Social Change

In the famous words of Frederick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” History proves Douglass right — meaningful change in America has been initiated by activists and dissenters who demanded it. Bill Moyers has examined dissent and social change throughout his career, using stories of the abolition, suffrage, labor and populist movements to frame continuing, contemporary fights for human rights, including civil and voting rights, and women’s and gay rights.

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February 14, 2014 | Blog

The activist and scholar says our broken system has a major impact on politicians’ priorities. Guess who the losers are? Continue reading

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February 14, 2014 | Moyers & Company

This week we feature two Americans fighting against corruption: David Simon, creator of The Wire and activist Lawrence Lessig, who has taken an unconventional approach to highlight the need to get money out of politics. Continue reading

Lawrence Lessig marching in New Hampshire. (John Light)
February 14, 2014

In the footsteps of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, activist Lawrence Lessig leads a two-week,185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire to raise awareness of corruption in American politics. Continue reading

Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers at the plant will decide in a three-day vote Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)
February 13, 2014 | Blog

The manufacturer’s openness to better labor relations is driving anti-union lawmakers up a wall. Continue reading

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address at LaGuardia Community College in the Queens borough of New York, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York. De Blasio outlined his vision for New York and offered a glimpse into his signature goal of fighting the city's widening income inequality gap. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
February 13, 2014 | Blog

The case for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan is all around us. Continue reading

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February 12, 2014 | Moyers & Company

This week we feature two Americans fighting against greed and corruption: David Simon, creator of The Wire and activist Lawrence Lessig, who has taken an unconventional approach to highlight the need for campaign finance reform. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Lawrence Lessig marching in New Hampshire. (John Light)
February 12, 2014 | Moyers & Company

A special report on a two-week trek through frozen New Hampshire, led by activist Lawrence Lessig, to put political corruption on ice. Watch the full show.
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A TV screen shows a news report of Edward Snowden at a shopping mall in Hong Kong Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
February 11, 2014 | Blog

What will it take to change a democracy driven by fear? Continue reading

Holiday Clinkscale II waves an American flag as he joins thousands of people of protesters in downtown downtown Raleigh, N.C., Saturday Feb. 8, 2014. Nearly 200 organizations are joining the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the "Moral March on Raleigh," a new name for the "Historic Thousands on Jones Street," as it was originally called. Jones Street referred to the street where the Legislative Building stands and the usual terminus of the march. Advocates are angry about bills Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law, including the refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law; a reduction in unemployment benefits; an elections-overhaul law that requires photo identification to vote in person; the elimination of the earned income tax credit; and taxpayer-funded grants for low-income children to attend private K-12 schools. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)
February 11, 2014 | Activism

80,000 marched in North Carolina to push back against the conservative agenda, the largest protest in the South since Selma in 1965. Continue reading

The stage at the inaugural 2014 Moral Mondays protest in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo by Ari Berman.
February 10, 2014 | Activism

Activists hold the largest civil rights rally in the South since the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Continue reading

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February 10, 2014 | Blog

Estimates say somewhere between 80 and 100,000 people turned out for the Moral March on Raleigh. Continue reading

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February 9, 2014 | Blog

As students push their schools to divest from fossil fuels, shareholders push banks to disclose their energy investments Continue reading

In a frame grab from video obtained by The Associated Press, an inmate attacks fellow inmate Hanni Elabed at the privately-run Idaho Correctional Center just south of Boise, Idaho. Elabed suffered brain damage and persistent short-term memory loss after he was beaten by inmate James Haver while multiple guards watched at the Idaho prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America. (AP Photo)
February 7, 2014 | Blog

A new study shows how policies that appear race-neutral can disproportionately impact communities of color. Continue reading

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February 7, 2014 | Activism

These groups are part of a global movement to stop climate change and save the planet. Continue reading

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February 7, 2014 | Moyers & Company

As the showdown nears for the Keystone XL pipeline, environmentalist Bill McKibben says it’s time for President Obama to stand up to oil companies and just say no. Continue reading

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