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FROM THE ‘BEYOND PRISONS’ ISSUE OF YES! MAGAZINE

University Beyond Bars photo by John Estes School of Second Chances

Carol Estes   |   Jul 01, 2011

Inmates who get an education are less likely to reoffend when they’re released. So why are prison education programs getting cut?   MORE »


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PLANET  

Hot book cover Fatherhood Confronts Climate Change

Anna Fahey   |   Jul 01, 2011

Book Review: Environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard's “Hot” describes what life will be like for his daughter’s generation.   MORE »



PEOPLE POWER  

Photo by Ioannis Poulopoulos flickr.com/isto Greece on the Verge: The People v. the Troika

Kia Mistilis   |   Jul 01, 2011

The Greek parliament has passed a five-year austerity plan that will cut jobs, wages, and services. But Greek citizens are no longer “sleeping.”   MORE »



Wendell Berry photo by Charlie Pearl A Quieter Life Now

Wendell Berry, Madhu Suri Prakash   |   Jun 29, 2011

In an exchange of letters with a dear friend, Wendell Berry explains why his writing is only a small part of the movement against greed and waste.   MORE »



NEW ECONOMY  

Photo by Images Money flickr.com/59937401@N07 How the Bailout Killed Local Lending—And How Some States Hope to Bring It Back

Ellen Brown   |   Jun 30, 2011

With the big banks speculating instead of lending to small businesses, states are looking for new ways to keep credit flowing.   MORE »



Photo by The Other 98%  flickr.com/other98 The Next American Revolution?

David Korten   |   Jun 28, 2011

What America’s current movement against corporate power can learn from that time we overthrew a king.    MORE »



HAPPINESS  

Photo by Lisa Norwood flickr.com/lisanorwood The American Dream vs. the Gospel of Wealth

James Gustave Speth   |   Jun 29, 2011

Is America meant to be a land of opportunity or inequality? Civic virtue or consumerism? Gus Speth explores three deep contradictions in the American identity, asking: What’s next for the American dream?   MORE »



Photo from shareable.net A Simple Idea to Transform the Life of Our Cities

Jay Walljasper   |   Jun 27, 2011

Even a short stretch of car-free pavement empowers pedestrians to realize the road belongs to them, too.   MORE »



VIDEO OF THE WEEK   

The End of the American Dream?

Jun 24, 2011

While the rich are getting richer and big corporations are taking a larger part of the pie for themselves, ordinary people are suffering. Can we bring an end to our “rich takes all” society?   MORE »
Video still from changetowinorg on YouTube


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