Moving Your Money: the Lowdown on Credit Unions

With all the actions taken against Bank of America last week to expose their funding of mountaintop removal mining and foreclosures, and Occupy Wall Street and other organizations such as MoveOn.org and the Huffington Post encouraging people to move their money out of big banks and into credit unions, I thought that I would share some information about what credit unions are, what they do, and some of my experiences as a member of one.  … [Read more]

Talkin’ ’bout My Generation: Stop Bankrupting Our Future

On Wednesday, April 25th, the youth and students of America are taking action and sending a message to big banks and Wall Street: they need to stop destroying our climate and bankrupting our future. It is a nationwide day of action against both crippling student loan debt and Bank of America, the number one financier of the coal industry AND the number one fore closer on American homes.… [Read more]

Van Jones Talks American Dream, Economy, and Social Movements

On Friday I had the privilege of attending a talk by Van Jones at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC and wanted to report back on what Van Jones said about achieving economic justice. While the talk was designed to promote Jones’ new book, Rebuild the Dream, many topics were covered and there was a question and answer session at the end.… [Read more]

Put the Fun Between Your Legs: How to Create Bike Friendly Cities and Towns

Recently biking has been all over the news. And not because it’s Tour de France time. Partially because of rising gas prices, biking has become the thing to do, especially for young people.  No longer an activity reserved for children, outdoor enthusiasts, left wing environmentalists, Europeans, and hipsters around the country, biking is becoming more mainstream.… [Read more]

Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution: What America (and the World) Needs

So, while trying to pick a topic for this week’s blog post, I thought of many political things that are annoying me.  President Obama’s support for at least the southern half of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the absence of a viable presidential candidate whom I can get excited about, the lack of political will to pass the much needed Buffett Rule on Taxation (let alone true tax reform), continued legislative attacks on women’s health and rights, and the stalling of the Student Loan Forgiveness Act in Congress all came to mind.  … [Read more]

Maryland Comes Together In Support of Off Shore Wind

On Monday I attended a rally  in Annapolis where we encircled the Maryland Statehouse to show support for offshore wind in Maryland. While this might not seem like something worthy of a blog post, this rally was a very pivotal experience for me (and the state). What made this rally so noteworthy is that it featured representatives from broad constituencies across Maryland coming together to advocate for clean energy, green jobs, public health, and the future of Maryland.… [Read more]

Waking Up: How You Can Move Away from Car Dependence (and Save Money!)

With gas prices approaching (or already at) four dollars a gallon in the United States, it looks like I’m not the only one who is finding out that car free is the way to be. Especially when prices are only expected to increase as we approach the summer travel months. Turns out that the youth are moving towards solutions rather than just complaining about gas prices.… [Read more]

Student Loan Forgiveness Act Introduced in Congress

US House Representative Hansen Clarke from Michigan introduced HR 4170, or the Student Loan Forgiveness Act, on March 8th, a bill that is extremely important in this economy, especially to the Millennium Generation.  If passed, the bill would forgive outstanding student loan debt to any person who makes consecutive payments of at least 10 percent of discretionary income for ten years.  … [Read more]