The Deal That Brought the Colorado River Back to the Sea
by Diondra PowersJan 26, 2016
- A new amendment to the 1944 water treaty between Mexico and the United States aims to create a fair, cooperative system for restoring the Colorado River.
Why Young Latinos in Rural California Support Sanders
by Olivia RodriguezJan 25, 2016
- In California’s predominantly Spanish speaking Eastern Coachella Valley, younger Latinos are showing support for Sanders, upending the narrative that his appeal does not extend beyond white voters.
A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students
by Abigail Savitch-LewJan 25, 2016
- Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
Half of America’s Workforce Has No Retirement Plan—But Illinois Has a Fix
by Marcus Harrison GreenJan 22, 2016
- Economists see the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, designed for private-sector workers, as an innovative complement to Social Security.
How One Affluent Town Helps Its Neediest Students Get Into (and Stay In) College
by Kirk CarapezzaJan 22, 2016
- In New England, a community program matches college-savvy parents with first-generation college-bound students to help them navigate the overwhelming application process.
How to Stop an Oil Train: The Hearts-and-Minds Climate Defense That Won Over a Courtroom
by Valerie SchloredtJan 21, 2016
- The Delta 5 loss was actually a big win. “Frankly, the court is convinced that the defendants are far from the problem and are part of the solution to the problem of climate change.”
How Brazilian Women Are Using Graffiti to End the Cycle of Domestic Violence
by Lindsey WeedstonJan 21, 2016
- From street art to law reform, women across Brazil are taking a stand against gender-based violence.
In North Dakota’s Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking
by Sarah van GelderJan 21, 2016
- The Turtle Mountain Band was among the first tribes to ban the drilling process. Here’s the difference it made.
New York’s “Carwasheros” Push for Safer, Fairer Workplaces
by Jean StevensJan 20, 2016
- Car washes are the “wild, wild West” of workplace regulation. The Car Wash Accountability Act will improve that—if it is ever implemented.
Our Continued March to the Mountaintop
by Marcus Harrison GreenJan 18, 2016
- In his speech delivered in Seattle, YES! reporter Marcus Harrison Green acknowledges that realizing King’s dream will require more than kind words and promises.
The Bravest Response to Fear
by Jeremy Adam SmithJan 17, 2016
- From strangers on the street to Muslim refugees—why we should embrace the humanity of people we may fear.
The Brilliance of Using Pillowcases to #GiveRefugeesRest
by Yessenia FunesJan 15, 2016
- A human rights campaign to protest Islamophobic rhetoric sent message-scrawled pillowcases to 31 governors who expressed support for refugee bans. And more are on the way.
Why Are Bathrooms the Place to Air Our Politics?
by Joe ScottJan 15, 2016
- From issues of gender-bullying to discrimination against homeless people, safe and reliable bathroom access is a hot political topic these days.
What the Oregon Standoff Is Really About
by Spencer SunshineJan 15, 2016
- The people occupying a wildlife reserve in eastern Oregon say they’re speaking for ranchers. But a closer look shows they’re associated with movements most people find alienating. If we want to build any solidarity with those living in rural areas, we need to understand the difference.
How This Black Student Used Documents and DNA to Find Her Slave Ancestors
by Alexa MillsJan 14, 2016
- Like many African Americans, Lakisha David wanted to trace the roots of her family, who for years were documented only as property. Here’s how she did it.