Chinese citizens are seizing opportunities to fight injustice and inequality at home, from blogging to tracking environmental damage and sending money to the families of political prisoners. Their gestures come as the Communist Party government steps up pressure on people who speak out, from arresting whistleblowers who expose official corruption to threatening jail for people who post false rumors online. China has lifted hundreds of millions from poverty and created a middle class during its economic boom of the past four decades. President Xi Jinping is cracking down on corruption and ostentatious displays of wealth by officials as part of the party's push for social harmony.
Bloomberg News profiles some of the ordinary people trying to make a difference. They include a blogger who was invited by police for a chat over tea because of comments he made about social issues on his blogs; Internet users who donated and bought items through an auction website to raise funds for political prisoners; and a migrant worker who used his gift of calligraphy to volunteer to help outspoken artist Ai Weiwei.