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Molly Crabapple: How Ferguson showed us the truth about police

On August 9th, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot a black teenager named Mike Brown. Since then, the city has been protesting. The police did not react well.

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Kenneth Cole: 'Stigma is probably responsible for more people dying of AIDS than the virus itself'

Kenneth Cole was one of the first influential figures in the fashion industry to publicly support and promote AIDS awareness in the mid 1980s. And he's still supporting AIDS causes and social good initiatives.

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Code Pink protesters on Ambassador Samantha Power: 'We see her as a war hawk'

During Jorge Ramos’ interview with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power at Fusion’s RiseUp event, three Code Pink protesters stormed the stage, calling Ambassador Power a “war hawk.” After the interview was over, Ramos spoke to the young Code Pink protesters backstage. “It’s shameful to us and disappointing to us that she’s out …

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RiseUp Panel: Technology: promise and peril

Activists around the world are trying to unleash the productive power of technology without falling afoul of repressive regimes. THis debate-style session examines how technology is affecting the distribution and exercise of power, highlighting competing views and drawing lessons from the past to better understand where things are heading. Speakers: Sascha Meinrath, founder X-Lab, New …

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RiseUp Panel: Making Protest Matter

How do you hold on to progress and make it last? Are there ways to change the system from within? Conversation in the round with experts from the worlds of advocacy, journalism and government, focusing on the best ways to lock down gains and push a movement forward. Speakers Dante Barry, Executive Director, Million Hoodies …

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Fusion's RiseUp Panel: Spotlight Activism

Actor and environmental activist Dawn Olivieri, actress and animal welfare activist Nikki Reed and senior campaigner for Greenpeace Iris Andrews discuss strategies for using their celebrity and spotlight to raise awareness for important causes. RYOT co-founder Bryn Mooser moderates the panel during Fusion’s Rise Up event in Washington D.C. on November 19th.

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Nikki Reed on how she found her voice on social media

Nikki Reed starred in the “Twilight” movie franchise. She said once the first movie came out, it was challenging to have so many new fans all at once on social media. She had to navigate suddenly becoming a role model to thousands upon thousands of young people. Today, she says, she wants to leverage her …

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Animal rights activist Jo-Anne McArthur: "There's a war on animals"

Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur joined #FusionRiseUp on a panel that highlighted “Earth in the Digital Age,” along with shark conservation advocate Madison Stewart and Fusion Environmental Correspondent Nico Ibarguen. The panel was moderated by Molly Swenson, the COO of RYOT. McArthur, the subject of the documentary “The Ghosts in Our Machine,” has been photographing the treatment …

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Felix Salmon discusses the future of online activism with entrepreneurs and tech luminaries

Fusion’s Felix Salmon talks to a panel of tech experts about the platforms they’ve built and how they empower activists. The panel includes Benjamin Knight, the co-founder of Loomio; David Keyes, the executive director of Advancing Human Rights who works on; CL Kao, the founder of; Eileen Guo, the founder of Impassion Media …

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Technology is empowering activists but privacy laws lag behind

Technology is advancing and allowing people to start movements but it's also giving governments access to a lot more information.

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Code Pink: 'We see Samantha Power as a war hawk'

A group of activists belonging to the anti-war group Code Pink interrupted the panel between Jorge Ramos and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power at Fusion’s RiseUp event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, accusing the Obama administration of warmongering. Ramos caught up backstage with the activists after their intervention. We see no future in war. “We are …


Top Obama adviser Samantha Power on Israel, Ebola and social media

Ambassador Samantha Power spoke with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos during RiseUp on Nov. 19. During the conversation — which touched on conflicts in the Middle East — she was interrupted by a small group of anti-war protesters. The ambassador spoke about the importance of international accountability and learning from past mistakes. She called the war in …

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Why they protest: 4 global activists explain

Activists from Mexico, Venezuela, Taiwan and Sierra Leone spoke about their motivations for joining protest movements and how those movements take shape.

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Republican Chairman sends message to RiseUp attendees

Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, tells attendees of Fusion’s RiseUp event in Washington, D.C. on November 19 to not be discouraged by setbacks or learning experiences. “The answers on how to improve the world lies with you,” he says. “Keep raising the bar for yourself and never settle.”

