Affordable, communal housing including How I Learned to Love My Hometown, and How to Save Bats in Your Own Backyard
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         July 2012 
Still image from The Story of Change

The Story of Change

Every day, we’re bombarded with simple things we can buy or do to save the planet, without going out of our way or breaking a sweat.

But our real power is not in choosing from items on a limited menu; it is in determining what gets on that menu.

Put down your credit card and start exercising your citizen muscles with this new film from the people who brought you the Story of Stuff.


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  A Personal Story of Home and Community  

A sense of history and community tugged at the heart of Mindy Fullilove and pulled her back to the Jersey home she’d forsaken.

Apex Photo by Cameron KarstenHow I Learned to Love My Hometown
by Mindy Fullilove

I didn’t think we had a hometown. I shut off the lights and closed the wide barn doors.

“Once upon a midnight dreary,” Jenn said softly, “while I pondered weak and weary...”

Guests, ranging in age from 8 months to 89 years, sat in rows on old couches and folding chairs. They leaned in close to hear my best friend recite “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. She’d memorized all 18 stanzas for her performance in “The Molly Rose Show,” an annual talent show and birthday party that I hosted in the barn behind my mother and stepfather’s house in Englewood, N.J. Over the years, acts have included readings from a childhood diary, hip-hop dancing, and a ventriloquist act with a baby dressed as the dummy.

“The Molly Rose Show” came to an abrupt end when my mom and stepdad’s divorce forced them to sell the house in 2009. I tried to keep the tradition going, but I gave up when I couldn’t find a venue with the magic of the barn.


  YES But How?  
Bat Feeder

How to Save Bats in Your Own Backyard
Bats are mammals, shy creatures of the night, and fascinating to watch. They’re also endangered by loss of habitat, disease, and pesticide poisoning. You can help by providing protection.

  1. Build a Home. Bats like warm, dry, tight spaces.
  2. Watch Your Water. Bats need drinking water and are attracted by ponds and birdbaths.
  3. Plant a Night Garden. Plant afternoon-blooming or night-scented flowers.
  4. Adopt a Bat. This is the year of the bat.


These articles come from the Summer Issue of YES! Magazine.


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Homes, the Summer 2012 issue of YES! Magazine

  Affordable, Communal Housing  

Feeling a need for community? Cohousing can provide affordable space and neighbors to share it with.

Apex Photo by Cameron KarstenLife Is Easier With Friends Next Door
by Sven Eberlein

The yearning to live in community is not a new one. Human beings evolved sharing common space, resources, and neighborly support, not only for physical survival but also for a sense of belonging and togetherness.

But modern society values autonomy, often at the cost of the social connection offered by traditional communities. Cohousing, an idea that originated in Denmark in the 1960s, has been increasingly filling the gap.


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Helen Keller portrait
Prayer photo by Vini Serafim
Growing Euros by Images of Money
License plate map photo by Whirling Phoenix

The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller
by Peter Dreier

Here’s what they don’t teach: When the blind-deaf visionary learned that poor people were more likely to be blind than others, she set off on a path that broke the boundaries of her time.
How the Student Loans Debate Got Religion
by Christa Hillstrom

There’s a biblical precedent for forgiveness—of debt. Why churches are standing by students on one of the Bible’s most surprising social principles.
Growing Beyond Growth for True Democracy
by J.A. Myerson

When democracy is not determined by economic power, it is possible to imagine alternatives to “growth” and “austerity.”
States Close in On Citizens United: California, Montana, and Beyond
by John Bonifaz

California just became the biggest state yet to join the movement for a constitutional amendment.

  Did you miss…  

YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

::How to Build a Bike Train
Forty years ago, almost half of American kids biked to school. A smart idea for getting kids pedaling again.

::Foreclosure Aftermath: What We Leave Behind
Our homes tell the story of where we come from and who we are. What happens when we lose them?

::How I Found Bliss in a Creaky Old Rental
Corbyn Hightower and her family moved from affluence to poverty—and into a “funky, junky” house that’s been the happiest move of their lives.

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Fixing the Future. A special theatrical event. July 18 or 19. Check local listings.
Fixing the Future Screenings

YES! Magazine is excited to be a national partner for the theatrical release of FIXING THE FUTURE. Screenings are taking place across the country on July 18th & 19th, followed by an onscreen panel discussion with Bill McKibben, Majora Carter, Mike Brady, and David Brancaccio. Look for YES! staff at local events in Seattle and Bainbridge.

  Book Review  

Interfaith Amigos, photo by Mark Reden
A Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam Walk Into a Book ...

In “Religion Gone Astray,” three leaders—and friends—from different religions take on violence, exclusivity, gender inequality, and homophobia in some of their scriptures' most controversial verses. What they discovered surprised them.

  Web Picks  
The Big Fix Movie clip

Inside America's Worst Toxic Waste Cover-Up
The Big Fix exposes BP's efforts to minimize awareness of North America's biggest oil spill.

Music picks for Summer
YES! Music for Summer
Musical inspiration while putting out this issue: Listen to tracks from New Multitudes, Family, and In the Time of Gods.

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