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How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

Van Jones: "We Need More Friends" Van Jones: "We Need More Friends"
by Van Jones, Sarah van Gelder
Van Jones has advocated a change in how we practice activism. Sarah van Gelder asked him what he means when he says we need to make more friends and less enemies.
With Obama in Power, What is Next? With Obama in Power, What is Next?
by Van Jones, Sarah van Gelder
Van Jones' leadership has been especially important in bridging the environmental and social justice worlds through his call for green collar jobs. This is one of the key promises of the Obama campaign, so in this interview, conducted on November 12, 2008, I asked him whether he now planned to join the Obama administration.
Obama: No Human Being is Illegal Obama: No Human Being is Illegal
by Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
Sen. Barack Obama's resounding victory is a generational victory. As one friend told me, it is 400 years in the making. In that sense, that explains the tears and the dancing in the streets across the nation and across the suddenly very small world we live in...
Update :: Gandhian-Style     Revolution Update :: Gandhian-Style Revolution
11 years ago in YES! we wrote about a visit to the headquarters of the Sri Lankan Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement. Today … we report on how the movement has grown: Sarvodaya is now the largest micro-credit organization in Sri Lanka.
In Review :: Who Speaks for Islam? In Review :: Who Speaks for Islam?
by Jamal Rahman
Since 9/11, voices on all sides have expressed shrill opinions about the Muslim World that Islamic sages might describe as "all fireworks and little light." Who Speaks for Islam? contributes real data to clear away misunderstandings and challenge stereotypes.
People We Love :: Matthew LaClair People We Love :: Matthew LaClair
by Noah Grant
When his 11th-grade history teacher told the class that they would go to hell if they rejected God's salvation, Matthew LaClair thought the remarks crossed a line.
Signs of Life :: Iraq's Nonviolence     Activism Signs of Life :: Iraq's Nonviolence Activism
by Kristin Carlsen
More than 100 citizen groups in all 18 Iraqi provinces participated in a Week of Nonviolence, aimed at reducing violence in the January 2009 provincial elections.
Having a Voice Makes People Happy Having a Voice Makes People Happy
by Frances Moore Lappé
Most human beings are not couch potatoes and whiners. We are doers and creators. In fact, humans need to 'make a dent.'
Speak Up! Speak Up!
Six Steps to Speaking Up Against Everyday Bigotry Teaching Tolerance's Speak Up! initiative helps individuals stand up to everyday prejudice. Learn not only about injustice, but how to stand up to it.
12 Ways You Can Safeguard the Vote :: PDF
by Fran Korten
Recommendations of simple ways you can protect your own vote, and the fairness of the system: download a PDF of the YES! Checklist for a Fair Election - 12 Ways You Can Safeguard the Vote.
Don’t Ignore the Constitution During Election Season
by Kathleen Taylor
This election season is an opportunity to think about what the Constitution has given us, as well as what we ourselves can do to make sure it survives—not just in letter, but in spirit.
Protecting the Vote
by Laura Flanders
Voter registration deadlines are just over a week away in many states. Polls open in just over a month. In an election that could well be decided by new voters, voter registration efforts are in overdrive. But signing people up might be the easy part: after that, there's voting. As the last two elections have shown, just showing up at the polls isn't a guarantee of a smooth ride to the ballot box.
Project Censored 2009
by Kate Sims
Project Censored seeks out the most undercovered stories of the year. In their 2009 edition, they salute YES! as "the standard" for positive stories about change. Here's an excerpt.
John Legend on the Elections John Legend on the Elections
by John Legend
Musician John Legend encourages youth to make value-based decisions before casting their presidential vote.
Connect and Engage: Elections Connect and Engage: Elections
Use this election season to hone your students' skills in media literacy, deciphering political cartoons, and evaluating candidate voting records.
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