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PLANET  

Cyclones over Iceland photo by Ethan Hein 5 Ways the Space Program Helps Us Fight Climate Change

Erin L. McCoy   |   Nov 30, 2012

From tracking glaciers to predicting crop failure to figuring out how to store solar energy in molten salt, NASA has produced some of our best tools in the fight against climate change.   MORE »



PEOPLE POWER  

Neon Tommy Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks in Stores

Paul J. Comeau   |   Nov 30, 2012

Although they were unable to put a dent in Black Friday sales, striking Walmart workers raised the issues faced by low-wage workers to the forefront of the national conversation. Their action has already inspired historic protests by fast-food workers in New York City.   MORE »



Photo by Occupy Sandy. In Hurricane Sandy Relief, a Reminder of Occupy’s Original Spirit

Jeffrey Lawrence, Luis Moreno-Caballud   |   Nov 28, 2012

Commentators in the mainstream media have said the effective hurricane relief accomplished by Occupy Sandy represents a new direction in the movement. In fact, nothing could be closer to its founding ideas and actions.   MORE »



Photo by Laundry Workers Center. Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization

Olivia Rosane   |   Nov 26, 2012

Back in September, YES! covered the efforts of immigrant workers at New York City’s Hot and Crusty Bakery to form a union. After a series of twists and turns that tested the workers’ persistence, the shop is now set to open in December with a fully unionized workforce.    MORE »



PEACE & JUSTICE  

RadiAid “Africa for Norway” Global Aid Spoof Goes Viral

Ayla Harbin   |   Nov 30, 2012

“There’s heat enough for Norway, if Africans would share,” quips this parody of overblown charity fundraisers that’s blowing up the Web. The purpose? To swap stereotypes for real needs.   MORE »



Photo by No Papers No Fear. How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate

Marisa Franco   |   Nov 30, 2012

This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy.   MORE »



NEW ECONOMY  

3 Lessons for Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy

Brooke Jarvis   |   Nov 28, 2012

Appalachian residents are working to keep local and sustainable sources of wealth central in a post-coal economy.   MORE »



HAPPINESS  

Cartoon: Windmills

Joe Mohr   |   Nov 27, 2012

Comics with an environmental edge.   MORE »



VIDEO OF THE WEEK   

Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy

Nov 29, 2012

Buying local isn’t enough. If we’re going to get our economy back on track, we have to re-center on communities.   MORE »



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