People Power

"Freddie Gray Used to Buy Me Ice Cream"—Voices From the Streets of Baltimore
by Liz Pleasant
After 25-year-old Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained in a Baltimore police van, city residents are rallying to demand accountability.
Why Seattleites Think They Can Stop Shell Oil From Drilling in the Arctic
by James Trimarco, Araz Hachadourian
The Port of Seattle has welcomed the oil company to temporarily moor its drilling rig before it’s towed to Alaska. But these protestors are threatening to block it.
"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..."—Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives
by Lindsey Weedston
Teachers don't always know the challenges kids deal with outside of the classroom. Sometimes talking can make all the difference.
A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More
by David Korten
The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.
What If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? These Denver Cabbies Are Making It Happen
by Mary Hansen
Workers at app-driven companies like Uber don’t have the rights of full employees. But with the help of traditional unions, some are banding together into worker-owned cooperatives.
8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline
by Kristin Moe
TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.
This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers
by Peter D'Auria
“Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.
A March Madness Makeover: 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball
by Christopher Zumski Finke
March Madness is now a bigger cash cow than the Super Bowl, but in college sports the only people not getting a piece of the billion-dollar pie are the players.
Climate Scientists Are for Real—Video Project Shows They’re Parents, Neighbors, Just Like You
by A.C. Shilton
The project offers climate scientists a chance to speak to the public for themselves.
7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked
by Lindsey Weedston
Are housewives less ambitious than career women? Are they bad feminists? Read on to go beyond the stereotypes.
Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea
by David Korten
We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.
Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy
by Sarah van Gelder
Partisan gridlock keeps the focus on the fight—but we might have some radical ideas in common.
What’s the True Impact of the Alternative Economy? Researchers Decide It’s Time to Find Out
by Eban Goodstein, Robin Hahnel
Successful initiatives are investing in human relationships, not faceless call centers or centralized headquarters.
“The Internet Is My Lifeline”: Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote
by Kayla Schultz
The political artist from Pittsburgh speaks about the importance of the Internet and social media in making the voices of low-income people of color heard.
When the Grandmothers Awoke
by Jennifer Browdy
Becoming a global family, one that unites ancient indigenous wisdom with other faith and cultural traditions, is essential if humanity is to overcome the crises of climate change.