People Power

Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy In the Face of Gentrification
by Araz Hachadourian
A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
Without Scalia, a New Chance for Climate Justice
by Patrick Parenteau
Justice Scalia was a thorn in the side of the environmental movement. Now that his seat is up for grabs, the Supreme Court could be in position to make serious gains for the climate.
Does Baltimore #BlackLivesMatter Activist Have a Shot at Becoming Mayor?
by Yessenia Funes
Activists turned politicians are nothing new. Just look at Bernie Sanders.
People Are Happier in States That Allow Ballot Initiatives
by Michael Krassa, Benjamin Radcliff
Twenty-four states allow citizens to vote directly on policy matters, and research shows that life satisfaction is higher in them.
What the Oregon Standoff Is Really About
by Spencer Sunshine
The people occupying a wildlife reserve in eastern Oregon say they’re speaking for ranchers. But a closer look shows they’re associated with movements most people find alienating. If we want to build any solidarity with those living in rural areas, we need to understand the difference.
Every 30 Seconds a Latino in the U.S. Turns 18. The Challenge Is Getting Them to Vote
by Jason Margolis
If they vote more, Latino youth can be a powerful force in coming elections.
Can Cities End the School-to-Prison Pipeline? Relentless Organizers Are Tallying Wins
by Marcus Harrison Green
“We have always said that this is a battle of imagination over incarceration.”
5 Ways Voters Stood Up to Big Money, Despite Losses
by Araz Hachadourian
From campaign finance reform to protecting small business, Tuesday's elections had a few big victories.
Meet the Indian Women Trying to Take Down “Caste Apartheid”
by Rucha Chitnis
Asha Kowtal and the Dalit Women's Self-Respect March traveled across Northern India to document the ongoing violence against women who were once branded as "untouchable." Now, they're raising new leaders, and finding allies in Black Lives Matter.
How a Prison’s Debate Team Beat Harvard’s (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Bernie Sanders calls climate change our biggest security threat, a video illustrates how few women are in positions of power, and Black Lives Matter organizers take on more than just race.
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.