1.5 Million American Families Live on $2 a Day—These Authors Spent Years Finding Out Why
by Marcus Harrison GreenSep 24, 2015
- For their new book, H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn J. Edin followed the lives of America’s poorest families to find out what they need to break out of poverty, and how to make it happen.
Think Students Can’t Declare Bankruptcy? Think Again
by Araz HachadourianSep 23, 2015
- Bankruptcy is supposed to give debtors a fresh start—unless they’re struggling with student loans. But a little-known provision is helping these borrowers take their creditors to court.
Brazil Bans Corporate Donations in Politics (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! StaffSep 23, 2015
- A California tribe fights bottled water; an Argentinian province dedicates 1 percent of civil service jobs to transgender workers; and Brazil's Supreme Court delivers a blow to corporate politics.
Anti-Racist Organizers Win as Seattle Council Votes to End Youth Incarceration
by Marcus Harrison GreenSep 22, 2015
- 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.
For These Borrowers and Lenders, Debt Is a Relationship Based on Love
by Nathan SchneiderSep 21, 2015
- There could be a different financial system, one where debt allows us to honor our freedom rather than our servitude.
Video: A Brief History of the Mass Incarceration of Black Americans
by Liz PleasantSep 18, 2015
- One in every three African American men will be sent to prison in their lifetime. In this video, Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses how so many black Americans get trapped behind bars.
Land Trusts Offer Houses That People With Lower Incomes Can Afford—And a Stepping Stone to Lasting Wealth
by Penn LohSep 17, 2015
- More than 200 land trusts around the country help struggling families buy their first homes, often in gentrifying neighborhoods.
The Feds Raided This Gay Sex Website—And Pushed Sex Worker Rights Into the Mainstream
by Joe ScottSep 16, 2015
- After the seizure of Rentboy.com, many in the sex worker and LGBTQ movements are finding common ground where they were once divided.
In London, Diversity and a Great School System Go Hand in Hand (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! StaffSep 16, 2015
- The White House released a new tool to help calculate the cost of college, “Black Twitter” revolutionizes the meaning of intellectual, and an anti-rape curriculum in Kenya shows promising results.
Surgeon General’s Prescription for Health: Walk More
by Jay WalljasperSep 15, 2015
- New landmark report announces national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more, by making communities safer and more accessible.
How Obama’s New EPA Regs Can Bring More Local Control Over Energy—Even in Red States
by Gar AlperovitzSep 15, 2015
- The Clean Power Plan is counting on states to cut carbon emissions. Will they be the new frontiers for change?
Hero or Coward: Could Skipping My Student Loan Payments Start a Revolution?
by Yessenia FunesSep 14, 2015
- A college professor is calling for a massive student-debt strike next year with only one necessity: that as many debtors as possible refuse to pay.
Newark's New Disciplinary Board Could Flex Rare Muscle Over Police
by Daniel RossSep 11, 2015
- More than 200 cities have civilian boards that recommend consequences for police who break the rules. Most boards lack enforcement power, but Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is trying to change that.
When Gamers and Activists Collide, It's Not About Winning—It’s About Social Change
by Tony MannoSep 10, 2015
- From computer screens to street play, these three game developers are redefining the medium by revealing a powerful new social potential in games.
10,000 Icelanders Invite Syrian Refugees Into Their Homes (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! StaffSep 09, 2015
- Scotland takes a new approach to sex work legislation, the VW bus is coming back greener than ever, and Iceland's citizens urge their government to do more for refugees.
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