People Power

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”?
Free College Tops Black Lives Reparations List
by Olivia Anderson
Better education and loan forgiveness are key strategies to address disparities for Black communities and their next generations.
When Showing Up Requires More Than Just a Facebook Post
by Sarah van Gelder
When we take the time to connect, we make our communities more resilient and compassionate, and maybe we find the courage to defeat racism.
A New Economic Vision That Mixes Together Occupy, Amish Culture, and Startups
by Alexa Clay
What subcultures offer us insight and principles for new ways of organizing?
Meet the Farmworker Who Helped Win Rent Control in California’s Wine Country
by Brooke Anderson, Davin Cardenas
When Gervacio Pena Lopez migrated to Sonoma County 30 years ago, he just wanted to find work to support his family. Since then, he has won victories for domestic and day laborers.
Special Report: Banking on Justice
by James Trimarco
In the poorest region of the nation's poorest state, a tiny government program keeps money flowing through mom-and-pop financial institutions—changing lives.
Winona LaDuke on the Dakota Access Pipeline: What Would Sitting Bull Do?
by Winona LaDuke
I am not sure how badly North Dakota wants this pipeline. If there is to be a battle over the Dakota Access, I would not bet against a people with nothing else left but a land and a river.
Dear Politicians, Here’s What You’d See at the Standing Rock Sioux Blockade
by Mark Trahant
Most importantly, they would see the serious purpose for the people here at Camp Sacred Stone, one that’s not going away without a successful resolution.
Call for Submissions: Science for the Public Good
by YES! Staff
Send us your ideas by Sept 25.
Seattle Is Giving Residents Money to Make Political Donations—Two States Follow
by Lynsi Burton
Voters are pushing for public-matching systems to replace the influence wealthy bankrollers have on government.
In Baltimore, I Found a City Taking Progress Into Its Own Hands
by Melissa Hellmann
“Conversations have changed. The structure of power has not. And that’s where we are today.”
Can Workers Get a Fair Deal in the Gig Economy?
by Steven Hill
The whole sector won’t enjoy broader success until its companies learn how to combine flexible work with better treatment.
3 Reasons the Standing Rock Sioux Can Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
by Mark Trahant
For starters, this protest is about a competing idea for the future of the planet—and waves of people will show up to make that point.
As #BankBlack Moves Money, Black Credit Unions Are Ready
by Zenobia Jeffries
While the number of Black-owned banks is down to only 22, there are 318 Black credit unions uniquely positioned to invest in their communities.
A Documentary on Hope, Love, and Beauty in Ferguson
by Jaime Alfaro
Mobolaji Olambiwonnu hopes his new film on the killing of Michael Brown will bring healing, dignity, and investment to Black communities affected by police violence.