People Power

When Communities Decide They’ve Had Enough Violence
by Rev. John Dear
The new Nonviolent Cities project asks us to go beyond calls to end violence and instead create a pervasive culture of nonviolence.
5 Prisons Improving Life on the Inside
by Marcus Harrison Green
From canine cellmates to computer training, prisons across the country are finding small ways to make life behind bars better for inmates.
Formerly Incarcerated Moms Fight for Reforms to Save Families
by Victoria Law
Two-thirds of women behind bars are mothers of children under the age of 18, and even a short stint in jail can cause them to lose their jobs, housing, and kids. Here are four policies to help prevent that.
Danish Girl’s Oscar Loss a Satisfying Win for Trans Women
by S.E. SMITH
As Hollywood directors race to cash in on the growing interest in the trans community, the results aren’t always good.
40,000 Former Convicts in Maryland Just Got New Voting Rights. Here’s How It Happened
by Lynsi Burton
Just in time for this year’s presidential primary, a new law in Maryland will allow former offenders on probation or parole the right to vote.
3 Myths About Sex Work That Harm Everyone
by Joe Scott
It's not just young girls and big bad wolves. Lies and misconceptions about sex work can hurt women and keep negative stereotypes alive.
Video: The Complicated Language of Biracial Identity
by YES! Staff
Filmmakers offer a glimpse into the “gray area” of being mixed race in America.
How a Wife’s Tiny Food Shop Brought Financial Freedom and Escape from Domestic Violence
by Sonia Narang
In Indonesia, a growing number of women are speaking up to report violence and finding the economic means to get out of abusive marriages.
How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal
by Rucha Chitnis
In the face of corporate domination, economic injustice, and climate change, movements led by women offer a revolutionary path.
As European Women Stream to ISIS, This Reformed Extremist Is Offering Them a Different Path
by Deepa Bharath
When Yasmin Mulbocus found no justice after being sexually abused, she was drawn to an Islamic extremist group she believed could protect her. Twenty years later, she’s trying to stop other women from making the same mistake.
Meet America’s New Election-Integrity Watchman
by Dave Levinthal
From Internet voting to automatic registration, the chairman of the Election Assistance Commission discusses what it takes to ensure honest elections.
#Asians4BlackLives: How Multiracial Alliances Help End Discrimination
by Natasha Varner
Currents of racism between Japanese Americans and African Americans might be ebbing as groups like #Asians4BlackLives stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Are Candidates Exploiting the Families of Black Victims for Votes? Sandra Bland’s Mom Says “No”
by Tyree Boyd-Pates
Black votes matter, but some question whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s endorsements from relatives of police brutality victims are appropriate.
This Boston Politician Gave Birth While in Office—and Paved the Way for Paid Parental Leave
by Lindsey Weedston
As the first Asian-American woman on the Boston City Council, and the first to give birth while serving in office, Michelle Wu brings needed diversity to the city’s government.
16 Courageous Women Standing Up to Violence
by Kristin Williams
From Ukraine to Mexico, women across the world are finding creative ways to break cycles of violence in their communities.