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NEW ECONOMY

A fair economy that works for people and the planet.

What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate
by Katrina Rabeler
Marie Hogan confronted Hershey’s about using children in its supply chain because she cares about other kids, fairness—and candy. Here’s what we can learn from her.
What’s Fairer than Fair Trade? Try Direct Trade With Cocoa Farmers What’s Fairer than Fair Trade? Try Direct Trade With Cocoa Farmers
by Kristy Leissle
Fair trade is good, but it still leaves cocoa growers in poverty. Here’s how to do better.
Welcome to Commonomics: How to Build Local Economies Strong Enough for Everyone
by Laura Flanders
In our new series, YES! Magazine investigates what it will take to strengthen our local economies for the benefit of all.
Brand New From Annie Leonard: The Story of Solutions Brand New From Annie Leonard: The Story of Solutions
by Annie Leonard
The final film in the “Story of Stuff” series asks, What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better—better health, better jobs, and a better chance to survive on the planet?
White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers
by Christa Hillstrom
The Obama administration makes good on its promise to give direct care workers the same rights as nearly everyone else—and to top it all off, California follows suit.
Less than 2 Percent of Carpenters Are Women—Meet the Master Builder Working to Change That Less than 2 Percent of Carpenters Are Women—Meet the Master Builder Working to Change That
by Erika Lundahl
Maria Klemperer-Johnson is getting women ready for a growing and high-paying field by teaching them to build eco-friendly tiny homes.
Three Things Activists in the Office Can Learn from the Street Three Things Activists in the Office Can Learn from the Street
by Liam Barrington-Bush
Organizations working for social justice can become living examples of the world they're working to create, but only if they're willing to take the lessons of social movements to heart.
Bitcoin's Growing Influence: How Peer-to-Peer Currencies Are Taking Off Bitcoin's Growing Influence: How Peer-to-Peer Currencies Are Taking Off
by YES! online staff
The decentralization and bank-free nature of this digital currency is enjoying wider acceptance. Meanwhile, governments are beginning to borrow from its ideas.
Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists
by Christa Hillstrom
Lured from Mexico into forced labor at an American factory, Flor Molina’s human trafficking story was typical. What’s remarkable is what she did next.
For Safer Factories, CEOs Are Listening to Workers on the Frontlines For Safer Factories, CEOs Are Listening to Workers on the Frontlines
by Samir Goswami
The future of corporate responsibility means hearing firsthand from factory workers about their conditions.
The TPP Is Another Job Killing Trade Deal—So Why Are Both Parties Supporting It? The TPP Is Another Job Killing Trade Deal—So Why Are Both Parties Supporting It?
by Natalie Pompilio
Factory owners in the United States say that the Trans-Pacific Partnership—which is being negotiated this week in Brunei—will force them to lay off workers. Yet opponents in Washington are few and far between.
Mountain Grown: Appalachia's New Local Food Economy Mountain Grown: Appalachia's New Local Food Economy
by Erin L. McCoy
Hungry for okra, collards, and trout? In Appalachia, you can now get all your soul food cravings from local farmers.
Putting Workers on TV: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Bringing Labor to Prime Time Putting Workers on TV: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Bringing Labor to Prime Time
by Amy B. Dean
While the days when every city paper had a labor beat may be gone, Hayes is finding new ways to get the issues facing workers into the national conversation.
Co-Op Academy Teaches Workers to Build Green and Cooperative Businesses Co-Op Academy Teaches Workers to Build Green and Cooperative Businesses
GRITtv's Laura Flanders speaks with the founder of the program and takes you inside one of its classes.
No Time for Volunteering? 4 Policies that Can Help No Time for Volunteering? 4 Policies that Can Help
by Jay Walljasper
To truly encourage widespread volunteerism, we’d need to make sure that everyone (not just the well-to-do) have the time to do it.
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