How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.
Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart
by Laura Garcia, Molly Ruskposted May 16, 2014
- The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.
4 Signs Net Neutrality Isn't Dead (Despite an FCC Proposal You're Not Going to Like)
by James Trimarcoposted May 16, 2014
- They didn't get the proposal they wanted from the FCC. But proponents of a fair and open Internet made important strikes, and the debate is just getting started.
The War on Drugs Destroys Lives—Here Are 6 Things You Can Do About It
by Wendy Callposted May 16, 2014
- The movement to end the violence through the decriminalization of drugs has never had so much momentum. And it's never been easier to get involved.
Meet the Girl Who Sparked Brown v. The Board of Education With a High School Walkout
by Nadine Blochposted May 16, 2014
- The stories of people behind the landmark decision—like that of 16-year-old Barbara Rose Johns—are even more compelling and inspiring than the sea-changing ruling itself.
Can We Keep the Internet Free?
by Candace Clementposted May 14, 2014
- The struggle to save the world's greatest communication network.
When It Comes to Shaping Public Debate, What Can a Magazine Do?
by Fran Kortenposted May 13, 2014
- "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
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted May 06, 2014
- 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
by Kristin Moeposted May 06, 2014
- 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
by Andy Lee Rothposted May 01, 2014
- Our political process, Robert Jensen reminds us, begins with conversation.
Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations
by Molly Ruskposted May 01, 2014
- 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
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Beckerposted Apr 30, 2014
- 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
by Jim Shultzposted Apr 29, 2014
- 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
by Jing Fongposted Apr 25, 2014
- 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
by Victoria Lawposted Apr 25, 2014
- 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
by David Kortavaposted Apr 23, 2014
- “Dollarocracy” examines innovations in other democratic nations to solve our money-in-politics crisis.