People Power

Van Jones: Love Harder
by Van Jones
Van Jones on how to put Americans back to work and pull America back together.
The BP Oil Spill: Time to Get Unreasonable
by Brooke Jarvis
Shrimper Diane Wilson might be going to jail for her high-profile protests against BP. Why is she so sure it’s worth it?
Can You Teach Emotional Intelligence?
by Katherine Gustafson
The Secretary of Education isn't the only one who thinks so. Behind the growing movement for social and emotional learning.
The Story of Cosmetics
What's in your shampoo, anyway? Annie Leonard explores the toxins in our bathrooms, and what to do about them.
Greek Mythology: The Real Story of the European Debt Crisis
by Walden Bello
If ever there was a crisis created by global finance, Greece is suffering from it right now.
Portraits of Courage: Americans Who Tell the Truth
by Robert Shetterly
To fight his shame and cynicism, artist Robert Shetterly began painting the courageous Americans whose lives filled him with pride and hope.
Taking Financial Reform into Our Own Hands
by Stacy Mitchell
Why we can't let this financial reform bill be our only response to the economic crisis.
France (Not) to Repay Debt to Haiti
by Brooke Jarvis
A prank website is bringing France's colonial crimes into the spotlight.
Pentagon Spending on the Chopping Block
by Christopher Hellman
For the first time in years, there’s serious discussion about the size of our military budget.
Health Care Happy Endings
by Dr. Ken Fabert
New Zealand's health care system still allows for happy endings. But what about the U.S.?
The Case for a New WPA
by Kate McCormack
Is it time to bring back this Depression-era program?
We Are Many: Chris Jordan Captures Our Blessed Unrest
A striking depiction of one million organizations working for a better world.
When Numbers Aren’t Enough
by Paul Loeb
Statistics rarely get under our skin, but stories do. Paul Loeb offers advice for catalyzing social change.
Tribes Unite to Fight BP
by Sue Sturgis
Indigenous leaders from Ecuador visited Louisiana to share what they learned in a decades-long battle with Texaco.
“Action is the Antidote to Despair”
Photo essay: A photographer confronts the BP oil disaster.