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on Nov 10, 2014 - 20:05 PM ET
Arlington Cemetery.

I’ve always thought that the best way to support our troops is to make every effort to keep them out of harm’s way. That means avoiding unnecessary wars and engaging in military action only as a true last resort. In this vein, here are my Top Ten Veterans Day Songs paying tribute to those who serve. The list is highly debatable; songs about war and attendant suffering cut across musical genres. Old-timers will rightly bemoan the omission of classics l[ike...

War and Peace, Music, US Military
on Nov 5, 2014 - 16:42 PM ET
Schoolbus

One of the few (non–dope smoking) silver linings of yesterday’s election was Tom Torlakson’s narrow victory over charter champion Marshall Tuck in the race for state superintendent of education in California. Tuck’s loss will slow down efforts in the Golden State to gut teacher...

on Oct 31, 2014 - 17:38 PM ET

The spectrum of allowable electoral choices in this country could hardly be more limited and uninspiring. It’s hard to get excited about many candidates we have to choose from this Tuesday. But the only alternative to voting is not voting. And that’s an even worse option. These videos, culled nationally from the current electoral cycle, make clear why it’s so important to cast your ballot. Polls open 6 am in...

on Oct 28, 2014 - 09:01 AM ET
Joan Jett.

If anyone is producing hipper, more lively Get Out of the Vote videos than the Department of Peace, please let me know who they are! An art collective geared toward creating consciousness-raising content and aiming to inspire young people to engage politically, The DoP urges both community-oriented action and electoral participation.

Today...

on Sep 19, 2014 - 18:58 PM ET
People's Climate March poster art.

Every good movement needs its music. This weekend, in New York City and around the world, environmental activists are making their voices heard days before President Obama and world leaders attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations. This playlist is presented in tribute. The list is highly debatable—songs about ecology, nature and the environment cut across musical genres and...

on Sep 19, 2014 - 13:33 PM ET
People's Climate March poster

You may have heard that what is expected to be the largest rally for an environmental cause in US history is happening this Sunday, September 21, in Manhattan. More than 100,000 people are planning to join a historic march for climate action two days before President Obama and world leaders attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations.

In Europe and Australia growing numbers of people are joining the Fossil Free...