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Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet Idle No More Rises to Defend Ancestral Lands—and the Planet
by Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben on the tradition of environmental activism he’s seen among members of First Nations, and the unique role of the Idle No More movement in the fight against climate change.
Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water Why First Nations Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water
by Winona LaDuke
In an urgent pursuit for environmental justice and basic human rights, First Nations gather across North America under the banner of Idle No More.
Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America Idle No More: Indigenous Uprising Sweeps North America
by Kristin Moe
Idle No More has organized the largest mass mobilizations of indigenous people in recent history. What sparked it off and what’s coming next?
A Mall of America Flash Mob for First Nations’ Rights A Mall of America Flash Mob for First Nations’ Rights
by YES! Online Staff
Hundreds of supporters of the Idle No More movement performed a Round Dance flash mob, one of many similar actions around the world to fight for indigenous land rights.
9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013 9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013
by Sarah van Gelder
2012 was a year of superstorms, mass shootings, debt strikes, and the most spendy election ever. Here’s how last year’s most important stories will shape 2013.
Emmonak: A Modern-Day Eskimo Town Fights for Subsistence Emmonak: A Modern-Day Eskimo Town Fights for Subsistence
Emmonak is a Yup'ik Eskimo town on the western coast of Alaska where families are struggling to maintain the subsistence lifestyle of their ancestors.
4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook 4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Following the heartbreak in Newtown, many Americans find themselves wondering—are people just horrible? Jeremy Adam Smith on why compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are everywhere, even in tragedy.
In Wake of Factory Fire, U.S. Labor Groups Attempt Blockade of Walmart Imports In Wake of Factory Fire, U.S. Labor Groups Attempt Blockade of Walmart Imports
by Olivia Rosane
A fire that killed 112 workers in a Bangladeshi factory that supplies goods to Walmart has inspired the next wave of actions demanding justice for workers along the company’s supply chain.
“You Are Safe With Us”: How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of War “You Are Safe With Us”: How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of War
by Greg Barrett
In 2003, Iraqi townspeople, having just lost their hospital in U.S. air strikes, saved the lives of three wounded U.S. peacemakers. Seven years later, the Americans returned—to thank them.
Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones? Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones?
by Stuart Glascock
Book Review: Killing by remote control is no game, peace activist Medea Benjamin argues in “Drone Warfare.” We know that drones kill civilians and inflame hatred against the United States—but can we stop them?
Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings
by Sarah van Gelder
This weekend, the S’Klallam tribe made the historic Heronswood botanical gardens available free of charge to gay and lesbian couples who wanted to get married on the first day it was legal.
Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm” Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm”
by James Trimarco
To many Detroit residents—and especially to its established urban gardeners—the approval of a large-scale urban farm raises serious questions about the future of food and land in the city.
Pete Seeger: “You Stick Together ’Til It’s Won” Pete Seeger: “You Stick Together ’Til It’s Won”
by Kim Ruehl
Book Review: Gleaned from letters, essays, and articles, “Pete Seeger: In His Own Words” reveals how the celebrated folk singer has considered, at every turn, what it means to sing out in a world where the din of injustice is deafening.
Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade
by Anna Willow
On December 3, 2002, members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation blockaded the road used to haul logs out of the area. Ten years later, their persistence has paid off in the form of cleaner water and a healthier forest in which to live.
How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate
by Marisa Franco
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.
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