People Power

Do Gun Control Debates Ever Change Anything? In These Countries They Did
by Priyanka Boghani
Three cases in which gun laws were tightened following tragic mass shootings.
Olympians Without Nations: First-Ever Team of Refugees Heads to Summer Games
by Christopher Zumski Finke
With 20 million refugees worldwide, the International Olympic Committee announces a new team to make the games more inclusive for people without a nation to call home.
Boycotts Won’t Change Mississippi—But Civil Rights History Shows Us How We Can
by Jake McGraw
To fight discrimination in Mississippi, out-of-state allies should strengthen their ties to the state, not sever them.
Sanders Might Soon Be Out of the Race, But Not the Revolution
by Sarah van Gelder
Five ways to build on the momentum of the Bernie Sanders campaign and transform American politics in ways his supporters envisioned.
Forget Hunger Strikes. What Prisons Fear Most Are Labor Strikes
by Raven Rakia
Prisoners throughout Alabama and Texas reclaim their humanity—and power—by shutting down the economic infrastructure of their prisons.
Why Economists Are Coming Out in Favor of Unconditional Basic Income
by Leslee Goodman
Economist Guy Standing says the policy can reverse inequality. It also has an invigorating effect on volunteerism, home ownership, and community strength.
How to Not Love the National Parks to Death
by Heather J. Hansen
More visitors than ever will head to national parks this summer. Here’s what we can do to keep the wild in wilderness—and set parks on a sustainable path for the next century.
Climate Change Film Tells Us “How to Let Go of the World”
by Yessenia Funes
In his new documentary, Josh Fox says we can use love to push aside the fear and hopelessness that comes with climate change.
Why We Shouldn’t Call Trump an “Ignorant Bully” (Even When We Really Want To)
by Bill Buzenberg
Name-calling is Donald Trump’s stock-in-trade. Here are five more logical fallacies that kill political discourse and threaten democracy.
What If Trade Agreements Helped People, Not Corporations?
by David Korten
Current trade agreements have been of, by, and for transnational corporations. Growing opposition gives us the opportunity to change that in our next-generation agreements.
Immigrant Moms Were Told They Can’t Have Jobs—So They Started Their Own Tamale Co-op
by Travis Putnam Hill
Employment options can be extremely limited for undocumented immigrants who can’t work legally. These single moms are relying on each other.
Infographic: Where Legal Abortions Are Hardest to Get—and Who Lives There
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
Three maps show where restrictive abortion laws disproportionately affect low-income and African-American women.
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.