Frances Moore Lappé

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want (Nation Books) and 17 other books including the acclaimed Diet for a Small Planet.  She is also a YES! contributing editor.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 8:30am
Why Hope Has Power in This Gut-Wrenching Election Year
Hope about American politics is hard to come by. Disapproval ratings of both major-party candidates are higher than we’ve seen in decades. Millions are livid about Trump’s lies and let down by Hillary Clinton and her party’s now-exposed bashing of Bernie Sanders . All these responses seem to...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 2:30pm
Experiencing the Thrill of Democracy
Demanding that Congress remove big money’s stranglehold on our democracy and protect voting rights, we walked more than 100 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, DC this spring with Democracy Spring. The experience changed us. Our energy has never been higher. So what do we do now? Whatever the...
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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 9:45am
What I Learned From My March With Democracy Spring
This past Monday was the most important day of my life. I walked up to the Capitol building and sat on the steps with more than 400 people. When asked to move, we refused and were arrested. We committed nonviolent civil disobedience together to protest the power of money in politics and support the...
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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 9:45am
Protest or Civil Courage?
( This interview was conducted during the Democracy Spring march from Philadelphia to Washington, DC — part of a two week action to push for a more equal and representative democracy. ) We are about sixty miles into our 140-mile march to Washington, D.C. from Philadelphia. How are you feeling?...
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 12:45pm
Six Pieces of a Real Democracy Movement We've Never Had Before
As perhaps never before in our history, all the pieces are in place for a democracy movement to take off in America, one strong enough to tackle the system-roots of our country's crises. What? You don't see it? I understand, because it is really hard to discern the democratic impulse in a political...
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 1:15pm
The President Heard Us
In his State of the Union, President Obama called for "reducing the influence of money in our politics." Fantastic. He has heard the growing cry of the 85 percent of us who want big changes (with almost half of us wanting a complete rebuild!) in how America funds elections. Eighty-five percent? Yes...
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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 11:00am
Busting Six Free-Market Fictions
The following is drawn from the new book, World Hunger: 10 Myths , by Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins. Being "free" sounds great—like being free to eat or to have a job at a living wage; so surely a "free market" is the way to ensure these important human freedoms. Right? Unfortunately, what...
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Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 8:45am
'Land of the Free...' Really?
The following is drawn from the newly published book, World Hunger: 10 Myths , co-authored by Joseph Collins. The billionaire Koch brothers chose the Libre [Free] Initiative as the name of their political outreach efforts in the Latino community. Some of the most conservative House Republicans call...
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Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 12:30pm
'Occupy' Spanish-Style... Big Lessons for Us?
Back from the first global conference on money in politics in Mexico City, I'm bursting with stories that might carry messages of possibility that Americans need right now. Sure worked for me. In Spain, with one-fifth of its population jobless, the Indignados movement--that paralleled our Occupy--...
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Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 8:33am
Delicious Food Is Not An Indulgence—It’s a Way to Solve Our Ecological Crises
I grew up in Cow Town. Or make that Fort Worth, Texas. It was the ’50s and supper was canned spinach with either meat loaf or with what my brother and I called “loose meat”—ground beef and canned mushroom soup. Iceberg lettuce and Jell-O rounded it out. Food was not a big deal.
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