People Power

Occupy the Dream: MLK’s Legacy in the Age of Occupy
What would Martin Luther King, Jr. have made of the worldwide social movements of 2011?
Four Smart State Laws Set to Move in 2012
by Charles Monaco
Congress may be deadlocked, but practical, popular solutions are gaining momentum at the state level.
The (Remote-Controlled) War at Home
by Valerie Schloredt
One in three military aircraft is now a drone. How activists are trying to bring the moral implications of drone warfare to light.
We (Still) Want Bread, and Roses Too
by John de Graaf
The centennial of the famous strike in Lawrence, Mass., reminds us that our fight is about more than economics.
May Boeve: Friendship to Carry Us Through Crisis
by Colin Beavan
The YES! Breakthrough 15: The worldwide climate-change movement started with the dreams of a few college friends.
Why I’m Giving Up Cynicism for New Year's
by Bill McKibben
Let’s be naïve enough to demand a country more like the one we were promised in high school civics class.
How Cities and States are Sticking It to Citizens United
by Brooke Jarvis
From courthouses to statehouses, the pro-corporate ruling is under pressure.
Work, Reimagined: Detroit Gets Creative
by Zak Rosen
How residents of America’s most famously down and out city are building livelihoods that also rebuild their communities.
A Bill of Rights for Occupied Communities
by Jeff Reifman, Thomas Linzey
A bill of rights that protects people and nature, but not corporations? Your community could be next.
Eboo Patel: Crossing the Divide— With Faith
by Kate Malongowski
The YES! Breakthrough 15: Arming the world’s youth to be a force for compassion.
The 12 Most Hopeful Trends to Build On in 2012
by Sarah van Gelder
2011 was full of surprises, many of them the good kind. But which ones will matter in the coming year? Here's our pick of trends to watch.
5 Reasons to Serve
by Nipun Mehta
What doing things for others does for ourselves.
Why Equality is Better for Everyone
by Kristy Leissle
Book Review: Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's "The Spirit Level" shows how inequality—and misery—trickle up.
The Scientization of Politics
How did climate science get so politicized—and what can we do about it? Climatologist Michael Mann responds in this TEDx talk.
I Will Be A Hummingbird
Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai tells the beautiful tale of a hummingbird determined to save its home from a destructive forest fire. She reminds us that insurmountable odds shouldn't prevent us from trying our best.