People Power

With Trump, a Renewed Call to Radical Feminist Men
by Robert Jensen
Our task is to reject men’s claim to control women’s reproductive power and sexuality, while calling out White supremacy and a widening equality gap.
4 Ways We Voted For a Better Criminal Justice System
by Jaime Alfaro, Olivia Anderson, James Trimarco
From reducing incarceration levels in Oklahoma to keeping kids out of adult prisons in California, voters gave a few significant wins to the rights of the incarcerated.
Something to Celebrate: 6 Women Who Won Historic Firsts
by Liza Bayless, Paulina Phelps
A woman was not elected to the highest office. But other women who ran on platforms of equality and progressive reform did win.
10 Ways to Cope With What Just Happened
by Fran Korten
Here are three: Make room for your grief, be with friends, and don’t dismiss the people who voted for Donald Trump.
How to Find the Good in This Nasty Election Cycle
by Kelly McGonigal
Four ways to turn election stress into courage and compassion.
Building “Political Power” for Black Americans Where Voter Suppression Is Highest
by Liza Bayless
This election will be the first in 50 years not to offer full protections under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But the Movement for Black Lives is hopeful.
I Found the Spirit of Standing Rock in Communities Across the Nation
by Sarah van Gelder
A four-month road trip showed me how many of us are already building a better America by working together.
The Myth of Bipartisanship—It’s Time to Get Tough With the Right
by Sean McElwee
Politics is not a parlor game where good manners always win out. It involves questions of power and privilege, which cannot be solved merely with bipartisan brunches.
Nation’s Second-Largest School District Wants to Kick McDonald’s Out
by Olivia Anderson
After almost four years of McTeacher's Night fundraisers, teachers in the greater Los Angeles area are demanding the fast-food chain stop predatory marketing toward their students.
“Tough on Crime” Is Tough on Kids—Will CA Voters Roll It Back?
by Melissa Hellmann
If voters pass Proposition 57, it could ease some of the juvenile justice system’s worst get-tough-on-crime elements from past decades.
Where Citizens Can Run for Office Without Big Money—and Win
by James Trimarco
Maine’s unique solution for clean elections involves $5 contributions and campaigns funded entirely by taxpayers. And it’s working.
The Call to “End the War on Black Lives” Starts With Accountability
by Zenobia Jeffries
Next year, the DOJ will collect nationwide data on police shootings and other violent encounters with the public. Is that enough progress?
Millions of Women Know Sexual Trauma—Thanks to Trump, They’re a Voting Bloc
by A.C. Shilton
The 76 million women who have been oppressed by rape culture and sexual trauma may turn out with surprising force on November 8.
After Trauma at Standing Rock, Recovery and New Resolve
by Sarah van Gelder
Songs and prayers, words of encouragement, and spaces for recovery are at the core of the healing happening here at Standing Rock.
Key Sanders Supporter on Loving—and Criticizing—the Democratic Party
by Sarah van Gelder
Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner talks about being disinvited to introduce Bernie Sanders at the DNC, racism in America, and grassroots leadership.