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How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

When It Comes to Shaping Public Debate, What Can a Magazine Do? When It Comes to Shaping Public Debate, What Can a Magazine Do?
by Fran Korten
"Education Uprising," the Spring issue of YES!, connected people across the country and helped catalyze the movement to reclaim education—a living example of how national conversations can change.
Fans Move to Buy LA Clippers After Owner Is Banned From NBA Fans Move to Buy LA Clippers After Owner Is Banned From NBA
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The fans hope to buy the team and make it into a nonprofit organization like the Green Bay Packers.
How a "Black Snake" in the Heartland Brought Spirit to American Environmentalism How a "Black Snake" in the Heartland Brought Spirit to American Environmentalism
by Kristin Moe
It's possible that the Cowboy Indian Alliance offers a glimpse into what a spiritually integrated environmental movement might look like, honoring diversity while resisting cooptation.
Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy
by Andy Lee Roth
Our political process, Robert Jensen reminds us, begins with conversation.
Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations
by Molly Rusk
A new law will end the practice of evaluating teachers based on their students' standardized test scores.
This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Becker
These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.
To My Friend the Climate Defeatist: Here's Why I'm Still In the Fight To My Friend the Climate Defeatist: Here's Why I'm Still In the Fight
by Jim Shultz
It is good to mourn for what's being lost. But giving up just gives the fossil fuel industry what it wants.
When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won
by Jing Fong
Curtis Acosta's classes in Mexican American Studies gave kids pride in their heritage—until the Arizona Legislature canceled them. That's when his students became activists, and some real-life lessons began.
Meet the Real-Life Inmates Fighting for Mothers' Rights at "Orange Is the New Black" Prison Meet the Real-Life Inmates Fighting for Mothers' Rights at "Orange Is the New Black" Prison
by Victoria Law
On issue after issue, women prisoners have learned to be their own strongest advocates.
When Big Money Controls Big Media, There’s a Big Decline in Democracy When Big Money Controls Big Media, There’s a Big Decline in Democracy
by David Kortava
“Dollarocracy” examines innovations in other democratic nations to solve our money-in-politics crisis.
They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate
by Rachael Stoeve
A look at the growing influence of undocumented voices in the movement for immigrant rights.
Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
Most organizers today believe that Alinsky taught to focus on building organizations and not social movements. But the author's own political work shows a more flexible approach.
How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All
by Imara Jones
By keeping workers healthy, the Affordable Care Act will help the working poor achieve greater financial stability—and will probably boost the economy as well.
Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone) Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone)
by Kristin Moe
"Intersectionality" has evolved from a theory of how oppression works to a notion of how people can fight it.
The Supreme Court Just Gave You One More Reason to Join the Clean Elections Movement The Supreme Court Just Gave You One More Reason to Join the Clean Elections Movement
by Fran Korten
The McCutcheon decision will boost the political power of the one percent at the expense of the rest of us. But it also adds to the urgency of the movement that's working to take back our democracy.
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