Rebels With a Cause

Changing the world has never been a job for the conventional or easily discouraged. But the problems of our time demand an especially crafty and determined breed of activist, because our enemies refuse to dress the part. Math illiteracy plagues black kids without wearing a hood or burning a cross. Urban sprawl doesn't need a gun to rob a community's quality of life. And hunger can hide beneath a designer T-shirt.

Recognizing that, civic activists are finding new ways to take on old problems — and new ways to take on new ones. They are battling problems that have no simple cause...

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