October 12, 2005 | Amsterdam News, MD USA
TF! Editorial Comment: The million-man march set out to awaken a shared sense of purpose among the African-American community in the U.S. Now 10 years down the road, organizers seek to reinvigorate the movement, setting forth a vision for a sustainable future as a rallying point.
October 4, 2005 | CommonDreams.org
TF! Editorial Comment: The World Social Forum has gained recognition as a focal point for those advocating that "another world is possible". Moving from dissent and critique to well-articulated alternatives has been a struggle, but social change movements are uniting with individuals, academics and youth to share ideas, strategies and insights for creating a sustainable future. In the article below, the Global Economy Director of Global Exchange shares an impassioned report on the impressive and underreported social gains being made in Venezuela – host of the World Social Forum 2006.
Sep 7, 2005 | Inter Press Service
TF! Editorial Comment: Laissez-faire globalization has spawned a reactionary movement that demands global justice, fair trade, cultural diversity, and many other aspects of sustainable development that reject the status quo and claim that "another world is possible." Collectively, this movement of global civil society demands a place at the negotiating table and a say in shaping the direction of global development as a counterweight to the political and economic agendas of States and Markets respectively. In the article below, the Global Progressive Forum (GPF) is one of many attempts to shape globalization in the direction of sustainability, broadly conceived. The GPF is working to forge global partnerships--to create a social movement for progressive policies that would make globalization work for people, societies and nature.
Summer 2005 | Yes! Magazine
TF! Editorial Comment: The State of California "spends more money on prisons than on its four-year colleges." Despite being described as the world's "hyperpower", the U.S. is being unmasked as a country in crisis. From poverty to crime, education to environment, the symptoms point to fundamental problems with the social system and indeed the entire model of conventional development. In the article below, the writer--a human rights activist--links social inequality and environmental destruction in calling for a third wave of environmentalism that not only conserves and regulates but also invests in a positive future that is inclusive and uplifting—-what he calls a "reverence movement."
July 27, 2005 | Philippine Daily Inquirer News Service
TF! Editorial Comment: There is a struggle to reinterpret the meaning of democracy as corruption, power politics, special interests and the like have undermined the institutions and ideals of the democratic system in many countries today. As discussed in the article below, the current crisis of governance in the Philippines is provoking this kind of systemic thinking and leading some to advocate for a kilusang kultura or an authentic spiritual-cultural movement to counterbalance the negative projections of political and economic power.