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PEOPLE POWER

How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

Video: Can Co-Ops Curb Poverty In New York City? Video: Can Co-Ops Curb Poverty In New York City?
by Laura Flanders
Of the many businesses in New York, only 23 are worker co-ops. But those that exist have a strong record of raising wages and reducing poverty, especially in low-income communities like city councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo's South Bronx district.
W. Virginia's Grassroots Response to Water Crisis: A Movement in the Making? W. Virginia's Grassroots Response to Water Crisis: A Movement in the Making?
by Dana Kuhnline
Community responses to the Elk River chemical spill draw on West Virginia's long, proud history of grassroots work for environmental and economic justice.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie Schloredt
In the tradition of “Maus” and “Persepolis,” “March” tells the story of young African Americans who, like its author, rose up from the Jim Crow South to assert their human rights.
Jon Stewart on the "Insanity" of Buying Seafood with Food Stamps Jon Stewart on the "Insanity" of Buying Seafood with Food Stamps
What do right-wing TV anchors think low-income people should eat? Not salmon, apparently.
This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School
by Bill Bigelow
“The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy
by Doug Pibel
An influential study's failure to consider factors like poverty, race, and immigration concealed the fact that scores were improving.
A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The upcoming Academy Awards will recognize some of 2013’s best social justice-themed films. Here are some of our favorite past winners.
Nothing to Hide? Why Facebook's Fine Print Is Still Worth Fighting Nothing to Hide? Why Facebook's Fine Print Is Still Worth Fighting
by Erin Sagen
Devices we use every day are turning our personal data over to huge corporations. But can we win our privacy back?
Infographic: Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools Infographic: Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools
by YES! Editors
Where’s the big money in privatization? Take it from the teachers.
The Myth Behind Public School Failure The Myth Behind Public School Failure
by Dean Paton
In the rush to privatize the country’s schools, corporations and politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.
Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools
by Sarah van Gelder
For decades the myth of failing public schools justified industrial-scale testing and a privatization agenda. Now radical educators are bursting the bubble test, getting culturally relevant, and restoring justice to the classroom.
Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On
by Erika Lundahl
A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice.
How the Fight Against Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law Transformed a Community How the Fight Against Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law Transformed a Community
by Levana Saxon
Gwendolyn Ferreti Manjarrez is an organizer with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Here, she speaks about the role of grassroots groups in the fight to roll back HB 56.
A Welcome Surprise: There Are More States Working to Expand Voting Rights than to Restrict Them A Welcome Surprise: There Are More States Working to Expand Voting Rights than to Restrict Them
by Sue Sturgis
In 2013, 46 states introduced 237 bills designed to make voting easier, while restrictive measures were introduced in only 33.
"Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution "Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution
by Roman Krznaric
Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it.
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