People Power

10 Most Hopeful Stories of 2010
by Sarah van Gelder
There was plenty of disappointment and hardship this year. But the year also brought opportunities for transformation.
Shifting Sands: Jewish Women Confront the Israeli Occupation
by Linda Frank
14 women find their voice in this collection of essays.
The Third Side of Conflict is Peace
The secret to peace—within your family or the Middle East—could be as simple as taking a walk.
All That We Share
by Jay Walljasper
Welcome to a new kind of movement—one that reshapes how we think about ownership and cooperation.
People We Love: Jacob Isom
by Tiffany Ran
Skateboarding for tolerance.
Cancún: Changing the Climate Conversation
by Madeline Ostrander
Seven years ago, activists in Cancún started a powerful international movement. How can climate justice advocates have the same impact?
Don’t Compromise Social Security
by Doug Pibel
What the tax compromise could mean for the future of Social Security.
Change Comes From You and Me
by Fran Korten
The truly good news is that, over the nearly 15 years since YES! was founded, the number of positive, community-based initiatives has exploded.
At Climate Talks, an Answer Grows Outside
by Luis A. Ubiñas
In Mexico, communities own and manage their own forests, a proven method for reducing deforestation.
“Let Our Tax Cuts Go”
by Chuck Collins
Why some wealthy Americans aren’t happy to see their tax cuts continued.
How We Saved the Climate (and Ourselves)
by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben imagines himself in the year 2100, looking back at a century of climate chaos and asking: What did it take to save the world?
In Mexico City, a Message for Cancún
by Laura Carlsen
Why peasant farmers in Mexico are taking the UN climate negotiations seriously.
Families In Hard Times
by Sarah van Gelder
Multigenerational households, same-sex partnerships, and stay-at-home dads: The Winter 2011 issue of YES! Magazine explores our changing sense of family.
We're Still Writing “For Colored Girls”
by Jamilah King
Why Tyler Perry's adaptation of the classic play matters.
Big Problem, Big Art
Photo essay: As climate negotiators meet in Cancun, activists the world over are reminding them of what’s at stake with some very big art.