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Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Not Poison the People Recycling It? This One Is
by Chris Sweeneyposted Oct 11, 2013
- Our throwaway electronics harm people overseas, but new trends in responsible design are not just smart—they’re kind.
Why Jon Stewart Wants to Adopt Malala Yousafzai
by Christa Hillstromposted Oct 10, 2013
- “If you hit a Talib with your shoe, there is no difference between you and the Talib”—and other impressive things the teenage Nobel Peace Prize contender said to leave “The Daily Show” stunned.
How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons
by Amy B. Deanposted Oct 09, 2013
- 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
by Fran Kortenposted Oct 08, 2013
- 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
by Cynthia Danielposted Oct 08, 2013
- 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
by Katrina Rabelerposted Oct 04, 2013
- 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
by Nur Laljiposted Oct 04, 2013
- 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 Flandersposted Oct 04, 2013
- 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
by Nathan Schneiderposted Oct 03, 2013
- 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
by Kevin Fongposted Oct 03, 2013
- 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
by James Trimarcoposted Oct 01, 2013
- 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
by Annie Leonardposted Oct 01, 2013
- 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
by Christa Hillstromposted Sep 27, 2013
- 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
by Liam Barrington-Bushposted Sep 25, 2013
- 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
by Christa Hillstromposted Sep 20, 2013
- 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.