People Power

My First Vote
"I was overjoyed when I got my voter registration card. I was a real citizen!" Ex-offenders on reclaiming the human right to vote.
Photo Essay: Crude Reflections from the Amazon
by Lou Dematteis
After enduring years of toxic dumping and rising cancer rates, indigenous Ecuadorians took oil giant Chevron to court to fight for the life of the rainforest—and its people.
"Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"
Amy Goodman talks to legal scholar Michelle Alexander about the new American caste system.
Film Review: Egypt: Seeds of Change
A video primer from Al Jazeera for would-be nonviolent revolutionaries everywhere.
Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth
by Kristin Kolb
YES! reviews the latest book from offbeat activist Diane Wilson.
What the “We’re Not Broke” Backlash Means for the Climate
by Tom Athanasiou
What do the deficit, budget, and tax battles now raging across America and Europe have to do with solving climate change? More than you think.
Wildlife Right of Way
by Sarah Kuck
Big mammals shouldn't be a casualty of modern society. They could make a comeback—if we give them what they need most: room to roam.
Vermont’s Bill: Is it Single-Payer Health Care?
by Ida Hellander, MD
A question and answer session with Dr. Ida Hellander helps demystify Vermont's new health care bill.
A Student Uprising in Arizona
by Jeff Biggers
In Tucson, lawmakers want to cut ethnic studies programs. But they'll have to unchain these students first.
The Refugee Child Photographers
by V. Noah Gimbel
How photography training and disposable cameras are giving young Palestinian refugees something new—a voice.
How to Fight Fracking and Win
What started as one couple's fight against gas drilling in their local park grew into a campaign to save more than 700,000 acres of Pennsylvania forest.
Power Shift: How the Youth Climate Movement is Changing the Game
by Sarah van Gelder
In the fight for the climate, students are leading the way— Sarah van Gelder interviews Jessy Tolkan at Power Shift 2011.
The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill
by Nick Buxton
A new law expected to pass in Bolivia mandates a fundamental ecological reorientation of the nation's economy and society.
Don’t Get Fooled Again: Writing Our Own Economic Future
by Sarah Byrnes
My neighbors and I know we can't go back to the old economy. But what can we do to build a new one?
A Message from the Gulf: It’s Not Over
by Cherri Foytlin
A year after the BP oil spill, Cherri Foytlin walked 1,243 miles to send a message: this disaster is far from over.