Keeping it clean: Maine’s fight for clean elections plus intergenerational articles and reviews, from birth to elderhood, from the Fall issue of YES! Magazine
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         October 2011 

Protester at Occupy Boston, photo by sharonkubo

YES! Investigative Reporting

Can’t Buy My Vote? Inside Maine’s Search for Election Independence

by Brooke Jarvis

For more than a decade, a groundbreaking Clean Elections law has helped protect Maine politics from the influence of big money. But what’s happening now that big spenders have free rein to influence elections—and what does it mean for the rest of the country?

Image from The Story of Citizens United by Annie Leonard
The Story of Citizens United
Review Annie Leonard’s film that asks: Why have corporations gotten so powerful? And what can we do about it?
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  Intergenerational Livelihoods  

Boomers discover ways to apply their skills and life experience to purposeful second careers, while new graduates are improvising when expected careers aren't panning out.

Maxworthy photo courtesy of Farm to Family
Elders a (Labor) Force for Social Change

We’re a nation that will soon have more older people than young ones, and much of the popular media portrays this as a disaster story that goes something like this: Overnight at age 60, the single biggest group in society, consisting of tens of millions of people, will become the elderly, pass out of the “working-age population,” become incompetent and incontinent, bankrupt the health care system, and vote for hefty increases in public spending on their retirement at the expense of everyone else.

With big thinking, there is a chance to tap the talents and experience of the “baby boom” generation to solve longstanding social problems, from health care to homelessness, education to the environment. There is a chance to turn an older population into a new workforce for social change.


Graduates Get a Crash Course in Sharing

If any generation is equipped for recession, it’s this one. Educated to be flexible and creative, unemployed young graduates are like samurai without masters. Their passion and energy isn’t about saving capitalism from crisis but about finding a place for themselves in a world that won’t stay still or slow down. America’s Generation Y is faced with a great challenge, but if what I’ve seen is any indication, we’re up to the task.

Rosenfelt in Paris


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African Farmer photo courtesy of Groundswell International Montana road photo by Zach Den Adel We Are One chalk by Joe Schueller Korea FTA protest photo by Kiyong2

Women Farmers Feed the World
by Christa Hillstrom

Grassroots food activist Fatou Batta on why the question of agricultural sustainability is also a question of equality.

Montana Looks North for Health Care That Works
by Rebecca Leisher

To create universal care, Governor Brian Schweitzer is taking a hint from Saskatchewan—where the people live longer and it costs less, too.

A Movement to Make Our Leaders Listen
by Jonathan Matthew Smucker

When old ladies in Iowa share the same concerns as kids on the street in Manhattan, it?s time those in power took note.

The Tricks of the Trade Deals
by Kristen Beifus

Three new agreements are predicted to kill jobs and solidify corporate power. It's our turn to have a say in how we trade.

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  Occupy Wall Street 

Piggy Bank photo by Alan Cleaver

Bank Transfer Day: A Guide to Closing Your Account

To protest the behavior of big banks, thousands have pledged to switch to small credit unions on November 5th. Follow these steps to simplify the process.  

Occupy Wall Street photo by Sarah van Gelder 10 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement
by Sarah van Gelder

There are many things you can do to be part of this growing movement—and only some of them involve sleeping outside.

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Why the Occupy Movement Stands Apart

Now’s the time for the 99%: Sarah van Gelder talks to PBS’ NewsHour about the power of the growing movement.  

Bull photo by Sabarish Raghupathy How Occupy Wall Street Became Occupy Everywhere
by Nathan Schneider

The birth of a movement in action: What started as an idea has turned into strongholds of protest all over the world.


  Book Review 

Cover image for Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta
Ina May Gaskin, the mother of modern midwifery, calls for a return to a woman-centered birth culture in her new book.  


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