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That Book About Inequality That's Sold Out of Bookstores? Here's What It Means for 2016 That Book About Inequality That's Sold Out of Bookstores? Here's What It Means for 2016
by John Feffer
The popularity of a new book by French economist Thomas Piketty should be a wake-up call for politicians. If inequality sells in the stores, it will sell at the polls as well.
Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge
by Liz Pleasant
We pored through a debt-resistance manual created by former Occupiers to bring you these practical tips.
Katie Couric Investigates America's Corporate Sugar Pushers in "Fed Up" Katie Couric Investigates America's Corporate Sugar Pushers in "Fed Up"
by Erin Sagen
Food can no longer be dismissed as niche news. It’s universal, vital, and urgent—and this film drives that point home.
Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart Portland Is First U.S. City to Divest Funds from Walmart
by Laura Garcia, Molly Rusk
The initiative also prohibits the city from purchasing Walmart bonds in the future.
4 Signs Net Neutrality Isn't Dead (Despite an FCC Proposal You're Not Going to Like) 4 Signs Net Neutrality Isn't Dead (Despite an FCC Proposal You're Not Going to Like)
by James Trimarco
They didn't get the proposal they wanted from the FCC. But proponents of a fair and open Internet made important strikes, and the debate is just getting started.
The War on Drugs Destroys Lives—Here Are 6 Things You Can Do About It The War on Drugs Destroys Lives—Here Are 6 Things You Can Do About It
by Wendy Call
The movement to end the violence through the decriminalization of drugs has never had so much momentum. And it's never been easier to get involved.
Meet the Girl Who Sparked Brown v. The Board of Education With a High School Walkout Meet the Girl Who Sparked Brown v. The Board of Education With a High School Walkout
by Nadine Bloch
The stories of people behind the landmark decision—like that of 16-year-old Barbara Rose Johns—are even more compelling and inspiring than the sea-changing ruling itself.
Can We Keep the Internet Free? Can We Keep the Internet Free?
by Candace Clement
The struggle to save the world's greatest communication network.
When It Comes to Shaping Public Debate, What Can a Magazine Do? When It Comes to Shaping Public Debate, What Can a Magazine Do?
by Fran Korten
"Education Uprising," the Spring issue of YES!, connected people across the country and helped catalyze the movement to reclaim education—a living example of how national conversations can change.
Fans Move to Buy LA Clippers After Owner Is Banned From NBA Fans Move to Buy LA Clippers After Owner Is Banned From NBA
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The fans hope to buy the team and make it into a nonprofit organization like the Green Bay Packers.
How a "Black Snake" in the Heartland Brought Spirit to American Environmentalism How a "Black Snake" in the Heartland Brought Spirit to American Environmentalism
by Kristin Moe
It's possible that the Cowboy Indian Alliance offers a glimpse into what a spiritually integrated environmental movement might look like, honoring diversity while resisting cooptation.
Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy Why Politics at the Dinner Table Is Good for Democracy
by Andy Lee Roth
Our political process, Robert Jensen reminds us, begins with conversation.
Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations Tennessee Teachers Score in Fight for Fair Evaluations
by Molly Rusk
A new law will end the practice of evaluating teachers based on their students' standardized test scores.
This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Becker
These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.
To My Friend the Climate Defeatist: Here's Why I'm Still In the Fight To My Friend the Climate Defeatist: Here's Why I'm Still In the Fight
by Jim Shultz
It is good to mourn for what's being lost. But giving up just gives the fossil fuel industry what it wants.
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