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Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Let’s Take a Stand for Domestic Workers Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Let’s Take a Stand for Domestic Workers
by Tiffany Williams
150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, it's time to recognize domestic labor as real work that should be protected.
The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt? The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt?
by Fabien Tepper
Thomas Gokey is one of the creators of Occupy’s Rolling Jubilee, which is preparing to purchase and cancel $9 million of ordinary people’s medical debt. Here, he speaks about the project’s origins, methods, and future.
20 Machines for a DIY Civilization 20 Machines for a DIY Civilization
Video: Open Source Ecology has released free plans for building tractors, brick compressors, and other essential machines. Why pay more for stuff that's designed to fall apart?
Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization
by Olivia Rosane
Back in September, YES! covered the efforts of immigrant workers at New York City’s Hot and Crusty Bakery to form a union. After a series of twists and turns that tested the workers’ persistence, the shop is now set to open in December with a fully unionized workforce.
Walmart’s Summer of Discontent Explodes in Black Friday Strikes Walmart’s Summer of Discontent Explodes in Black Friday Strikes
by Cecilia Garza
Over the past year a diverse coalition of groups representing Walmart workers have broken decades of silence and united to confront the company. Now, organizers expect more than 1,000 strikes on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Alta Gracia Clothing Factory Shows New Pathways in Fair Trade Alta Gracia Clothing Factory Shows New Pathways in Fair Trade
by Peter Dreier
For years, student activists pressured their schools to partner with the Workers Rights Consortium to make sure their college gear was sweatshop-free. Now, they have another choice: a fair-trade clothing manufacturer called Alta Gracia.
For Some Debtors, “Coming Out” Is First Step Toward Resistance For Some Debtors, “Coming Out” Is First Step Toward Resistance
by Chris Kasper
Chris Kasper hadn’t realized how much shame he felt for being in debt until he stood up in public and spoke about it. As much of Occupy’s energy flows into debt resistance, more people are doing the same.
At Oakland’s Abandoned Army Base, a Jobs Plan Brings Hope to Locals At Oakland’s Abandoned Army Base, a Jobs Plan Brings Hope to Locals
by Mark Andrew Boyer
A new $1 billion plan to turn a vacant base into a shipping and logistics center will create thousands of jobs for the Oakland residents who need them most.
Photo Essay: Portraits of Americans at Work Photo Essay: Portraits of Americans at Work
by Caleb Ferguson
Photographer Caleb Ferguson goes cross-country to document the diversity of the American workforce.
Meet the Crawfish-Peeling Guestworkers Who Inspired Walmart Walkouts Meet the Crawfish-Peeling Guestworkers Who Inspired Walmart Walkouts
by Cecilia Garza
How a few courageous workers in small-town Louisiana sparked nationwide actions demanding better wages and working conditions for those who pick, pack, stock, and sell the mega-retailer’s products.
A Healthy (and Profitable) Oasis in Philly’s Food Deserts A Healthy (and Profitable) Oasis in Philly’s Food Deserts
by Sarah Treuhaft
The story of this seemingly ordinary chain of grocery stores suggests that collaboration with the community may be the key to success for businesses in struggling neighborhoods.
Less Brand, More Tactic: Labor Win’s Lessons for Occupy Less Brand, More Tactic: Labor Win’s Lessons for Occupy
by Olivia Rosane
A group of immigrant workers in Manhattan won a union for themselves, partly through collaboration with Occupy Wall Street. Their story suggests a collaborative path forward for the movement.
Video: Looking Poverty in the Eyes Video: Looking Poverty in the Eyes
The Line—the place people on the bottom are trying to get to and the people on the top are trying to stay above.
Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy
by James Gustave Speth
What single change stands to give Americans more free time, healthier ecosystems, and more meaningful jobs?
A Small Business Boost from ... Regulations? A Small Business Boost from ... Regulations?
by Brooke Jarvis
Do regulations really hurt small businesses? Or do businesses thrive when local residents can afford their services, and a good quality of life attracts skilled workers?
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