The Brilliance of Using Pillowcases to #GiveRefugeesRest
by Yessenia FunesJan 15, 2016
- A human rights campaign to protest Islamophobic rhetoric sent message-scrawled pillowcases to 31 governors who expressed support for refugee bans. And more are on the way.
Gender Bullying, Poor Sanitation, Homelessness—Let’s Air Out Our Bathroom Issues
by Joe ScottJan 15, 2016
- Sanitation plays an integral role in the quality of our lives, whether we want to talk about it or not.
What the Oregon Standoff Is Really About
by Spencer SunshineJan 15, 2016
- 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.
How This Black Student Used Documents and DNA to Find Her Slave Ancestors
by Alexa MillsJan 14, 2016
- Like many African Americans, Lakisha David wanted to trace the roots of her family, who for years were documented only as property. Here’s how she did it.
Meet the Indigenous Eco-feminists of the Amazon
by Lindsey WeedstonJan 14, 2016
- In Ecuador, indigenous Kichwa women are resisting corporate interests that threaten their land.
Help YES! Cover Politics
Jan 13, 2016
- Lost in the noise about the horse race are signs of real progress. If you can track them down and write well about them, we want to hear from you.
How Do You Explain Where You Came From When Your Grandparents Were Immigrants?
by Rupa ShenoyJan 13, 2016
- As a child of Indian immigrants, Rupa Shenoy has learned when strangers ask her where she’s from, they don't want to hear “Iowa.”
3 Ways to Bring David Bowie’s Spirit to Your Social Change Work
by Liz Pleasant, James TrimarcoJan 12, 2016
- David Bowie pushed boundaries, challenged norms, and helped pop culture become more inclusive. Here’s how to keep his legacy alive.
Every 30 Seconds a Latino in the U.S. Turns 18. The Challenge Is Getting Them to Vote
by Jason MargolisJan 12, 2016
- If they vote more, Latino youth can be a powerful force in coming elections.
Waging Life in a War Zone
by Jen MarloweJan 12, 2016
- From Gaza’s colorful neighborhood to its underground theater, resistance is an art.
6 Cities Designing for Health
by Anna ClarkJan 11, 2016
- From Detroit to Edinburgh, these cities are helping residents live more healthful and equitable lives.
Canadian Company Sues U.S. for Blocking Keystone XL—and Shows How the TPP Can Hurt Climate
by John LightJan 11, 2016
- Environmentalists have worked for years to get governments to regulate fossil fuels. Here’s how trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership make that even harder.
In Photos: The Seed-Saving Farmers Who Pass Down Land to Their Daughters
by Rucha ChitnisJan 08, 2016
- In northeastern India's mountainous state of Meghalaya, youngest daughters inherit the land—and the ancient food heritage of their mothers.
Uber’s Immigrant Drivers Look Forward to Better Pay—and Bigger Voice
by Ana Sofia KnaufJan 08, 2016
- A union for Seattle Uber drivers means finally having the right to a two-way conversation with their multibillion-dollar employer.
A Neighborhood Revolution in a Pot of Soup
by Shelley McEuenJan 07, 2016
- After living in the same town for 14 years, I decided it was finally time to meet my neighbors. My secret? Soup night.