This year has been full of examples of people making history. Although newspapers and textbooks often focus on political and military leaders, the real story was with "ordinary people" in the streets who challenged injustice and worked for "good."
At the Zinn Education Project, our goal is to help teachers introduce these stories from a people's perspective. Teaching outside of the textbook and the mainstream news helps students see the roles they can play in making the world a better place.
My partner and I have been together for 13 years. We had a commitment ceremony 10 years ago and we have an eight-year-old daughter, yet we still cannot get legally married in our home state, and we are not protected legally under the state law and still in some Pennsylvanian and federal laws. Similarly, my co-founder has been with her partner for 17 years, and they still cannot get married. They want to be legally married because they are in a loving committed relationship, and because they recognize that, as they get older, their future health and well-being may very well depend on the social benefits that heterosexual married couples are entitled to under the law.