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This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism
by Christine St. Pierre
Las Cafeteras uses acoustic instruments and punk attitude to spread their message of social justice and equality.
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace
In Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," we can sense the poet's yearning for a more peaceful and loving future.
Fear of a Brown Planet: Watch This Stand-Up Comedian Explain 'Reverse Racism' Fear of a Brown Planet: Watch This Stand-Up Comedian Explain 'Reverse Racism'
by Kali Swenson
Bullying, police brutality, and everyday insensitivities are regularly lampooned with Australians Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain's weapon of choice: comedy.
How Stories Shape Our World How Stories Shape Our World
by Sarah van Gelder
This issue of YES! looks at the ways new voices are being heard, and at how their stories are transforming our culture.
How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown
The Madaraka festival is a celebration of African cultural heritage and modern-day entrepreneurship—and the proceeds will help build a recording studio for 68 youth in Kenya.
5 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make From Stuff Around the House 5 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make From Stuff Around the House
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Becker
Craft instruments from easy-to-find materials and invite more music into your family's life.
A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The upcoming Academy Awards will recognize some of 2013’s best social justice-themed films. Here are some of our favorite past winners.
YES! Music Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Winter YES! Music Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Winter
by YES! online staff
Musical inspiration while putting out this issue.
Questions No One Knows the Answers To Questions No One Knows the Answers To
TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers.
"Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution "Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution
by Roman Krznaric
Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it.
Photo Essay: Pete Seeger's Life on the Hudson Photo Essay: Pete Seeger's Life on the Hudson
by Sarah van Gelder
In December 2007, YES! editor-in-chief Sarah van Gelder interviewed Pete Seeger in his home in Beacon, New York. Seeger showed Sarah his family photo albums, his DIY solar-powered car, and, of course, a whole wall filled with banjos.
Curriculum & Resources: Jazz in America Curriculum & Resources: Jazz in America
In order to provide an ongoing education about jazz for our nation's students, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has developed Jazz in America, an Internet-based jazz curriculum for social studies, American history, and music classes in the United States.
Fresh and Fly: Denver Rapper Teaches Kids to Be Gardeners Not Gangstas Fresh and Fly: Denver Rapper Teaches Kids to Be Gardeners Not Gangstas
For Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita, HIP HOP is not just a form of music, it's a way of life—one he's using to teach kids about cultivating the earth and eating fresh veggies.
How Cooking Can Change Your Life How Cooking Can Change Your Life
In this powerful RSA Short, Michael Pollan shares some real talk about the difference between home cooked food and food made by corporations.
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