People Power

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.”
Meet the 1 Percenters Finding Solace in Wealth Redistribution
by Kate Aronoff
A growing cadre of the owning class is crafting a healthier relationship to the other 99 percent: “It is not about individual therapy or even engaging in philanthropy or charity. It’s about collective action.”
80 Percent of Us Owe Money to Institutions. Can We Leverage It to Reduce Inequality?
by Kate Aronoff
Three visionaries discuss how America’s debt problem has transformed the movements they work with.
Remembering Grace Lee Boggs and the Revolution She Inspired in Us
by YES! Staff
YES! has put together a tribute page to honor Grace Lee Boggs and the lives she touched while she was with us. Share your own thoughts with #RememberingGrace.
Saying Goodbye to Grace Lee Boggs
by Sarah van Gelder
Rest well, dear friend. Millions of us have been enlivened and empowered by your wisdom and spirit.
Do Your Local Politicians Want to Limit Access to Women’s Health Care? This New App Can Tell You
by Stacey Garratt
Hinder is a reproductive justice messaging hub that tells you what your representatives say about women’s bodies. Meet the cabal of comics and writers behind it.
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
Seattle Led the Country’s Minimum Wage Revolution. Can It Do the Same With Rent Control?
by Marcus Harrison Green
New York and San Francisco both suffer from soaring rents and gentrification, despite decades of regulation. How Seattle socialist Kshama Sawant plans to do affordable housing right.
17 Ways You Can Work For Social Justice
by Nina Flores
Be present, question assumptions, and be loud! Social transformation starts with everyday people working for change.
You’ve Heard What’s Wrong in Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood. Here’s One Local’s Vision for Turning That Around
by Mary Hansen
Blaize Connelly-Duggan’s vision for the neighborhood is all about community ownership and development without displacement.
After Years of Living as Squatters, These Filipino Neighbors Fought for Nice, New Homes in Their Community—And Won
by Aurora Almendral
When the Manila government proposed relocating squatter families out of the city, residents came together and asked for housing in their own neighborhood.
"Freddie Gray Used to Buy Me Ice Cream"—Voices From the Streets of Baltimore
by Liz Pleasant
After 25-year-old Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained in a Baltimore police van, city residents are rallying to demand accountability.
This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers
by Peter D'Auria
“Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.
Forget Venture Capitalists—This Scrappy Composting Co-Op Found Another Way to Get Startup Money
by Laura Flanders
The banking system makes it tough for local businesses to get their hands on startup money. But creative entrepreneurs are finding solutions.