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How to Break Through Red-Blue Politics

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Issue 47
Fall 2008
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EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION: Politics That Break Through by Sarah van Gelder

New Visions
Solving today’s big problems will take more than a quick fix. These authors offer clarity about the roots of our problems and visions of a better way.
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Seeing Red, Feeling Blue: Dispatches from the Nation's Populist Uprising
The old red-blue political divide is breaking down as Americans look for answers to economic pain and global insecurity. Stories of a home-grown populist uprising.
By David Sirota

:: JUST THE FACTS:
How the Middle Class Got Stuck
spacer We Are Hard-Wired to Care
We’re taught that ruthless competition and fear are the natural state of humanity. New science shows we evolved to cooperate, and that opens up possibilities for a whole new way of doing politics.
By David Korten
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A New Agenda
Americans want many of the same things. One of these days, politicians will have to get out of the way and let us have them.
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Our Own Agenda. YES! Magazine Graphic10 Policies for a Better America
A YES! take on what Americans want.
By Sarah van Gelder

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Health Care for All
Doctors, business owners, and others want national health insurance—and are prepared to do what it takes to get it.
By Daina Saib

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Housing trusts offer affordable housing immune to speculation and loan sharks.
By Dan Fireside

Jobs You Can Count On
Tired of dead-end jobs, low-wage workers start co-op businesses.
By Layla Aslani

What’s Good for Families
Living wages mean working parents can support their kids. Time off means they can raise them.
By Nanette Fondas


Reaching Out
Stories of people with the courage to reach out to people who are different, to overcome stereotypes, and to create authentic community.
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Why My Dad's Going Green
A farmer’s daughter learns that her once-conservative dad is turning into a tree-hugger.
By Kate Sheppard

Immigrants & American-Born
Hundreds gathered across the U.S. to grapple with the human side of immigration.
By Pramila Jayapal
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Equality Rides: Gay & Straight Talk
LGBT youth take a road trip to conservative Christian campuses.
By Noah Grant
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Churches & Social Justice
Christian conservatives put aside hot-button issues to focus on poverty, global warming, and peace.
By Valerie Saturen

Breaking Open
Humor, story-telling, and the arts—taking you into unexpected spaces where business-as-usual breaks open into new possibilities.
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Great Correction
Folksinger Eliza Gilkyson, offers hope in her new CD, Beautiful World.
By Eliza Gilkyson

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Smart ways to make change together.
By Layla Aslani & Noah Grant

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Fair and accurate news offers a basis for reality-based debates. But how do we tell if it’s fair?

Features
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Battle in Seattle imageThe Battle in Seattle: The Film
What actually happened when protesters shut down the WTO meeting is Seattle? The corporate media has one story. Activists have a very different story. Now director Stuart Townsend is weighing in: “The Battle in Seattle” opens soon, but how real is it?
David Solnit
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spacer Sara MilesHow to Solve the Food Crisis: Welcoming Strangers to the Table
Feeding the hungry. This simple act turned out to be both revolutionary and controversial for Sara Miles, a lesbian who had just converted to Christianity.
An interview by Madeline Ostrander


Departments
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

COMMENTARY
:: Food from the Grassroots
By Raj Patel
YES! video iconAmy Goodman interviews Raj Patel

SIGNS OF LIFE
:: Thousand Oppose War with Iran
:: First Nations Land Rights
:: Bottled Water & Big Floods
:: More Home Grown Food
:: Climate Activists Set 350 ppm Target
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PEOPLE WE LOVE
:: Hari Kondabolu
:: Erica Wheeler
:: Eloisa Tamez
:: Bill Moyer
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UPDATE :: YES! STORIES REVISITED
:: Free the Children
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QUOTE PAGE:
Ernest Hello
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READERS FORUM

FROM THE PUBLISHER
YES! Takes on the News
By Fran Korten

THE PAGE THAT COUNTS

YES! BUT HOW?

CARTOON CAPTION

NETWORK NEWS

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IN REVIEW
:: The Urban Homestead
:: The Northwest Green Home Primer
:: Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea
:: Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime

YES! MUSIC PICKS
:: Jakob Dylan: Seeing Things
:: Paul Galbraith Plays Haydn
:: Peter Buffett: Staring at the Sun
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YES! FILM PICKS
:: Ahmed and the Return of the Arab Phoenix
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