New Economy

Frances Moore Lappé: Why I’m Facing Arrest to Get Money Out of Politics
by James Trimarco
On April 11, thousands of marchers with Democracy Spring will arrive in the nation’s capital. It’s expected to be the largest civil disobedience action in decades.
Why Teaming Up with Unions Might be the Best Way to Build the Co-Op Movement
by Brian Van Slyke
Growing numbers of unions are successfully turning to the cooperative model to fight for workers’ rights.
Call for Submissions: The Gig Economy
by YES! Staff
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. Shilton
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 Korten
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 Hachadourian
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 Ross
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 Heinberg
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 Gupta
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 Harrington
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 Nathanson
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 Shultz
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 Green
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 Rodriguez
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-Lew
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.