People Power

Beyond Hamilton: How Diversity Could Save the Future of Theater
by Celanie Polanick
Many worry audiences are aging out, but the reason isn’t that people of color can’t afford tickets—it’s that they feel excluded.
At Standing Rock, a Sense of Purpose: “This Is How We Should Be Living”
by Sarah van Gelder
Protecting the water and sacred sites brought people here. The experience of being here is changing lives.
Tribes Redraw Land Boundaries—With GPS and a Small Fleet of Drones
by Tristan Ahtone
From the Standing Rock Sioux to the Wounaan in Panama, indigenous communities are staking claims to traditional territories even when they no longer possess ownership rights.
For Workers Who Feel Like Part of a Machine, These Companies Get It Right
by Christa Hillstrom
The Good Work Code attempts to re-examine what workers and employers want and to build jobs around shared values.
The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around
by Sarah van Gelder
Dallas Goldtooth, a veteran organizer of the Keystone XL fight, is amazed at the historic support from tribes at Standing Rock—even tribes that rely on resource extraction.
Obama Pipeline Plot Twist Is Not a Victory—And Could Erase the Struggle
by Kelly Hayes
The illusion of victory is a dangerous thing. We could undo what we have built at Standing Rock, this unprecedented act of Native American collective resistance.
If Real Change Starts at the Bottom, Why Is the Green Party Focused on the White House?
by Sam Smith
Campaigns are a tactic, like protests and boycotts, and the trick is to use them wisely, not to prove how good you are.
Feds Step In, and the Big Win May Be for All Tribes Facing Pipelines
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The Department of Justice promised “meaningful tribal input” on pipeline decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights.
In Photos: Northwest Canoe Tribes Arrive at Historic Gathering at Standing Rock
by Sarah van Gelder
Celebration and solidarity as hundreds of tribes unite behind the Standing Rock Sioux’s opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.
Has Arizona Found a Solution to Gerrymandering?
by Yael Grauer
Sixteen years ago, Arizona stripped state lawmakers of the right to draw electoral districts. Many lawsuits later, democracy is stronger—in some ways.
How Obama Can Keep the Standing Rock Sioux Standoff From Turning Bloody
by Mark Trahant
The Nixon White House managed three Indian occupations. There are lessons for President Obama there—if he would just pay attention.
6 Ways We’re Already Leading an Economic Revolution
by Gar Alperovitz
From the “buy local” movement to public banking, we’re well on our way to a more democratic, cooperative, and people-centered economy.
In Detroit, Freedom Schools Offer an Alternative to City’s Struggling Education System
by Zenobia Jeffries
As Detroit’s public schools fight to stay afloat, Black families turn to a civil rights-era approach to education.
I Took a Side Job Selling Cherries at Pike Place—And Now Love the Farming World
by Fan Kong
There is a profound sense of community born from the gathering of people and the exchange of goods at a market.
In This Food Desert, Kids Learn to Farm Veggies—Out of the Back of a Truck
by Rachel Shulhafer
For the past year, the Food Literacy Project in Louisville, Kentucky, has sent its garden-on-wheels to local food deserts, connecting people to healthy eating and changing the lives of young people.