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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         July 2011 

Four pictures from outreach programs that help prisoners cope and prepare for life after incarceration. Photos from various sources within article

What the Outside Can Do for the Inside

Family, community, and the world of ideas help prisoners cope and prepare for life after incarceration. Eight outreach programs that make a difference.

Barrios Unidos Working for Unity
Barrios Unidos works to curtail gang violence on the city streets of California by sponsoring cultural and spiritual programs in the state’s prisons. “A lot of these folks are our relatives,” says founder Daniel “Nane” Alejándrez, a veteran activist who has worked to forge truces among youth and prison gangs. “We are not the enemy against each other. We need to get these guys to think in a different way.”

The organization is based in Santa Cruz County but runs economic development programs in several other areas.

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David Korten introduces a landmark new report, “How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule.”

How to Liberate America

The dominant story of the current political debate is that the government is broke. We can’t afford to pay for public services, put people to work, or service the public debt. Yet as a nation, we are awash in money. A defective system of money, banking, and finance just puts it in the wrong places.

Raising taxes on the rich and implementing financial reforms are essential elements of the solution to our seemingly intractable fiscal and economic crisis. Yet proposals currently on the table fall far short of the need.

A newly released report of the New Economy Working Group, coordinated by the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, goes beyond the current debate to call for a deep restructuring of the institutions to which we as a society give the power to create and allocate money.

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  People We Love  

Mahlon Mitchell Maria Aguinda Bert Sacks Caressa Cameron

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A Wisconsin firefighter protests for collective bargaining.

Maria Aguinda
Maria led indigenous Ecuadorians against oil giant Chevron to fight for the life of the rainforest—and its people.


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Bert Sacks
A peace activist defies sanctions to save lives.
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Miss America raises awareness about HIV.
  Life is What You Make It  

Fran Korten THE YES! INTERVIEW:
“I’d Rather Have a Life than a Pile of Money”

by Fran Korten


Portrait of Peter Buffet
Peter Buffett, son of famed billionaire Warren Buffett, talked with YES! Magazine Publisher Fran Korten, about his new book Life is What You Make It and the choice points of his life.

Fran Korten: As the son of a multi-billionaire, isn’t it a bit audacious to write a book advising others on how to live their lives? What gave you the courage to write this book?

Peter Buffett: Yeah, when you see my last name and my book title, “Life is What You Make It,” you’re probably thinking, “easy for you to say.” But that’s why I wrote it. People would say to me “You're so normal,” and I thought, “Why is that?” I grew up in a household that, at its core, was about egalitarianism, humanitarianism. I didn’t think there was any reason to feel entitled or special.

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The Ruins of Detroit. Photo by Trey Campbell flickr.com/treycampbell An Italian protester in favor of keeping water ownership public. Photo courtesy Daniel Moss Whose Civil Rights are Next? Photo by Tantek Celik flickr.com/tantek Tim deChristopher. Photo by Daphne Hougard

Detroit: A New American Frontier
For those seeking out an alternative vision of urban success, with new and innovative ideas about what the city of tomorrow should be, Detroit may offer the ultimate arena.

Arrivederci, Water Profiteers
Why 96 percent of Italian voters rejected their government’s push for water privatization.

Every Great Social Movement
David Korten: “The biggest shifts of our time have been sparked by ordinary people rejecting the cultural stories that dominated them.”

The Courage to Stop Pretending: Tim DeChristopher Sentenced
Can going to jail be a happier choice than turning a blind eye to climate injustice?


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What happens when one member of a couple wants to live a new kind of life—but the other doesn’t?


:: Restoring Lives: Now That’s Justice  
Forty years since prison, Patrice Gaines still fights to get free.


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