People Power

5 Prisons Improving Life on the Inside
by Marcus Harrison Green
From canine cellmates to computer training, prisons across the country are finding small ways to make life behind bars better for inmates.
Police Shooting Data Reveal New Tactics and Training Will Only Go So Far
by Nirej Sekhon
To create meaningful change, we must look beyond high-profile cases and ask why certain police-civilian encounters occur at all.
Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Well-Intentioned People
by Cody Charles
Common mistakes made in social justice conversations and how to correct them.
The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America
by Marcus Harrison Green
In Chicago, low-income kids don’t usually have the opportunity to travel outside their own neighborhoods. My Block, My Hood, My City is changing that.
The Feminist Rappers Who Are Updating Sweden’s Old-Fashioned Definition of Rape
by Lindsey Weedston
In Sweden, Femtastic gives survivors of sexual violence a voice in a male-dominated music industry.
The Deal That Brought the Colorado River Back to the Sea
by Diondra Powers
A new amendment to the 1944 water treaty between Mexico and the United States aims to create a fair, cooperative system for restoring the Colorado River.
The Brilliance of Using Pillowcases to #GiveRefugeesRest
by Yessenia Funes
A human rights campaign to protest Islamophobic rhetoric sent message-scrawled pillowcases to 31 governors who expressed support for refugee bans. And more are on the way.
Why Are Bathrooms the Place to Air Our Politics?
by Joe Scott
From issues of gender-bullying to discrimination against homeless people, safe and reliable bathroom access is a hot political topic these days.
How This Black Student Used Documents and DNA to Find Her Slave Ancestors
by Alexa Mills
Like many African Americans, Lakisha David wanted to trace the roots of her family, who for years were documented only as property. Here’s how she did it.
How Do You Explain Where You Came From When Your Grandparents Were Immigrants?
by Rupa Shenoy
As a child of Indian immigrants, Rupa Shenoy has learned when strangers ask her where she’s from, they don't want to hear “Iowa.”
Why Do Boys Dress as Warriors and Girls as Princesses? It Starts With the Books They Read
by Peggy Albers
Research shows that children develop their understanding of things like gender and race before the age of 5 from the characters they meet in stories.
How Strong Friendships Defy Dementia
by Marcus Harrison Green
The Momentia movement uses strong social ties to ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
How Filipina Beauty Queens Are Lobbying for Trans Rights
by Lindsey Weedston
In the first episode of their new documentary series, A Woman's Place, filmmakers explain how transgender beauty queens are lobbying for their rights outside of pageants.
How Aziz Ansari Helped Me Embrace My “Otherhood”
by Rupa Shenoy
Movies and TV shows are like the mirror American society looks into to understand itself. I didn’t see myself in that reflection until Aziz Ansari’s show, Master of None.
COP21: Why These 15 Women Champions Should Have Seats at the Table
by Maria Ivanova
Studies show that collective intelligence rises with the number of women in a group—but women are often underrepresented at talks like the ones going on in Paris this week. Meet 15 leaders worth listening to.