People Power

This City Found a Way to Get Everyone Involved in Urban Planning
by Ellen Shepard
Urban planning has historically perpetuated inequality and injustice. But this city may have found a solution.
How I Can Offer Reparations in Direct Proportion to My White Privilege
by Chris Moore-Backman
What it looks like to pay for the unearned advantages my whiteness has afforded me.
No More White Saviors: Let People Lead Their Own Movements
by Aura Bogado
Activists who come to command without listening to those they’re ostensibly helping produce a devastation that makes the project of systemic oppression that much easier.
Raj Patel on How to Break Away from Capitalism
by Chris Winters
Understanding the history of the world and our centuries-long drive toward cheapness.
New Documentary Remembers Standing Rock in Beauty and Catastrophe
by Kelly Hayes
“The Standing Rock I knew was not a mystical place with a uniform perspective. It was a complex place—an experiment in love, hope, courage, and solidarity.”
Why Native American Women Are Going After Europe’s Banks to Divest From Big Oil
by Shannan Stoll
“Indigenous women ... often are the ones to call out injustice when they see it immediately. We saw that at Standing Rock.”
New Federal Guidelines For Campus Assault Put Heavy Burden on Victims
by Adam Lynch
College administrators worry a more rigorous process for proving sexual assault could send the wrong message to students.
The Essential Ingredient of Democracy
by Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
We need more than good-heartedness to save our democracy. We need the courage to act on it.
My Trouble With #MeToo
by Joanna Bock
We are limiting the potential of this campaign if we insist that everyone get in a box and become one of three things: perpetrators, victims, or allies.
The High Cost of Free Speech on College Campuses
by Meredith Rutland Bauer
Public universities must walk a delicate line when it comes to upholding free speech in this charged political environment.
Fed Up With How Women Are Portrayed in Media, These Girls Started Their Own Radio Station
by Melissa Hellmann
A Boston radio station trains teens, helps them find their voice, and gives them a chance to be heard.
Van Jones’ “Messy Truth”: We’re All a Little Right, and We’re All a Little Wrong
by Zenobia Jeffries
Liberals and conservatives have too much in common—and too much at stake—to keep hiding behind differences.
Why I’ve Started to Fear My Fellow Social Justice Activists
by Frances Lee
We are alienating each other with unrestrained callouts and unchecked self-righteousness. Here’s how that can stop.
Call for Submissions: Decolonize This
by YES! Editors
Send us your ideas by October 30.
Meet the Playwrights Bringing Social Justice to the Stage
by J. Gabriel Ware
These women are helping audiences empathize with issues in a way that a book or an article can’t.