People Power

How One Affluent Town Helps Its Neediest Students Get Into (and Stay In) College
by Kirk Carapezza
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 Schloredt
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 Weedston
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 Gelder
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 Stevens
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 Green
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 Smith
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 Funes
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 Scott
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 Sunshine
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 Mills
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.
Meet the Indigenous Eco-feminists of the Amazon
by Lindsey Weedston
In Ecuador, indigenous Kichwa women are resisting corporate interests that threaten their land.
How Do You Explain Where You Came From When Your Grandparents Were Immigrants?
by Rupa Shenoy
As a child of Indian immigrants, Rupa Shenoy has learned when strangers ask her where she’s from, they don't want to hear “Iowa.”
3 Ways to Bring David Bowie’s Spirit to Your Social Change Work
by Liz Pleasant, James Trimarco
David Bowie pushed boundaries, challenged norms, and helped pop culture become more inclusive. Here’s how to keep his legacy alive.
Every 30 Seconds a Latino in the U.S. Turns 18. The Challenge Is Getting Them to Vote
by Jason Margolis
If they vote more, Latino youth can be a powerful force in coming elections.