Introducing YES! Magazine’s Winter 2012 issue, The YES! Breakthrough 15, featuring four of the 15 honorees, Will Allen, Grace Boggs, Ai-jen Poo, and Wes Jackson
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         December 2011 


The “YES! Breakthrough 15” issue

The YES! Breakthrough 15, the Winter 2012 issue of YES! Magazine
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We live in a moment when it is hard to have faith in the power of an individual, unless that individual has money, or celebrity, or both. The New York Times Magazine reports that it’s so hard for citizen groups to bend the ears of federal politicians they sometimes enlist the help of the glamorous—Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, George Clooney—just so they can get a meeting. Ordinary Americans have rarely felt more powerless.

But thousands of people all over the United States are responding to crises at every level—by organizing and innovating at Occupy sites; in Washington, D.C., state capitols, and city halls; health clinics, schools, and neighborhoods. This issue is dedicated to the 99 percent and to people who aren’t looking for leadership from those with entrenched wealth and influence. We’re marking our 15th anniversary by turning our attention to 15 individuals who are creating solutions and movements that answer the economic, environmental, and political challenges our country faces. We have named them the YES! Breakthrough 15—a group of people who are shattering our sense of powerlessness.

In this issue, you will read stories of individuals tackling climate change, building renewable energy and creating jobs in some of the poorest communities in the country, setting up real universal health care, pushing money out of politics, and creating art and activism that revive neighborhoods broken by economic hardship. We offer you their stories as an invitation—to break through cynicism and prove that ordinary people have real power.

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  Introducing the YES! Breakthrough 15 …  

Over the next several weeks, we’ll highlight each of the 15 honorees. Meet four of them now.


Will Allen by Pete Amland Will Allen: Growing Justice in Food Deserts
Creating access to affordable fresh food in low-income neighborhoods.

Grace Boggs photo by Garrett MacLean Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City
A decades-long revolution to rekindle the soul of urban neighborhoods.


Wes Jackson photo by Dennis Dimmick Wes Jackson: A Perennial Revolution in Agriculture
Revolutionizing agriculture with crops that grow like a prairie.

Ai-jen Poo Ai-jen Poo: Organizing Labor—With Love
Battling for those on the economic bottom rung—domestic workers.

  Looking ahead to Spring…  

  Wall Street Sign photo by Alex E. Proimos
 
We the People vs. Wall Street
We started planning an issue on corporate power last summer. At the time, many were coming to see that solutions to nearly every concern—from climate change to mass foreclosures, from the health care crisis to joblessness—are stymied by the outsized power of corporations. But what could ordinary people do when faced with gigantic corporations and government officials who all too often act at their behest?

The YES! Magazine editors are planning a new issue focused on practical ways to counter the power of corporations and Wall Street. Can you help?
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American people want jobs by Sasha Kimel US Congress building by Jessie Owen Time Bank, photo by MML Corporate personhood sign at Occupy Seattle, photo by HollyWata

7 Ways to Support the Real Job Creator: Main Street
by John Cavanagh

Turns out most job creation comes from the 99 percent, not the one percent.

In Defense of Diplomacy
by Stephen Zunes

New legislation would make all diplomatic contact with Iran illegal. Stephen Zunes explains why we need to keep the lines of communication open.

Time Banking: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
by Edgar Cahn

Why let the availability of money determine the range of the possible? Time banks are taking off, in ways you never expected.

L.A. and Occupy L.A. Agree: It's Time to End Corporate Personhood
by Brooke Jarvis

What’s the issue that unites the occupiers and the city they’re occupying? Getting corporate money out of politics.


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by Fran Korten

I longed for simpler surroundings. So I made a resolution: Each week I would move more stuff out of the house than came in.
  

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Shannon Hayes at home Farmers, Foodies, Radical Homemakers: Time to Occupy Wall Street
by Shannon Hayes

“I’m usually content to live a life of protest, but the time has come to take my protest to the street.”  


Occupy Together photo by Brett Casper This Changes Everything: How the 99% Woke Up
by Sarah van Gelder

Introducing the movement that’s shifting our vision of what kind of world is possible—from the new book, This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement.  


Day of action by Brennan Cavanaugh Occupy Wall Street, Beyond Encampments
by Luis Moreno-Caballud

As winter arrives and police crack down, how can occupiers keep their movement alive—and help it grow? Veteran activists share lessons from Spain’s Indignados.  

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