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Throwback: when we were planning Power Shift 2011, Dan Cannon shared his story from Power Shift 2007. 

Now, we're looking at what's next for Power Shift in 2016 (more on that soon!) — and listening to stories from the thousands of people who have attended Power Shifts in the past. 

So what's your Power Shift story? Share it here!

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If you've ever turned on the TV and seen a charismatic, boyish, conservative looking man yelling at scientists in an animated fashion, there's a good chance it was Marc Morano.

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The sudden and decisive victory of a student anti-racist campaign that ousted the president and chancellor at the University of Missouri has swept the Mizzou campus into the national spotlight.

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By Kyle Butts, UC Santa Barbara

My name is Kyle Butts. I am an organizer at UC Santa Barbara, and I am a part of history. I don’t say that in a moment of hubris, but rather in recognition of the long story of activism on college campuses across the country. Being a student is my power. 

The last 50 years were filled with movements like the Civil Rights Movement, the Anti-war Movement, the Women's Movement, the Environmental Movement, the Latino Movement, the Counterculture Movement, and many more. These movements gained much of their momentum from solidarity on college campuses.

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As many movement spaces often do, the day began in a circle. One hundred young people – high school students, college students, and twenty-somethings – gathered around a huge parachute laid on the floor with big green letters reading ‘Leave it in the ground! Resist!’ It was early on a Friday morning, and people had traveled from as far as North Dakota, Michigan, and Ohio.

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Today, President Obama stood on our side of history and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. Make no mistake: I'm grateful to the President, but this victory belongs to our movement. It belongs to you. That's why I want to say, to all of you: thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

The fight against Keystone XL has been a test of faith. A test of faith in ourselves. A test of faith in whether we could turn things around and stop a climate catastrophe.

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This blog post was written by Vignesh Ramachandran, a student organizer with Divest Middlebury, on why he’s joining the Our Generation, Our Choice mobilization.

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768      This past Wednesday, I attended a KSEC rally at the Old State capitol in Frankfort. As a Kentuckian and an environmentalist, I felt an impetus to push my government to represent my interests and so drove the extra few miles from Danville alongside a couple peers. Having prior education regarding Senator Mitch McConnell's coal affiliations and interference with the implementation of Obama's Clean Power Plan, I was prepared for likeminded (and similarly angsty) teens standing around and...

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Invigorating

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August 25, 2015

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When I interviewed with for the position of Executive Director of Energy Action Coalition a few months back I was asked what keeps me motivated.  Without hesitating I said, “The dedication and enthusiasm that young people bring to this work.”  It is days like today - days in which young people demonstrate how much they are willing to risk for the future of our world - that are completely invigorating.

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Hi, I'm Ingrid

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August 22, 2015

Hi, I'm Ingrid and I'm fourteen years old. And as a fourteen year old I don't have a lot of authority. I've got parents, teachers, older siblings, employers, that old lady down the street, all telling what to do and when to do it, because according to the popular stereotype, I'm just a silly teenager who only cares about boys and when I can go to the mall next. As a person who doesn't fit this stereotype I can assure you that there is tons of frustration that comes with being a teenager who wants to be taken seriously.

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