People Power

I Learned More by Leading a Student-Debt Strike Than I Did at College
by Nathan Hornes
After graduating from Everest College with a bad education and no job prospects in sight, I refused to pay my student loans. Now I’m helping lead the first student-debt strike in America.
Pardon the Interruption, Bernie: Why Black Lives Matter Is in Politics to Stay
by Marcus Harrison Green
The criticism aimed at Marissa Johnson and Mara Willaford has ranged from the deeply piercing to the explicitly racist. But what they did was necessary, a welcome harbinger of more direct disruption.
No Apologies: Meet the Guy Who Got Bernie Sanders' Interrupters on the Stage
by Marcus Harrison Green
In his first interview since last weekend's action in Seattle, activist Amir Islam talks to YES! about why every presidential candidate should be ready to talk black issues.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
Infographic: The Real Reason You Have So Much Debt (It’s Not Crazy Spending)
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Heidi Bruce
$11.85 trillion in household debt has more to do with stagnant wages (and predatory banks) than shopping sprees.
The Rad History Book Every Girl (and Boy) Should Have on Her Bookshelf
by Lindsey Weedston
A new feminist children's book honors 26 awesome women who changed the world.
Can Bernie Sanders Win Over Black Lives Matter? He Seems to Be Trying
by Marcus Harrison Green
The progressive candidate has been making a sharper distinction between racial and economic issues. If you like his campaign, that’s really good news.
What’s a Death Midwife? Inside the Alternative Death Care Movement
by Jennifer Luxton
From funeral cooperatives to green burials, there's a kinder, gentler, less expensive way to die.
This New Rule Will Bring Secretive Corporate Tax Breaks to Light
by Puck Lo
Every year, governments spend tens of billions of dollars on tax breaks for private companies. Now, state and city governments will have to start reporting it as lost income.
Study Shows Mindful Meditation Helps Reduce Racial Bias
by Jill Suttie
A new study shows that meditation can transform racial bias at any age.
The Weekly Crunch: Tiny Houses in Vancouver and Why the South Is the New China
by YES! Staff
This week: Bee activists step up their game, Bernie Sanders lays out his views on all thing politicals, and fracking takes its toll on Oklahoma.
Seattle Led the Country’s Minimum Wage Revolution. Can It Do the Same With Rent Control?
by Marcus Harrison Green
New York and San Francisco both suffer from soaring rents and gentrification, despite decades of regulation. How Seattle socialist Kshama Sawant plans to do affordable housing right.
What Native Hawaiian Culture Can Teach Us About Gender Identity
by Jade Snow
As the documentary Kumu Hina reveals, living between both genders is the more powerful “mahu" way.
Debt Collective Marches on New Orleans for Free Higher Ed
by Araz Hachadourian
“It’s not about freeloading. It’s about what we’re willing to extend to each other as a society.”
Rev. Sekou on Today’s Civil Rights Leaders: “I Take My Orders From 23-Year-Old Queer Women”
by Sarah van Gelder
A leading activist pastor speaks about the emerging face of civil rights leadership in 21st century America.