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Happiness

Creeped Out by "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Try This Feminist Version

In the original song, she wants to go home, he says no, and then he spikes her drink. Blogger Dara Laine replaces the uncomfortable Christmas refrain with the female-friendly "Baby, It's Consent Inside."

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Happiness

Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work—Teenagers, Sleepovers, Alone Time, and All

How do you fit a full-sized family into a tiny house? The Morrisons and Kasls found that the benefits of life in 200 square feet outweigh the difficulties.

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Happiness

A Radical Homemaker on How to De-Stress, Have Fun, and Stay Healthy This Christmas

Tired of the spending that goes along with the holidays? The gifting frenzy? The stress? Maybe this is the year to blend a few new ideas into your holiday routine.

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What the Classics Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods, From A Christmas Carol to Moby Dick

Can we find our way back to treasuring what comes from far away while reveling in local, abun­dant foods, whose proximity makes them affordable and sustainable?

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People Power

Black Lives Matter Protest Shuts Down Mall of America on December’s Biggest Shopping Day

This weekend, thousands converged on one of the world's biggest malls, chanting "Black people cannot breathe while you have a shopping spree." Check out our play-by-play.

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Winter 2015 National Student Writing Competition Winners

Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.

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People Power

12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014

Slacktivism? Not so much. From #BlackLivesMatter to #BringBackOurGirls, this year's best hashtags around issues of social justice brought fresh voices into some of our most important conversations.

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Happiness

“Wild” Could Have Been a Standard Hollywood Weeper. Here’s How Reese Witherspoon Saved It

To call “Wild” a redemption film is to minimize the wide range of emotions it works with—not to mention the subtlety of Reese Witherspoon’s performance.

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Happiness

Video: This Philly Beauty Salon and Rehab Clinic Helps People Heal—With a Little Magical Realism

A new documentary, "Hollywood Beauty Salon," lets people who struggle with mental illness and addiction tell their own stories in unexpected ways.

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Peace and Justice

Kids on Chicago’s West Side Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Restorative Circles

For these Chicago students, restorative justice isn’t just about causing less harm to those around us. It’s also about actively creating safety, on their own terms.

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Neighbors Helped This Immigrant-Owned Dry Cleaner in Boston Go Nontoxic—and Stay in Business

Organizations that aim to reduce the use of toxic chemicals have long focused on shutting down offending businesses. But this story from Boston shows another way.

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Happiness

We Don't Need Santa's Magic When We Already Have Our Own

Magic is about stepping into our power, about uniting our intentions with the natural world to create something better, something deeper.

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Peace and Justice

"Forgiveness Is Liberating": Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation's Racist Past

In 1997, he asked: "Who could have thought we would ever be an example, except of awfulness; who could ever have thought we would be held up as a model to the rest of the world?" Today, South Africa's healing process is a beacon of hope for the United States.

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UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up

Negotiators have stopped trying to win a binding international agreement on carbon emissions. Now it’s up to the people to push our governments to action.

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Happiness

Everything You Need to Know About the Radical Roots of Wonder Woman

Her enigmatic creator believed women were destined to rule the world. 10 facts about the iconic heroine.

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The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity

Democratic ownership, localized food production, and a shift to renewables are key principles in this growing movement to re-envision our economy.

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New Economy

Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season

If you close the Amazon app, get off the couch, and shop at independent shops this holiday season, you could be helping rebuild your local economy.

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An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food

“While not every traditional variety tastes great or looks great, its genetics may be invaluable 50 or 100 years from now when the climate is different.”

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"Digital Empathy" Middle School Winner Bowie Shreiber

Bowie Shreiber is a student at Readington Middle School in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Bowie's essay that tells how he was able to brave the excruciating world suck stress of baseball tryouts and find awesome.

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"Digital Empathy" High School Winner Ally S.

Ally S. is a student at a high school in northern Virginia. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Ally's essay that tells how she found the strength to cope with mental illness through the support of the same Nerdfighter online community.

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"Digital Empathy" College Winner Shannon Hickey

Shannon Hickey, a student at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Shannon's essay about the solace and awesome she found on the Internet as a queer trans Catholic kid, and her desire to spread that acceptance to younger people experiencing suckiness.

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"Digital Empathy" Powerful Voice Winner Tori Gardner

Tori Gardner is a student at Shawnee Mission Horizons High School in Mission, Kansas. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "The Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Tori's essay that reveals the unexamined misogyny of the Internet, and what we can do to fight against it.

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Christopher Zumski Finke's Response to "Digital Empathy" Essay Winners

Christopher Zumski Finke responds to the winners of the Fall 2014 "Fault in Our Stars" essay competition.

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"Digital Empathy" Literary Gems

We received many powerful essays for the Fall 2014 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.

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People Power

Video: Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Reconciliation Process—Which Is Needed Now More Than Ever

A singing flash mob honors the passing of Nelson Mandela, who died one year ago this week and helped establish South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation process after apartheid.

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Peace and Justice

An Indigenous View on #BlackLivesMatter

I was reminded over and over this week that black and indigenous communities of struggle are deeply connected through our experiences with colonialism, oppression, and white supremacy.

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Peace and Justice

Science Fiction and the Post-Ferguson World: “There Are as Many Ways to Exist as We Can Imagine”

Radical science fiction and fantasy are a remedy for the belief that there is no alternative to the violence and inequality that surround us.

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Peace and Justice

This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now

The decision not to indict Eric Garner's killer is just the latest story in a long history of violence against black men. What response can disrupt patterns set by centuries of racism?

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Meet the Lobstermen Arrested for Blocking a Coal Freighter—and the DA Who Kept Them Out of Jail

Last spring, these men were in a small white lobster boat anchored to block the path of an oncoming freighter hauling 40,000 tons of coal. They didn't expect the district attorney to support them.

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Sit Still, Listen, and Accept Being a Target: What White Men Can Do in Times Like These

From law enforcement officers to sports team owners, we're hearing plenty of stories of white men behaving badly. Even the most decent and principled ones have to exercise muscles of consciousness they haven’t needed to use before.

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People Power

The Battle in Seattle, 15 Years On: How an Unsung Hero Kept the Movements United

A lead organizer of the protests against the World Trade Organization in 1999 remembers Tyree Scott, a quiet presence in the labor movement who urged unity when it mattered most.

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