Call for Submissions: The Gig Economy
by YES! StaffMar 02, 2016
- Workers outside the traditional paycheck economy now constitute 30 percent of the workforce. The fall issue of YES! Magazine will look at what’s driving this new kind of economy, and how workers can help shift it into a better direction. Send us your pitches by March 25.
Craft Beer vs. Budweiser: How Small Brewers Are Winning Back the Neighborhood
by A.C. ShiltonMar 02, 2016
- Good beer comes from collaboration, not competition. By working together, small brewers everywhere are giving corporations a run for their money.
How A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil
by Fran KortenFeb 26, 2016
- A port commission vote against a proposed $1.2 billion oil refinery in a Washington town proves that the people still have a voice.
Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy In the Face of Gentrification
by Araz HachadourianFeb 24, 2016
- A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.
What Legalizing Street Vending Could Do for L.A.’s Local Economy
by Daniel RossFeb 23, 2016
- Los Angeles is one of few U.S. cities where street trade isn’t widely permitted. But for immigrants and low-income people, it’s often the only way to earn a living.
100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years
by Richard HeinbergFeb 22, 2016
- It will take at least three decades to completely leave behind fossil fuels. But we can do it. And the first step is to start with the easy stuff.
The Hidden, Very Good Reason for the $10 Oil Tax
by Arun GuptaFeb 18, 2016
- Doomed as it may be, an oil tax is a step toward redefining energy as a public good—for which everyone pays the cost of overuse and abuse.
The Economy We Want Starts With a Constitutional Amendment
by Keith HarringtonFeb 12, 2016
- A more democratic and equal election system is the first step toward a more democratic and equal economy.
Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program
by Rebecca NathansonFeb 05, 2016
- This neighborhood made gardens out of vacant lots to tackle gentrification and high youth unemployment.
The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity of TransCanada's $15B Suit Against the U.S.
by Jim ShultzFeb 03, 2016
- The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison GreenJan 28, 2016
- As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.
Why Young Latinos in Rural California Support Sanders
by Olivia RodriguezJan 25, 2016
- In California’s predominantly Spanish speaking Eastern Coachella Valley, younger Latinos are showing support for Sanders, upending the narrative that his appeal does not extend beyond white voters.
A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students
by Abigail Savitch-LewJan 25, 2016
- Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
Half of America’s Workforce Has No Retirement Plan—But Illinois Has a Fix
by Marcus Harrison GreenJan 22, 2016
- Economists see the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, designed for private-sector workers, as an innovative complement to Social Security.
Uber’s Immigrant Drivers Look Forward to Better Pay—and Bigger Voice
by Ana Sofia KnaufJan 08, 2016
- A union for Seattle Uber drivers means finally having the right to a two-way conversation with their multibillion-dollar employer.