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Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods Finding the Gold in "Tough" Neighborhoods
by Jay Walljasper
To transform economically and socially depressed areas into healthy, vibrant communities, we have to focus on their strengths and trust residents to solve their own problems.
Detroit Bankrupt? Six Ways the Motor City Is Thriving Detroit Bankrupt? Six Ways the Motor City Is Thriving
by Larry Gabriel
National media accounts of Detroit's bankruptcy miss the growing industries, strong communities, and policy changes laying the foundation's for the city's recovery.
Syria: Six Alternatives to Military Strikes Syria: Six Alternatives to Military Strikes
by Sarah van Gelder
Many of the legal and diplomatic processes that led to peace in other times of conflict haven't even been tried yet in Syria.
Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood
by Jay Walljasper
Starting the process of change in a place you know well makes it more doable and fun.
Restless Nation: The Real Meaning of Iran's Elections Restless Nation: The Real Meaning of Iran's Elections
by Stephen Zunes
Will the people of Iran get the reforms they asked for in electing the moderate Hassan Rouhani? The answer depends partly on them, and partly on the United States.
Voices from Turkey’s #OccupyGEZI Movement Voices from Turkey’s #OccupyGEZI Movement
by YES! online staff
Filmmaker Deniz Tarsus brings you into the occupation of Istanbul’s Gezi Park in this new short film.
“Stand Your Ground Isn’t What Put the Bullet in Trayvon”: Voices from Florida’s Occupied Capitol “Stand Your Ground Isn’t What Put the Bullet in Trayvon”: Voices from Florida’s Occupied Capitol
by James Trimarco
Daniel Agnew, Melanie Andrade, and Jabari Mickles are members of a group that occupied Florida’s capitol building after the Zimmerman acquittal.
Florida Occupation Digs in after Meeting with Governor Scott Turns Sour Florida Occupation Digs in after Meeting with Governor Scott Turns Sour
by James Trimarco
The association says it will bring in retired members in an effort to defuse tensions between young occupiers and capitol police.
Day Four: Youth-Led Occupation of Florida Capitol Still Growing Day Four: Youth-Led Occupation of Florida Capitol Still Growing
by James Trimarco
For the last three nights, a growing group has camped out in the Florida Capitol building, demanding the governor address their concerns about the Zimmerman acquittal.
Clown Costume or Power Suit? How to Think about the Theatrics of Taking Action Clown Costume or Power Suit? How to Think about the Theatrics of Taking Action
by YES! online staff
Larry Bogad is an author and cofounder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. In this video, he explains how civil rights leaders made their work look good, and how we can use the same principals today.
Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There
by Madhu Suri Prakash
The Indian leader saw nonviolence as an active and powerful thing—not just the absence of war.
Why the Revival of US Labor Might Start with Nonunion Workers Why the Revival of US Labor Might Start with Nonunion Workers
by Amy B. Dean
The AFL-CIO’s community affiliate, Working America, is expanding its work online and off.
Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism's Big Wins—and What to Do Next Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism's Big Wins—and What to Do Next
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
It was online campaigning that got Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck's shows canceled. But the real power of Internet activism is what happens after we step away from the screen.
How Bike Friendly Cities Beat the Opposition and Became the New Normal How Bike Friendly Cities Beat the Opposition and Became the New Normal
by Jay Walljasper
Now that all the debate about whether bike lanes are OK seems to be (mostly) over, cities around the country are enjoying their benefits.
Climate Change Is Happening but We Can Meet the Challenge Climate Change Is Happening but We Can Meet the Challenge
by Sarah van Gelder
It can be hard for youth to deal with the overwhelming effects of climate change. But, by taking action, we can erode the hold that oil, fracking, and coal has on people and the environment.
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