People Power

Sit Still, Listen, and Accept Being a Target: What White Men Can Do in Times Like These
by Kevin Fong
From law enforcement officers to sports team owners, we're hearing plenty of stories of white men behaving badly. Even the most decent and principled ones have to exercise muscles of consciousness they haven’t needed to use before.
The Battle in Seattle, 15 Years On: How an Unsung Hero Kept the Movements United
by Jonathan Rosenblum
A lead organizer of the protests against the World Trade Organization in 1999 remembers Tyree Scott, a quiet presence in the labor movement who urged unity when it mattered most.
Police Violence Is Not Inevitable: Four Ways a California Police Chief Connected Cops With Communities
by Steve Early
“A critical look at any institution with as much power and authority invested in it as the police is probably a good thing.”
“I’m Scared to Be a Black Male Walking Down the Street”: Seattle Teens on Why They Skipped School for a #Ferguson March
by Kayla Schultz, Mary Hansen
“We all just left class. As soon as 11:00 came, we stood up and walked out of class. Together as one.”
#Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today
by Jedediah Purdy
“For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.”
Video: Vancouver Opera Violinist Plays 19th-Century Ballad for Protesters in Pipeline Fight
by Mary Hansen
The cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, as well as First Nations, have all sued the pipeline company Kinder Morgan, which wants to extend a pipeline through a mountain in British Columbia.
The Hunger Games Are Back: “Saw Mockingjay—Now I Want to Go Solve All the World's Problems”
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Check out #MyHungerGames—the latest installment of fan activism that gets young people talking about real-life inequality.
Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems
by Sarah van Gelder
New energy is transforming our cities into hotbeds of democracy and progressive innovation.
Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future
by Sarah van Gelder
At a time when nations are gridlocked and corrupted by special interests, cities are taking on poverty, social isolation, and the climate crisis.
These 14 Teenage Inventors Built a Glove That Translates Sign Language—and Other Tech Solutions
by Lindsey Weedston
What these kids came up with will leave you wondering what adults are even doing anymore.
Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods
by Penn Loh
From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It's about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.
Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
In the summers of 2012 and 2013, a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America, visiting cooperative businesses and re-imagining the country they were about to inherit.
Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
by Roman Krznaric
Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.
North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out
by Mary Hansen
In the far north of the Great Plains, you have to be a pharmacist to own a pharmacy. Next week, voters could overturn that rule—putting the state's thriving independent drugstores at risk.
Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It's About More Than Just Getting High
by Yessenia Funes
If those three measures pass, more states will be added to the list of places where healing from the drug war can begin, places where people will no longer face jail time because of a little nugget in their pockets.