More from YES! Magazine’s Winter 2012 issue, The YES! Breakthrough 15, featuring the final three of the 15 honorees, Deb Richter, Deepak Bhargava, and Alison Smith
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Deb Richter by Kurt Budliger
Deb Richter: A Cure for Broken Health Care

“She packed up and moved her life and family so she could push for the only health care solution that makes sense to us: single-payer health care.”—Madeline Ostrander

“I never felt like I had a choice about getting involved in this struggle… I couldn't stop and I never will.” Meet the doctor from Vermont who is fighting for equal access to healthcare for everyone.

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Deepak Bhargava: A Voice for the Grassroots Inside the Beltway

“Throughout history, social change—abolition, suffrage, civil rights, and worker rights—has depended on the work of millions of people. We are called today to build another such movement for a just society—and each and every person can make a unique and powerful contribution.” —Deepak Bhargava

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  Corporate Rule Is Not Inevitable  

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Alison Smith: Elections Money Can’t Buy



When Alison Smith was raising her kids in a small Connecticut town, a developer illegally drained the water from a large marsh adjoining her backyard. “Gradually it dawned on me that he’d broken the wetland regulations. I went to a town meeting and waited for someone to say something. Nobody did. So I voiced my opinions as best I could, red-faced, hesitant, and embarrassed. I found all these other people were thinking the same thing.”

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7 signs the corporatocracy is losing its legitimacy ... and 7 populist tools to help shut it down.
Some say corporations have such a strong grip on politicians and big media that it is impossible to challenge them, no matter how many of us there are. But Sarah van Gelder believes we can do it. There are actually a lot of tools at our disposal.
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How the Pipeline Died—And How to Bury It For Good
by Jamie Henn

The inside story: Grassroots strategies paid off for the climate movement in a big way.

Local Economies for a Global Future
by Jason F. McLennan

Yes, we need to relocalize—but that doesn’t mean we’re headed for provincialism. Anticipating our near-heavy, far-light future.

Occupy the Dream: MLK’s Legacy in the Age of Occupy

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. have made of the worldwide social movements of 2011?
A Jump Start for the Clean Economy
by Maria Gallucci

A little-known source of clean energy funding could prove a crucial job-creation engine in the states.


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YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: Lucas Benitez: Dignity in the Fields
The YES! Breakthrough 15: In the tomato fields of Florida, fighting for our most exploited farm workers.

:: Tim DeChristopher: Sacrifice for the Climate
The YES! Breakthrough 15: It’s a blessing to risk it all to stop climate change—even if it means jail time.

:: Dutch School Bus is a Bicycle Built for Ten
An eco-friendly bicycle bus harnesses the pedal power of kids.

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