People Power

#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.
The Untold History of Female Friendship
by Rachel Vorona Cote
To get an honest picture of female friendship, we must look beyond the familiar whitewashed stories in Western history and literature.
24 States Put Juvenile Offenders in Solitary, But Advocates Are Trying to Change That
by Marcus Harrison Green
Studies show kids held in solitary confinement experience long-lasting psychological damage. Activists hope a wave of local and national policy changes means widespread reform is on the way.
Hollywood Whitewashing: How Is This Still a Thing?
by YES! Staff
This hilarious (and depressing) video explains why we can’t talk about #OscarsSoWhite without talking about Hollywood whitewashing.
How to Pick a President Without Being Sexist
by Jeremy Adam Smith
The presidential race is basically an expensive hiring process with 319 million stakeholders. If businesses and government agencies go to such great lengths to eliminate gender bias in their hiring, shouldn’t we do the same for our elections?
Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy In the Face of Gentrification
by Araz Hachadourian
A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
What Legalizing Street Vending Could Do for L.A.’s Local Economy
by Daniel Ross
Los Angeles is one of few U.S. cities where street trade isn’t widely permitted. But for immigrants and low-income people, it’s often the only way to earn a living.
The Role of an Activist Attorney in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement
by Nyasha Laing
For civil rights lawyers, litigating isn't enough. They need to engage with the struggle of black Americans firsthand.
Without Scalia, a New Chance for Climate Justice
by Patrick Parenteau
Justice Scalia was a thorn in the side of the environmental movement. Now that his seat is up for grabs, the Supreme Court could be in position to make serious gains for the climate.
Feminist Scooter Gangs Shut Down Street Harassment
by Lindsey Weedston
In the worst country in the Arab world for women, people are finding creative ways to stop gender-based violence.
Police Shooting Data Reveal New Tactics and Training Will Only Go So Far
by Nirej Sekhon
To create meaningful change, we must look beyond high-profile cases and ask why certain police-civilian encounters occur at all.
The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism
by Sarah van Gelder
"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension—all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles."