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Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools
by Sarah van Gelder
For decades the myth of failing public schools justified industrial-scale testing and a privatization agenda. Now radical educators are bursting the bubble test, getting culturally relevant, and restoring justice to the classroom.
Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment
by Fania Davis
As executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Fania Davis sees programs like hers as part of the way to end the school-to-prison pipeline.
My Year Without Porn: Some Surprising Lessons My Year Without Porn: Some Surprising Lessons
by Dan Mahle
Since I quit watching porn a year ago, I've become more present in the moment, more loving, and a better friend to the women in my life.
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.
This Couple's Marriage Healed the Planet and Cost Just $3K—Here's How They Did It This Couple's Marriage Healed the Planet and Cost Just $3K—Here's How They Did It
by Linnea M. Paton
Four ways to have an equitable, earth-loving, and awesome wedding.
How an American Lama Finds Joy in Turbulent Times How an American Lama Finds Joy in Turbulent Times
by Sarah van Gelder
Lama Tsomo is a Tibetan Buddhist lama, a former homesteader, and an heiress to a family fortune who lives a quiet life in the mountains of Montana. Now she is beginning to teach the practices and insights gained through years of solitary retreats and study.
"Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution "Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution
by Roman Krznaric
Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it.
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.
How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together) How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together)
by Roman Krznaric
The Empathy Library is a new digital archive where people can point to the books, movies, and other media that help us learn to understand one another.
"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.
Fresh and Fly: Denver Rapper Teaches Kids to Be Gardeners Not Gangstas Fresh and Fly: Denver Rapper Teaches Kids to Be Gardeners Not Gangstas
For Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita, HIP HOP is not just a form of music, it's a way of life—one he's using to teach kids about cultivating the earth and eating fresh veggies.
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