Feeling Burned Out? When We Gather, We Get Energized

Rise Up Times

Local power is by nature grounded—in ourselves, our values, and our family; in our community and culture; and in our ecological home.

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz hugs Esperanza Ruiz as she arrives at the temporary government center setup at the Roberto Clemente stadium in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 30, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

If it feels like you and the people you know have no say over what happens in Washington, D.C., that’s not an illusion. Research shows that ordinary people have close to zero influence on policymaking at the federal level while wealthy individuals and business-controlled interest groups hold substantial sway, according to an analysis published in Perspectives on Politics.

No wonder Americans are frustrated.

Two-thirds are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, 

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