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YES! Takes on the 2012 Election

The results of this election will affect health care, energy, and the position of the U.S. government on climate change. This page gathers together YES! articles about places in the process where positive change is possible.

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Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts” Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts”
by Deepak Bhargava
Obama’s grassroots supporters voted for jobs and social services, not for the budget cuts that Congress is demanding. Now they’re working to make sure that message is not forgotten.
A Real World Plan for the President’s Second Term A Real World Plan for the President’s Second Term
by David Korten
The pundits are right that Obama should work to bridge political divides. But he needs to reach out to the American people—not to the Republican Party.
Five Things to Watch for in Obama’s Second Term Five Things to Watch for in Obama’s Second Term
by Fran Korten
The devil’s in the details, but so are the angels. Here are five things on Obama’s agenda you’ll want to keep an eye on—and get active in, too.
Under Obama, Social Justice Campaigners Have Better Chances Under Obama, Social Justice Campaigners Have Better Chances
by Mark Engler
Many of those who supported Barack Obama four years ago have been disappointed by his presidency. But recent history shows that campaigns for social justice do better under centrist presidents than under conservative ones.
12 Ways You Can Safeguard Your Vote 12 Ways You Can Safeguard Your Vote
by Fran Korten, Doug Pibel, Paul Mozur
Election Day is right around the corner. Here are a dozen tips to make sure your vote is counted.
GMOs at the Polls: 7 Things to Tell Your Friends Before Election Day GMOs at the Polls: 7 Things to Tell Your Friends Before Election Day
by Frances Moore Lappé, Anna Lappé
Americans are the world’s GMO guinea pigs, say Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé. But California’s ballot initiative on labeling GMO foods would give everyone the choice to change that for themselves.
At Third Party Debate, a Focus on Issues Left Out of Mainstream At Third Party Debate, a Focus on Issues Left Out of Mainstream
by James Trimarco
Larry King moderated the lively discussion between four alternative-party candidates, which focused on issues that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have avoided.
Mr. Schieffer, Ask the Candidates: “Where Do You Stand on Climate Change?” Mr. Schieffer, Ask the Candidates: “Where Do You Stand on Climate Change?”
by Allison Fisher
Climate change is a national security issue, and it must be discussed during tonight’s third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
Why “No Impact Man” Colin Beavan Is Running for Congress Why “No Impact Man” Colin Beavan Is Running for Congress
by Madeline Ostrander
In this interview, Colin Beavan speaks with YES! Senior Editor Madeline Ostrander about the goals, strategies, and platform behind his run for Congress in New York.
Green Party’s Jill Stein: A Missing Voice in Presidential Debates Green Party’s Jill Stein: A Missing Voice in Presidential Debates
by Sarah van Gelder
The Green Party wasn’t represented at Tuesday’s presidential debate. Here’s what we might have heard if Jill Stein had gotten her say.
Lawmakers Get Graded on Equality Record Lawmakers Get Graded on Equality Record
by Chuck Collins
How do your representatives stack up when it comes to voting on policy that helps—or hinders—economic equality? Before you go to the polls, check out the Congressional Report Card for the 99%
Building Progressive Momentum: 5 Ballot Initiatives Lead the Way Building Progressive Momentum: 5 Ballot Initiatives Lead the Way
by Charles Monaco
From challenging Citizens United to protecting collective bargaining rights, grassroots groups are using ballot initiatives to push back against austerity initiatives and revitalize our economy.
5 Issues this Election Should Be About, and One to Drop 5 Issues this Election Should Be About, and One to Drop
by Sarah van Gelder
Cutting through the campaign rhetoric and attack ads, here are five issues we believe should be at the center of the 2012 election, plus one that has no place in the public sphere.
A Small Business Boost from ... Regulations? A Small Business Boost from ... Regulations?
by Brooke Jarvis
Do regulations really hurt small businesses? Or do businesses thrive when local residents can afford their services, and a good quality of life attracts skilled workers?
RNC Demonstrators Defy Expectations of Violence RNC Demonstrators Defy Expectations of Violence
by Amos Miers
While Republicans spent the RNC attending corporate-sponsored parties and listening to scripted speeches, protesters’ commitment to nonviolence built alliances that went beyond the usual suspects.
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