People Power

Tired of Waiting for Corporate High-Speed Internet, Minnesota Farm Towns Build Their Own
by Ben DeJarnette
A unique community-owned broadband cooperative will free dozens of tiny towns and farms from reliance on slower corporate providers.
Thousands Moving Money to Black-Owned Banks
by Zenobia Jeffries
The latest response to discrimination and police brutality is renewed calls to #BankBlack and bring economic empowerment to struggling communities.
New Voting App Aims to Improve Turnout of Young Latinos
by Liza Bayless
With 4 million more Latinos eligible to vote in 2016, Unidos brings news and information to a group that could play a major role in the 2016 elections.
Why We Need to See Those Videos of Police Brutality
by Bill Buzenberg
Outrage over videos of violent injustice will help spark deep social change.
Two Towns Battle Colorado for Freedom to Ban Fracking
by Kate Stringer
In a growing number of states, communities are demanding more self-governance over everything from environmental sustainability to gun control.
This Presidential Race Is a Clear Choice: Fight, Flight, or Fellowship
by David Korten
Will we respond to Trump’s appeal to the reptilian brain or choose Clinton’s call to our higher nature?
How We Report on Structural Racism Can Hurt Us—or Heal Us
by Zenobia Jeffries
Too many headlines and stories right now are contributing to a polarized society, but media could instead play an important role in revealing our shared humanity.
A Political Turning Point for Native Americans
by Mark Trahant
Who will be Indian Country’s Obama? Look to the states. Her name will be Paulette, Peggy, or Denise.
Native Candidates Make a Historic Push for Congress
by Michael J. Dax
As the presidential race has demonstrated, 2016 is the year for outsiders, and no group can be considered further from the establishment than Native Americans.
Why Hope Has Power in This Gut-Wrenching Election Year
by Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
Cynicism and despair are among democracy’s worst enemies.
Buy Low, Sell Never: Why Not Just Buy the Entire Coal Industry?
by Mark Trahant
Coal left in the ground is an investment in the climate, as well as the future of families in rural communities and the tribes.
Florida Town Proposes a Ban on Super PACs—What Could Happen?
by Carolina Cruz
Not only would the ordinance get big money out of St. Petersburg elections, but it could lead to a legal clash ending super PACs across the country.
#WallOffTrump: How Humor Defied Racism at the RNC
by Alexa Mills
Laughter makes us feel safer, stronger, and more together. In Cleveland, activists used it to flip Trump's own ridiculous words upside down.
After Weeks of Tragedy, Possibilities Will Emerge
by Sarah van Gelder
The one thing we can count on is change. But what will make that change inclusive and sustainable instead of violent and fascistic?
Can Industrial Hemp Save Kentucky’s Small Farms?
by Catherine V. Moore
As tobacco declines, some hope that hemp can be a “gateway crop” to financial sustainability for the state’s small farms.