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PEOPLE POWER

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

One More Thing Seattle's WTO Shutdown Taught the World One More Thing Seattle's WTO Shutdown Taught the World
by Sarah van Gelder
Among the many ripple effects of the successful shutdown of the WTO in Seattle in 1999 is one that few know about. The organizing that went into the direct action, marches, media center, and forums inspired the organizers of the World Social Forums, which have become some of the world's most important centers of people power.
Giving Thanks for What We Share Giving Thanks for What We Share
by Jay Walljasper
The sharing ethic of the commons is woven into American traditions.
Climate Direct Action Camp Climate Direct Action Camp
In June 2008, activists gathered in Montana for the Climate Ground Zero Citizens Direct Action Training Camp, where they learned skills including the history and practice of nonviolent direct action, campaign strategy, and community organizing.
A Conversation About Nonviolence A Conversation About Nonviolence
by Eric Stoner
Eric Stoner responds to Stephen Zunes: Yes, nonviolent movements have achieved important democratic and political reforms. But if they fail to address the divide between rich and poor, are they really success stories?
Public Attitudes, Knowledge, and Values Around the Climate Public Attitudes, Knowledge, and Values Around the Climate
"The Energy Learning Curve", a Public Agenda poll, and additional polling data show America's changing attitude to climate action.
The Yes Men Fix the World :: Film Trailer The Yes Men Fix the World :: Film Trailer
Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno take on the world.
Investing in the Right Relationships Investing in the Right Relationships
by Colin Beavan
Because we have invested so much in our relationships with corporations, community and familial relationships are weakened—to the point at which they can't provide sustenance when the corporate bond breaks.
Climate Hero Sharon Hanshaw Climate Hero Sharon Hanshaw
by Kate Sheppard
Left homeless after Hurricane Katrina, she fights for communities that will suffer most from climate impacts.
Climate Hero Marcus Ryan Climate Hero Marcus Ryan
by Kate Sheppard
A former Obama campaigner helps neighbors find talented green workers to make their homes climate-friendly.
People Power Brought Down the Berlin Wall
by Sarah van Gelder
Some say it was Ronald Reagan's toughness that forced down the wall. But detente between East and West and grassroots people's movements deserve the credit.
The Power of Nonviolent Action in Honduras The Power of Nonviolent Action in Honduras
by Stephen Zunes
As the negotiated political resolution falls through, there are still reasons to hope that democracy can be restored.
Charter for Compassion Charter for Compassion
Video: Ecumenical author Karen Armstrong wished for a Charter for Compassion, a yardstick for global empathy crafted from the input of tens of thousands of religious and secular people all over the world.
In Defense of the Goldstone Report In Defense of the Goldstone Report
by Stephen Zunes
Stephen Zunes: By condemning the report on war crimes committed during the Gaza war, the U.S. Congress is undermining the protection of human rights.
Clash on Investment Clash on Investment
by Sarah Anderson
Corporations are fighting for the right to sue over government actions—including health, environment, and other public interest regulations—that diminish the value of an investment.
Spokane Considers Community Bill of Rights Spokane Considers Community Bill of Rights
by Mari Margil
Thousands of people voted to protect nine basic rights, ranging from the right of the environment to exist and flourish to the rights of residents to have a locally based economy and to determine the future of their neighborhoods.
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