People Power

Proud of Our Pidgin: The Newest Language in the U.S. Census
by Sheldon Ito
When Hawaiian Pidgin Creole joined an official list of 350 languages spoken in U.S. homes, it lifted up communities throughout Hawai‘i and their rich immigrant history.
1 in 11 U.S. Gun Deaths Is at the Hands of Police. How Do We Stop the Killing?
by Arun Gupta
The documentary film “Peace Officer” explains the connection between the war on drugs and the militarization of police, and what it will take to reduce police violence in America.
Digging Into the Meaning of Work (With Real Shovels)
by Jamie McCallum
Is the work we do for pay like digging a hole to nowhere? The author put shovels in the hands of 15 people to find out.
What Moment Sparked Your #InternationalSisterhood?
by Jasleena Grewal
Lots of us have had a moment in our lives that inspired feelings of support, understanding, and sisterhood toward other women. What was yours?
Bernie Stole My Feminist Heart (But It’s Complicated)
by Katie Quirk
I was caucusing for Hillary, when a 20-something, impromptu-Bernie-stumping man revived my hope for American feminism.
Meet the Organizers Planning the Biggest Sit-In in a Generation
by James Trimarco
If Congress hasn't taken action to help get money out of politics by April 10, 3,000 people have pledged to risk arrest in a week-long series of sit-ins.
How an 1870 Suffragist’s Diary Helped a Modern Mormon Feminist Find Her Voice
by Alexa Mills
Inspired by a 100-year-old diary, this founder of the Mormon feminist movement encourages everyone to keep journals and record their own history.
How Montanans Stopped the Largest New Coal Mine in North America
by Nick Engelfried
The defeat of what seemed unstoppable—Arch Coal’s Otter Creek mine—marks an encouraging shift in the fight against Big Coal.
5 Japanese-American Women Activists Left Out of U.S. History Books
by Nina Wallace
A herstory lesson about five women whose World War II internment inspired them to action.
New Jersey Divests from Payday Lending
by Shawn Aiken
Payday loans are illegal in New Jersey. So when a payday lender showed up in its portfolio of investments, state leaders took action.
69 Hired, Thousands to Go: Under Pressure, Berkeley Takes First Steps to End UC Labor Abuses
by Mario Vasquez
Boycotts and sit-ins force UC Berkeley to hire outsourced custodians and parking lot attendants, giving them higher wages and better benefits.
New Film About Sex Trafficking Celebrates the Resilience of Children
by Jasleena Grewal
Filmmakers hope “Sold,” based on the bestselling young adult novel, will inspire empathy and action among young viewers.
The Thing Sanders, Trump, and Clinton Agree On. It’s That Bad
by David Korten
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is slated for an up-or-down vote in Congress. Proponents say it’s about free trade. But it looks more like corporate colonization.
A Year Later, Kids Turn Baltimore’s Uprising Into Art
by Christine Stoddard
After Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore photographer Devin Allen’s photo landed on the cover of Time Magazine. Today he’s teaching local youth how to use cameras to tell their own stories.
10 Black Women Innovators and the Awesome Things They Brought Us
by Lindsey Weedston
From a better hairbrush to modern 3D technology, ten things that might never have existed without the invention or innovation of black women.