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Clinton joins the pack — vows to uphold the Constitution

Just when you think the leader of the pack will be the only one not following millions of citizens in protecting and upholding the rights enshrined in our Constitution …. she signs on. We posted recently that Hillary Clinton was the only Democrat to join all the Republicans in NOT signing a pledge being circulated by the American Freedom Campaign, co-founded by Naomi Wolf, author of the current New York Times bestseller End of America (and published by Chelsea Green – that’s us!). Today, Clinton responded in the positive, stating that the country’s strength emanates from the Constitution. She also reiterated the reasons for voting against the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and why she opposes torture. And, she did say that Presidents have the right to pursue terrorists, but that existing laws in place should not be avoided as they ensure due process and civil liberties. “It is great that all of the Democratic presidential candidates have conveyed their strong feelings about defending and protecting our Constitution,” said Wolf. “But we are only half-way to our goal. We will not be satisfied until we receive a solid commitment from each and every one of the presidential candidates. We hope that this will not be difficult. It will be a tragedy if we discover that defending the Constitution has become a partisan issue.” The mission of the American Freedom Campaign is to preserve the vision of the nation’s Founders – that no President shall be above the law. As part of this mission, it seeks to make the issue of defending the Constitution a prominent part of the 2008 presidential campaign. Later this fall, with a grassroots army to call on, the campaign intends to turn up the heat on candidates who have not made their commitment to defending the Constitution clear.


Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..

Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here’s How to Take Action

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When […] Read More..