How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.
Why Sharing News About Solutions Is a Revolutionary Act
by Frances Moore Lappéposted May 10, 2013
- Scary stories of kidnappings and explosions lead our news feeds, but it's the good news that helps break down the myth of our own powerlessness.
Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time
by Gar Alperovitzposted May 09, 2013
- Before 2004, no state allowed same-sex marriage. Today, it's legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia. If you want to see how political progress is made, look to the local level.
Would Smokey the Bear Get Arrested to Stop Fracking?
by Peter Rughposted May 09, 2013
- When artist Lopi LaRoe used Smokey the Bear imagery to encourage anti-fracking activism, the Forest Service threatened her with a lawsuit.
Not Your Father’s Union Movement: NYC’s Young Workers Committee
posted May 03, 2013
- The Young Workers Committee of New York’s transit union was out on the streets in a vibrant march. This video shows the group rallying, taking over an official’s office, and using the Occupy-style “people’s mic.”
Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About
by Peter Pearsallposted May 02, 2013
- The largest march on May Day in Seattle was about immigrant families and their supporters standing together for human rights. Not to be confused with the rowdiness that took place later in the day.
Boston Aftermath Shows a Nation Less—Not More—Afraid of Muslims
by Pramila Jayapalposted May 01, 2013
- Despite the horrific attacks and media slurs that followed the Boston bombing, the behavior of ordinary people and elected representatives shows improved tolerance of muslims and other immigrants.
Newly Released Tim DeChristopher Finds a Movement Transformed by His Courage
by Melanie Jae Martinposted Apr 22, 2013
- Tim DeChristopher, who was just released from federal custody, is best known as the man who disrupted an auction of pristine public lands. But there’s more to his story than his role as “Bidder 70.”
A Tax System for the 99 Percent
by Robin Broad, John Cavanaghposted Apr 17, 2013
- Feeling like taxes are more unfair than ever? Three ways corporations, banks, and individuals exploit an unjust system—and three ways the people are pushing back.
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen Sorianoposted Apr 17, 2013
- Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.
What If Your Kids Want to Get Political?
by Shannon Hayesposted Apr 11, 2013
- Using young children as political props is problematic, to say the least. But when they do form their own opinion, it’s important to let them express it.
Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage
by Amy B. Deanposted Apr 11, 2013
- Before joining the Department of Labor, Mary Beth Maxwell was a top organizer for the workers’ rights organization Jobs With Justice. Here, she speaks with Amy Dean about the lives of workers who make minimum wage and why the time has come to raise it.
Look out Monsanto: The Global Food Movement Is Rising
by Daniel Mossposted Apr 10, 2013
- The book Harvesting Justice isn’t just a look at the world’s most exciting food justice groups—it’s also a knockout organizing tool.
Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis
by Chris Francisposted Apr 09, 2013
- Leaders from many faiths are expecting better relations with the Vatican under Pope Francis. Here YES! speaks to some of them about why that is.
Florida Farmworkers March 200 Miles for a Fairer Tomato
by YES! online staffposted Apr 03, 2013
- After marching halfway across the state of Florida, members of the Immokalee Coalition of Farmworkers got fired up at a rally in front of Publix headquarters in Lakeland, Fla. Here’s some of what they had to say.
Arab Spring Breakers: 50,000 Gather in Tunisia to Plan People-Powered Economy
by Signe Predmoreposted Apr 01, 2013
- Tens of thousands of people from around the world gathered in Tunisia last week to talk about creating a fairer world. Here are some of the hottest topics from the panels in Tunis.