People Power

Immigrants & American-born: “Are you listening?”
by Pramila Jayapal
Pramila Jayapal talks about the "Night of 1000 Conversations". On June 19, people from different ethnic backgrounds sat down in small groups in cafes, homes, offices and union halls across the country. and discussed the role of immigration in the country’s past, present, and future.
Equality Ride
by Noah Grant
Noah Grant profiles the Equality Ride, a two-month road trip by a group of gay and lesbian youth to the most conservative campuses in the country. The goal: to connect with people who may never have spoken to an “out” gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person.
The Great Correction Song
by Eliza Gilkyson
Song lyrics from Eliza Gilkyson, The Great Correction, written for "Last Sunday" in Austin, Texas
Conversations Across the Divide
How do we form a more perfect union—or at least find enough common ground for a civil conversation? Breaking out of red-blue stereotypes is a good place to start. And listening to the hopes and fears that lie beneath the rhetoric. Respect helps, along with the expectation of transformation—our own as well as our adversaries’.
Our Own Agenda :: 10 Policies For a Better America
by Sarah van Gelder
Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to war. "Ten Policies for a Better America" shows an agenda most of us can agree on—whether we think of ourselves as red, blue, or some other political color.
An Agenda That Puts People First
During an election season, we often step back and allow the candidates to set the agenda. But that agenda may be more about polarizing us and getting them elected than about the real changes we need. Here’s an agenda based on the realities facing Americans, and what we want for our families, communities, and country.
Seeing Red, Feeling Blue in Purple America
by David Sirota
Americans are under increasing economic pressure, and many feel powerless to do anything about it. David Sirota travels coast to coast and finds the people who know the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction--and are joining a populist uprising to turn it around
Politics That Break Through
by Sarah van Gelder
Letter from the Editor on Fall 2008 issue.
The Inuit of Nunavut :: Photo Essay
by John Hasyn
John Hasyn's photo essay on daily life among the Inuit of Nunavut, in northern Canada.
5 Ways to Make History
by Fran Korten
Elections aren’t until November. But the heart of the process is going on right now. Here are my top 5 ideas for making a difference—and staying sane—in the coming months.
This Brave Nation Series:
A remarkable series co-produced by The Nation magazine and Brave New Foundation, which brings together inspiring activists from different movements and generations, to discuss their ideas, ideals, and approaches to changing the world.
Carl Pope & Van Jones
by Van Jones, Carl Pope
Carl Pope and Van Jones discuss Environmentalism, New Media, Civil Rights, the Economy
DIY Foreign Policy Heroes
Think foreign policy is just for politicians? These people can change your mind.
How to Join the Family of Nations
by Sarah van Gelder
Nearly two out of three Americans believe U.S. relations with the rest of the world are on the wrong track. That doesn’t have to be bad news, though. The Summer 2008 issue of YES! shows the people turning that around: voting for peace in their city or town, supporting Iraq veterans, and starting conversations with your neighbors about how to create a just world.
From the Publisher :: America Can Change
by Fran Korten
With enough citizen understanding and action, America can change. Were you one of the millions deeply moved by Barack Obama’s March 18 speech from Philadelphia? He supported his optimism with a fierce faith in this country, saying “What we know, what we have seen, is that America can change—that is the true genius of this nation.”