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A declaration of independence from Wall Street

Photo: Helga Tawil Souri This piece originally appeared in Salon. After three years of political nonsense, we can hold one truth to be self-evident about our government: It is broken. A financial crisis that should have inspired a grand new set of rules for Wall Street instead delivered a hopelessly compromised reform package -- and even that weak sauce is under daily withering assault from the banking industry. The devastating aftermath of a Great Recession that should have demanded unrelenting executive action instead degenerated into a fruitless squabble between two parties competing to see who could best cut and cripple …

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California crusader: What not to ingest when you’re expecting

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. The notion that there might be some connection between the mission of Planned Parenthood and the problem of pesticide overuse in agricultural communities might surprise some people. But for Traci Townsend, leader of Planned Parenthood's Pajaro Valley Health Action Team …

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Drain-eye shaman puts sensors in New York’s sewers

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. Leif Percifield.On a normal day, says Leif Percifield, New York City sewage travels from its point of origin to a waste processing plant. But when it starts to rain hard, the "astonishing volumes" of water pouring through the city's combined …

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Happy warrior: Fighting coal where it’s hardest

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. Flavia de la Fuente.There are probably easier things one could do than to organize against the construction of a coal-powered electricity plant near the Gulf Coast refinery town of Corpus Christi, Texas. But Flavia de la Fuente wouldn't want to …

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Liz Dunn finds silver linings in old buildings

Liz Dunn. Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. "I am obsessed with metrics," confesses Liz Dunn with a little laugh, the kind that acknowledges this isn't the first time she's admitted such a truth about herself.  She's talking about research data soon to be released by …

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Food justice — for Navina Khanna, it's what's for dinner

Grist is proud to present the Change Gang -- profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't. Know someone we should add to the Change Gang? Tell us why. Navina Khanna.Hunched over a table at an Oakland, Calif., coffee shop, Navina Khanna is talking about one of the most moving moments in a "Food and Freedom Ride" she organized over the summer.  On their way from Birmingham, Ala., to …