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Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now! Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now!
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 10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come
by Sarah van Gelder
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.
Think Feminism Isn't Funny? 5 Parodies That Blur the Lines Between Laughter and Politics Think Feminism Isn't Funny? 5 Parodies That Blur the Lines Between Laughter and Politics
by Nur Lalji
When it comes to the portrayal of women in the media, the whole world is watching. And laughing too.
Meet the Texas Farmer Challenging the Keystone Pipeline from the Courtroom to the Plains Meet the Texas Farmer Challenging the Keystone Pipeline from the Courtroom to the Plains
by Anna Simonton
Julia Trigg-Crawford claims that the state of Texas has no process to determine whether projects that seize landowners' property are really in the public benefit.
Tiny House Village to Shelter the Homeless in Texas Tiny House Village to Shelter the Homeless in Texas
by Kelly McCartney
The project, which is set to break ground next year, will include places for residents to live, garden, worship, and work.
Only 4 Percent of the Lowest-Wage Workers Get Paid Family Leave: Could a New Law Change This? Only 4 Percent of the Lowest-Wage Workers Get Paid Family Leave: Could a New Law Change This?
by Elizabeth Ben-Ishai
Many small businesses do want to give their workers paid time off to care for new babies and sick family members, but lack the means. How a new bill could make it possible.
The Education of Bill McKibben: How the Unlikely Activist Learned to Break the Rules The Education of Bill McKibben: How the Unlikely Activist Learned to Break the Rules
by Madeline Ostrander
“Sometime in the course of the past decade I figured out that I needed to do more than write—if this fight was about power, then we who wanted change had to assemble some.”
Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility Boulder Votes to Break With Xcel and Start Its Own Power Utility
by Bob Massie
Why moving utilities from corporate to public control puts energy, dollars, and decisions into the hands of local communities.
Measuring Fukushima's Impact: How Geeks and Hackers Got Geiger Counters to the Masses Measuring Fukushima's Impact: How Geeks and Hackers Got Geiger Counters to the Masses
by Erika Lundahl
Thousands of ordinary people have contributed to a crowd-sourced effort to measure Fukushima's impact.
"Cherished Ideal": A Tribute to Nelson Mandela "Cherished Ideal": A Tribute to Nelson Mandela
by YES! online staff
This video tribute to Nobel Peace Laureate Nelson Mandela recounts moments in South Africa's history alongside quotes from some of his famous speeches.
Can this Small College in Maryland Pass the Fairest Wage Policy in US Academia? Can this Small College in Maryland Pass the Fairest Wage Policy in US Academia?
by Caroline Selle
An initiative developed by staff, students, and faculty would tie the earnings of the school's highest-paid employees to those of the lowest.
We Know Who Stole the Economy—National People’s Action Moves to Take It Back We Know Who Stole the Economy—National People’s Action Moves to Take It Back
by David Korten
"Listen to and work with your base to create a shared, big-picture narrative."
The Facts Are In: Austerity Politics Doesn't Work The Facts Are In: Austerity Politics Doesn't Work
by Sally Kohn
From England's double-dip recession to Portugal's spiking unemployment, there is now conclusive evidence of the complete failure of austerity.
TPP Protestors to Foreign Negotiators: "Don't Let U.S. Bully You" TPP Protestors to Foreign Negotiators: "Don't Let U.S. Bully You"
by James Trimarco
Negotiators from Latin American and Asian countries said they were "doing their best" to stand up to the U.S. Trade Representative.
8 Courageous Things Harry Potter Fans Did to Fight Real-Life Dark Forces 8 Courageous Things Harry Potter Fans Did to Fight Real-Life Dark Forces
by Katrina Rabeler
If Harry Potter were a real person, he’d fight child labor, voter suppression, and poverty. Here are our favorite ways Harry's fans have taken his values from the page to the real world.
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