People Power

Call for Submissions: Science for the Public Good
by YES! Staff
Send us your ideas by Sept 25.
How Small Donors Are Giving Super PACs a Run for Their Money
by Lynsi Burton
From Washington state to South Dakota, 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.
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.
When You Don’t Have a Traditional Job, This Is How You Get Creative
by Martin do Nascimento
Austin, Texas, leads the nation in people with jobs outside the 9-to-5 economy.
Watch: A Year After Freddie Gray, Baltimore Is Still Rising
by Melissa Hellmann
Tired of waiting for outside help, grassroots organizations are generating resources from within the African American community.
To Thrive, We Must Be In Touch With Each Other
by Sarah van Gelder
When we live connected to a community, we are more likely to become champions for one another, not just for ourselves.
5 Reasons to Vote Even When You Hate Everything on the Ballot
by Yessenia Funes
Voting won’t solve the nation’s problems. But it’s a start.
Black Lives Matter “Anthem” Writer Talks Music, TPP, and Being a Mom to a Black Son
by Steve Furay
Singer-songwriter Taina Asili’s latest video, “And We Walk,” makes the connection between racial justice and climate justice.
From Fencing in a Hijab to Swimming for Refugees, These 5 Olympians Inspire Us
by Liza Bayless
Meet the athletes representing more than their countries’ flags at this year’s Olympic Games.
The U.S. Just Surpassed the Number of Breweries We Had in 1873
by Liza Bayless, Kate Stringer
And 26 other facts you should probably know.
In Photos: Tribes Revive an Indian River Nearly Destroyed by Coal Mining
by Rucha Chitnis
Decades of coal mining in the Jaintia Hills have trashed the once thriving Myntdu River. Now, indigenous communities are uniting to take a stand.
Voting Rights Victories Piling Up
by Jaime Alfaro
“The Federal District and Appeals Courts are willing to do what the Supreme Court wouldn’t do, which is acknowledge the reality that racial discrimination in voting persists today.”