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Punk vs Putin: Meet the women of Pussy Riot fighting government repression

The women of Pussy Riot are changing the image of girl power. The feminist punk group, known for wearing colorful masks, is now a worldwide symbol of protest. Pussy Riot uses performance art and songs to criticize President Vladimir Putin, raising their voices on issues such as LGBTQ rights, free speech and government oppression. MORE: …

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In prison, Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim was told 'Your name is 42'

Wael Ghonim shares his story about being kidnapped, beaten, and told that he was an object by the Egyptian government. MORE: Arab Spring activist “One thing I realized is that change is gradual and revolutions are processes”

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Jorge Ramos on "challenging the status quo"

Fusion Anchor Jorge Ramos explains that peaceful protest is one avenue to a new and brighter future – no matter where you live.

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Walter Isaacson on how we can all 'put something in the river of history'

Walter Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs biography and the recently published, The Innovators. He talked to us about what he learned covering the visionaries of digital revolution and how we can all measure success not in size or money but in how useful the things we do can be for others. “I believe …

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David Remnick: 'the art of journalism is to not anticipate anything'

David Remnick, the editor of New Yorker magazine, says there are many ways to make an impact and one of them is journalism. “A lot of good has come through the world through that process whether it’s telling the story of people in poverty, identity, about what’s happening all around the world and what’s happening …

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Arab Spring activist "One thing I realized is that change is gradual and revolutions are processes"

Wael Ghonim was an instrumental leader in the Arab Spring in Egypt in 2011. But back then, he didin't have an activism background. When a young man was killed by police in the city of Alexandria, he started a Facebook group "We Are All Khaled Said " that quickly garnered 30,000 followers.

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Richard Haass: 'There are so many ways you can make a difference'

Richard Haass, the president of the Council of Foreign Relations and a former diplomat, says young people today have so many ways to influence global politics. “You can do it through your blog, via email, or by writing a book or writing a song or through your art,” he says. “It’s a world far more …



Youth activists in Venezuela and Taiwan: the 'enemy' in protests movements is more than one person

At Fusion’s RiseUp event in Washington D.C. on November 19th, Jorge Ramos asked activists in the room – Yon Goicoechea (Venezuela), Wei Liulin (Taiwan), Chernor Bah (Sierra Leone) and Gisela Perez de Acha (Mexico) – who is their enemy? In Venezuela, activists such as Yon Goicoechea once focused their attention on deposing former President Hugo …

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Immigration activist Sofia Campos: 'The hardest part of being undocumented was questioning my own dignity'

Sofia Campos, a graduate student at MIT and immigration activist with United We Dream, was 17 years old when she found out she was undocumented.

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Cory Booker: 'Cynicism is a toxic spiritual state'

At Fusion Rise Up, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tells young people that not voting is not an option. Watch his full interview with Alicia Menendez in the video above.

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Cosmo’s Editor-in-Chief tells us why her favorite word starts with an 'f'

Joanna Coles leads the charge of what every woman should know about having a successful life. She’s the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, where “fun, fearless and female” are not just a bunch of “F” words strung together, but a way of life. Coles, who worked as a journalist before joining the magazine world, knows a …

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Mashup of a year's worth of D.C. protests

As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. frequently plays host to protesters eager to take their concerns directly to the seat of power. Over the past year, Fusion has been on the ground documenting demonstrations from some of the most pressing issues facing our generation. In October, pro-democracy protesters gathered in front of the Hong Kong …

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Booker: Don't complain, vote

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has a message for people who are upset with the results of the midterm election: don't complain, vote. At Fusion's RiseUp conference in Washington, Booker said there are "real consequences" when people decide not to vote in elections. Turnout in this month's midterm elections was the lowest it has been since World War II. "Too many of us give up our power not realizing we ever had any," Booker told Fusion's Alicia Menendez. Booker cajoled young people to engage with politics, even though partisan rancor might be a turnoff. "If any millennial tells me they're not voting because both parties are the same, they are being stuck in that same partisan gridlock."

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Climate Change

12 voices speaking as 1: It's time to change climate change

Climate change is one of the biggest problems facing humanity. Fusion talked to a dozen activists, musicians, entrepreneurs and artists who are calling on the millennial generation to rise up and lead the change they want to see. Their message is that it’s not too late; we have the power to take the action that’s …