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PEOPLE POWER

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

Welcome to Commonomics: How to Build Local Economies Strong Enough for Everyone
by Laura Flanders
In our new series, YES! Magazine investigates what it will take to strengthen our local economies for the benefit of all.
Why the Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia Why the Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia
by Nathan Schneider
Real anarchists aren't just for abolition of the state. They're for a society in which ordinary people can freely and democratically govern themselves.
In Sikh Response to Hateful Beating, A Lesson for Us All In Sikh Response to Hateful Beating, A Lesson for Us All
by Kevin Fong
When Dr. Prabhjot Singh was attacked by a group of young men who believed he was a Muslim, he responded by advocating love and compassion.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet its Real-Life, Climate-Defending, Disney-Dissenting Villains Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet its Real-Life, Climate-Defending, Disney-Dissenting Villains
by James Trimarco
When their name appeared in Joss Whedon's new TV show, the environmentalist group Rising Tide took to social media to fight back.
Brand New From Annie Leonard: The Story of Solutions Brand New From Annie Leonard: The Story of Solutions
by Annie Leonard
The final film in the “Story of Stuff” series asks, What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better—better health, better jobs, and a better chance to survive on the planet?
White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers
by Christa Hillstrom
The Obama administration makes good on its promise to give direct care workers the same rights as nearly everyone else—and to top it all off, California follows suit.
Three Things Activists in the Office Can Learn from the Street Three Things Activists in the Office Can Learn from the Street
by Liam Barrington-Bush
Organizations working for social justice can become living examples of the world they're working to create, but only if they're willing to take the lessons of social movements to heart.
Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists
by Christa Hillstrom
Lured from Mexico into forced labor at an American factory, Flor Molina’s human trafficking story was typical. What’s remarkable is what she did next.
For Safer Factories, CEOs Are Listening to Workers on the Frontlines For Safer Factories, CEOs Are Listening to Workers on the Frontlines
by Samir Goswami
The future of corporate responsibility means hearing firsthand from factory workers about their conditions.
Six Good Things Occupy Wall Street Made Possible (That You Probably Already Take for Granted) Six Good Things Occupy Wall Street Made Possible (That You Probably Already Take for Granted)
by James Trimarco
Now that the encampments are gone, what do we have to show for our movement? As it turns out, quite a bit.
Occupy at Two: How a Flawed and Fleeting Utopia Changed the World Occupy at Two: How a Flawed and Fleeting Utopia Changed the World
by Rebecca Solnit
Author Rebecca Solnit brings you back to the encampments of Occupy, and to the months that forged new friendships, changed the horizons of possibility, and terrified elites.
Chevron Pollutes, Here's What the People Did Back Chevron Pollutes, Here's What the People Did Back
by Sven Eberlein
The oil giant reputation it becoming notorious as shareholders, mayors, and indigenous people criticize its actions.
How the People Pushed Back on Syria—and Won (for Now) How the People Pushed Back on Syria—and Won (for Now)
by Sarah van Gelder
In Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other cases, the people protested and got war anyway. Why—at least, so far—has the story played out differently with Syria?
Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods
by Jay Walljasper
To transform economically and socially depressed areas into healthy, vibrant communities, we have to focus on their strengths and trust residents to solve their own problems.
Farmer Startups? How Incubators Are Helping Small, Sustainable Farms Take Off Farmer Startups? How Incubators Are Helping Small, Sustainable Farms Take Off
by Alleen Brown
Training farms known as incubators are helping immigrants and others get into farming. But Congressional wrangling over the Farm Bill has put their future in question.
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