People Power

Emotional Learning Brings Real Hope to Schools
by Katherine Gustafson
A little-known movement helps kids understand the connection between the brain and heart, and improve their behavior (and test scores) too.
An Oregon Experiment in Citizen Governance
by Tyrone Reitman
A new law that puts voters in charge of breaking through political spin could be a first step in making policy decisions that work.
Occupy Wall Street’s Moral Ground
by Kathleen Moore
Much of the Occupy movement’s power comes from a simple moral message: It’s wrong to wreck the world. It’s wrong to wreck the health and hopes of others.
Plastic State of Mind
A video parody: Why the age-old "paper or plastic?" question shouldn't be a question at all.
Occupy the Banks: Strategies for Transformation
by Gar Alperovitz
Beyond revolution and reform: Gar Alperovitz on how we can fundamentally transform our financial system.
EU: Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands?
by Robert Mellinger
A controversial move to prohibit oil imported from what’s been called the world’s dirtiest fuel source could be an example for the rest of us.
Inside Occupy Oakland
by Dan Archer
This week, police closed down Occupy Oakland, arresting dozens. Comics journalist Dan Archer visited the encampment before the raid to meet the people behind the occupation.
Can't Buy My Vote: Maine’s Fight for Fair Elections
by Brooke Jarvis
For more than a decade, a groundbreaking Clean Elections law has helped protect Maine politics from the influence of big money. But what’s happening now that big spenders have free rein to influence elections—and what does it mean for the rest of the country?
Where Does Occupy Go From Here?
Video: #OccupyWallStreet set something in motion that will continue in ways we can't predict.
Occupy Wall Street, 1979
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
Before there were hashtags, 32 years ago, more than a thousand protesters were arrested for trying to shut Wall Street down for a day ...
Weathering Walker's Storm: Staying Positive in Wisconsin
by Jean Abreu
Jean Abreu talks candidly about Wisconsin Governor Walker's legislation, and how her school community in Wisconsin pulled together to protect what they worked so hard to create.
Montana Looks North for Health Care That Works
by Rebecca Leisher
To create universal care, Governor Brian Schweitzer is taking a hint from Saskatchewan—where the people live longer and it costs less, too.
A Jubilee for Student Debt?
by Ellen Brown
Some—including Wall Street protesters—say relieving students of nearly a trillion dollars in loans will help the rest of us, too. Ellen Brown asks, could it really work?
A Movement to Make Our Leaders Listen
by Jonathan Matthew Smucker
When old ladies in Iowa share the same concerns as kids on the street in Manhattan, it’s time those in power took note.
10 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement
by Sarah van Gelder
There are many things you can do to be part of this growing movement—and only some of them involve sleeping outside.