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'Filling the Rotunda.' Protest in Madison over Budget repair bill. Photo by Peter Gorman. An American Uprising?

Sarah van Gelder   |   Feb 18, 2011

It took awhile, but Wisconsin shows that the poor and middle class of the U.S. may be ready to push back. Madison may be only the beginning.   MORE »

Protesters rally against the governor's proposal to end bargaining rights for Wisconsin's public workers. Photo by Jessie Reeder. Wisconsin: Solidarity Among Workers … And Football Players

Dave Zirin   |   Feb 17, 2011

As Wisconsin’s public workers fight to keep their wages and bargaining rights, they’re joined by others involved in a labor struggle: their Super Bowl champion neighbors.   MORE »

The crowd in Egypt's Tahrir (Liberation) Square on February 8. Photo by Mona. Thank You, Egypt

Adrienne Maree Brown   |   Feb 11, 2011

An American organizer on Egypt’s lessons in people power.   MORE »


Wendell Berry speaks to Jeff Biggers about the heartbreak in mountaintop removal mining. Video still from BEcreativeVIDS Sitting In with Wendell Berry

Jeff Biggers   |   Feb 17, 2011

“We had no other alternative.” An interview with poet Wendell Berry midway through his four-day sit-in in the Kentucky governor’s office.   MORE »

Colin Beavan on a visit to Bainbridge Island. Photo by Paul Dunn for YES! Magazine My Life as an Accidental Activist

Colin Beavan   |   Feb 15, 2011

Colin Beavan didn’t set out to lead a movement. But that’s where he ended up. Here’s how a regular guy found he had the power to change the world…   MORE »


Photo by Camille Sheppard Dohrn. “Localization is the Economics of Happiness”

Brooke Jarvis   |   Feb 16, 2011

We know what makes us happy—but too often our economic decisions stand in the way. Helena Norberg-Hodge, director of the Economics of Happiness, on how to change all that.   MORE »

Wild horses are pediodically rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management and confined in corrals where they are adopted or sold. Photo by BlackTiger. National Treasures

Valerie Williams   |   Feb 14, 2011

How one Baltimore-born Motown veteran is preserving two of the country’s most precious resources: wild mustangs and at-risk children.   MORE »


Jail. Photo: YES! We Can Reinvent a Failed Prison System

Sarah van Gelder   |   Feb 16, 2011

YES! Magazine’s summer issue will grapple with how to solve the U.S.’s prison problem. Here's a look at what we’re planning—and a chance to share your ideas.   MORE »

A Seattle boy takes in the harvest at Clean Greens' farm in Washington. Photo by Camille Sheppard Dohrn. Lentils and Justice for All

Christa Hillstrom   |   Feb 14, 2011

It all begins with food: How to restore the health and wealth of inner-city communities.   MORE »


A remnant of the Berlin Wall, once a symbol of the divide between communism and capitalism. Photo by Beek100. A Real-Market Alternative

David Korten   |   Feb 15, 2011

David Korten: The economic choice we face is no longer between capitalism and communism, but rather between Wall Street and Main Street.    MORE »


No Impact Week Photo Awards

Feb 15, 2011

Food, energy, giving back, and more: The winning entries from January’s No Impact Week participants.   MORE »
Winner: Best Giving Back Photo in the No Impact Week Photo Awards. 'Here's what we picked up in about an hour of beachcombing. The large piece of foam is about 2' by 4'.' Photo by Rebecca Rockefeller.

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