A preview of the Spring 2013 issue of YES! Magazine including Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us and From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         February 2013 

In this newsletter, a preview of the new issue of YES!
How Cooperatives are Driving the New Economy

Cooperatives have a 200-year history of helping people get through hard times. And now they’re on the rise again, partly as a response to the economic meltdown, but also because they’re a way of doing business that respects workers, consumers, and the environment. This issue of YES! looks at co-ops that are helping build an economy that nurtures rather than destroys.

Cover of the Spring 2013 issue of YES!

Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us
by Sarah van Gelder

Idle No More Group photo by Marcel Petit When a new law paved the way for tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel development on native lands, four women swore to be “idle no more.” The idea took off.

The four founders of Idle No More didn’t start out famous. Until flash-mob round dances, prayer circles, and blockades spread across Canada, few people knew Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean, and Nina Wilson.

But today, Idle No More is emerging as a powerful movement for the rights of native peoples to protect the lands and waters. YES! Magazine Executive Editor Sarah van Gelder spoke with two of the founders.


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  Also from the Cooperative Economy issue of YES! Magazine …  

Beneath mainstream culture runs a current of domination, individualism, and exclusion that is harming our children. We assume this is normal—but is it really?

Flower by Lesley ShowFrom the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence
by Poka Laenui

In response to tragic events like the shootings at Sandy Hook, we need to be far more broadly focused than on more treatment for mental illness.

U.S. society tends to deal with violence by treating it as an individual occurrence. All that matters is believing that we’re different. Instead, the very deep culture itself must be replaced with one of life and health.


  People We Love  

David Feld portrait
Leia Lewis Henderson portrait
Somaly Mam portrait
Asa Needle portrait

Designing nonviolent ways for humans and animals to live in harmony—in the city.
Nurturing African-American culture through gardening.
Cambodian sex trafficking survivor Somaly Mam rescues girls from brothels—and offers them a new life.
Leading teenagers in the cleanup of their hometown, Worcester, Mass.


  What’s New Online  

Rosa Parks stamp Blower door test. Photo by MACED.
HayesGenerations Photo by Andrew Malone.
Mexican farm workers in Texas by MRader.

Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights
by Grace Lee Boggs

On Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, she’s broadly celebrated and even has a stamp bearing her image. But her radical life story is too often left untold.
What’s Cheaper than Solar, Slashes Carbon Emissions, and Creates Jobs in Kentucky?
by Erin L. McCoy

Energy-efficient homes save homeowners money, but they often procrastinate on improvements. When energy companies in Kansas and Kentucky sweetened the deal, the results brought good news for homeowners, contractors, and for the planet.
4 Lessons for Growing a Family Farm Across Generations
by Shannon Hayes

Breaking our families into nuclear units has an ecological and emotional cost. Could the multigenerational farm remind us where to turn for a viable future?
Care about Your Food? Then Care about Your Farmworkers Too
by Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

It’s organic. It’s local. But did the workers who picked it have health insurance?

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:: Students to Colleges: Take Our Money Out of Dirty Energy
A divestment campaign led by students is changing the national conversation about energy, creating a market for sustainable stocks, and linking up students with communities facing off against the fossil fuel industry.

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  What Would Nature Do?  

Permaculture Chickens photo by Paul DunnBackyard Permaculture: A 12-Step Program
by Doug Pibel

Author Peter Bane grew more than 150 species on less than 2,000 square feet. Here are 12 tips to get you there.

  New Economy  

Radical Investing. Photo by Chuck Burgess.Radical Investing: 4 Ways to Live on a Tight Budget
by Shannon Hayes

“We have a lovely home, we eat well, we have lots of fun, we’re warm, and we don’t worry about how we’ll keep the lights on.” Shannon Hayes on how she has managed to live a fulfilled and happy life without going broke.

  Web Picks  


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What’s Stephen Colbert’s Solution to Climate Change?

Stephen Colbert gets a lot of laughs out of climate change—at the expense of pundits who seem to have decided that solving the problem is just too much work.

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