People Power

Meet the Tenacious Gardeners Putting Down Roots in “America’s Most Desperate Town”
by Kristin Moe
They're not always optimistic about the future of Camden, N.J. But they're committed to it anyway, and they've created one of the nation's fastest growing networks of urban farms.
Talking Cows Take on Factory Farms—Matrix Style
by Jonah Sachs
The viral success of "The Meatrix" shows how a good story trumps a mountain of facts.
Language Matters: How #YesAllWomen Named a Problem With No Name
by Rebecca Solnit
If you lack words for a phenomenon, an emotion, a situation, you can’t talk about it—which means that you can’t come together to change it.
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
Seattle Wins $15 Minimum Wage—Will Your Town Be Next?
by YES! Editors
Activists built support for the ordinance by demonstrating that it would reduce poverty in the city.
The Boomers "Failed" Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice
by Sarah van Gelder
First the anger, then the love—overcoming generational anger to find the courage required for the difficult work ahead.
Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
by Molly Rusk
The teachers found their careers at risk when an erratic statistical tool became a key measure of their success.
Everyone Still Loves "Reading Rainbow" (And This New Kickstarter Proves It)
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The PBS classic, which taught a love of books to generations of kids, will be coming back in an online version.
Fear of a Brown Planet: Watch This Stand-Up Comedian Explain 'Reverse Racism'
by Kali Swenson
Bullying, police brutality, and everyday insensitivities are regularly lampooned with Australians Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain's weapon of choice: comedy.
From Stand-up to Twitter, A New Generation’s Fresh Take on Storytelling
by Sarah van Gelder
Today's storytellers show that each of us can be part of something more powerful, diverse, and creative than we might have imagined.
How Stories Shape Our World
by Sarah van Gelder
This issue of YES! looks at the ways new voices are being heard, and at how their stories are transforming our culture.
Meet 6 Nutrition Blogger Moms Who Crashed the McDonald's Shareholder Meeting
by YES! Editors
Current trends suggest one in three kids will develop Type 2 diabetes as adults. These moms told McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson what they think about the fast food industry targeting their kids.
That Book About Inequality That's Sold Out of Bookstores? Here's What It Means for 2016
by John Feffer
The popularity of a new book by French economist Thomas Piketty should be a wake-up call for politicians. If inequality sells in the stores, it will sell at the polls as well.
Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge
by Liz Pleasant
We pored through a debt-resistance manual created by former Occupiers to bring you these practical tips.
Katie Couric Investigates America's Corporate Sugar Pushers in "Fed Up"
by Erin Sagen
Food can no longer be dismissed as niche news. It’s universal, vital, and urgent—and this film drives that point home.