People Power

How Cities Can Protect People Threatened By Trumpism
by Arun Gupta
Cities can offer shelter and protection to their vulnerable citizens and become a place progressives can exert real power.
It’s Citizens Who Will Save Us From Citizens United
by Sarah van Gelder
Constitutional amendment organizers are confident of an eventual victory. “The push toward justice has always started at the grassroots.”
Will Historic Standing Rock Talks Change U.S.-Tribe Relationships?
by Tristan Ahtone
The Department of Justice promised to consider nationwide reform in how the U.S. treats tribal land. Legal experts consider what, exactly, that might look like.
My Brush With Terrorism Helped Me Find My Courage
by Simon Okelo
Sometimes it seems that the world is responding to violence only with violence, but there are other possibilities.
A Test of U.S. Climate Leadership Will Be How We Treat the Standing Rock Sioux
by Mark Trahant
Can we trust Clinton-Kaine promises of an energy future “where no one is left out or left behind”?
#WallOffTrump: How Humor Defied Racism at the RNC
by Alexa Mills
Laughter makes us feel safer, stronger, and more together. In Cleveland, activists used it to flip Trump's own ridiculous words upside down.
In New York, Republicans and Democrats Join Forces to Overturn Citizens United
by Lynsi Burton
Seventeen states have called for a constitutional amendment to reduce the influence of money in politics. So who’s next?
Seattle Students Call for Nationwide Awakening on Campus Racism
by Marcus Harrison Green
Seattle University students plan to sleep outside their dean’s office for as long as it takes her to resign. Will she budge?
Still Saying YES!—20 Years of Solutions Journalism
by Sarah van Gelder
Like many startups, YES! Magazine began with an energized small team, an idea we thought important, and a basement office. Twenty years later, we're stronger than ever.
How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal
by Rucha Chitnis
In the face of corporate domination, economic injustice, and climate change, movements led by women offer a revolutionary path.
Flint Whistleblowers Who Exposed Their Poisoned Water: We’re Just Getting Started
by Larry Gabriel
Long before the state declared an emergency in Flint, Michigan, a pastor, a mother, and an attorney teamed up to reveal the state’s lies about their drinking water.
New York’s “Carwasheros” Push for Safer, Fairer Workplaces
by Jean Stevens
Car washes are the “wild, wild West” of workplace regulation. The Car Wash Accountability Act will improve that—if it is ever implemented.
Will the TPP Set Back This Campaign to Stop a Proposed Coal Mine Near Montana Tribal Land?
by Sarah van Gelder
The TPP makes the rights of companies sacrosanct, and that includes the right to mine. But what about the rights of people who live in the way of proposed mining sites?
Project Fatherhood: Uniting the Men of LA’s Toughest Communities
by Daniel Ross
In the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Project Fatherhood helps end the cycle of absent fathers and gives men a place to discuss what it means to be dads, partners, and sons in one of the city's roughest areas.
Can Cities End the School-to-Prison Pipeline? Relentless Organizers Are Tallying Wins
by Marcus Harrison Green
“We have always said that this is a battle of imagination over incarceration.”