People Power

9 Ways You Can Use the Midterm Elections to Build Local Power
by Sarah van Gelder
We can build long-term power in our communities and help elect our favorite candidates if we work strategically, inclusively—and independently.
Why Wikipedia Keeps Overlooking Women
by Tamar Carroll, Lara Nicosia
Entries on women make up less than 30 percent of the website’s biographical coverage. Here’s what people are doing to fix it.
These Photos Will Change the Way You Think About Race in Coal Country
by John Edwin Mason
The myth that Appalachia is uniformly White lingers, but communities of “Affrilachians” were documented in the 1930s.
Why Irish Americans Should Embrace Their Culture of Colonial Resistance
by Shannon O’Sullivan
In telling the story of Irish America, we must grapple with the history of British colonial rule, racial identity, and capitalism.
Photo Essay: 8 Reasons Students Walked Out Over Gun Laws
by Lori Panico
“All of these students will be voting in the next four years. We will be in the driver’s seat.”
Wakanda in Schools: The Black Panther Curriculum Makes Its Debut
by Shaima Shamdeen
How a Chicago teacher inspired by Black Panther is using the movie to teach about race and colonialism in America.
The Big Reason Young People Don’t Debate Gun Control the Way Adults Do
by Mike Males
A dramatic 25-year reduction in gun violence among youth puts high schoolers in a unique position to influence debate.
Decolonizing Birth: Women Take Back Their Power as Life-Givers
by Sarah Sunshine Manning
“We’re just beginning to bring those Indigenous perspectives forward again.”
And the Winner for Best Political Moment Is ... the Oscars
by Mark Rahner
If you’ve got a conscience and you’ve got a few seconds in front of a billion people, how could you not speak out against injustice?
How Master Propagandists Linked Immigrants to the Florida School Shooting
by Jack C. Doppelt
No, Nikolas Cruz is not an immigrant. But his name has helped people like Ann Coulter stir the xenophobic melting pot.
High School Students Demanding Gun Reform Join Rich History of Teen Resistance
by Lornet Turnbull
As activists, youth have not always been visible. But past social justice movements show how effective they can be.
A Digital Map Leads to Reparations for Black and Indigenous Farmers
by Jean Willoughby
The map’s creators envision equitable distribution of land and resources through “people-to-people” reparations.
Climate Refugees in Florida Could Change the Politics There for Generations
by Adam Lynch
In Puerto Rico, residents could only watch as Trump rolled back environmental protections while their island boiled. But living in the U.S. mainland, they can vote.
Why Are More Cities Divesting From Big Oil? It’s Moral—and Practical
by Sylvia Chi
Direct divestments and lawsuits that began on the West Coast are spreading, with New York the latest city to pull its funding out of oil and coal.
As Congress Argues Over DACA, I Carry on With the Life I’ve Built and Wait
by José-Manuel Carrillo
Living in this country as an undocumented immigrant means pursuing your plans and dreams despite the very real fear of being deported.