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PEOPLE POWER

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

Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco
by Alexis Goldstein
Kicking the polluters out of the negotiations may sound like wishful thinking. But there is a precedent: the global effort to regulate the tobacco industry.
Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next
by Yates McKee
A sit-in planned for the day after the People’s Climate March will call out the role of Wall Street in climate change.
Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen
by Dana Drugmand
The movement to persuade schools to divest from fossil fuels has taken off around the country. Meet a few people who helped get Stanford’s money out of coal.
Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help
by Joshua Kahn Russell
The work of activism is full of messy contradictions. In “Towards Collective Liberation,” Chris Crass breaks down the influence of racism and patriarchy, including helpful how-tos—like “Twenty Careful Steps Toward Anti-sexist Action.”
Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union
by Liz Pleasant, Christa Hillstrom, James Trimarco
First, they started buying up—and canceling—individuals’ medical debt. Now the people behind Rolling Jubilee are taking on student loans from a for-profit university that exploits the poor—and the whole debt system could be next.
See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram
by Mary Hansen
There’s no better way to celebrate America’s public lands than to visit them. But these Instagram accounts are a nice substitute for times when you can’t.
Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth” Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth”
You already know his mom. But there’s a new talking planet on the scene, and climate change is messing with his style.
Why the People’s Climate March Won’t Stop Climate Change (And 5 Ways to Go Further) Why the People’s Climate March Won’t Stop Climate Change (And 5 Ways to Go Further)
by Quincy Saul
An incisive critique of the People’s Climate March comes with a list of ways to step up our game.
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
by Nina Bunker Ruiz
In Mora County, New Mexico, corporations seeking fracking contracts came up against “querencia”—a traditional way of thinking about and defending the land.
For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever
by Eddie Bautista, LaTonya Crisp-Sauray, Bill McKibben
We’re tired of winning the argument and losing the fight. And so we march.
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
by Thomas Hanna
Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road” This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road”
by Christopher Zumski Finke
A future where India is the major world superpower, gender is flexible, and energy comes from waves? This writer’s version of the near future feels much more real than apocalyptic nightmares we’ve come to dread.
The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway
by Fran Korten
The fact that the issue reached the Senate floor is a huge victory for the American people, who overwhelmingly say they want something done about corporate influence in elections.
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
by Nick Hanauer
Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and self-described “plutocrat,” says a healthy economy and an effective democracy depend on a thriving middle class of workers.
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