People Power

Beyond “Free” or “Fair” Trade: Mexican Farmers Go Local
by Mike Wold
We usually think of the demand for local, organic foods as coming from the North. But in southern Mexico, the growing localist movement is a strategy for survival.
Live Coverage of Inauguration from Democracy Now!
by YES! online staff
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. eastern standard time and continuing until 1 p.m., Democracy Now! will cover the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Watch it here at YES!
Corporate Rule Is Not Inevitable
by Sarah van Gelder
7 signs the corporatocracy is losing its legitimacy ... and 7 populist tools to help shut it down.
How the Pipeline Died—And How to Bury It For Good
by Jamie Henn
The inside story: Grassroots strategies paid off for the climate movement in a big way.
The Internet on Strike
by Brooke Jarvis
What happened when major sites went on strike to offer a taste of a censored Internet.
Honest Appalachia: A Local WikiLeaks?
by Sue Sturgis
In a region not known for corporate or political transparency, a new website aims to give whistleblowers a forum.
Deepak Bhargava: A Voice for the Grassroots Inside the Beltway
by Lynsi Burton
The YES! Breakthrough 15: Expanding the American Dream to include people left behind by economic inequality.
Occupy the Dream: MLK’s Legacy in the Age of Occupy
What would Martin Luther King, Jr. have made of the worldwide social movements of 2011?
Four Smart State Laws Set to Move in 2012
by Charles Monaco
Congress may be deadlocked, but practical, popular solutions are gaining momentum at the state level.
The (Remote-Controlled) War at Home
by Valerie Schloredt
One in three military aircraft is now a drone. How activists are trying to bring the moral implications of drone warfare to light.
We (Still) Want Bread, and Roses Too
by John de Graaf
The centennial of the famous strike in Lawrence, Mass., reminds us that our fight is about more than economics.
May Boeve: Friendship to Carry Us Through Crisis
by Colin Beavan
The YES! Breakthrough 15: The worldwide climate-change movement started with the dreams of a few college friends.
Why I’m Giving Up Cynicism for New Year's
by Bill McKibben
Let’s be naïve enough to demand a country more like the one we were promised in high school civics class.
How Cities and States are Sticking It to Citizens United
by Brooke Jarvis
From courthouses to statehouses, the pro-corporate ruling is under pressure.
Work, Reimagined: Detroit Gets Creative
by Zak Rosen
How residents of America’s most famously down and out city are building livelihoods that also rebuild their communities.