People Power

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.
My Brush With Terrorism Helped Me Find My Courage
by Simon Okelo
Sometimes it seems that the world is responding to violence only with violence, but there are other possibilities.
The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business
by Chris Arsenault
Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations.
A Test of U.S. Climate Leadership Will Be How We Treat the Standing Rock Sioux
by Mark Trahant
Can we trust Clinton-Kaine promises of an energy future “where no one is left out or left behind”?
Free College Tops Black Lives Reparations List
by Olivia Anderson
Better education and loan forgiveness are key strategies to address disparities for Black communities and their next generations.
When Showing Up Requires More Than Just a Facebook Post
by Sarah van Gelder
When we take the time to connect, we make our communities more resilient and compassionate, and maybe we find the courage to defeat racism.
A New Economic Vision That Mixes Together Occupy, Amish Culture, and Startups
by Alexa Clay
What subcultures offer us insight and principles for new ways of organizing?
Meet the Farmworker Who Helped Win Rent Control in California’s Wine Country
by Brooke Anderson, Davin Cardenas
When Gervacio Pena Lopez migrated to Sonoma County 30 years ago, he just wanted to find work to support his family. Since then, he has won victories for domestic and day laborers.
Special Report: Banking on Justice
by James Trimarco
In the poorest region of the nation's poorest state, a tiny government program keeps money flowing through mom-and-pop financial institutions—changing lives.
Winona LaDuke on the Dakota Access Pipeline: What Would Sitting Bull Do?
by Winona LaDuke
I am not sure how badly North Dakota wants this pipeline. If there is to be a battle over the Dakota Access, I would not bet against a people with nothing else left but a land and a river.