People Power

80 Percent of Us Owe Money to Institutions. Can We Leverage It to Reduce Inequality?
by Kate Aronoff
Three visionaries discuss how America’s debt problem has transformed the movements they work with.
Four Things That Matter to Millennials, From Lena Dunham’s Interview With Hillary Clinton
by Araz Hachadourian
“I don’t trust anybody who says that they didn’t have some questions in their 20s.”
Anti-Racist Organizers Win as Seattle Council Votes to End Youth Incarceration
by Marcus Harrison Green
The resolution, which passed unanimously, endorses the goal of having no kids in detention in Seattle. It’s a move that chips away at the school-to-prison pipeline.
Dear Donald Trump: Pissed Off Latinos Are Powerful Latinos
by Yessenia Funes
History has shown that when Latinos feel threatened, they fight back—with their voices and voting power.
Sci-Fi Fandom Declares Victory After Reactionary Nominees Lose Big at the Hugos
by Miles Schneiderman
Despite a deck stacked against women and people of color, the voters rewarded both.
No Apologies: Meet the Guy Who Got Bernie Sanders' Interrupters on the Stage
by Marcus Harrison Green
In his first interview since last weekend's action in Seattle, activist Amir Islam talks to YES! about why every presidential candidate should be ready to talk black issues.
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.
The Weekly Crunch: Tiny Houses in Vancouver and Why the South Is the New China
by YES! Staff
This week: Bee activists step up their game, Bernie Sanders lays out his views on all thing politicals, and fracking takes its toll on Oklahoma.
Why Bree Newsome’s Action Was the “Amazing Grace” I Needed
by Tanya Steele
She showed us that we liberate ourselves through our actions. She reminded us, in the midst of deep sorrow, that we, who want to see a better America, must keep living, fighting, breathing, doing.
After Years of Living as Squatters, These Filipino Neighbors Fought for Nice, New Homes in Their Community—And Won
by Aurora Almendral
When the Manila government proposed relocating squatter families out of the city, residents came together and asked for housing in their own neighborhood.
Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea
by David Korten
We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.
Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy
by Sarah van Gelder
Partisan gridlock keeps the focus on the fight—but we might have some radical ideas in common.
Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
by Thomas M. Hanna
In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here's how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.
Anti-Austerity Party Sweeps Greek Elections—What US Progressives Can Learn
by Kate Aronoff
There are plenty of lessons to be taken from Syriza’s victory and the rise to power of Spain's Podemos party, but striving to speak to people rather than politics might be chief among them.
How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally
by Shannan Stoll
In California and Ohio, two city governments are entrusting their citizens with budgeting and rewarding banks for valuing local communities.