How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.
How a Great Man Put Down His Guns: Martin Luther King's Path to Nonviolence
by Mark Engler, Paul Englerposted Jan 16, 2014
- It took years of political evolution for King to understand nonviolence not merely as a moral force, but as an effective strategy for leveraging political change.
Video: An In-Depth Look at North Carolina's Progressive "Moral Mondays" Movement
by YES! online staffposted Jan 14, 2014
- Alarmed by the ultraconservative policies of their state government, North Carolina residents are taking to the streets to say that social justice is the moral way to go.
Travel Companies Boycott "Human Safaris" and 13 Other Victories for Tribal People in 2013
by Joanna Eedeposted Jan 10, 2014
- Times have never been tougher for indigenous people living in traditional ways. Yet 2013 saw them winning land rights, fighting misrepresentation in the media, and winning solidarity from unexpected allies.
How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids
by Laura Gottesdienerposted Jan 09, 2014
- Displaced by foreclosure, this family took direct action—and got a place to live.
10 Clever Ideas From Around the World to Root Out Inequality (Like Fining Extreme CEO Pay)
by Sam Pizzigatiposted Jan 08, 2014
- From Switzerland to New York, it seems like people are talking more than ever about inequality—and its antidotes. Here are some of the most promising and provocative ideas from last year that could shift our course in 2014.
After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura Flandersposted Jan 03, 2014
- The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a gamechanger?
Abolish the Aisle: Would Divided Legislators Work Together If They Had to Sit in Alphabetical Order?
by Fran Kortenposted Dec 31, 2013
- Marco Rubio would be next to Bernie Sanders, and Paul Ryan would rub elbows with Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan. If we closed the personal gap, maybe we could close the political one.
Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now!
posted Dec 31, 2013
- From new leadership in the fight against climate change to an uprising in the education system, there's a lot to be excited about in 2014.
10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come
by Sarah van Gelderposted Dec 27, 2013
- Beyond the headlines of conflict and catastrophe, this year’s top stories offered us some powerful proof that the world can still change—for the better.
Think Feminism Isn't Funny? 5 Parodies That Blur the Lines Between Laughter and Politics
by Nur Laljiposted Dec 20, 2013
- When it comes to the portrayal of women in the media, the whole world is watching. And laughing too.
Meet the Texas Farmer Challenging the Keystone Pipeline from the Courtroom to the Plains
by Anna Simontonposted Dec 18, 2013
- Julia Trigg-Crawford claims that the state of Texas has no process to determine whether projects that seize landowners' property are really in the public benefit.
Tiny House Village to Shelter the Homeless in Texas
by Kelly McCartneyposted Dec 16, 2013
- The project, which is set to break ground next year, will include places for residents to live, garden, worship, and work.
Only 4 Percent of the Lowest-Wage Workers Get Paid Family Leave: Could a New Law Change This?
by Elizabeth Ben-Ishaiposted Dec 12, 2013
- Many small businesses do want to give their workers paid time off to care for new babies and sick family members, but lack the means. How a new bill could make it possible.
The Education of Bill McKibben: How the Unlikely Activist Learned to Break the Rules
by Madeline Ostranderposted Dec 11, 2013
- “Sometime in the course of the past decade I figured out that I needed to do more than write—if this fight was about power, then we who wanted change had to assemble some.”
Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility
by Bob Massieposted Dec 09, 2013
- Why moving utilities from corporate to public control puts energy, dollars, and decisions into the hands of local communities.