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Grassroots Power

All it takes is a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.

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.
Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us
by Sarah van Gelder
When a new law paved the way for tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel development on native lands, four women swore to be “idle no more.” The idea took off.
Only the People of the United States Can End Israel’s Occupation Only the People of the United States Can End Israel’s Occupation
by Stephen Zunes
Many progressives breathed a sigh of relief when last month’s Israeli elections set the stage for a centrist coalition and not a far-right one. Yet peace will remain out of reach until the American people pressure the Obama Administration to end Israeli impunity.
Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights
by Grace Lee Boggs, Alice B. Jennings
On Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, she’s broadly celebrated and even has a stamp bearing her image. But her radical life story is too often left untold.
Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence
by Rev. Jacqui Lewis
Twenty-two times more children have been killed by guns since 1979 than military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. Rev. Jacqui Lewis on why all of us—from clergy to factory workers—must not be too sad, too busy, or too afraid to say, enough.
Europe Authorizes “Robin Hood Tax” on Financial Transactions Europe Authorizes “Robin Hood Tax” on Financial Transactions
by Sarah Anderson
Support for the tax on stocks, bonds, and derivatives was so strong among EU finance ministers that it wasn’t even necessary to take a formal vote.
To Follow in MLK’s Footsteps, Join the Fight against Foreclosure To Follow in MLK’s Footsteps, Join the Fight against Foreclosure
by Lester Spence
How can today’s Civil Rights leaders follow in the tradition of MLK? Lester Spence argues that foreclosures are the issue and the church may just be the solution.
Vandana Shiva: Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women Vandana Shiva: Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women
by Vandana Shiva
There is a connection between the growth of unjust economic policies and the intensification of crimes against women. The Delhi gang rape has triggered a revolution—one that we must sustain.
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