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Occupying Democracy: Amendments to Get Money out of Politics- Russell Simmons and David DeGraw

The future of our democracy cannot be for sale. Politicians must represent the people who elected them, not those who donated to their campaigns. All of the challenges that the American people face are grossly influenced by money in politics, and that is why we strongly support a constitutional amendment to restore our democracy and protect the people of this great nation.
A very broad coalition is uniting around this vital issue and it is just a matter of time before we reach critical mass. With the help of the GOOD community, we can soon reach a tipping point that forces historic political change. 
Thousands of working groups are spread throughout the country, organizing toward the same goal: ending the corrupt culture that has consumed our government by getting money out of politics. 
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Occupying Democracy: Amendments to Get Money out of Politics
- Russell Simmons and David DeGraw

The future of our democracy cannot be for sale. Politicians must represent the people who elected them, not those who donated to their campaigns. All of the challenges that the American people face are grossly influenced by money in politics, and that is why we strongly support a constitutional amendment to restore our democracy and protect the people of this great nation.

A very broad coalition is uniting around this vital issue and it is just a matter of time before we reach critical mass. With the help of the GOOD community, we can soon reach a tipping point that forces historic political change. 

Thousands of working groups are spread throughout the country, organizing toward the same goal: ending the corrupt culture that has consumed our government by getting money out of politics. 

Continue reading on good.is

Cuddling the Opposition: A Campaign for Free Speech in Belarus Relies on Teddy Bears and Parachutes
The small former-Soviet republic Belarus is considered to be Europe’s last surviving dictatorship. Protestors and the political opposition are jailed. Journalists are harassed. But that doesn’t mean stories from that small, landlocked nation—or the dissidents trying to bring democracy and free speech there—get much airtime in the West.
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Cuddling the Opposition: A Campaign for Free Speech in Belarus Relies on Teddy Bears and Parachutes

The small former-Soviet republic Belarus is considered to be Europe’s last surviving dictatorship. Protestors and the political opposition are jailed. Journalists are harassed. But that doesn’t mean stories from that small, landlocked nation—or the dissidents trying to bring democracy and free speech there—get much airtime in the West.

Keep reading at GOOD.is

In February 2011, Ali Tarhouni, a popular Libyan-born lecturer in economics at the University of Washington, watched the protests in Benghazi, Libya, from his basement command center in Seattle. Tarhouni is 61 years old and hadn’t been in his homeland in nearly four decades. But at that moment, he says, “I knew I was going back.”
Now, Tarhouni is oil and finance minister of the National Transitional Council, working with many returned Libyans who face the task of re-assimilating. They have been shaped by their time abroad, and they’ll have to address Libya as it is now.
From our Migration Issue: After the Revolution

In February 2011, Ali Tarhouni, a popular Libyan-born lecturer in economics at the University of Washington, watched the protests in Benghazi, Libya, from his basement command center in Seattle. Tarhouni is 61 years old and hadn’t been in his homeland in nearly four decades. But at that moment, he says, “I knew I was going back.”

Now, Tarhouni is oil and finance minister of the National Transitional Council, working with many returned Libyans who face the task of re-assimilating. They have been shaped by their time abroad, and they’ll have to address Libya as it is now.

From our Migration Issue: After the Revolution

GOOD Citizenship Task 15: Attend a Local Council Meeting #30DaysofGOOD
Attending a public meeting is your direct way of participating in the life of your community. Don’t let other people speak for you—by adding your voice and passion to the picture, you make democracy work.

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GOOD Citizenship Task 15: Attend a Local Council Meeting #30DaysofGOOD

Attending a public meeting is your direct way of participating in the life of your community. Don’t let other people speak for you—by adding your voice and passion to the picture, you make democracy work.

See the challenge on GOOD→ 
We’re not the worst, but we’re certainly not the best.
theeconomist:

Daily chart: democracy and equality. There is a strong relationship between the strength of a country’s democracy and the level of inequality between sexes. But a few countries buck that trend.

We’re not the worst, but we’re certainly not the best.

theeconomist:

Daily chart: democracy and equality. There is a strong relationship between the strength of a country’s democracy and the level of inequality between sexes. But a few countries buck that trend.

Canada’s federal election this spring was a wild ride. As of last night our prime minister, Stephen Harper, has his first Conservative majority in the House of Commons—but our far-left social democrats, the New Democratic Party, more than doubled in number. Two parties all but disappeared, and the Green Party won its first seat ever. 
The Tech Election: Canadians Experiment with Online Vote-Swapping - Politics - GOOD

Canada’s federal election this spring was a wild ride. As of last night our prime minister, Stephen Harper, has his first Conservative majority in the House of Commons—but our far-left social democrats, the New Democratic Party, more than doubled in number. Two parties all but disappeared, and the Green Party won its first seat ever. 

The Tech Election: Canadians Experiment with Online Vote-Swapping - Politics - GOOD