People Power

What If Mental Health First Aid Were as Widespread as CPR? New York City’s Planning to Do It
by Jasleena Grewal
One in every four Americans experiences mental illness, and lack of police understanding can lead to tragedy. Here’s what could happen if we were all trained to deal with depression and anxiety.
As Boomers Retire, Mom-and-Pop Businesses Convert to Co-ops to Save Jobs
by Keli Tianga
Baby boomers are the largest percentage of business owners, and they’re headed toward retirement. Worker cooperatives could keep the jobs they’ve created from disappearing.
A Simple Solution to Low Voter Turnout—Knock at the Front Door
by Kate Stringer
In communities of color where voter turnout has historically lagged, in-person interaction seems to be the most effective fix.
What the War on Reproductive Rights Has to do With Poverty and Race
by Renee Bracey Sherman
Forty years after Roe v. Wade, discourse about reproductive rights must acknowledge how crucial the abortion decision is to gender equity, economic stability, and a healthy life free from violence.
Baby Boxes Cut Infant Mortality in Finland—U.S. Cities Give Them a Try
by Marcus Harrison Green
Five reasons baby boxes are more than cutesy cardboard containers, from offering a safe place to sleep to giving an equal start in life.
Video: Meet the Activists Facing Arrest to Break Free From Big Oil
by Catherina Savattere
Nearly 200 activists arrived in Anacortes, Washington last week to protest our dependence on fossil fuels. They joined others across the globe in the call for a renewable energy transition.
Seattle Students Call for Nationwide Awakening on Campus Racism
by Marcus Harrison Green
Seattle University students plan to sleep outside their dean’s office for as long as it takes her to resign. Will she budge?
Meet the Citizens Who Helped Decide Their City’s Budget—and Got Better Buses, Benches, and Crosswalks
by Ken Otterbourg
Greensboro, North Carolina, is the first Southern city to give citizens direct control over a slice of public spending.
Who’s Lobbying for Millennial Interests? Meet the “AARP for Young People”
by Araz Hachadourian
This is the first election year with the same number of millennial voters as baby boomers. Here’s how lobbyists for young people could change our politics on prisons, climate, and student debt.
When the Police Came, I Didn't Risk Arrest. So What Was My Role at the Break Free Climate Action?
by Erika Lundahl
I had held at bay the question of whether I wanted to participate in direct action. But I also knew it was the heartbeat of this diverse movement.
With More Americans Going Far Left (And Right), an Anti-Corporate Agenda Takes Shape
by David Korten
Voters hit hardest by free-trade economics are rebelling against the status quo. We can use that energy to build a powerful, grassroots movement for democracy.
This “New” Feminism Has Been Here All Along
by Dani McClain
Our grandmothers showed us a bigger, better feminism with women’s rights, racial equity, and gender justice at its heart.
Why Progressives Need a Strong Republican Party—and What Republicans of Color Are Doing to Save It
by Marcus Harrison Green
A one-party democracy is no democracy at all. Meet the new generation of Republicans working to bring their party back to life and into the 21st century.
How Much Does It Cost to Win a Seat in the U.S. Senate?
by Keith Barbalato, Kate Stringer
And other things you should probably know.
Faced With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience
by Kate Stringer
A new first-in-the-nation law will shield residents from arrest as they use direct action to stop fracking-wastewater injection wells.