People Power

Why Exxon Loves the Carbon Tax—and Voters Should Not
by Wenonah Hauter
Washington state is considering putting a price on carbon emissions. This will not fix our climate problem and, in fact, will help fossil fuel companies continue to profit from it.
It’s Citizens Who Will Save Us From Citizens United
by Sarah van Gelder
Constitutional amendment organizers are confident of an eventual victory. “The push toward justice has always started at the grassroots.”
How to Make City Budgets Racially Just? Let Citizens Do the Numbers
by Paulina Phelps
The Movement for Black Lives is calling on cities to launch participatory budgeting processes to make public spending fairer.
If Real Change Starts at the Bottom, Why Is the Green Party Focused on the White House?
by Sam Smith
Campaigns are a tactic, like protests and boycotts, and the trick is to use them wisely, not to prove how good you are.
Has Arizona Found a Solution to Gerrymandering?
by Yael Grauer
Sixteen years ago, Arizona stripped state lawmakers of the right to draw electoral districts. Many lawsuits later, democracy is stronger—in some ways.
Voting Rights Victories Piling Up
by Jaime Alfaro
“The Federal District and Appeals Courts are willing to do what the Supreme Court wouldn’t do, which is acknowledge the reality that racial discrimination in voting persists today.”
I’m Sticking With Sanders—And Voting for Clinton
by David Korten
Bernie Sanders has the best policies. But Hillary Clinton has the chops to advance a progressive agenda—if we make her.
Infographic: Where Legal Abortions Are Hardest to Get—and Who Lives There
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
Three maps show where restrictive abortion laws disproportionately affect low-income and African-American women.
What the War on Reproductive Rights Has to do With Poverty and Race
by Renee Bracey Sherman
Forty years after Roe v. Wade, discourse about reproductive rights must acknowledge how crucial the abortion decision is to gender equity, economic stability, and a healthy life free from violence.
This “New” Feminism Has Been Here All Along
by Dani McClain
Our grandmothers showed us a bigger, better feminism with women’s rights, racial equity, and gender justice at its heart.
The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big Dreams
by Sarah van Gelder
Even with Tuesday’s campaign setbacks, Bernie Sanders’ pledge to make the country more equitable and sustainable is more realistic than some people are letting on.
A Sanders-Clinton Combined Strategy Could Boost Native Americans’ Quality of Life
by Jennifer Biess
To meet multifaceted needs in Indian Country, Sanders and Clinton should combine their economic proposals.
Meet America’s New Election-Integrity Watchman
by Dave Levinthal
From Internet voting to automatic registration, the chairman of the Election Assistance Commission discusses what it takes to ensure honest elections.
Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy In the Face of Gentrification
by Araz Hachadourian
A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
Without Scalia, a New Chance for Climate Justice
by Patrick Parenteau
Justice Scalia was a thorn in the side of the environmental movement. Now that his seat is up for grabs, the Supreme Court could be in position to make serious gains for the climate.