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Boston Aftermath Shows a Nation Less—Not More—Afraid of Muslims Boston Aftermath Shows a Nation Less—Not More—Afraid of Muslims
by Pramila Jayapal
Despite the horrific attacks and media slurs that followed the Boston bombing, the behavior of ordinary people and elected representatives shows improved tolerance of muslims and other immigrants.
Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis
by Chris Francis
Leaders from many faiths are expecting better relations with the Vatican under Pope Francis. Here YES! speaks to some of them about why that is.
Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement
by Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa, Sally Bunner, Lauren Ressler
The students organizing for climate justice on campuses today are drawing connections between the environment and social issues like debt, racism, and immigration.
Rapper Brother Ali on Privilege, Hope, and Other People’s Stories Rapper Brother Ali on Privilege, Hope, and Other People’s Stories
by Fabien Tepper
In this exclusive interview, hip-hop artist Brother Ali talks to YES! about the personal transformations that have shaped his life and lyrics.
An Oasis of Community and Support for Latina Moms An Oasis of Community and Support for Latina Moms
by Sena Christian
In California, many Latina moms find themselves cut off by domestic responsibilities and language barriers. But with the help of trusted mentors, they’re learning new skills and strengthening their support networks.
The Power of Outrospection The Power of Outrospection
Video: Roman Krznaric on the concept of “outrospection” and how it could shape the 21st century—all illustrated with animated cartoons!
Neighborhood Chalkboard Reveals Secrets and Dreams Neighborhood Chalkboard Reveals Secrets and Dreams
TEDTalk by Candy Chang on connecting communities through art, sharing, and usable public spaces.
Care about Your Food? Then Care about Your Farmworkers Too Care about Your Food? Then Care about Your Farmworkers Too
by Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern
It’s organic. It’s local. But did the workers who picked it have health insurance?
Students to Colleges: Take Our Money Out of Dirty Energy Students to Colleges: Take Our Money Out of Dirty Energy
by Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa
A divestment campaign led by students is changing the national conversation about energy, creating a market for sustainable stocks, and linking up students with communities facing off against the fossil fuel industry.
No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion No Room at the Inn? How Occupy Won Over Religion
by Nathan Schneider
Religion is the means by which many imagine and work for a world more just than this one. Last year, Wall Street’s Trinity Church refused to shelter the movement; this year, churches and Occupiers are sharing a very different kind of Advent season.
Occupy Sandy Provides Relief for More than Just a Storm Occupy Sandy Provides Relief for More than Just a Storm
by Jillian Buckley
Most of us who provide disaster relief with Occupy Sandy have learned not to wait for the powers that be to save the day, when change will ultimately come from ordinary citizens.
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.
Julie Erfle: Unlikely Advocate for Immigration Reform Julie Erfle: Unlikely Advocate for Immigration Reform
Instead of turning against undocumented immigrants after her husband's killing, this journalist chose to work for positive policy reform.
Daniel Beaty: Theater for Social Good Daniel Beaty: Theater for Social Good
“Theater should reflect reality,” says Daniel Beaty, a playwright, singer, and performer who takes on hard social issues like race and class in his one-man shows.
New NYC Subway Ads: “Love Your Muslim Neighbors” New NYC Subway Ads: “Love Your Muslim Neighbors”
by Beau Underwood
After hateful ads implying that Muslims are “savages” were posted in New York subway stations, a Christian group launched its own campaign.
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