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Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time
by Gar Alperovitz
Before 2004, no state allowed same-sex marriage. Today, it's legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia. If you want to see how political progress is made, look to the local level.
Not Your Father’s Union Movement: NYC’s Young Workers Committee Not Your Father’s Union Movement: NYC’s Young Workers Committee
The Young Workers Committee of New York’s transit union was out on the streets in a vibrant march. This video shows the group rallying, taking over an official’s office, and using the Occupy-style “people’s mic.”
Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About
by Peter Pearsall
The largest march on May Day in Seattle was about immigrant families and their supporters standing together for human rights. Not to be confused with the rowdiness that took place later in the day.
Newly Released Tim DeChristopher Finds a Movement Transformed by His Courage Newly Released Tim DeChristopher Finds a Movement Transformed by His Courage
by Melanie Jae Martin
Tim DeChristopher, who was just released from federal custody, is best known as the man who disrupted an auction of pristine public lands. But there’s more to his story than his role as “Bidder 70.”
Florida Farmworkers March 200 Miles for a Fairer Tomato Florida Farmworkers March 200 Miles for a Fairer Tomato
by YES! online staff
After marching halfway across the state of Florida, members of the Immokalee Coalition of Farmworkers got fired up at a rally in front of Publix headquarters in Lakeland, Fla. Here’s some of what they had to say.
Live from Denver: The Fight for a Stronger Media Live from Denver: The Fight for a Stronger Media
A contingent from YES! is in Denver this week for the National Conference for Media Reform, where we’ll be hosting a panel on solutions journalism. Check out the conference’s livestream here.
Three Tactics for a Stronger Climate Movement Three Tactics for a Stronger Climate Movement
by Melanie Jae Martin
In January, the Sierra Club reversed a 121-year-old ban on civil disobedience to reflect the urgency of climate change. The move presents an opening for radical groups to try new tactics like the three discussed here.
Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both? Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both?
by Sarah van Gelder
From 1999 to 2013, Hugo Chavez served as president of Venezuela. He leaves behind a mixed legacy that includes admirable efforts to empower the poor, but also a disturbing tendency toward authoritarianism.
Where Did International Women’s Day Come From? Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph Solis
Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.
What the Oscars Can Teach Us About Elections That Work What the Oscars Can Teach Us About Elections That Work
by Rob Richie
Academy Award-winners are selected by algorithms that allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, selecting backups if their first choices lose. What if we elected our leaders that way?
Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
Review: More than half of the nation’s worst-paid jobs are related to food. Saru Jayaraman’s new book dives into the explosive movement for better rights for those who plant, process, and cook the food we eat.
Largest Climate Rally in U.S. History Comes to Washington Largest Climate Rally in U.S. History Comes to Washington
by Sarah Kuck
What does it sound like when 40,000 people raise their voices for climate justice at once?
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.
Green Housing: In Buffalo, It's Not Just for Rich People Anymore Green Housing: In Buffalo, It's Not Just for Rich People Anymore
by Mark Andrew Boyer
Can we build sustainable housing that's affordable, too? The city of Buffalo did, and created a community jobs pipeline in the process. Here's what can happen when neighborhoods take the lead.
Arrests in Washington Signal Increasing Urgency on Keystone Pipeline Arrests in Washington Signal Increasing Urgency on Keystone Pipeline
by Chris Francis
Forty-eight leaders of environmentalist groups such as the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and 350.org were arrested today while participating in civil disobedience. They were demanding that President Barack Obama stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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