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Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US
The Swahili word "madaraka" means "self-realization." The festival bearing that name seeks to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives, their communities, and the world.
Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars
by Wendy Call
On the heels of pot legalization in Washington and Colorado, the movement for less punitive drug policy is coalescing at every level. Its new leaders could come from the very countries that have suffered the most.
The “Twilight” Manifesto: What Pop Culture Gets Wrong—and Right—About Masculinity The “Twilight” Manifesto: What Pop Culture Gets Wrong—and Right—About Masculinity
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Blockbuster series like Twilight have left their mark on a generation of girls, but what message are they sending boys? Here are a few to look out for.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie Schloredt
In the tradition of “Maus” and “Persepolis,” “March” tells the story of young African Americans who, like its author, rose up from the Jim Crow South to assert their human rights.
Teenage Defender of First Nations Rights Becomes Literal Superhero Teenage Defender of First Nations Rights Becomes Literal Superhero
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Shannen Koostachin, a teenage activist who died before ever seeing the results of her work, has inspired a new hero in the DC Universe.
From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis: Can Art Provide Justice When Courts Fail? From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis: Can Art Provide Justice When Courts Fail?
by Carla Murphy
"Having not been a judge or a witness who could've helped communicate what Michael Dunn did, my art is the only way I can give Jordan Davis justice."
How the Fight Against Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law Transformed a Community How the Fight Against Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law Transformed a Community
by Levana Saxon
Gwendolyn Ferreti Manjarrez is an organizer with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Here, she speaks about the role of grassroots groups in the fight to roll back HB 56.
In Pete Seeger's Letters, A Voice for Justice Sings On In Pete Seeger's Letters, A Voice for Justice Sings On
by Sam Rosenthal
In the midst of Seeger's countless documents was one that stood out. The editor who found it reflects on coming back to that letter today.
Darth Vader's Death Star Created Jobs, Too! New Video Pokes Fun at Keystone Pipeline Claims Darth Vader's Death Star Created Jobs, Too! New Video Pokes Fun at Keystone Pipeline Claims
by YES! online staff
The public comment period for the Keystone XL pipeline opened on Wednesday. This video is the comment from California-based climate group Movement Generation.
"So My Daughter Won't Have To": Why Kelly Sue DeConnick Fights to Make Women Welcome in Comics "So My Daughter Won't Have To": Why Kelly Sue DeConnick Fights to Make Women Welcome in Comics
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Kelly Sue DeConnick is a woman author working in the comic book industry, who's had successful titles in both mainstream and independent forms. In this Q&A, she talks about her feminism, creativity, and her love for old-school "exploitation" movies.
Growing Concern Over Japan's Dolphin Hunt Leads to Widespread Outcry Growing Concern Over Japan's Dolphin Hunt Leads to Widespread Outcry
by Andy Butter
The dolphin massacre depicted in the Oscar-winning film The Cove took place again this year. But the reaction to it shows a changing public mindset toward the rights of sea mammals.
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.
"We Shall Overcome": Democracy Now! Remembers Folk Icon Pete Seeger "We Shall Overcome": Democracy Now! Remembers Folk Icon Pete Seeger
Folksinger and lifelong activist Pete Seeger passed away on Jan. 27. He was a constant presence in the labor and antiwar movements, and an innovator in the use of music to create solidarity and social change. In this video, Democracy Now! commemorates Seeger's life and work.
Beyond Classic Disney: 5 Great Animated Kids' Films Without the Racial Stereotypes Beyond Classic Disney: 5 Great Animated Kids' Films Without the Racial Stereotypes
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Many of the Disney classics contain outdated images of racial and gender groups. Luckily, recent animated masterpieces provide alternatives without sacrificing anything in the way of imagination.
This Guy Turned a 2,000-Page Report on Climate Change into 19 Stunning Haikus This Guy Turned a 2,000-Page Report on Climate Change into 19 Stunning Haikus
by Anna Fahey
By stripping a technical report of its jargon and unfathomably large numbers, Gregory C. Johnson's haikus offer an arresting and informative entry point into climate science.
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