People Power

Why I’m Giving Up Cynicism for New Year's
by Bill McKibben
Let’s be naïve enough to demand a country more like the one we were promised in high school civics class.
How Cities and States are Sticking It to Citizens United
by Brooke Jarvis
From courthouses to statehouses, the pro-corporate ruling is under pressure.
A Bill of Rights for Occupied Communities
by Jeff Reifman, Thomas Linzey
A bill of rights that protects people and nature, but not corporations? Your community could be next.
The Scientization of Politics
How did climate science get so politicized—and what can we do about it? Climatologist Michael Mann responds in this TEDx talk.
Re-Occupy: A Movement Seeks a Sanctuary
by Nathan Schneider
On occupying Trinity Church—and the Occupy movement's relationship with established institutions.
Cities Take Up the “Ban the Bag” Fight
by Rebecca Leisher
Why new policies across the nation could mean the end of plastic bags.
Grace Lee Boggs’ Message to the Occupiers
A lifelong activist shares her thoughts on revolution.
New Rights for California’s Undocumented
by Jen Horton
A handful of new laws this autumn will strengthen civil rights, improve access to education, and protect jobs for the state’s undocumented immigrants.
Occupying the First Amendment
by Josh Stearns
220 years after the Bill of Rights, how we’re still fighting for free speech.
Occupy Moves to the Home Front
by Nathan Schneider
Why the attempt to take on foreclosures directly is our clearest glimpse yet of what Occupy Phase II will look like.
From the Farm to the Occupation
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes on taking farm politics to Occupy Wall Street...and talking about the politics of Occupy in her farming community.
Why We Occupy: The Declaration of Occupy D.C.
Some complain that they don’t know why the occupiers are upset. In this declaration, adopted by consensus, Occupy D.C. clears up the mystery.
L.A. and Occupy L.A. Agree: It’s Time to End Corporate Personhood
by Brooke Jarvis
What’s the issue that unites the occupiers and the city they’re occupying? Getting corporate money out of politics.
We the People vs. Wall Street
by Sarah van Gelder
The YES! Magazine editors are planning a new issue focused on practical ways to counter the power of corporations and Wall Street. Can you help?
NYC Gives Citizens a Say in the Budget
by Kate Malongowski
What if you could weigh in on how your city’s money is spent? In some districts of New York City, you can.