People Power

How to Find the Good in This Nasty Election Cycle
by Kelly McGonigal
Four ways to turn election stress into courage and compassion.
Building “Political Power” for Black Americans Where Voter Suppression Is Highest
by Liza Bayless
This election will be the first in 50 years not to offer full protections under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But the Movement for Black Lives is hopeful.
I Found the Spirit of Standing Rock in Communities Across the Nation
by Sarah van Gelder
A four-month road trip showed me how many of us are already building a better America by working together.
The Myth of Bipartisanship—It’s Time to Get Tough With the Right
by Sean McElwee
Politics is not a parlor game where good manners always win out. It involves questions of power and privilege, which cannot be solved merely with bipartisan brunches.
Nation’s Second-Largest School District Wants to Kick McDonald’s Out
by Olivia Anderson
After almost four years of McTeacher's Night fundraisers, teachers in the greater Los Angeles area are demanding the fast-food chain stop predatory marketing toward their students.
“Tough on Crime” Is Tough on Kids—Will CA Voters Roll It Back?
by Melissa Hellmann
If voters pass Proposition 57, it could ease some of the juvenile justice system’s worst get-tough-on-crime elements from past decades.
Where Citizens Can Run for Office Without Big Money—and Win
by James Trimarco
Maine’s unique solution for clean elections involves $5 contributions and campaigns funded entirely by taxpayers. And it’s working.
The Call to “End the War on Black Lives” Starts With Accountability
by Zenobia Jeffries
Next year, the DOJ will collect nationwide data on police shootings and other violent encounters with the public. Is that enough progress?
Millions of Women Know Sexual Trauma—Thanks to Trump, They’re a Voting Bloc
by A.C. Shilton
The 76 million women who have been oppressed by rape culture and sexual trauma may turn out with surprising force on November 8.
After Trauma at Standing Rock, Recovery and New Resolve
by Sarah van Gelder
Songs and prayers, words of encouragement, and spaces for recovery are at the core of the healing happening here at Standing Rock.
Key Sanders Supporter on Loving—and Criticizing—the Democratic Party
by Sarah van Gelder
Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner talks about being disinvited to introduce Bernie Sanders at the DNC, racism in America, and grassroots leadership.
All This Anger and Mourning on the American Right
by Laura Saponara
Can liberals empathize with Trump supporters? How to understand people on the other side during this election cycle.
How to Contact the People Sending Militarized Police to Standing Rock
by Emily Fuller
Have a question about the militarization of policing near Dakota Access pipeline construction? Here’s who to call, starting with Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.
Why Police From 7 Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
To clear the way for a pipeline, North Dakota invoked a measure reserved for state emergencies like natural disasters. That’s one answer.
Why Exxon Loves the Carbon Tax—and Voters Should Not
by Wenonah Hauter
Washington state is considering putting a price on carbon emissions. This will not fix our climate problem and, in fact, will help fossil fuel companies continue to profit from it.