People Power

Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future
by Sarah van Gelder
At a time when nations are gridlocked and corrupted by special interests, cities are taking on poverty, social isolation, and the climate crisis.
These 14 Teenage Inventors Built a Glove That Translates Sign Language—and Other Tech Solutions
by Lindsey Weedston
What these kids came up with will leave you wondering what adults are even doing anymore.
Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston's Poorest Neighborhoods
by Penn Loh
From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It's about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.
Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
In the summers of 2012 and 2013, a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America, visiting cooperative businesses and re-imagining the country they were about to inherit.
Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
by Roman Krznaric
Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.
North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out
by Mary Hansen
In the far north of the Great Plains, you have to be a pharmacist to own a pharmacy. Next week, voters could overturn that rule—putting the state's thriving independent drugstores at risk.
Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It's About More Than Just Getting High
by Yessenia Funes
If those three measures pass, more states will be added to the list of places where healing from the drug war can begin, places where people will no longer face jail time because of a little nugget in their pockets.
These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money
by Ricardo Torres
Two veterans trekked across America to leave behind the trauma of war and raise money for fellow vets. Now they want to offer the same healing experience to others like them.
In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts
by Dahr Jamail
Jay Inslee’s multipronged approach includes meeting with farmers and members of indigenous tribes, working toward policies like cap-and-trade, and closing the state’s last coal-fired power plant.
Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It
by Christopher Zumski Finke
We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a “movement” of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women.
Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
by Tom Lawson
A new law allows transgender citizens to decide their own gender—and all it takes is a piece of paper.
Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
by John Feffer
Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement is neither revolutionary nor subversive: It’s a basic demand for a more responsive and accountable government.
#FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri
by Liz Pleasant, Nur Lalji
The weekend brought seekers of racial justice in Missouri to the police station, the university, and the local Wal-Mart—the scene of another recent police shooting of a young black man.
Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country
by Mary Hansen
A proposed community-owned solar project on an abandoned coal mine in Arizona illustrates how cooperative economomics make it possible to stop extracting fossil fuels—without leaving workers behind.
To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First
by Jacob Swenson
National People’s Action Campaign is training the next wave of progressive candidates for 2016. Here’s how they could win.