People Power

“Free” Trade? Fraud Alert
by David Korten
The deceptive branding behind corporatists’ preference for the term “free trade” over simply “trade.”
What If Trade Agreements Helped People, Not Corporations?
by David Korten
Current trade agreements have been of, by, and for transnational corporations. Growing opposition gives us the opportunity to change that in our next-generation agreements.
As Boomers Retire, Mom-and-Pop Businesses Convert to Co-ops to Save Jobs
by Keli Tianga
Baby boomers are the largest percentage of business owners, and they’re headed toward retirement. Worker cooperatives could keep the jobs they’ve created from disappearing.
The Little-Known Farmworkers Who Sparked the Biggest Labor Movement In U.S. History
by Alexa Strabuk
There would be no Cesar Chavez without the Filipino manongs of Delano, California, whose decision to strike set off the most significant labor movement the United States has ever seen.
Politics on the Dance Floor: Reclaiming Queer and Black Roots in Electronic Dance Music
by Keith Barbalato
As the multibillion-dollar electronic music industry grows, artists and organizers are taking back the spaces and sounds of the marginalized people who started the genre.
Meet the Organizers Planning the Biggest Sit-In in a Generation
by James Trimarco
If Congress hasn't taken action to help get money out of politics by April 10, 3,000 people have pledged to risk arrest in a week-long series of sit-ins.
Uber’s Immigrant Drivers Look Forward to Better Pay—and Bigger Voice
by Ana Sofia Knauf
A union for Seattle Uber drivers means finally having the right to a two-way conversation with their multibillion-dollar employer.
Was 2015 the Year Big Food Began to Lose Its Sway?
by Andy Bellatti
Companies like Coca-Cola and Monsanto were called out for conflicts of interest, leaving many in the public health sector to wonder if next year transparency might become the new normal.
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 Interest-Free Lending Circles That Help Friends and Families Do DIY Loans
by Liz Pleasant
Who needs banks when you have communities? And organizations like Mission Asset Fund have even figured out how to use the system to raise credit scores.
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.
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.
“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.