Laura Gottesdiener is a journalist, social justice activist and author of A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, published this month by Zuccotti Park Press. She is an associate editor for Waging Nonviolence, and she has written for Rolling Stone, Ms. magazine, the Arizona Republic, AlterNet and other publications. She lived and worked in the People’s Kitchen during the occupation of Zuccotti Park.
The state’s form of austerity politics is a massive experiment in unraveling US democracy.
Thanks in part to Williston, North Dakota, the United States surpassed Saudi Arabia in total oil and gas production, making the nation the number one consumer and producer of fossil fuels.
Zapatista strongholds endure in the state of Chiapas, managing their own schools, banks, hospitals, arts collectives and system of government.