People Power

Dirty, Pricey, and Obsolete: Why Desalination Is Not Worth Its Salt
by Adam Scow
Efforts to curb the consumption of water are getting great results and making expensive desalination plants obsolete.
In Wake of Factory Fire, U.S. Labor Groups Attempt Blockade of Walmart Imports
by Olivia Rosane
A fire that killed 112 workers in a Bangladeshi factory that supplies goods to Walmart has inspired the next wave of actions demanding justice for workers along the company’s supply chain.
In EU Parliament, a Landslide Vote for “Robin Hood Tax”
by Sarah Anderson
Eleven countries in Europe hope to raise billions of Euros through a tiny tax on financial speculation. This week, a major vote in the European parliament brings that plan one step closer to becoming reality.
4 Ways to Leap the “Fiscal Cliff” to a Better U.S.A.
by Sarah van Gelder
Sarah van Gelder looks beyond the hype about the deficit and finds four ways to balance the books while protecting our health and financial security.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
by Valerie Schloredt
Film Review: Whether you think the cyberactivists of Anonymous are hooligans or heroes, “We Are Legion” is required viewing.
Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks
by Paul J. Comeau
They were unable to put a dent in Black Friday sales, but striking Walmart workers brought the plight of low-wage workers to the forefront of the national conversation. Their action has already inspired historic protests by fast-food workers in New York City.
Walmart’s Summer of Discontent Explodes in Black Friday Strikes
by Cecilia Garza
Over the past year a diverse coalition of groups representing Walmart workers have broken decades of silence and united to confront the company. Now, organizers expect more than 1,000 strikes on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Can a “Dracula Strategy” Bring Trans-Pacific Partnership into the Sunlight?
by Lori Wallach
A highly secretive trade agreement aims to penalize countries that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. Luckily, the growing opposition goes beyond the usual trade justice suspects.
Occupy’s New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts
by Fabien Tepper
Medical debt is the cause of 62 percent of bankruptcies, say organizers of Strike Debt, which threw last night's offbeat fundraiser for their new “Rolling Jubilee.” Ordinary people donated enough money to collectively buy an estimated $5.9 million in bad debt in order to cancel it.
We Can Address “Fiscal Cliff” Without Cuts to Social Security
by Democracy Now!
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman investigates the issue of the “fiscal cliff” and examines the agenda of some of those advocating for corporate tax relief.
With Rolling Jubilee, 99 Percent Beats Wall Street at Its Own Game
by James Trimarco
What are the implications of a social movement that has come to understand Wall Street’s financial magic?
Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo: Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic
by Kumi Naidoo
Oil companies—and many of our political leaders—see melting sea ice as an opportunity to drill deeper. Fortunately, you don’t have to occupy an Arctic drilling platform to join the growing movement of people who are putting themselves on the line for our planet’s future.
New Ebay Contracts: What’s in the Fine Print?
by Signe Predmore
Ebay’s new contracts require users to compose a letter and snail-mail it to them in order to retain the right to make legal claims against the site. Find out how, why, and what you can do about it.
Bill McKibben’s Math: Climate Change Hits Home (in a 22-City Tour)
by Phil Aroneanu
It shouldn't take a hurricane to blow open the debate about climate change. But Sandy might help prove what's at stake in a nationwide campaign to divest university endowments from the fossil fuel industry.
GMOs at the Polls: 7 Things to Tell Your Friends Before Election Day
by Frances Moore Lappe
Americans are the world’s GMO guinea pigs, say Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé. But California’s ballot initiative on labeling GMO foods would give everyone the choice to change that for themselves.