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PEOPLE POWER

How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

Three Projects that Block Violence Against Women By Bringing Communities Together
Three Projects that Block Violence Against Women By Bringing Communities Together
A German group sent members to literally move into an abused woman’s house—a tactic that usually resulted in the abusive person moving out.
Posted Sep 30, 2014
Time for a New Containment Strategy? What Climate Marchers Can Learn from the Cold War
Time for a New Containment Strategy? What Climate Marchers Can Learn from the Cold War
The leading strategies in the climate justice movement already resemble the Cold War policies of containment, roll-back, and isolation. But can they wear down the political power of the fossil fuel industry?
Posted Sep 29, 2014
Incredible Hulk and Former Goldman Sachs Guy Are Among the Many Pulling $50 Billion Out of Fossil Fuels
Incredible Hulk and Former Goldman Sachs Guy Are Among the Many Pulling $50 Billion Out of Fossil Fuels
“Divest from fossil fuels and invest in a clean energy future. Move your money out of the problem and into solutions.”
Posted Sep 25, 2014
7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief
7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief
It's not hard to bring a little more equality into each others' lives.
Posted Sep 25, 2014
Nurses’ Unions Send Thousands to Climate March, Call Global Warming a “Health Care Emergency”
Nurses’ Unions Send Thousands to Climate March, Call Global Warming a “Health Care Emergency”
The nurses’ unions focus on health gives them a unique perspective on climate change among organized labor.
Posted Sep 24, 2014
Young Climate Marchers: Support From Boomers Makes Us Feel Less Alone
Young Climate Marchers: Support From Boomers Makes Us Feel Less Alone
“It makes me feel happy and inspired that we have people of all generations who are thinking that more drastic, extraordinary actions are necessary.”
Posted Sep 24, 2014
Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco
Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco
Kicking the polluters out of the negotiations may sound like wishful thinking. But there is a precedent: the global effort to regulate the tobacco industry.
Posted Sep 19, 2014
Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next
Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next
A sit-in planned for the day after the People’s Climate March will call out the role of Wall Street in climate change.
Posted Sep 19, 2014
Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen
Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen
The movement to persuade schools to divest from fossil fuels has taken off around the country. Meet a few people who helped get Stanford’s money out of coal.
Posted Sep 18, 2014
Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help
Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help
The work of activism is full of messy contradictions. In “Towards Collective Liberation,” Chris Crass breaks down the influence of racism and patriarchy, including helpful how-tos—like “Twenty Careful Steps Toward Anti-sexist Action.”
Posted Sep 17, 2014
Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union
Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union
First, they started buying up—and canceling—individuals’ medical debt. Now the people behind Rolling Jubilee are taking on student loans from a for-profit university that exploits the poor—and the whole debt system could be next.
Posted Sep 17, 2014
See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram
See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram
There’s no better way to celebrate America’s public lands than to visit them. But these Instagram accounts are a nice substitute for times when you can’t.
Posted Sep 16, 2014
Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth”
Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth”
You already know his mom. But there’s a new talking planet on the scene, and climate change is messing with his style.
Posted Sep 16, 2014
Why the People’s Climate March Won’t Stop Climate Change (And 5 Ways to Go Further)
Why the People’s Climate March Won’t Stop Climate Change (And 5 Ways to Go Further)
An incisive critique of the People’s Climate March comes with a list of ways to step up our game.
Posted Sep 16, 2014
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now
In Mora County, New Mexico, corporations seeking fracking contracts came up against “querencia”—a traditional way of thinking about and defending the land.
Posted Sep 15, 2014

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