People Power

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.
It’s Not Really About Bathrooms: Why the Trans Fight is About Human Rights
by Eesha Pandit
What can counter the hate-filled narratives that are surrounding equal rights ordinance campaigns? The LGBT movement and its allies must amplify and center the voices of Transgender people.
Choosing a President in a Time of Climate Crisis
by Sarah van Gelder
Our next president must be someone who understands the science of climate change and can build a clean energy future.
“They” and the Emotional Weight of Words
by Cole
Even in the smallest of interactions—like how we use pronouns—we can create connections that allow us to challenge one another on our assumptions about gender.
Only Six Years After BP Oil Disaster, Gulf Coast Is Faced With New Drilling
by Kate Stringer
Still recovering from the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Gulf Coast activists battle the threat of new offshore oil wells.
“Evil World Banking” Explained
by Yessenia Funes
In less than two minutes, John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, explains how corporations can take over entire nations through predatory loans and debt collection.
Why You Should Watch an Uplifting Movie Tonight
by Sophie H. Janicke
Research shows meaningful films, in particular those that depict values of love, kindness, and connectedness, go a long way toward changing your worldview.
The Next Libyan Revolution Will Be Led by Women Wielding Words—Not Guns
by Alaa Murabit
“Soft power” gives communities words and tools to fight against violence, fear, and corruption and offers youth weapons of peace against an enemy that wants to drag them into war.