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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         June 2011 

more highlights from the summer 2011 issue of YES!

A Quieter Life Now..., Wendell Berry's article in the Beyond Prisons issue of YES! Magazine A Quieter Life Now

In an exchange of letters with a dear friend, Wendell Berry explains why his writing is only a small part of the movement against greed and waste.

YES! contributing editor Madhu Suri Prakash is a longtime friend of poet, essayist, novelist, activist, and farmer Wendell Berry. Inspired by changing attitudes among her college students, who were reading Berry, Madhu declared the Wendell Berry Era, and wrote to him, proposing that he write an open letter to President Obama calling for funding to establish new small farms. A correspondence ensued…

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Wendell Berry’s 17 Rules for Sustainable Communities. If the members of a local community want their community to cohere, to flourish, and to last, these are some things they would do…
Wendell Berry's 17 Rules for a Sustainable Community
  More from the Beyond Prisons Issue of YES! Magazine…  

Delancey Street resident Saul Valencia at work in the kitchen. Photo by Lane Hartwell. Recipes for Recovery

In San Francisco, Delancey Street, now celebrating its 40th year, has quietly built a model program that has kept thousands of addicts and ex-offenders from landing back in prison. It isn’t just a treatment program—it’s an all-hands-on-deck community that recognizes that everyone, even an addict or ex-convict, has a skill to offer others. At Delancey Street, you don’t just go through treatment; you are put to work helping those around you rebuild their lives.   

MORE ON THE PLACE WHERE EX-CONS SHOW EACH OTHER THE WAY OUT …
Instead of Prison
2.3 million people behind bars. How to stop wasting lives and money. Sarah van Gelder’s introduction to the Summer issue of YES! Magazine, “Beyond Prisons.”
Makeshift needle exchange in Vancouver, B.C. Photo by D.M. Gillis Why Punish Pain?
A hit of compassion could keep drugs from becoming a crime problem.
Warden photo by Sarah van Gelder Can Prison Be a Healing Place?
Why the warden of Hawaii’s only women’s prison creates a sanctuary for its residents.
Norm Stamper Drug Warrior No More Seattle’s ex-police chief, Norm Stamper, now fights to end the war on drugs.
  From the new issue of YES! Magazine…  
Signs of Life
Small Stories About Big Change
FVC founder Michael O'Gorman addresses a group of veterans in an organic tomato-growing operation during a training session in Ensenada, Mexico. Photo courtesy of FVC Photos. Farming Careers for Young Veterans
Soldiers returning to a bleak job market grow a new set of skills.
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Photo by Jeff Capeshop flickr.com/jeffcapeshop Preventing Sexual Assault
Freedom from harassment is part of a student’s right to an equal education.

American coal train. Photo by Doug Wertman flickr.com/nanoprobe67 Closing Down Coal Plants
Why shutting down 20 boilers nationwide could herald big changes for our energy future.
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Strolling of the Heifers is a yearly event that takes place in Vermont, celebrating the rooted and green Main Street economy. Photo by Strolling of the Heifers Photo from changetowinorg YouTube video 'Tax the Rich' photo from Nurses 'March for the Alternative' March 2011. Photo by Jason flickr.com//lewishamdreamer People enjoy a car-free afternoon in the Stephen Avenue pedestrian district in Calgary, Alberta. Photo by Marco Derksen

Slower Living for a Rooted Future
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
Vermont is leading the way toward agricultural and economic change. What we can learn from the “Slow Living Summit” about building sustainable futures everywhere.

How the Left and Right Can Unite
by David Korten
If we’d stop tearing each other apart, we might see an opportunity to win back our democracy from the rich and powerful.

“America Has the Wealth to End the Despair”
by Sarah Anderson, Marlee Blasenheim
Nurses come face-to-face with the fallout of the financial crisis every day. Now they’ve joined the worldwide movement for a tax that would curb financial speculation —and help fill public needs.

A Simple Idea to Transform the Life of Our Cities
by Jay Walljasper
Even a short stretch of car-free pavement empowers pedestrians to realize the road belongs to them, too.


:: 6 STEPS TO RECLAIM
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YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: Think Outside the Bars
How fixing a broken prison system can help build a new movement for justice.

:: The Old Economy’s Not Coming Back. So What’s Next?   
Meet the people and ideas on the cutting edge of the movement for a new economy.


:: Renouncing, Reclaiming, Rebuilding: The 3 Steps of Radical Homemaking  
Shannon Hayes on the process of replacing the “givens” of mainstream life with more resilient ways of living.


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Two Points for the Tea Party. Now What?
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Tea party photo by Anna GarciaWe can all agree that we’ve got deficit and spending problems. But where do we go from here?

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Complete Streets: It’s About More Than Bike Lanes
How a few simple changes have transformed streets in New York City.

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How Bellingham, Washington keeps it local.  

Jose Vargas Define American: Jose Antonio Vargas Tells His Story
Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas opens up about his life as an undocumented immigrant —and the “underground railroad” that made it possible.

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