People Power

Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns
by Sarah van Gelder
Although many people in these struggling regions voted for the new president, his cynical answers will not bring them prosperity. But I saw what could.
How the Neighborhood That Inspired “The Wire” Is Pulling Its Residents Out of Poverty
by Cecilia Garza, Araz Hachadourian
When large institutions like universities and hospitals agree to hire and spend locally, they can transform neighborhoods hardest hit by poverty and unemployment.
Trying to Be a Proud Latina When People Prefer Whiteness—Even in My Mother’s Homeland
by Stephanie Jimenez
For people of color to be seen as fully American, we are often forced to denounce parts of our identities.
A Small Act of Scientific Civil Disobedience
by Margaret Beaton
Big science publications put important peer-reviewed research behind expensive paywalls. But some scientists have found creative ways around them.
How to Resist From a Place of Love: Self-Care for the Long Haul
by Colin Beavan
If you want to sustain yourself for the work ahead, here’s some advice: It doesn’t matter whether the other side “deserves” anger.
The Many Benefits of Making (and Eating) Chocolate Right Where It Grows
by Simran Sethi
Dried cocoa beans historically have been shipped to Europe and the U.S. for chocolate making. But keeping the process close to home empowers farmers and supports local economies.
Defunding Police—How Antiracist Organizers Got Seattle to Listen
by Melissa Hellmann
By halting a proposed $150 million police precinct, Seattle activists have made headway in redirecting funding toward services like affordable housing and education.
Why Defending Human Rights Is Women’s Work
by Rucha Chitnis
“It is important to celebrate these women who are building a more peaceful world that is open, just, and filled with love.”
A Woman in Trump’s America: 5 Simple Ways to Support Your Sisters
by Melissa Hellmann
Here’s how to show other women you have their backs.
How “Rez Accents” Strengthen Native Identity
by Tristan Ahtone
Research shows that ethnic identity is shaped not only by the loss—and revitalization—of mother tongues but also by the remixing of English.
Why Women Are Skipping Work and Wearing Red Today
by James Trimarco
U.S. organizers of International Women’s Day urge women to find creative ways to strike on March 8.
The Mental and Physical Trauma of “Dreamers” Living With Deportation Threats
by Annamarya Scaccia
After Daniela Vargas’ recent arrest, the future for DACA’s more than 750,000 recipients is more uncertain than ever. They need political support, but also safe spaces to process their anxiety.
What Scared Me the Most About Trump’s “Presidential” Speech
by Kelly Hayes
The president spoke in complete sentences and praised a fallen soldier, and now, for some people, the world is less chaotic. Trump is upping his game, and we as resisters aren’t ready.
In a Rust Belt Town Where Tuition Is Covered, Economy Begins to Revive
by J. Gabriel Ware
After Kalamazoo, Michigan, offered college tuition for nearly all high school graduates, dropout rates declined and the city’s population began to rebound.
What Would a Modern-Day Rosie the Riveter Look Like?
by Erin Sagen
You decide. Send us your ideas by March 14.