People Power

Our Families Can’t Afford to Stay Home on Election Day
by Sarah van Gelder
Sure, lots of us are frustrated by the economy, the war, and lack of progress in Washington, D.C. But there’s too much at stake to stay home on election day.
A Powerful Tool to Get Low-Income Voters to the Ballot Box
by Lisa Danetz, Scott Novakowski
Low-income citizens are often left out of the political process. But by enforcing an already existing law that links voter registration to public assistance programs, we can add millions of voices to democratic decision-making.
Corporations Ain’t People: A Musical Protest
Video: GLEE-inspired activism for a democracy run by human beings, not corporations.
The Road to Women’s Suffrage
Photo Essay: Remembering the long fight for a woman’s right to vote.
In Massachusetts, A Victory for Fair Elections
by Rob Richie
The Bay State is the latest to sign on to a simple strategy to make sure that every vote counts.
Chicago’s $1.3 Million Experiment in Democracy
by Josh Lerner, Megan Wade Antieau
For the first time in the U.S., the city's 49th Ward lets taxpayers directly decide how public money is spent.
Citizens United: People Strike Back
by Riki Ott, David Cobb
How states and people are mobilizing to defend democracy.
Goodbye, Granny D
by Rob Richie
Remembering the inspiring life of Doris Haddock, a great-grandmother from New Hampshire who decided, at age 88, to take a stand (and a very long walk) to protect democracy.
Majority Rule
by Alan Durning
How reforming the filibuster could pave the way to climate legislation, education funding, and more.
The Oscar for Best Voting System Goes To...
by Rob Richie
There's a new method for choosing Best Picture this year: instant runoff voting, a system that would also make political elections more fair.
Appeals Court Rules Inmates Entitled to Voting Rights
by Jeff Raderstrong
A federal appeals court in January ruled that felons incarcerated in Washington State have been illegally barred from voting.
10 Ways to Stop Corporate Dominance of Politics
by Fran Korten
The recent Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited corporate spending in politics just may be the straw that breaks the plutocracy’s back.
Whose Rights?
by Thomas Linzey, Mari Margil
Pro-democracy groups are mobilizing against a Supreme Court decision that will allow corporations to funnel money directly to candidates for federal office.
Are Corporations People?
Video: The Supreme Court has granted private for-profit corporations the right to contribute unlimited funds to political campaigns. What can citizens do to protect democracy?
World’s Citizens to Politicians: Get Serious on Global Warming Now!
by Richard Sclove
A new worldwide poll on climate change reflects a global consensus for urgent action—and sets a precedent for deliberative democracy at the international level.