People Power

Locals Dig Deep to Save Himalayan Springs From Drying Out
by Lakshmi Sarah
Water has become increasingly scarce in northwest India. As rain patterns shift and temperatures rise, communities are using small-scale local solutions to avoid dire drought.
Amid Tensions, Christians Show Support for Syrian Refugees in Dallas
by Sarah van Gelder
As a Syrian family seeks safety in Texas, some voice outrage against the “Islamization” of America. This Sunday, I attended church services in Dallas where I found a commitment to live out the welcoming, compassionate side of Christianity.
Why We Need More Shame-Free TV Characters Who Reflect the Reality of Abortion
by Jessica Gentile
The internet has been buzzing about Olivia Pope’s abortion on ABC’s Scandal. If nearly one-third of American women have an abortion by age 45, why don’t we see more female characters make the same decision?
Video: What We Talk About When We Talk About Privilege
by Tony Manno
In this YES! Short, volunteers discuss what it means to confront the privilege of others—as well as their own.
Why Manning Up Is the Worst Thing to Do
by Mark Greene
Can we cure the toxicity of male trauma and the resulting illnesses it creates?
COP21: Why These 15 Women Champions Should Have Seats at the Table
by Maria Ivanova
Studies show that collective intelligence rises with the number of women in a group—but women are often underrepresented at talks like the ones going on in Paris this week. Meet 15 leaders worth listening to.
COP21: Meet 5 Everyday People Heading to the Paris Climate Talks
by Yessenia Funes
Activists, researchers, and an artist. For them, climate change is personal.
In Photos: Minnesotans Face Gunfire and Cold in 11-Day Occupation of Police Precinct
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In Minneapolis, demonstrators are demanding police release video of a fatal shooting of an African-American man. Earlier this week, five were shot by alleged white supremacists.
COP21: Why Science Will Make All the Difference
by Eric Rehm
Unlike at previous climate talks, countries are coming to the table with science-backed contributions that challenge the business-as-usual approach.
How College Students Are Resisting the Mental-Illness Stigma
by Donna Jackel
Student-led organizations are bringing mental illness into the light to lower the suicide rates of young people.
These Kids Can’t Vote, But They Can Sue
by Araz Hachadourian
In Washington state, eight kids took the government to court to safeguard their future through stronger regulations on carbon emissions. Here's what they gained.
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.”