People Power

3 Ways the TPP Will Hurt the Climate—If We Let It Pass
by Ben Lilliston
The next big trade deal is poised for a congressional vote in 2016. Here's what that means for the planet.
The Bank-Free, DIY Lending System That Helps Friends and Families Finance Themselves
by Liz Pleasant
Who needs banks when you have communities? This finance model lets people help each other—without interest.
1.5 Million American Families Live on $2 a Day—These Authors Spent Years Finding Out Why
by Marcus Harrison Green
For their new book, H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn J. Edin followed the lives of America’s poorest families to find out what they need to break out of poverty, and how to make it happen.
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
I Learned More by Leading a Student-Debt Strike Than I Did at College
by Nathan Hornes
After graduating from Everest College with a bad education and no job prospects in sight, I refused to pay my student loans. Now I’m helping lead the first student-debt strike in America.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
What’s a Death Midwife? Inside the Alternative Death Care Movement
by Jennifer Luxton
From funeral cooperatives to green burials, there's a kinder, gentler, less expensive way to die.
The Case for a “Jazz Revolution” Against Corporate Capitalism
by Keith Harrington
Bottom up? Top down? Improvisation is the key to a middle way.
Obama’s Push for Corporate Rule: A Moment of Opportunity
by David Korten
Call it populism versus corporatism or democracy versus corporate rule. Either way, it is a far more meaningful political division than two political parties debating big government versus small.
Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances
by Sarah Anderson
Critics of the TPP forged relationship with foreign allies, firmed up union positions, and forced some concessions on the secrecy of the text.
Video: On the Water With Seattle “Kayaktivists” Who Stood Up to Big Oil
by Jennifer Luxton
They couldn’t stop the massive rig from heading to Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. But they seem to have invented a new, waterborne form of activism along the way.
This College Student Chained Herself to a Shell Oil Ship for Three Days. Here’s Why.
by Araz Hachadourian
Will young activists do anything to stop oil drilling in the Arctic?
Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd the US Standardized Testing System Is
by Liz Pleasant
John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis
by Stacy Mitchell
While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?
Is the Local Economy Too Local? Why Co-Ops and Credit Unions Need a Broader Strategy
by Keith Harrington
Author and activist Gar Alperovitz calls it a “checkerboard strategy.” In the first piece in a series, we look at the organizations working to transform our economy, and how they can benefit from working together.