Highlights from the Summer issue of YES! Magazine, Beyond Prisons, are now online, including Think Outside the Bars, Voices of Compassion personal essays, and Just the Facts. Also, video and photos from the YES! 15th Anniversary Celebration
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         June 2011 


The “Prisons” issue of YES! Magazine

Beyond Prisons, the Summer 2011 issue of YES! Magazine
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Dear Reader,

Who says the U.S. prison system is a failure? For starters, a prison warden and a former big-city police chief.

There are 2.3 million people behind bars in the United States—more than any other country in the world. They are disproportionately people of color, and far too many of them are in for nonviolent crimes.

Keeping all those people locked up doesn’t make us safer. It does cost us money we don’t have in a time of economic turmoil and calls for austerity. In 2008 we spent $73 billion on prisons. The budget deficit of all 50 states for 2011 is about $84 billion.

The summer issue of YES! Magazine, available now, presents the voices of people who are finding alternatives to prison that keep society safe and rebuild offender’s lives: A warden in Hawai‘i working to make his women’s prison a healing sanctuary; the former Seattle top cop who says it’s time to end the drug war; a former felon who became a newspaper reporter and now works for restorative justice.

From inmates, crime victims, family members of prisoners, teachers in prison colleges, and former inmates helping each other reintegrate, YES! has the stories of people who are showing us how we can make our justice system truly just.

See what’s inside the issue, and if you’re not already a subscriber, make this issue the first in your subscription with this special introductory $12 offer.

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  Highlights from the New Issue of YES! Magazine…  

Think Outside the Bars, Michelle Alexander's article in the Beyond Prisons issue of YES! Magazine
Think Outside the Bars

Why real justice means fewer prisons. Michelle Alexander on how fixing a broken prison system can help build a new movement for justice.

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video icon   “Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

Amy Goodman talks to legal scholar Michelle Alexander about the new American caste system.
Crime rate graph. YES! Magazine graphic
Just the Facts ::
It’s a Locking-People-Up Problem
The American problem with mass incarceration is less about crime than it is about why—and who—we lock up.
Increase of people in the penal system. YES! Magazine graphic
  My Story …  

Voices of Compassion
6 Personal stories
of life beyond bars

Spoon Jackson. Photo courtey of New Village Press
Shaking Hands. Photo by Moonpie Dig It. flickr.com/28213190@N06
Norm Stamper
Life With Poetry, But No Parole
Locked up for life, prisoner poet Spoon Jackson discovered life as a “melody that flowed like free verse.”
Truth and Reconciliation in New York
Ex-offenders and families of victims ask: how can we resolve the tension between our need to protect society, and our desire to believe in human redemption?
Drug Warrior No More
Seattle’s ex-police chief, Norm Stamper, now fights to end the war on drugs.

Arthur Longworth
Martina Davis-Correia with brother, Troy. Photo courtesy of Martina Davis-Correia.
Marietta Jaeger-Lane with her daughter, Susie.
Problem Child
A conversation through the walls of solitary confinement.
Until My Brother is Free from Death Row
My brother and I don’t always agree, but I defend his innocence, and I’ll never walk out on him again.
The Night I Forgave My Daughter’s Killer
How a grieving mother put compassion before vengeance, and found closure along the way.
  What’s New Online…  

There are better ways to create real security than depending on Wall Street savings that--as we learned in 2008--can disappear in a flash. Photo by John. flickr.com/mtsofan/2450496004 Photo by Corey Templeton flickr.com/coreytempleton Asparagus. Photo by Bob Hooper Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai with then-Senator Barack Obama in Nairobi, Kenya in 2006. Photo by Fredrick Onyango. flickr.com/people/44222307@N00

But What About My 401(k)?
Credit cards, mortgages, insurance, retirement: How to fulfill our basic financial needs without Wall Street.

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.

Spiritual Environmentalism: Healing Ourselves by Replenishing the Earth
Wangari Maathai: What role does spirituality play in our work to heal the earth?

  YES! is Having a Birthday…  

YES! Magazine: 1996-2011 Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions
Van Jones, Bill McKibben, and friends at the YES! 15th Anniversary Party
THE YES! 15th ANNIVERSARY PARTY:
A Celebration of 15 Years of YES!


Last week we celebrated our 15th Anniversary in style, with a sold-out event at Town Hall in Seattle.

Van Jones, Bill McKibben, and David Korten spoke on The Power of Citizen Action: Our Hope for a Better World, and we were surrounded by the warmth and goodwill of the YES! community.

For those of you who couldn’t be there, we have a SLIDESHOW OF PHOTOS and a VIDEO OF THE EVENT. Also, check out our short video on 15 Years of Saying YES!


THE BREAKTHROUGH 15

In our 15th anniversary year, YES! will celebrate our Breakthrough 15: people who are developing some of the most promising new movements, practical solutions, or powerful ideas.

So we’re asking, who is influencing the world around you? Who are your heroes, famous or unsung?
LET US KNOW WHOM WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE AS A BREAKTHROUGH HERO


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Connecting Prisons With Nature
Can prisons save money and the environment while changing lives?

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