People Power

Florida Farmworkers March 200 Miles for a Fairer Tomato
by YES! online staff
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 Predmore
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.
Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a “Highly Effective Campaign”
by Katrina Rabeler
A report intended to help the oil and gas industry squash the anti-fracking movement turns out to be full of useful information—and admits that much of what activists are saying is true.
New Film Calls Worker-Owned Cooperatives “Next American Revolution”
by Kristin Hugo
Gar Alperovitz’s film points to worker-owned cooperatives as a growing alternative to traditional capitalism and socialism.
The Last of the Big Money Elections?
by Peter Schurman
The movement to overturn Citizens United might just make 2012’s record election spending into the end of an era.
The Trillion Dollar Coin: A Debt Solution for the People
by Ellen Brown
Far from being a gimmick, having the U.S. Treasury mint high-denomination coins is a solution that cuts to the root of America’s financial problems. And Benjamin Franklin would have liked it, too.
Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water
by Winona LaDuke
In an urgent pursuit for environmental justice and basic human rights, First Nations gather across North America under the banner of Idle No More.
A Feel-Good Movie about Fracking? YES! Interviews Producer of “Promised Land”
by Fran Korten
Chris Moore, who co-produced “Good Will Hunting,” has a new film starring Matt Damon as a corporate salesman trying to open up a small town to fracking. Here, YES! publisher Fran Korten gets Moore’s take on the ideas behind the film.
Remembering Rebecca Tarbotton
by Tina Gerhardt
A tribute to the beloved environmentalist, human right activist, and executive director of the Rainforest Action Network.
Dirty, Pricey, and Obsolete: Why Desalination Is Not Worth Its Salt
by Adam Scow
Efforts to curb the consumption of water are getting great results and making expensive desalination plants obsolete.
In Wake of Factory Fire, U.S. Labor Groups Attempt Blockade of Walmart Imports
by Olivia Rosane
A fire that killed 112 workers in a Bangladeshi factory that supplies goods to Walmart has inspired the next wave of actions demanding justice for workers along the company’s supply chain.
In EU Parliament, a Landslide Vote for “Robin Hood Tax”
by Sarah Anderson
Eleven countries in Europe hope to raise billions of Euros through a tiny tax on financial speculation. This week, a major vote in the European parliament brings that plan one step closer to becoming reality.
4 Ways to Leap the “Fiscal Cliff” to a Better U.S.A.
by Sarah van Gelder
Sarah van Gelder looks beyond the hype about the deficit and finds four ways to balance the books while protecting our health and financial security.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
by Valerie Schloredt
Film Review: Whether you think the cyberactivists of Anonymous are hooligans or heroes, “We Are Legion” is required viewing.
Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks
by Paul J. Comeau
They were unable to put a dent in Black Friday sales, but striking Walmart workers brought the plight of low-wage workers to the forefront of the national conversation. Their action has already inspired historic protests by fast-food workers in New York City.