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Cover of the Spring 2010 issue of YES! Magazine, America: The Remix Becoming a Whole Nation

Sarah van Gelder   |  SPRING 2010

America: The Remix. Sarah van Gelder introduces the Spring 2010 issue of YES! Magazine: There are some extraordinary people working to make a vision of a just, inclusive society a reality …   MORE »

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PEOPLE POWER  

In 1939, the Academy of Motion Pictures used instant runoff voting to select from ten strong Best Picture contenders, including The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Of Mice and Men. Gone with the Wind was the consensus choice. The Oscar for Best Voting System Goes To…

Rob Richie   |  Mar 5, 2010

There’s a new method for choosing Best Picture this year: instant runoff voting, a system that would also make political elections more fair.   MORE »



PLANET  

Farmers at market. Photo courtesy SAAFON African American Farmers Go Organic, Bring Healthy Food to Southeast

Mark Winne   |  Mar 5, 2010

The Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON), helps members convert to organic agriculture, and organizes a farmers market in a park that was once off-limits to them.   MORE »



HAPPINESS  

Detail from U.S. cover of The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett Want the Good Life? Your Neighbors Need It, Too

Brooke Jarvis   |  Mar 4, 2010

New research shows that, among developed countries, the healthiest and happiest aren’t those with the highest incomes but those with the most equality. Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson discusses why.   MORE »



PEACE & JUSTICE   

A peasant group meets to discuss post-earthquake strategies for rebuilding agriculture. Photo by Roberto (Bear) Guerra. A Future for Agriculture, A Future for Haiti

Beverly Bell   |  Mar 4, 2010

Haiti’s way forward is tied to food sovereignty and a renewed focus on local agriculture.   MORE »



NEW ECONOMY  

Shannon with her youngest daughter, Ula Can Money Buy Education?

Shannon Hayes   |  Mar 2, 2010

Radical homemaker Shannon Hayes taught her daughter that their family doesn’t buy things they can make or grow at home. She then had to wonder: Does that include higher education?   MORE »



Activity buzzes at a market in Haiti, where NAFTA and other free trade policies have deeply impacted local economies. An earthquake rocked the area on January 12, 2010. Photo by Justin Stumberg. Economics & Solidarity in the 21st Century

Grace Lee Boggs   |  Feb 26, 2010

A broken Haiti highlights the need for locally-rooted and resilient economies everywhere.   MORE »



video of the week   

Image from video produced by Public Radio International on Ecuadorian indigenous Amazonian community reaction to seeing Avatar Drafting Nature’s Constitution

Mar 2, 2010

Simply regulating pollution will never really stop it. Mari Margil of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund discusses why we need a fundamental change in the way we use law to protect nature.   MORE »





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