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PEOPLE POWER

How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

Travel Companies Boycott "Human Safaris" and 13 Other Victories for Tribal People in 2013 Travel Companies Boycott "Human Safaris" and 13 Other Victories for Tribal People in 2013
by Joanna Eede
Times have never been tougher for indigenous people living in traditional ways. Yet 2013 saw them winning land rights, fighting misrepresentation in the media, and winning solidarity from unexpected allies.
How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids
by Laura Gottesdiener
Displaced by foreclosure, this family took direct action—and got a place to live.
10 Clever Ideas From Around the World to Root Out Inequality (Like Fining Extreme CEO Pay) 10 Clever Ideas From Around the World to Root Out Inequality (Like Fining Extreme CEO Pay)
by Sam Pizzigati
From Switzerland to New York, it seems like people are talking more than ever about inequality—and its antidotes. Here are some of the most promising and provocative ideas from last year that could shift our course in 2014.
After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura Flanders
The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a gamechanger?
Abolish the Aisle: Would Divided Legislators Work Together If They Had to Sit in Alphabetical Order? Abolish the Aisle: Would Divided Legislators Work Together If They Had to Sit in Alphabetical Order?
by Fran Korten
Marco Rubio would be next to Bernie Sanders, and Paul Ryan would rub elbows with Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan. If we closed the personal gap, maybe we could close the political one.
Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now! Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now!
From new leadership in the fight against climate change to an uprising in the education system, there's a lot to be excited about in 2014.
10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come 10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come
by Sarah van Gelder
Beyond the headlines of conflict and catastrophe, this year’s top stories offered us some powerful proof that the world can still change—for the better.
Think Feminism Isn't Funny? 5 Parodies That Blur the Lines Between Laughter and Politics Think Feminism Isn't Funny? 5 Parodies That Blur the Lines Between Laughter and Politics
by Nur Lalji
When it comes to the portrayal of women in the media, the whole world is watching. And laughing too.
Meet the Texas Farmer Challenging the Keystone Pipeline from the Courtroom to the Plains Meet the Texas Farmer Challenging the Keystone Pipeline from the Courtroom to the Plains
by Anna Simonton
Julia Trigg-Crawford claims that the state of Texas has no process to determine whether projects that seize landowners' property are really in the public benefit.
Tiny House Village to Shelter the Homeless in Texas Tiny House Village to Shelter the Homeless in Texas
by Kelly McCartney
The project, which is set to break ground next year, will include places for residents to live, garden, worship, and work.
Only 4 Percent of the Lowest-Wage Workers Get Paid Family Leave: Could a New Law Change This? Only 4 Percent of the Lowest-Wage Workers Get Paid Family Leave: Could a New Law Change This?
by Elizabeth Ben-Ishai
Many small businesses do want to give their workers paid time off to care for new babies and sick family members, but lack the means. How a new bill could make it possible.
The Education of Bill McKibben: How the Unlikely Activist Learned to Break the Rules The Education of Bill McKibben: How the Unlikely Activist Learned to Break the Rules
by Madeline Ostrander
“Sometime in the course of the past decade I figured out that I needed to do more than write—if this fight was about power, then we who wanted change had to assemble some.”
Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility
by Bob Massie
Why moving utilities from corporate to public control puts energy, dollars, and decisions into the hands of local communities.
Measuring Fukushima's Impact: How Geeks and Hackers Got Geiger Counters to the Masses Measuring Fukushima's Impact: How Geeks and Hackers Got Geiger Counters to the Masses
by Erika Lundahl
Thousands of ordinary people have contributed to a crowd-sourced effort to measure Fukushima's impact.
"Cherished Ideal": A Tribute to Nelson Mandela "Cherished Ideal": A Tribute to Nelson Mandela
by YES! online staff
This video tribute to Nobel Peace Laureate Nelson Mandela recounts moments in South Africa's history alongside quotes from some of his famous speeches.
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