People Power

Is Populism Making a Comeback? What You Need to Know About Its History—And Its Future
by Fran Korten
The 19th century populists gave us co-ops and workers' rights. Here's how we can build on their work to solve 21st century problems.
Can America Heal After Ferguson? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter
by Fania Davis, Sarah van Gelder
South Africans surprised everyone by transitioning to a relatively peaceful post-apartheid society. Here’s what Americans can learn.
This Harry Potter Enthusiast Just Came Out as Trans on YouTube—And Thousands of People Are Watching‏
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Texas-born Jackson Bird waited 25 years to come out. Here's why he did it online.
8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline
by Kristin Moe
TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.
A March Madness Makeover: 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball
by Christopher Zumski Finke
March Madness is now a bigger cash cow than the Super Bowl, but in college sports the only people not getting a piece of the billion-dollar pie are the players.
Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy
by Sarah van Gelder
Partisan gridlock keeps the focus on the fight—but we might have some radical ideas in common.
Will the Elder Boom Spur a Caring Revolution? Ai-jen Poo’s Inspiring Vision
by Wendy Lustbader
We need to shift the stories we tell ourselves about the value of elders, the care they need, and later life itself.
Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality—By Paying Everyone Thousands in Oil Dividends Every Year
by Peter Barnes
After 30 years, the practice of paying every resident—including children—at least $1,000 has made Alaska one of the least unequal states in America. Here's what the rest of us can learn.
Sit Still, Listen, and Accept Being a Target: What White Men Can Do in Times Like These
by Kevin Fong
From law enforcement officers to sports team owners, we're hearing plenty of stories of white men behaving badly. Even the most decent and principled ones have to exercise muscles of consciousness they haven’t needed to use before.
Police Violence Is Not Inevitable: Four Ways a California Police Chief Connected Cops With Communities
by Steve Early
“A critical look at any institution with as much power and authority invested in it as the police is probably a good thing.”
#Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today
by Jedediah Purdy
“For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.”
Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
by Roman Krznaric
Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.
#FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri
by Liz Pleasant, Nur Lalji
The weekend brought seekers of racial justice in Missouri to the police station, the university, and the local Wal-Mart—the scene of another recent police shooting of a young black man.
My Cousin Was Shot Dead by a Police Officer. Here’s What It Means for the New Economy Movement
by Anand Jahi
Many opportunities exist for collaboration between the movements for racial justice and for an economy that works for everyone.
Three Projects that Block Violence Against Women By Bringing Communities Together
by Victoria Law
These projects show how everyday people can address violence in our own communities by break through the silence to interrupt abuse.