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Author’s insights on power offer hope in volatile times

Rebick draws heavily on her involvement with the women's movement in Canada in the early 1980s. She argues that the women's movement was powerful because of its political and personal relevance to women. "'The personal is political,' wasn't just a slogan, it was a lived reality," she writes. "To liberate women, we had to liberate ourselves— our minds, our bodies, and our emotions." It is interesting to note that feminist ideas and practices—specifically, egalitarianism and consensus politics—are among the most influential in the new movements and struggles described in this book. She sites the environmental and peace movements of the 1980s as two of the movements that benefited when feminists joined their ranks.


Hey, at least activism is cheap!

This summer, when you’re looking for cheap sources of entertainment and socialization, why not consider a little civil participation? It’s a free way to meet like-minded people. It can be fun, liberating and a source of pride. If you’re feeling blue after job loss, under-employment or falling investments, getting out of the house to spend time with others and working towards a common cause can be empowering.


The cold shuffle towards progress

Anyone with a progressive bent has these moments of dread. They?re a painful reminder that the neocons are powerful and progress can be slower than molasses in January. They?re also a reminder that we should all be doing something ? anything ? to push Alberta forward, when so many others want to drag us backwards or keep us frozen in the present. But, there are signs of hope, both at home and abroad.


Social media redefines community activism

Networking sites like Facebook and MySpace break down barriers for activists— but good strategizing is still the key to success
Whether you are sixteen or sixty, a professional who knows the ins and outs of the political system or someone who shakes her head in confusion at the process of making things happen, social networking sites give you a place to learn about advocacy. If you don't know what to do next, there's probably someone who does—you just have to connect with them. And Facebook is the place to do that.


Environmentalism in Alberta?

Activists say communities are beginning to stand up to tar sands
Following his 1992 election victory, Premier Ralph Klein declared the province 'open for business,' and Albertans, fearful of growing debt, accepted a vision of stable growth after years of economic depression. As natural resources were opened up to massive exploitation, however, the result has been an overheated economy, and a crumbling infrastructure unable to handle the influx of workers and families. Today, Albertans are beginning to stir. Leila Darwish, Associate Prairie Chapter Director of the Sierra Club, sees change afoot.