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The Activist Roots of Mother's Day

Good news for jewelers, card retailers, restaurants, and flower shops around the country: a major sales boom is just around the corner! According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is the most popular day for Americans to dine out; market research firm IBIS reports that American...

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Tags: Activism, Consumerism, Family, Gift, Mom, Mother, Social justice
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Access to Healthy Food: A Civil Issue

There's a blog I've been wanting to mention for awhile: Civil Eats. It's a group of bloggers writing about food policy, food culture...they do an amazing job at bringing together the macro and the micro, which is so important when writing about food. Something I especially appreciate about their...

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Tags: Civil, Class, Economy, Food policy, Social justice
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The Economy (and History) of Recycling

Every once in awhile I come across an article that answers a lot of lingering questions: Why do I feel like recycling is so important even though reducing is also key to helping the environment? Is the nation in danger of taking the path chosen by New York City a few years ago, and discontinuin...

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Tags: Economy, Homeless, Recycling, Scrap, Social justice, Trash
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Recycled Building Materials: Tips and Quirky Designs for All Income Levels

Awhile back, I made the case for remembering to keep homelessness as a part of the national conversation about the environment. For many urban folks living on the streets, reduce, reuse, recycle is their mantra of survival. Homeless folks are only one facet of the national housing crisis, however...

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Tags: Building materials, Design, Homeless, Housing, Low income, Poor, Social justice
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