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Author Response to Spring 2012 Essay Winners Author Response to Spring 2012 Essay Winners
by Katherine Gustafson
Katherine Gustafson, author of YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With," responds to the winners of the Spring 2012 writing competition.
Dear Bank of America, We’re Not Leaving Our Homes Dear Bank of America, We’re Not Leaving Our Homes
by Amy B. Dean
The fight against unjust evictions just got fiercer as the national Occupy movement joins forces with community anti-foreclosure groups.
Street Credibility: Homeless Protesters Fight For Recognition Street Credibility: Homeless Protesters Fight For Recognition
by Claudia Rowe
Do corporations have an obligation to help the poor in their communities? These unconventional occupiers think so.
The Other Side of Gainful Unemployment The Other Side of Gainful Unemployment
by Shannon Hayes
The downsides of doing it all.
From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue
by Katherine Gustafson
Ten years ago, the residents of the crime-ridden neighborhood started planting gardens—and everything changed.
How to Build Green on a Budget How to Build Green on a Budget
by Jennifer Atlee
The challenge: build the greenest houses on earth—and make them affordable.
We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share
by Doug Pibel
Just 60 years ago, the average American had 291 square feet of living space. Now it’s close to 1,000 square feet. Have we changed our needs that much? Or just our wants?
Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green
by Doug Pibel
With 5 million houses in foreclosure, we are rediscovering that living sustainably includes living affordably.
North Carolina’s Fight for Marriage Equality Continues North Carolina’s Fight for Marriage Equality Continues
by Sue Sturgis
In the wake of North Carolina’s new amendment banning same-sex marriage, couples across the state are protesting by requesting marriage licenses.
Same-Sex Marriage Brings Healing to Me—and My Tribe Same-Sex Marriage Brings Healing to Me—and My Tribe
by Madeline Ostrander
Heather Purser set out to win gay marriage rights within the Suquamish Tribe and found herself on a personal journey toward self-acceptance.
How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet) How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet)
by Ella Jenkins
Photo Essay: Don’t think you know how to build your own house? Neither did 23-year-old Ella Jenkins before she picked up the tools and started.
6 Ideas for Sensible Homes 6 Ideas for Sensible Homes
Small, supportive, affordable, recycled—and you can build your own.
Is Owning or Renting Better For You? Is Owning or Renting Better For You?
by Dean Baker
How to know when it's smart to rent.
Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Advocate for Acceptance Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Advocate for Acceptance
by Shannan Stoll
Bringing personal warmth and serious scholarship to advocacy for marriage equality in Orthodox Judaism.
A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood
by Kathryn Clark
How have foreclosures transformed the layouts of Detroit, Las Vegas, and other cities? Artist Kathryn Clark’s mapped it—in quilts.
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