People Power

Want Justice for Trayvon? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors
by Sarah van Gelder
Your community is the perfect place to begin healing the wounds of racism.
A Caring Economy Requires Building Bridges—Not Burning Them
by Sally Kohn
Traditional organizing makes opponents into “enemies,” but a new crop of activists is using love and empathy to create new alliances and possibilities.
How a Radical Group of American Nuns Shook Up the Vatican to Better the World
by Valerie Schloredt
“Band of Sisters” shows why a humble group of women fell under Vatican investigation for seeing the causes—not just the symptoms—of injustice.
Fracking the Suburbs: An Explosive Combination?
by Peter Pearsall
As oil and gas get harder to find, the industry is drilling in suburbia—and the neighbors aren’t pleased.
Boston Aftermath Shows a Nation Less—Not More—Afraid of Muslims
by Pramila Jayapal
Despite the horrific attacks and media slurs that followed the Boston bombing, the behavior of ordinary people and elected representatives shows improved tolerance of muslims and other immigrants.
Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis
by Chris Francis
Leaders from many faiths are expecting better relations with the Vatican under Pope Francis. Here YES! speaks to some of them about why that is.
Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement
by Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa, Sally Bunner, Lauren Ressler
The students organizing for climate justice on campuses today are drawing connections between the environment and social issues like debt, racism, and immigration.
Rapper Brother Ali on Privilege, Hope, and Other People’s Stories
by Fabien Tepper
In this exclusive interview, hip-hop artist Brother Ali talks to YES! about the personal transformations that have shaped his life and lyrics.
An Oasis of Community and Support for Latina Moms
by Sena Christian
In California, many Latina moms find themselves cut off by domestic responsibilities and language barriers. But with the help of trusted mentors, they’re learning new skills and strengthening their support networks.
The Power of Outrospection
Video: Roman Krznaric on the concept of “outrospection” and how it could shape the 21st century—all illustrated with animated cartoons!
Neighborhood Chalkboard Reveals Secrets and Dreams
by Jing Fong
TEDTalk by Candy Chang on connecting communities through art, sharing, and usable public spaces.
Care about Your Food? Then Care about Your Farmworkers Too
by Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern
It’s organic. It’s local. But did the workers who picked it have health insurance?
Students to Colleges: Take Our Money Out of Dirty Energy
by Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa
A divestment campaign led by students is changing the national conversation about energy, creating a market for sustainable stocks, and linking up students with communities facing off against the fossil fuel industry.
No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion
by Nathan Schneider
Religion is the means by which many imagine and work for a world more just than this one. Last year, Wall Street’s Trinity Church refused to shelter the movement; this year, churches and Occupiers are sharing a very different kind of Advent season.
Occupy Sandy Provides Relief for More than Just a Storm
by Jillian Buckley
Most of us who provide disaster relief with Occupy Sandy have learned not to wait for the powers that be to save the day, when change will ultimately come from ordinary citizens.