. We humans have been around long enough to know one t

Hope is Power

Democracy Initiative lobbying for voting rights on US Capital front lawn. September 2015. (Greenpeace Greenwire - Greenpeace USA) Originally published on Common Dreams, September 17, 2018 This is the 2nd of Frances' Thought Sparks Video Series as she opens her heart about what fortifies her in this scary time & shares her often-surprising takes on themes of hope, democracy, and courage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yeah, I know. “Hope” gets shoved into a corner called “nice” where weaklings huddle who can’t face hard realities. In fact, hope and power don’t often show up in the same sentence. Truth is, though, hope is a tap root of power. First, note that the word derives from the Latin, “to be able.”

What is Hope?

Originally published on Common Dreams, September 10, 2018 Frances Moore Lappé is launching Thought Sparks Video Series! Each week, for nine weeks or more, her Small Planet Institute will release an informal 2-to-5-minute video in which Frances shares her often-surprising takes on themes of hope, democracy, and courage. She opens her heart about what fortifies her in this scary time. The first is: Possibility Creates Hope. And below is her companion blog. Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’ve been called a hope fiend, and I cop to it. More than ever, hope isn’t just a “nice” feeling we’re lucky to experience from time to time. No, hope has become a requirement, as despair is our worst enemy. So, le

'This Is Life or Death for Us': Mexico's Farm Movement Rejects New NAFTA Agreement

Farm leader Rocío Miranda speaks at the September 11 farmers’ movement press conference in Mexico City against the new NAFTA agreement. (Timothy Wise) Originally Published on Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Common Dreams (Also available in Spanish.) The smooth ride to a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may have just hit the bumpy roads of rural Mexico. On Tuesday, leaders of Mexico’s farm ovement strongly condemned the new agreement announced between the United States and Mexico, calling on the new president they supported in recent elections to get involved and slow the race to the new agreement. “We need to push our new president to stop the signing of this agreement,” said

Why Mexico’s farmers are hopeful about new president

SPI’s Timothy A. Wise, director of the Land and Food Rights Program, just returned from Mexico, where he was following the promising new rural development initiatives of incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. López Obrador and his Morena Party swept presidential and congressional elections July 1. The new congress was sworn in September 1 while López Obrador takes office December 1. The victory, which was partly the product of unprecedented support in rural Mexico, has raised hopes for policies that reverse 25 years of neglect by successive governments. (See Tim’s article on the election.) Already, López Obrador has named farm leader Victor Suárez to the new post of Subsecretary of

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