People Power

Infographic: Occupy Movement Bears Fruit
On the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, we gathered together just a few of the most vibrant projects taking place under the movement’s banner and put them in a visual format.
Occupy Your Victories: Occupy Wall Street’s First Anniversary
by Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit provides an inspiring panorama of triumphs that Occupiers helped achieve in just one short year. She urges us to stay in it for the long haul.
California Soccer Moms Face Off against Monsanto
by Corey Hill
A grassroots coalition of California citizens has an initiative on the ballot to require the labeling of genetically modified organisms. While Monsanto and other corporations have spent tens of millions to silence them, the initiative seems likely to succeed.
Da Vinci, van Gogh ... AT&T? Inside the Corporate Masters Series
by Sarah Guthrie
If corporations are people, what would their portraits look like? Artist Sarah Guthrie on why she defaced classic works of art for an unconventional exhibition.
How Occupy Made Me Stronger
by Grace Davie
Although she wasn’t politically active before Occupy Wall Street, Grace Davie threw herself deeply into the movement. One year later, she finds herself braver, wiser, and stronger in her personal life.
Building Progressive Momentum: 5 Ballot Initiatives Lead the Way
by Charles Monaco
From challenging Citizens United to protecting collective bargaining rights, grassroots groups are using ballot initiatives to push back against austerity initiatives and revitalize our economy.
Growth or Equality: Two Competing Visions for America’s Future
by David Korten
David Korten on how closing the wealth gap can open the way to a fairer, more prosperous economy.
5 Issues this Election Should Be About, and One to Drop
by Sarah van Gelder
Cutting through the campaign rhetoric and attack ads, here are five issues we believe should be at the center of the 2012 election, plus one that has no place in the public sphere.
A Small Business Boost from ... Regulations?
by Brooke Jarvis
Do regulations really hurt small businesses? Or do businesses thrive when local residents can afford their services, and a good quality of life attracts skilled workers?
No Papers, No Fear: Risking Deportation at the DNC
by Molly Knefel
Why did ten undocumented immigrants choose to get arrested in Charlotte, even when they knew they could face deportation?
7 Ways to End the Deficit (Without Throwing Grandma Under the Bus)
by John Cavanagh
A new study suggests that ending the deficit doesn’t have to hurt, just as long as we cut in the right places. John Cavanagh finds seven places where budget cuts can create a more just, more secure, and more sustainable country.
Widespread War on Reproductive Rights
by Lynsi Burton
National polls show that most of the public supports birth control and abortion rights. So what’s with the trend of trying to limit them?
Make the Connections: Poverty, Obesity, and Diabetes
by Doug Pibel
How to fight diabetes with better policy—and cut your own diabetes risk by 93 percent.
What’s Red and Black and Controlled Independently by Students?
by Polina Marinova
The student-run newspaper serving the University of Georgia, of course. When the board tried to take over editorial control, the student staff walked out in a final effort to make their voices heard.
RNC Demonstrators Defy Expectations of Violence
by Amos Miers
While Republicans spent the RNC attending corporate-sponsored parties and listening to scripted speeches, protesters’ commitment to nonviolence built alliances that went beyond the usual suspects.