Watch PBS Independent Lens documentary about the 1977 National Women’s Conference where 20,000 people attended. The delegates adopted the National Plan of Action, a list of 26 resolutions to promote equal rights and end discrimination against women. Many of the delegates were major figures in feminism’s second wave. PBS writes: Twenty thousand people from across [...]
I remember when the internal strife in Syria first began back in the spring of 2011. Like most people, I considered it to be a continuation of the events that had begun in Tunisia and made its way through Egypt; another Middle East dictator swiftly ousted at the hands of the “Arab spring.” Yet two [...]
In early summer, a small, heavily militarized country invaded its southern neighbor. The local conflict soon grew regional as other nations allied with both original participants began to support their respective friends, thereby making escalation a serious concern. Three years later, over 1 million people had died as a result of the disastrous war, yet [...]
There is an popular opinion piece on FoxNews.com right now by John Kartch of Americans for Tax Reform called “Five Major Obamacare Taxes that will hit your wallet in 2013.” Shockingly, it is very misleading on nearly every issue it discusses.
There is a reason that presidents have been fighting for a better health care system for 100 years. In 2010, over 50 million Americans went about their daily lives with no health insurance. If they got sick, odds are they went bankrupt and you had to foot the bill. Insurance companies could look at an application of a newborn infant, born with a defect, and deny the child coverage. A man who had diligently paid for his own health insurance for his entire life, could get cancer, and the insurance company could drop him. Insurance companies would set annual or lifetime dollar limits on needed care, leaving patients who thought they had coverage with massive medical bills and no hope.
Whether or not to allow plantations into the fair trade model is not the only debate raging within the specialty coffee industry. Another, and more wide-reaching debate, is whether certification schemes benefit producers, or if they are in fact barriers to trade. While millions of small-scale coffee producers have benefited from certification systems like Fair [...]
It is a reasonable assumption that many readers of the Conducive Chronicle or students around the world enrolled in some type of college social science class featuring elements of post modernism are familiar with the concept of modernity. Modernity has been both categorically and lexically challenging to define since the term is immensely expansive. Subsequently, [...]
Great news for people who love civil rights and demographic accuracy. Conducive author Heather Tirado Gilligan wrote in the June/July 2009 issue that the federal government would count same-sex married people as “single” in the 2010 census. Gilligan claimed the census was reponsive to the voice of the people, and she was right. Same sex [...]
Conducive is an online magazine devoted to critical thinking about ways to deal with social problems and viable solutions to dilemmas we face on both a local and worldwide scope. We are also interested in storytelling loosely defined as beneficial. We publish essays, creative nonfiction, photography and investigative journalism looking at communities in action and [...]
Our June/July 2009 issue is out. Read Bella DePaulo and Heather Tirado Gilligan debates on marriage, L.A. Corralez’s take on this season’s eco and slow fashion. Conducive editor, Christine Shearer interviews an indigenous climate change activist and Professor Budd L. Hall explores the long connection between poetry and social movements. Click here for our table [...]
While corporate funded think tanks and their political lackeys told us the science was out on global warming, others were already dealing with its harmful effects. For over a decade many Inupiaq of northwest Alaska have been watching their villages erode away, tearing apart at centuries of their subsistence way of life. Warming waters prevent [...]
Piri Thomas, educator and activist, bridges poetry and activism. When Thomas published his book in Down These Mean Streets in 1967, he made visible an America many knew nothing of. His America was Spanish Harlem and Sing Sing. His prose and poetry about endurance, survival and self continue to inspire and influence audiences. Watch Every [...]
Colorlines brings us another story of the struggle to be visible to the federal government. From Colorlines Counting people is harder than it looks. The 2010 census is morphing from a sociological project into a political one: conservatives are crowing about the dangers of tallying “illegals,” and activists are seeking policy changes to guard against [...]