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PEOPLE POWER

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

How the Voters of One Small County May Have Stopped 48 Million Tons of Coal How the Voters of One Small County May Have Stopped 48 Million Tons of Coal
by Rachael Stoeve
In a council election unlike any other in the history of Whatcom County, voters sided with representatives believed to be against a proposed coal export facility.
Four Signs that Regular Folks Can Still Win (and One That Shows the Power of Money) Four Signs that Regular Folks Can Still Win (and One That Shows the Power of Money)
by Sarah van Gelder
Here are four cases in yesterday's election where people power won out over corporate interests. And one that went the other way.
"Anonymous" Hacktivists to Government: "You Can't Arrest Us All" "Anonymous" Hacktivists to Government: "You Can't Arrest Us All"
by Rachael Stoeve
In new video, the hacker collective vows to stand by those targeted by what it deems "corrupt governments."
Three Elephants Head from Zoo to 80-Acre Sanctuary Three Elephants Head from Zoo to 80-Acre Sanctuary
by Cynthia Daniel
A specialist in animal psychology sees the decision as evidence of progress in understanding between species.
Meet the Comic Book Artist Fighting Back Against Rape Culture Meet the Comic Book Artist Fighting Back Against Rape Culture
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Comics artist Tess Fowler has a second great talent—communicating about misogyny through social media. Warning: This article contains accounts of sexual assault and may be triggering to some people.
Hey Russell Brand, The Revolution Is Over Here! Come Join Us! Hey Russell Brand, The Revolution Is Over Here! Come Join Us!
by Nur Lalji
The actor Russell Brand made headlines when he called for a "revolution" on British TV. Here are five movements working to create the "genuine alternatives" Brand said he was looking for.
A Year After Sandy, a Co-op Alliance Could Bring Jobs Back to the Rockaways A Year After Sandy, a Co-op Alliance Could Bring Jobs Back to the Rockaways
by Laura Flanders
Last year, Sandy massively disrupted of some of the East Coast’s neighborhood economies. But worker-owned cooperatives are creating jobs with real wealth and meaning.
What Were Morgan Stanley Reps Doing at a Fossil Fuel Divestment Forum? What Were Morgan Stanley Reps Doing at a Fossil Fuel Divestment Forum?
by Rachael Stoeve
As it turns out, they were leading a workshop on how to move billions of dollars in public and nonprofit funds to sustainable investments.
Keystone XL Decision: Obama's Last Chance to Fulfill Climate Promises? Keystone XL Decision: Obama's Last Chance to Fulfill Climate Promises?
by Bill McKibben
A presidential block of Keystone XL could help reset the international negotiations that Obama allowed to go aground at Copenhagen.
Meet the New Climate Heroes: Faces of the Frontline Meet the New Climate Heroes: Faces of the Frontline
by Kristin Moe
Not all of these young people focus directly on climate change in their work. But it tends to take a prominent position in their worldview, which sees issues of race, class, labor, and environment as inextricably connected.
A Win for Indigenous History at Columbia University A Win for Indigenous History at Columbia University
by Nur Lalji
Students in Columbia's Native American Council think the University could do more to acknowledge indigenous history, and they're helping to make it happen.
Why the Climate Movement Should Have No "Keystone" Why the Climate Movement Should Have No "Keystone"
by Arielle Klagsbrun, David Osborn, Maryam Andragi, Kirby Spangler
We must call for what we really need—an end to all new fossil fuel infrastructure and extraction.
Dear Internet: Thanks for the Advice on Sex and Drinking. It's Way Better than What We Get from Slate. Dear Internet: Thanks for the Advice on Sex and Drinking. It's Way Better than What We Get from Slate.
by Nur Lalji
Are we starting to see a cultural shift in how our society thinks about rape? The huge online response to a Slate columnist who told women to avoid rape by not drinking suggests that it's starting to happen.
Concealed by Shutdown-Related Headlines, a Big Week in Food Politics Concealed by Shutdown-Related Headlines, a Big Week in Food Politics
by Erin Sagen
In case you were distracted by Tea Party antics this week, here's a rundown of important developments in GMOs, sustainable farming, and other food news.
3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid) 3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid)
by Shannon Hayes
Self-reliant farmer types may not think they need help from the government. But they need affordable health insurance at least as much as the rest of us.
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