People Power

Rosie the Riveter for the 21st Century: You Dreamed, We Drew
by Jennifer Luxton
Readers submitted their ideas for updating the classic icon. See the winning poster ideas—and download your favorites.
An Outside-the-Doctor’s-Office Approach to Health Care
by Daphne Miller
Research is showing that health care can be an engine for community change.
Signs of Revolution in a Not-Yet-Great America
by Peter Buffett
Since the president sees himself foremost as a negotiator, perhaps it’s time for a negotiated revolution. Not to break us apart, but to bring us together.
The Real Work Can Begin When We Allow Uncertainty
by Colin Beavan
Our current political climate is volatile, scary, and uncertain. But maybe the not knowing and the confusion will finally allow us to arrive at a true beginning.
ING Bank Just Divested Their DAPL Financing—We All Helped to Change Their Mind
by Sarah van Gelder
Last month, bank officials met face to face with leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux, and this week they announced the bank had sold the loan at the request of tribal leaders.
What Grace Lee Boggs Would’ve Taught Activists in This Moment
by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
Three principles to help you avoid burnout and continue working toward a better world.
Minnesota Churches Face Tough Questions in Offering Sanctuary to Immigrants
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For these churches, giving protection to immigrants is no longer a matter of if, but when. And what will happen if ICE comes to their doors?
Where They Teach Students How to Revitalize Their Local Communities
by John Ortbal
New college programs offer fledgling community organizers “a sense of optimism about how they can effect change in their own backyard.”
Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns
by Sarah van Gelder
Although many people in these struggling regions voted for the new president, his cynical answers will not bring them prosperity. But I saw what could.
How the Neighborhood That Inspired “The Wire” Is Pulling Its Residents Out of Poverty
by Cecilia Garza, Araz Hachadourian
When large institutions like universities and hospitals agree to hire and spend locally, they can transform neighborhoods hardest hit by poverty and unemployment.
Trying to Be a Proud Latina When People Prefer Whiteness—Even in My Mother’s Homeland
by Stephanie Jimenez
For people of color to be seen as fully American, we are often forced to denounce parts of our identities.
A Small Act of Scientific Civil Disobedience
by Margaret Beaton
Big science publications put important peer-reviewed research behind expensive paywalls. But some scientists have found creative ways around them.
How to Resist From a Place of Love: Self-Care for the Long Haul
by Colin Beavan
If you want to sustain yourself for the work ahead, here’s some advice: It doesn’t matter whether the other side “deserves” anger.
The Many Benefits of Making (and Eating) Chocolate Right Where It Grows
by Simran Sethi
Dried cocoa beans historically have been shipped to Europe and the U.S. for chocolate making. But keeping the process close to home empowers farmers and supports local economies.
Defunding Police—How Antiracist Organizers Got Seattle to Listen
by Melissa Hellmann
By halting a proposed $150 million police precinct, Seattle activists have made headway in redirecting funding toward services like affordable housing and education.