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PEOPLE POWER

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

North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out
by Mary Hansen
In the far north of the Great Plains, you have to be a pharmacist to own a pharmacy. Next week, voters could overturn that rule—putting the state's thriving independent drugstores at risk.
Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It's About More Than Just Getting High Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It's About More Than Just Getting High
by Yessenia Funes
If those three measures pass, more states will be added to the list of places where healing from the drug war can begin, places where people will no longer face jail time because of a little nugget in their pockets.
These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money
by Ricardo Torres
Two veterans trekked across America to leave behind the trauma of war and raise money for fellow vets. Now they want to offer the same healing experience to others like them.
In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts
by Dahr Jamail
Jay Inslee’s multipronged approach includes meeting with farmers and members of indigenous tribes, working toward policies like cap-and-trade, and closing the state’s last coal-fired power plant.
Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It
by Christopher Zumski Finke
We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a “movement” of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women.
Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
by Tom Lawson
A new law allows transgender citizens to decide their own gender—and all it takes is a piece of paper.
Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
by John Feffer
Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement is neither revolutionary nor subversive: It’s a basic demand for a more responsive and accountable government.
Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country
by Mary Hansen
A proposed community-owned solar project on an abandoned coal mine in Arizona illustrates how cooperative economics make it possible to stop extracting fossil fuels—without leaving workers behind.
#FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri #FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri
by Liz Pleasant, Nur Lalji
The weekend brought seekers of racial justice in Missouri to the police station, the university, and the local Wal-Mart—the scene of another recent police shooting of a young black man.
To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First
by Jacob Swenson
National People’s Action Campaign is training the next wave of progressive candidates for 2016. Here’s how they could win.
My Cousin Was Shot Dead by a Police Officer. Here’s What It Means for the New Economy Movement My Cousin Was Shot Dead by a Police Officer. Here’s What It Means for the New Economy Movement
by Anand Jahi
Many opportunities exist for collaboration between the movements for racial justice and for an economy that works for everyone.
When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor
by Tom Eblen
The poverty rate in the U.S. would be 15 percent higher if not for the War on Poverty and government anti-poverty programs since 1967.
These 8 Projects Are Sustaining the Momentum of the People’s Climate March These 8 Projects Are Sustaining the Momentum of the People’s Climate March
by Joseph Boutilier
From people who are still literally marching to campaigns to sue the government for failing to take action on climate change, these projects make it clear that the People’s Climate March was just the beginning.
Naomi Klein Tells YES!: People’s Climate March Is a “Glimpse of the Movement We Need” Naomi Klein Tells YES!: People’s Climate March Is a “Glimpse of the Movement We Need”
by Sarah van Gelder
Naomi Klein’s powerful new book explains why not only can the climate movement win—but it’s our best chance at overturning some of history’s greatest injustices.
A Wall Street Equity Firm Evicted My Family. We’re Still Searching for a Home A Wall Street Equity Firm Evicted My Family. We’re Still Searching for a Home
by Michael Donley
Our experience strengthened our resolve to fight for housing as a human right.
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