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Photo Essay: Pete Seeger's Life on the Hudson
by Sarah van Gelderposted Jan 28, 2014
- In December 2007, YES! editor-in-chief Sarah van Gelder interviewed Pete Seeger in his home in Beacon, New York. Seeger showed Sarah his family photo albums, his DIY solar-powered car, and, of course, a whole wall filled with banjos.
Video: New Hampshire's Campaign to Make 2016 About Money in Politics
posted Jan 27, 2014
- At a time when politicians spend more time fundraising than making policy, the New Hampshire Rebellion aims to make political corruption the number-one issue in the 2016 election cycle.
Why the Smartphone Became the Lightsaber of the Environmental Justice Movement
by Kristin Moeposted Jan 24, 2014
- From West Virginia to the Gulf Coast, residents of communities facing environmental problems are discovering that visual storytelling brings results. Their number-one tool is the humble smartphone.
Paradise Farmed: Inside Kaua'i's Local Food Movement
by James Trimarcoposted Jan 23, 2014
- The issue of local food is more urgent when you're more than 2,400 miles away from the nearest continent.
India's Own "Occupy": How a New Political Party is Battling Corruption—and Winning
by Nathan Schneiderposted Jan 22, 2014
- A few months ago, India's Aam Aadmi Party was a curiosity; now, it’s a call for pro-democracy movements elsewhere to step up their game.
Infographic: 13 Ways Europe Does Food Safer, Cleaner, and Kinder
by YES! Editorsposted Jan 17, 2014
- How does the United States stack up against the European Union on food safety issues like GMOs, hormones, questionable chemicals, and other food additives?
How a Great Man Put Down His Guns: Martin Luther King's Path to Nonviolence
by Mark Engler, Paul Englerposted Jan 16, 2014
- It took years of political evolution for King to understand nonviolence not merely as a moral force, but as an effective strategy for leveraging political change.
Video: An In-Depth Look at North Carolina's Progressive "Moral Mondays" Movement
by YES! online staffposted Jan 14, 2014
- Alarmed by the ultraconservative policies of their state government, North Carolina residents are taking to the streets to say that social justice is the moral way to go.
Travel Companies Boycott "Human Safaris" and 13 Other Victories for Tribal People in 2013
by Joanna Eedeposted Jan 10, 2014
- Times have never been tougher for indigenous people living in traditional ways. Yet 2013 saw them winning land rights, fighting misrepresentation in the media, and winning solidarity from unexpected allies.
How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids
by Laura Gottesdienerposted Jan 09, 2014
- Displaced by foreclosure, this family took direct action—and got a place to live.
10 Clever Ideas From Around the World to Root Out Inequality (Like Fining Extreme CEO Pay)
by Sam Pizzigatiposted Jan 08, 2014
- From Switzerland to New York, it seems like people are talking more than ever about inequality—and its antidotes. Here are some of the most promising and provocative ideas from last year that could shift our course in 2014.
After 20-Year Fight, Bronx Community Wins Big on Development Project Committed to Living Wages and Local Economy
by Laura Flandersposted Jan 03, 2014
- The people of New York’s poorest borough fought to ensure that redevelopment of its castle-like landmark will benefit those who live there. Will it be a gamechanger?
Abolish the Aisle: Would Divided Legislators Work Together If They Had to Sit in Alphabetical Order?
by Fran Kortenposted Dec 31, 2013
- Marco Rubio would be next to Bernie Sanders, and Paul Ryan would rub elbows with Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan. If we closed the personal gap, maybe we could close the political one.
Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now!
posted Dec 31, 2013
- From new leadership in the fight against climate change to an uprising in the education system, there's a lot to be excited about in 2014.
10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come
by Sarah van Gelderposted Dec 27, 2013
- Beyond the headlines of conflict and catastrophe, this year’s top stories offered us some powerful proof that the world can still change—for the better.