People Power
A Conversation About Nonviolence

Eric Stoner responds to Stephen Zunes: Yes, nonviolent movements have achieved important democratic and political reforms. But if they fail to address the divide between rich and poor, are they really success stories?

Investing in the Right Relationships

Because we have invested so much in our relationships with corporations, community and familial relationships are weakened—to the point at which they can't provide sustenance when the corporate bond breaks.

Climate Hero Sharon Hanshaw

Left homeless after Hurricane Katrina, she fights for communities that will suffer most from climate impacts.

Climate Hero Marcus Ryan

A former Obama campaigner helps neighbors find talented green workers to make their homes climate-friendly.

The Power of Nonviolent Action in Honduras

The massive nonviolent movement that put pressure on the coup government may be only the first chapter of an important and prolonged struggle for justice in one of Latin America’s poorest and most inequitable countries.

Charter for Compassion

Ecumenical author Karen Armstrong wished for a Charter for Compassion, a yardstick for global empathy crafted from the input of tens of thousands of religious and secular people all over the world. She says that a version of the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," is present in all major world religions.

In Defense of the Goldstone Report

The U.S. House of Representatives condemned a UN report accusing Israel of crimes against civilians during the war in Gaza. Though the House accused the report of a bias against Israel, the original version, by the Jewish South African judge Richard Goldstone, found evidence that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes.

Clash on Investment

As Washington debates financial regulations, corporations are fighting for the right to sue over government actions—including health, environment, and other public interest regulations—that diminish the value of an investment.

Spokane Considers Community Bill of Rights

Thousands of people voted to protect nine basic rights, ranging from the right of the environment to exist and flourish to the rights of residents to have a locally based economy and to determine the future of their neighborhoods.