People Power

My Mom Fled War Too: Finding Compassion for Syrian Refugees
by Yessenia Funes
Like refugees everywhere, my mom gave her children the gift of a better life—and an understanding of what it means to risk everything for it.
The Butterflies Are Alright: Why Monarchs Are Thriving (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Portland's vote to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, new legislation to protect butterflies, and why what we call ISIS matters.
The USDA Is Putting $34.3 Million Into Local Food Projects. Will It Be Enough?
by Leah Penniman
Those in the food justice movement question whether the agency’s recent efforts are a superficial attempt to appear supportive of local food and minority farmers.
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.”
3 Ways the TPP Will Hurt the Climate—If We Let It Pass
by Ben Lilliston
The next big trade deal is poised for a congressional vote in 2016. Here's what that means for the planet.
After Decades in a Food Desert, These Neighbors Are Building a $2 Million Co-op—And They Own It
by Liz Pleasant
For nearly 20 years, the residents of this mostly African American Greensboro community had nowhere to shop for food. They tried to attract a big-box grocery store; when that didn’t work, they started their own.
After Ferguson Uprising, Should St. Louis Spend $1 Billion on a New Football Stadium?
by Kate Aronoff
Just a year and a half after the St. Louis area became internationally known for racism, the city is considering building a billion-dollar stadium. If justice was our priority, says organizer Julia Ho, those tax dollars would be spent very differently.
First Openly Gay Country Singer Shares Advice His Dad Gave Him as a Teen
by Liz Pleasant
The lead singer for Lavender Country, the first openly gay country band, shares the touching advice he received from his father.
Compost Your Corpse? This Woman Wants to Make It Legal
by Maureen O'Hagan
Katrina Spade, creator of the Urban Death Project, talks about human composting and why she's trying to make it legal in Washington state.
5 Ways Voters Stood Up to Big Money, Despite Losses
by Araz Hachadourian
From campaign finance reform to protecting small business, Tuesday's elections had a few big victories.
Can Seattle Boot Big Money Out of Elections By Giving Everyone “Democracy Vouchers”?
by Marcus Harrison Green
Early results show Seattle passing the Honest Elections ballot initiative. Voters will receive four $25 “democracy vouchers” every election year, which they can donate to the campaign of their choice.
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.”
Meet the Indian Women Trying to Take Down “Caste Apartheid”
by Rucha Chitnis
Asha Kowtal and the Dalit Women's Self-Respect March traveled across Northern India to document the ongoing violence against women who were once branded as "untouchable." Now, they're raising new leaders, and finding allies in Black Lives Matter.
Do We Even Need International Borders? (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Opening borders can have unexpected benefits; studies show alarming links between air pollution and dementia; and Native Americans talk about illegal immigration.
The Bank-Free, DIY Lending System That Helps Friends and Families Finance Themselves
by Liz Pleasant
Who needs banks when you have communities? This finance model lets people help each other—without interest.