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For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising
by Kristin Moe
Idle No More is the latest incarnation of an age-old movement for life that doesn't depend on infinite extraction and growth. Now, armed with Twitter and Facebook, once-isolated groups from Canada to South America are exchanging resources and support like never before.
Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha! Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha!
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In just six months, the “Land of Lakes” went from debating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, to legalizing it this week. One proud resident on celebrating change in one of our more politically quirky states.
Why Sharing News About Solutions Is a Revolutionary Act Why Sharing News About Solutions Is a Revolutionary Act
by Frances Moore Lappé
Scary stories of kidnappings and explosions lead our news feeds, but it's the good news that helps break down the myth of our own powerlessness.
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?
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