People Power

Another Victory for Workers in Seattle—This Time It’s Their Schedules
by Melissa Hellmann
Thanks to an ordinance passed last month, service and retail workers will finally get reasonable shift schedules, along with their $15-an-hour minimum wage.
What? Army Corps Suddenly Decides Coal Trains Won’t Harm Salmon-Filled Columbia River
by Mark Trahant
The next Standing Rock is the Longview Millennium coal export facility. Water protectors know coal dust is like a pipeline accident that happens daily.
For Those Who Don’t Want to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils
by Peter White
Ranked-choice voting is catching on, and Maine might become the first state to help citizens vote for candidates they actually want.
Trump’s Fake Critique of Trade Deals Leaves Out Workers
by Jonathan Rosenblum
We must build a movement for trade justice that rejects both Trump’s opportunism and the long-standing neoliberalism of the major political parties.
How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors
by Sarah van Gelder
Four reasons communities all over the country are winning against the powerful and extremely wealthy fossil fuel industry.
Divest From Prisons, Invest in People—What Justice for Black Lives Really Looks Like
by Liza Bayless
Instead of addressing the roots of drug addiction, mental illness, and poverty, we’ve come to accept policing and incarceration as catch-all solutions. It’s time for a change.
The Secret Strength of Standing Rock
by Michael J. Dax
Natives and non-Native water protectors have found room in this movement for their passions, from traditional wisdom to direct action against fossil fuels.
We Need Young Farmers, and Colleges Can Help
by Chelsey Simpson
The documentary Occupy the Farm shows the positive impact universities could have if they leveraged their resources to create more farms and farmers.
Why Standing Rock Is a Test for Obama—And All Climate Choices Ahead
by Mark Trahant
Paris agreements take effect November 4, and the climate change math shows we need a managed decline of fossil fuels in the U.S. That means no Dakota Access pipeline.
Why “Diversity” Is Nearly Meaningless
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Author Jeff Chang talks about Trumpism, Whiteness, and cultural equity in his new book, “We Gon’ Be Alright.”
8 Cities Have New Co-op-Style Black Worker Centers—And They’re Tackling Unemployment
by Melissa Hellmann
A member-led cooperative structure empowers Black workers as they navigate challenges like discriminatory hiring practices and high incarceration rates.
The School That Put Local, Healthy, and Homemade on the Lunch Menu
by Kaylee Domzalski
When the school district pulled out, parents at a Eugene, Ore., charter school stepped in to reinvent how lunch is done.
Even in the Most Bike-Friendly States, Women Are Left Behind
by Barbara Clabots
Local transportation planning could be missing the mark for women cyclists. Here are 6 ways to change that (for everyone).
How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline
by Emily Fuller
Here are CEO names, emails, and phone numbers—because banks have choices when it comes to what projects they give loans to.
How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in America
by Lornet Turnbull
Voters are automatically registered at the DMV, then can easily vote in elections by mail-in ballot.