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How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons
by Amy B. Dean
After decades of exclusion, home care workers are finally covered by federal minimum wage laws. Anyone who works for social change can learn from how they did it.
Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown
by Fran Korten
So unchecked campaign spending has played a role in today’s political chaos, and the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC could make things way, way worse. Now here’s the good news.
Shutdown EPA Workers Clean Up River Anyway Shutdown EPA Workers Clean Up River Anyway
by Cynthia Daniel
In one of our favorite responses to the government shutdown, this group of EPA staffers in Georgia went DIY on a local creek.
What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate
by Katrina Rabeler
Marie Hogan confronted Hershey’s about using children in its supply chain because she cares about other kids, fairness—and candy. Here’s what we can learn from her.
This Slam Poet Totally Nails Why Kids Learn Best in Their Native Language This Slam Poet Totally Nails Why Kids Learn Best in Their Native Language
by Nur Lalji
With a string of powerful similes, poet Dylan Garity lets us know what life is like for Boston students who are trying to learn English.
Welcome to Commonomics: How to Build Local Economies Strong Enough for Everyone
by Laura Flanders
In our new series, YES! Magazine investigates what it will take to strengthen our local economies for the benefit of all.
Why the Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia Why the Government Shutdown Is Not Anarchist Utopia
by Nathan Schneider
Real anarchists aren't just for abolition of the state. They're for a society in which ordinary people can freely and democratically govern themselves.
In Sikh Response to Hateful Beating, A Lesson for Us All In Sikh Response to Hateful Beating, A Lesson for Us All
by Kevin Fong
When Dr. Prabhjot Singh was attacked by a group of young men who believed he was a Muslim, he responded by advocating love and compassion.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet its Real-Life, Climate-Defending, Disney-Dissenting Villains Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet its Real-Life, Climate-Defending, Disney-Dissenting Villains
by James Trimarco
When their name appeared in Joss Whedon's new TV show, the environmentalist group Rising Tide took to social media to fight back.
Brand New From Annie Leonard: The Story of Solutions Brand New From Annie Leonard: The Story of Solutions
by Annie Leonard
The final film in the “Story of Stuff” series asks, What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better—better health, better jobs, and a better chance to survive on the planet?
White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers White House Makes History by Granting Minimum Wage to Home Care Workers
by Christa Hillstrom
The Obama administration makes good on its promise to give direct care workers the same rights as nearly everyone else—and to top it all off, California follows suit.
Three Things Activists in the Office Can Learn from the Street Three Things Activists in the Office Can Learn from the Street
by Liam Barrington-Bush
Organizations working for social justice can become living examples of the world they're working to create, but only if they're willing to take the lessons of social movements to heart.
Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists
by Christa Hillstrom
Lured from Mexico into forced labor at an American factory, Flor Molina’s human trafficking story was typical. What’s remarkable is what she did next.
For Safer Factories, CEOs Are Listening to Workers on the Frontlines For Safer Factories, CEOs Are Listening to Workers on the Frontlines
by Samir Goswami
The future of corporate responsibility means hearing firsthand from factory workers about their conditions.
Six Good Things Occupy Wall Street Made Possible (That You Probably Already Take for Granted) Six Good Things Occupy Wall Street Made Possible (That You Probably Already Take for Granted)
by James Trimarco
Now that the encampments are gone, what do we have to show for our movement? As it turns out, quite a bit.
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