A preview of YES! Magazine’s Spring 2012 issue, 9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule, featuring Support Your Media Day and Wild Farming
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         February 2012 

In this newsletter, a preview of the new issue of YES!
We Can End Corporate Rule
9 Best Strategies to Put People Back in Charge

Corporate power is behind the politics of climate denial, Wall Street bailouts, union busting, and media consolidation, to name just a few. And policies advocated by the 1 percent are bankrupting the middle class. But real people have power, too.

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The People’s Media

AT&T spared no expense in 2011 when it sought government approval of its $39 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile. The merger would have created a duopoly, leaving AT&T and Verizon in control of nearly 80 percent of the wireless market.

AT&T would then have been able to set higher prices, at a cost to people on modest incomes who depend on their cell phones to connect with work, family, and the details of modern life.

Knowing there would be opposition to this deal, AT&T began doling out money in Washington, D.C. The company spent $16 million on lobbying during the first nine months of 2011 in its drive to pass the merger, dished out $2 million in campaign contributions to both Democratic and Republican members of Congress, and spent $40 million on advertisements promoting the deal.

So it wasn’t surprising to see many Wall Street analysts predict that the merger would sail to approval.

But the establishment was wrong. Despite AT&T’s massive political influence, the Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit in August to block the merger. Days before Thanksgiving, the FCC announced its opposition. By Christmas, the deal was dead.

How did a giant corporation like AT&T fail to win approval of its merger?


2/15: Support Your Media Day

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  Food and Farming  

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Farmers Go Wild
by Abby Quillen

Going beyond organic, a new generation of farmers is nurturing nature as well as crops.

Practitioners of wild farming, also called conservation-based agriculture, seek to reverse industrial agriculture’s devastating effects on wildlife by adopting farming methods that support nature. They envision a landscape where farms meld into the environment and mimic the natural processes that surround them … Most wild farmers employ organic practices, like nontoxic pest management, composting, and crop rotation, all of which encourage biodiversity.

However, farming with the wild goes a step beyond organic and looks at how farms can support nature and wildlife at the larger ecosystem or watershed level.


Photo from Farming With the Wild photo essay, photographs by Daniel Imhoff. photo icon Farming With the Wild

Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches

Author Daniel Imhoff’s 2003 photographic journey through rural areas of the United States provides a glimpse of how farms and ranches are integrating with wildlands—instead of destroying them.

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My Prices Are Not Too High: A Farmer Fires Back
by Shannon Hayes

Shannon Hayes: Why are my prices higher than those at the supermarket? Glad you asked.

2012: The Year of the Cooperative
by Jessica Reeder

How an old business model is finding new relevance all over the world.

Beyond the Bubble Economy
by David Korten

We’ve finally learned that a growing financial sector isn’t the same thing as actual economic improvement. So how can we stimulate the real economy?

Big News on Bank Transfers
by Brooke Jarvis

The Occupy effect? In the last 3 months, Americans switched banks at three times the normal rate.

  Did you miss…  

YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: Deb Richter: A Cure for Broken Health Care
The YES! Breakthrough 15: Meet the doctor who uprooted her life to bring universal health care to Vermont.

:: Alison Smith: Elections Money Can’t Buy
The YES! Breakthrough 15: How a quiet, stay-at-home mom became a clean-elections champion.

:: Corporate Rule Is Not Inevitable
7 signs the corporatocracy is losing its legitimacy ... and 7 populist tools to help shut it down.

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  Book Review 

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Heirloom skills for sustainable living.  

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  Web Picks  


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5 Acts of Creative Disruption
From mic checks in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to flash mobs at Target, expressing dissent has never been more colorful.

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