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Witch-identified folks are sharing spells online in an act of magical resistance in advance of the U.S. election. (Shutterstock)

This Halloween, witches are casting spells to defeat Trump and #WitchTheVote in the U.S. election

As the U.S. election approaches, various groups have mobilized to vote. But witches have taken it a little further, organizing online spellcasting meet-ups to engage in magical resistance.
In 2015, Canadians across the country organized in support of Syrian refugees arriving in the country; these rallies were planned online. (Mike Gifford/flickr)

Leading an online social movement requires offline work

Online social movements are not leaderless. On the contrary, leadership duties are often assumed by identifiable individuals committed to doing leadership work.
A recent study uncovered a variety of surprising ways that people used Tinder in their lives. (Shutterstock)

How Tinder is being used for more than just hook-ups

Tinder was developed as a dating app, but research has found that some find it useful for promotional campaigns and artistic purposes.
Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, holding clipboard, a transgender woman, during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Sex and gender diversity is growing across the US

Christine Hallquist this week became the first trans person to win a major party’s gubernatorial nomination. The percentage of trans adults has doubled since 2008. What’s responsible for that change?
Mishaps can spiral out of control quickly these days. Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

How social media turned United’s PR flub into a firestorm

Incidents that may have been mere hiccups a few years ago today can go viral in an instant, causing a massive backlash and leaving some of the biggest companies wrong-footed.
From the comfort of home, an activist shares an online petition. AP Photo/Federica De Caria

‘Slacktivism’ that works: ‘Small changes’ matter

Much social good can come from mass involvement – and research shows that includes online activism. The bigger picture takes in all those people who care but are at risk of doing nothing.

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