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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         May 2011 


In this newsletter, a preview of the new issue of YES!
Beyond Prisons
How to Stop Wasting Lives and Money


The United States locks up more people than any other country, but that hasn’t made us safer. The drug war jails thousands of nonviolent addicts. Taxpayers and poor communities lose as states slash social programs to pay for prisons. There’s a better way—compassion, not punishment; restoration, not isolation. It’s less costly, more humane—and it works.

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Marietta Jaeger-Lane with her daughter, Susie. Susie’s Story

The Night I Forgave My Daughter’s Killer

We hoped this would be a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation—camping for a whole month in Montana. One night, at our first stop, our 7-year-old daughter Susie was kidnapped out of our tent.

My husband and dad drove to the next town and returned with the sheriff. A massive investigation ensued, while all we could do was to sit at the picnic table and watch, wait, and worry.

That was the day that I got in touch with my rage. That night, getting ready for bed, I said to my husband, “Even if the kidnapper were to bring Susie back, alive and well, I could kill him with my bare hands and a smile on my face.”

I knew the kidnapper could be liable for the death penalty, and I wanted him to hang high. However, I had always tried to live my faith with integrity, and my conscience was calling me to forgive my enemy. I realized if I gave myself to that desire for revenge, it would obsess and consume me. So, I promised to cooperate with whatever could move my heart from fury to forgiveness. One year to the minute after the kidnapper had taken Susie, he called me at my home in Michigan…

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The Locked Gate
Standing Up for My Brother on Death Row

Martina Davis-Correia with brother, Troy. Photo courtesy of Martina Davis-Correia. My brother and I don’t always agree, but I know he’s innocent, and I’ll never walk out on him again.

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Fran Korten THE YES! INTERVIEW:
Obama’s Sister: What Our Mother Taught Us

by Fran Korten


Maya Soetoro-Ng with brother Barack and mother Ann. Photo courtesy of Maya Soetoro-Ng
In 1984, YES! Publisher Fran Korten worked alongside Barack Obama’s mother, Ann Soetoro, at the Ford Foundation’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ann’s daughter, Maya, who was 14 at the time, attended the Jakarta International School with Fran’s daughters, Alicia and Diana.

Maya was recently in Seattle preparing for the launch of her new children’s book, Ladder to the Moon, and Fran talked with her for the first time in 27 years, about the book, her life, and her reflections on her mother and her famous brother.

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In Amsterdam, policies like public land ownership and district governments mean the public has more say in building projects. Photo by Jacob Johan. Photo by schoCreative Woman reading in library. Photo by Simply Shutterbug. flickr.com/simplyshutterbug In Brooklyn, a rooftop vegetable garden overlooks the Manhattan skyline. Photo by Evan Long

Building the Just City
Beyond growth: How to build cities that make life richer for the people who live there.

A Chance to Change the World
For advice about life after graduation, students at Worcester Poly wanted to hear from peak oil scholar Richard Heinberg instead of Exxon’s CEO. Here’s what he told them.

The Public Library Manifesto
Why libraries matter, and how we can save them.

Living Buildings, Living Economies, and a Living Future
David Korten: What we can learn from two of the most exciting emerging movements of our time.

  Looking ahead to the Fall…  

  Building a roof. Photo by grongar. flickr.com/photos/grongar/4965887102
 
How Can We Solve the Jobs Crisis?

Targeting workers, the unemployed, and public services won’t do it. Help us find the solutions that will.

Our editorial team is already looking ahead to issue #59 of YES!, on the Jobs Crisis.

Yes, we’re still in an economic crisis. But no, the answer isn’t to throw public sector workers under the bus or abandon our schools, safety net, and environmental protections. The answer is to redeploy our many resources to build an economy that can work for everyone and sustain the ecological systems we depend on. This issue will explore realistic pathways to that economy.

How have you created livelihoods for yourself or your community in tough times?
What creative ideas would other YES! readers want to know about?
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YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: 42 Ways to Not Make Trash
Taking what he learned from his experiment, Colin “No Impact Man” Beavan offers 42 tips to move toward a zero-waste lifestyle.

:: The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill   
A new law expected to pass in Bolivia mandates a fundamental ecological reorientation of the nation’s economy and society.


:: What’s the Harm in Hunting?  
It’s an expression of our most fundamental relationship with nature, but can you really be moral and be a hunter, too? Our intern headed into the wild to find out.


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