People Power

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.
Taking on the Trade Laws of the 1 Percent
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
A protest at the World Bank supported El Salvador’s attempts to put human rights above corporate rights.
Girl Scouts Take Aim at their Own Cookie Ingredients
by Jen Horton
Two seventh-graders set out to save orangutans—and ended up changing the recipe for Girl Scout cookies.
Re-Occupy: A Movement Seeks a Sanctuary
by Nathan Schneider
On occupying Trinity Church—and the Occupy movement's relationship with established institutions.
Cities Take Up the “Ban the Bag” Fight
by Rebecca Leisher
Why new policies across the nation could mean the end of plastic bags.
Henry Red Cloud: Solar Warrior for Native America
by Talli Nauman
The YES! Breakthrough 15: Bringing renewable energy and jobs to reservations.
Grace Lee Boggs’ Message to the Occupiers
A lifelong activist shares her thoughts on revolution.