People Power

The Radio Show Bringing Prisoners Messages from Home
by Ivy Brashear
For inmates that can’t afford phone calls, this weekly program connects them to faraway family and friends.
The Unlikely Industry Empowering Women in Afghanistan
by Ruchi Kumar
In this deeply conservative society, these women are busting stereotypes every day.
Trump Supporters Infuriated Me. But Then Van Jones Changed My Mind
by Christine Hanna
I saw shades of the men in my own life in Jones’ story, and deeper understanding set in.
Trump’s Planned Visit to Civil Rights Museum Triggers Boycotts
by Lornet Turnbull
A tone-deaf choice to honor civil rights leaders: Trump is supported by the KKK and refused to denounce white supremacists after Charlottesville.
How Northwest Communities Are Stopping Big Oil Projects
by Sarah van Gelder
Last week, a Washington state energy panel voted unanimously to oppose what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal.
Why Trump’s Shrinking of Bears Ears Will Be Reversed
by Eric Biber, Nicholas Bryner, Sean B. Hecht, Mark Squillace
Research by environmental and natural resources law scholars shows the president’s action will likely be overturned by the courts.
Hey, Trump: Navajo Elders Aren’t Your Political Props
by Jacqueline Keeler
This week, Trump is using Natives to target the Bears Ears National Monument. Last week, it was Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
How to Help My Daughter Face Climate Change With an Open Heart
by Chris Moore-Backman
In his new book Being the Change, climate scientist Peter Kalmus shows why, on the cusp of climate catastrophe, we are neither choiceless nor powerless.
Hear That? It’s New Impeachment Talk as Flynn Turns on Trump
by Chris Winters
While it’s tempting to consider the end of this presidency, we should consider the long road ahead.
Pocahontas Is Not a Name That Should Offend You
by Jacqueline Keeler
She is a reminder of the indigenous women who are missing and murdered every year.
New Study Links Living Near Forests to Healthier Brains
by Tom Jacobs
Evidence keeps mounting that, in stressful times, there is much to gain by surrounding yourself with plants and trees.
Why Redneck Revolt Says Deal With Racism First, Then Economics
by Zenobia Jeffries
Addressing our systems of White supremacy cannot be dismissed as “identity politics.”
Houston Neighbors Said No to Walmart and Invested in Black-Owned Businesses After the Hurricane
by J. Gabriel Ware
Communities of color turned to each other to make it through the disaster. Months later, they’re doing the same to rebuild.
A Simple Checklist Inspires a New Kind of Activism
by Elisa Murray
A weekly newsletter created by a rookie Portland activist is moving people to action by prioritizing under-the-radar issues over big headline grabbers.
6 Moments in History That Remind Me Anything Is Possible
by Frances Moore Lappé
In these discouraging times, I keep a list of encouraging changes I couldn’t have predicted.