People Power

Signs of Revolution in a Not-Yet-Great America
by Peter Buffett
Since the president sees himself foremost as a negotiator, perhaps it’s time for a negotiated revolution. Not to break us apart, but to bring us together.
A Small Act of Scientific Civil Disobedience
by Margaret Beaton
Big science publications put important peer-reviewed research behind expensive paywalls. But some scientists have found creative ways around them.
What’s Up, Pussy Hat? Knitting Activists Cause Shortages of Pink Yarn
by Jennifer Luxton
In the weeks leading up to Inauguration Day and the Women’s March on Washington, a furious knitting revolution is sweeping craft baskets across the country.
North Dakota’s Public Bank Was Built for the People—Now It’s Financing Police at Standing Rock
by Matt Stannard
The nation’s only state bank was created to empower small farmers and local economies, but now it’s being used to silence indigenous people with militarized force. How did this happen?
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.