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PEOPLE POWER

How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

The Power of Youth The Power of Youth
by Heather Box
26-year-old Heather Box describes her journey through politics where she learned the importance of fighting for her beliefs. Read about her involvement with The League of Young Voters and her message to educators and young people across the nation.
Social Change not Climate Change Social Change not Climate Change
by Juliette Beck
Activists and communities in the United Kingdom—where over two hundred years ago, the first lumps of coal were burnt to power the industrial revolution—are igniting a historic revolution of their own. Last week, over 1500 people from all walks of life converged in the Kent countryside, just one-hour southeast of London by train, to rally against climate change in a demonstration of collective, sustainable living and creative direct action.
First Anniversary of the U.S. Social Forum First Anniversary of the U.S. Social Forum
by Alice Lovelace
Just over a year ago on June 27 to July 1, 2007, on a hot Atlanta summer week, we were making history at the first-ever US Social Forum (USSF)! We brought together more than 12,000 people from 64 countries and diverse sectors from all over the U.S. and various Indigenous Nations to declare that “Another World is Possible” and that “Another US is Necessary!”
Our Own Agenda :: Immigration Our Own Agenda :: Immigration
by Sarah van Gelder
Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to war. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda most of us can agree on—whether we think of ourselves as red, blue, or some other political color.
Our Own Agenda :: Foreign Relations
by Sarah van Gelder
Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to war. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda most of us can agree on—whether we think of ourselves as red, blue, or some other political color.
WTO Photo Quiz :: 1 WTO Photo Quiz :: 1
by Kevin Sharp
Photographer Kevin Sharp paired his photos of the 1999 event with stills from the new film "Battle in Seattle". You might be surprised by what's real and what's not.
Purple America Discussion Guide Purple America Discussion Guide
by Brendan Clarke
Where are the areas of agreement that bridge the supposed political divide between "red" and "blue: voters? Where are stories of people reaching out to make common cause on the many issues where majorities of Americans agree, regardless of political stripe?
Purple America Resource Guide Purple America Resource Guide
This Guide offers resources to help you start dialogue across political lines; find shared values; and take action to build a common America. You’ll also find resources for promoting a people’s agenda, and pursuing reforms that a majority of Americans want, like universal health care and affordable housing.
Our Own Agenda :: 10 Policies For a Better     America Our Own Agenda :: 10 Policies For a Better America
Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to war. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda most of us can agree on—whether we think of ourselves as red, blue, or some other political color.
People We Love :: Bill Moyer People We Love :: Bill Moyer
by Stephen Silha
Bill Moyer founded the Backbone Campaign to call on political leaders to take a stand.
Signs of Life :: Foreign Policy Signs of Life :: Foreign Policy
Activists and political leaders across the country are saying “no” to U.S. military action against Iran and demanding that the U.S. government pursue real diplomacy.
The Battle for Reality The Battle for Reality
by David Solnit
David Solnit was one of the Direct Action Network organizers for the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle. He looks at what really happened in Seattle, what politicians and the mainstream media have done with the story, and what difference the new movie "Battle in Seattle" might make to public thinking about the 1999 demonstrations.
We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect
by David Korten
Recent research has shown that our brains are made to support caring, cooperation, and service. David Korten says there is evidence that we can learn to get along across the red-blue divide—after all, we want most of the same things. As a bonus, we'll be healthier and happier if we do.
Tools For a Populist Uprising Tools For a Populist Uprising
by Noah Grant, Layla Aslani
Practical steps for bridging the political divide. Organizing, building trust, taking direct action—this feature shows you how to get media attention, build a coalition, organize online, and reach out and communicate.
Media We Can Trust Media We Can Trust
The growing number of media outlets, many with a partisan slant, makes the task of finding reliable, unbiased news difficult. NewsTrust is a nonpartisan website that aggregates news articles and rates them based on their journalistic quality.
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