People Power

Can Money Help Shrink Jail Populations? The MacArthur Foundation Is Betting $75M on It
by Puck Lo
The grants will help jail systems develop a plan for eliminating “the overuse and misuse of jails.” But prisoner advocate Dan Berger says this doesn’t address larger issues like police bias and racism.
150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder's Role in the Sand Creek Massacre
by Ned Blackhawk
Under pressure from students and community members, Northwestern University and University of Denver take the first steps towards righting historic wrongs.
Ursula K. Le Guin Calls on Fantasy and Sci Fi Writers to Envision Alternatives to Capitalism
by Araz Hachadourian
This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.
Is Populism Making a Comeback? What You Need to Know About Its History—And Its Future
by Fran Korten
The 19th century populists gave us co-ops and workers' rights. Here's how we can build on their work to solve 21st century problems.
Can America Heal After Ferguson? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter
by Fania Davis, Sarah van Gelder
South Africans surprised everyone by transitioning to a relatively peaceful post-apartheid society. Here’s what Americans can learn.
This College Student Chained Herself to a Shell Oil Ship for Three Days. Here’s Why.
by Araz Hachadourian
Will young activists do anything to stop oil drilling in the Arctic?
Ireland Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage
by Liz Pleasant
Ireland makes history by legalizing gay marriage—reminding people that change is possible.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Is a Resource-Conscious Blockbuster for Our Time
by Kate Aronoff
Who ruined Mad Max’s world? The new film isn't afraid to lay blame — and suggest a way forward.
This Harry Potter Enthusiast Just Came Out as Trans on YouTube—And Thousands of People Are Watching‏
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Texas-born Jackson Bird waited 25 years to come out. Here's why he did it online.
Less than 1 Percent of Sweden’s Garbage Ends Up at the Dump
by Miles Schneiderman
How the country heats its homes, and another 23 facts about our world today.
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.
Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd the US Standardized Testing System Is
by Liz Pleasant
John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
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.
Job Opening: YES! Reporting Fellow
This position is ideal for journalists from underrepresented communities who are somewhat obsessed with things like worker-owned cooperatives, community banking, and land trusts—and how clever people are using them to build a world that works for everybody
One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis
by Stacy Mitchell
While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?