People Power

Why Police From 7 Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
To clear the way for a pipeline, North Dakota invoked a measure reserved for state emergencies like natural disasters. That’s one answer.
Why Exxon Loves the Carbon Tax—and Voters Should Not
by Wenonah Hauter
Washington state is considering putting a price on carbon emissions. This will not fix our climate problem and, in fact, will help fossil fuel companies continue to profit from it.
Who Deserves a Liberal Arts Degree? For Inmates, It’s a Way Out
by Liza Bayless
Obama's controversial pilot program will make higher education dollars available to inmates this year. Proponents hope it will build on the success private liberal arts programs are achieving in prisons across the country.
It’s Citizens Who Will Save Us From Citizens United
by Sarah van Gelder
Constitutional amendment organizers are confident of an eventual victory. “The push toward justice has always started at the grassroots.”
How to Make City Budgets Racially Just? Let Citizens Do the Numbers
by Paulina Phelps
The Movement for Black Lives is calling on cities to launch participatory budgeting processes to make public spending fairer.
What to Do When Domestic Abuse Is Financial, Too
by Zenobia Jeffries
Millions of people suffer domestic violence, which can often involve economic abuse. But there are ways to break out of those relationships.
Half of All Indigenous Languages Are Disappearing. Inside the Rush to Save Them
by Tristan Ahtone
Of 194 languages remaining in North America, nearly 63 percent are spoken only by adults or elders. That’s why children's television programming is key.
A Realistic Look at What a Clinton Landslide Would Do
by Mark Trahant
One hint at what’s to come is found in the data of early voting. And so far, it’s good news for Democrats—especially Native American candidates.
Why Would Police Arrest a Woman for Biking to Work?
by YES! Staff
Overwhelmed by the expenses of driving, this single mom became a bike commuter so she could keep her job and support her family. Then things got weird.
We Never Voted for Corporate Rule
by David Korten
The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty.
What If Twitter Were Owned by the Users Who Love It
by WeAreTwitter
The #WeAreTwitter movement wants users to buy Twitter as co-owners and show Wall Street how a business should be run.
Labor Leaders Support the Dakota Access Pipeline—But This Native Union Member Doesn’t
by Brooke Anderson
Some of the biggest unions have denounced the water protectors. But critical voices have been missing from the conversation: those of indigenous union members themselves.
Calling All Climate Activists: “Go Out and Get Yourself in Some Holy Trouble”
by Valerie Schloredt
After activists launched a strike shutting off the flow of tar sands oil across the U.S. this week, a movement leader calls for more faith-based direct action.
Another Victory for Workers in Seattle—This Time It’s Their Schedules
by Melissa Hellmann
Thanks to an ordinance passed last month, service and retail workers will finally get reasonable shift schedules, along with their $15-an-hour minimum wage.
What? Army Corps Suddenly Decides Coal Trains Won’t Harm Salmon-Filled Columbia River
by Mark Trahant
The next Standing Rock is the Longview Millennium coal export facility. Water protectors know coal dust is like a pipeline accident that happens daily.