People Power

A Powerful Tool to Get Low-Income Voters to the Ballot Box
by Lisa Danetz, Scott Novakowski
Low-income citizens are often left out of the political process. But by enforcing an already existing law that links voter registration to public assistance programs, we can add millions of voices to democratic decision-making.
Happy Park(ing) Day
One day a year, in cities throughout the country, parking spots take on a whole new meaning. Simply by paying the parking meter and rolling out some grass, residents claim these spaces as public parks.
Invest in the Sock Exchange—and Other Ways to Join the Sharing Revolution
by Jeremy Adam Smith
When we share as much stuff as possible, we walk more lightly on the earth and often improve our quality of life.
In U.S. Transition Towns, the Big Challenge is Bringing People Together
by Lynsi Burton
When it comes to local resilience, it takes all kinds: Building bridges for a post-oil America
Skill Up, Party Down
by Mason Inman
Transition Towns plan a gentle descent from oil dependence—and have a blast in the process.
Crash Course In Resilience
by Sarah van Gelder
We can strengthen our communities and ourselves to prepare for the uncertain world of failing economies, climate change, and oil depletion.
Seeds of Resilience
by Sarah van Gelder
Climate change, peak oil, and a stalled economy: The Fall 2010 issue of YES! Magazine shows how people step up in uncertain times to create a resilient way of life.
DIY Education: How to Start a Freeskool
by Lily Gershon
Who defines what schools are or what they teach? Why not you?
Pioneers of the New Normal
by Sarah van Gelder
We’re facing a very different world than the one we knew. Here’s what people are doing to prepare …
Corporations Ain’t People: A Musical Protest
Video: GLEE-inspired activism for a democracy run by human beings, not corporations.
Envisioning MLK’s Dream in Today's World
by Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Boggs: We must begin the radical revolution of values that King called for, against the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism.
YES! Magazine Project Censored Awards, 2009-2010
The year's top underreported stories of hope and creative change.
Interfaith Amigos: On 9/11, Getting Beyond Religious Hatred
by Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, Sheikh Jamal Rahman
Brought together by the events of 9/11, three friends from different faiths reflect on what it will take to reach the other side of hatred.
Signs of Life :: Fall 2010
Small stories about big change
Quotes from the Quran and from Rumi
by Sarah Van Gelder
Interested in what Muslim sacred texts actually say? Here's a short selection of quotes recommend by Jamal Rahman.