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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.
West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects
by Erin L. McCoy
Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby—not just those who work in the mines.
Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government
by Laura Carlsen
The Zapatistas are still running their own schools and hospitals, raising new generations, and carrying on a dialogue with the outside world that has enriched both sides.
Can the Stuck-in-Place Economy Help Us Face Climate Change? Can the Stuck-in-Place Economy Help Us Face Climate Change?
by Madeline Ostrander
New studies show that people with deep roots in the place where they live are better equipped to handle upheavals of the type that come with climate change.
Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost? Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost?
by Jake Blumgart
The city is home to more than 40,000 vacant properties. Now neighborhoods are hoping a new public entity can help them bounce back from the post-industrial blues.
6 Habits of Highly Grateful People 6 Habits of Highly Grateful People
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Wearing yourself down with worry? It’s time to thank outside the box.
After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence
by Christa Hillstrom
As India honors the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that rocked the nation, YES! talks with Sister Lucy Kurien—whose life was changed forever when she saw a young woman set on fire.
Tiny House Village to Shelter the Homeless in Texas Tiny House Village to Shelter the Homeless in Texas
by Kelly McCartney
The project, which is set to break ground next year, will include places for residents to live, garden, worship, and work.
How To Eat Like Our Lives Depend On It: Rediscovering the Many Joys of Food How To Eat Like Our Lives Depend On It: Rediscovering the Many Joys of Food
by Sarah van Gelder
It's time to reclaim the well-being and exuberance that is part of healthy food culture.
Dryhootch: A Milwaukee Coffeeshop Where Vets Help Vets Survive—At Home Dryhootch: A Milwaukee Coffeeshop Where Vets Help Vets Survive—At Home
by Ricardo Torres
Returning vets often struggle with relationships, housing, PTSD, and more. Dryhootch founders say the best mentors for people returning from our latest wars are other vets who have been through it before.
An Unexpected Paradise on Haiti's South Coast An Unexpected Paradise on Haiti's South Coast
by YES! online staff
These filmmakers toured Haiti's rural south in a pickup truck for 10 days. The footage they created shows a side of Haitian life most have never seen.
Can Eminent Domain Be Used to Avert a Foreclosure Mess? This California City Thinks So Can Eminent Domain Be Used to Avert a Foreclosure Mess? This California City Thinks So
by Mark Andrew Boyer
Governments usually use eminent domain powers to displace people. But one hardscrabble Bay Area city is going to the mat to do just the opposite—stabilize its economy and keep residents where they are.
The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers
by Sven Eberlein
Glamorized consumer culture has serious side effects—and to help people in remote Indian villages understand this, one filmmaker brought them to the West. Here’s what they thought of the dark side of Western lifestyles.
Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods
by Jay Walljasper
To transform economically and socially depressed areas into healthy, vibrant communities, we have to focus on their strengths and trust residents to solve their own problems.
Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood
by Jay Walljasper
Starting the process of change in a place you know well makes it more doable and fun.
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