For the Reverend Lee T. Wesley, whose Baton Rouge congregation helped shelter 500 displaced New Orleans residents, the flood washed up more than the detritus of a city. The receding waters revealed hard truths about poverty and racism.
No-bid contracts. “Opportunity” zones. Massive federal spending. Big decisions are being made about the Gulf region, but what do residents and evacuees want? YES! editor Sarah van Gelder asked Russell Henderson, a resident of New Orleans and a convener of the Rebuild Louisiana Coalition.
Lynne Ballew is at home in the sanctuary she created to serve homeless Alaskans
An indigenous woman invites us to learn how America’s rootless culture looks to a people who are “dream and land together”
Although Las Posadas is a beautiful ritual, the reality it addresses is a painful one: the reality of human need and exclusion.
In a culture that values independence above all, many are terrified of growing dependent on the care of others. What could bring dignity and even meaning to the frailty we may face at the ends of our lives?
These grandparents bring savvy and compassion to the task of raising another generation
It can happen in your town: Streetscapes blooming with wildflowers, industrial waterfronts transformed into parks, and creeks once again dancing with salmon. A green urban renaissance is growing
Sprawl overruns open space, jams up roads, degrades air quality, and leaves center cities without jobs and services. Policies that fight sprawl could bring new life to cities and suburbs, diversify our neighborhoods, and save the environment.
The tragedies of September 11 ushered in an era of fear in the United States. How could we mark this day in a way that would transform its legacy? With conversations about the meaning of patriotism, say librarians.