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A coffee cooperative in Minnesota makes money by creating fair trade and cutting out corporate middlemen.

Family farmers in Vermont survive and prosper by going organic and cooperative.

Health clinics in rural New Mexico are community supported and succeed in ways corporate health care and insurance cannot.

A taxi cab cooperative in Madison, Wisc., run by the cabbies, brings in $6 million per year.

A pharmacist in Austin, Texas, works less and accomplishes more since he quit working for a chain and set up a pharmacy that ignores insurance companies and sells the least expensive generic medicine.

Strippers in San Francisco have unionized.

A community bank in Chicago has $5 million in annual profits and has invested more than $2.9 billion in underserved communities.

Oregonians have boosted voter turnout with encouraging results by getting together on a bus.

Six states and two cities hold clean elections in these dirty United States, with highly encouraging results.

Voters in Kansas and Pennsylvania have tossed out evolution-deniers.

A training camp based on the work of Paul Wellstone has trained tons of successful candidates, including four now in Congress (where, however, they've been huge disappointments).  And lots of people are inspired to vote (albeit oblivious to the scourge of election fraud making the counting of their votes uncertain).

ACORN (The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) continues to do all sorts of tremendous work, including in the area of living wage standards.  In Florida in 2004, ACORN's minimum wage initiative, which John Kerry refused to support, picked up 71 percent of the vote, while Kerry hauled in 47 percent (although this story, too, is told as if we can be sure that 47 percent was Kerry's real total).  Disclosure: I used to work for ACORN.

Grannies are slowing military recruitment, protecting threatened trees, and all sorts of things young people should be ashamed we aren't accomplishing.

The Fightin' Bob Fest in Wisconsin is a party other states might want to emulate.

And, finally, religious people can become environmentalists if you don't call it environmentalism.  

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