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Live from Denver: The Fight for a Stronger Media Live from Denver: The Fight for a Stronger Media
A contingent from YES! is in Denver this week for the National Conference for Media Reform, where we’ll be hosting a panel on solutions journalism. Check out the conference’s livestream here.
Donald Trump Picks the Wrong Scottish Farmers to Brawl With Donald Trump Picks the Wrong Scottish Farmers to Brawl With
by Chris Francis
When Donald Trump tried to develop a stretch of pristine Scottish seaside into a golf course, the feisty local community pushed back. A new documentary film tells the story.
The Supreme Court on DOMA and Prop 8: What You Need to Know The Supreme Court on DOMA and Prop 8: What You Need to Know
by Warren Richey
This week, the Supreme Court deliberates on whether to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Forty-three years of precedent will play a key role in their decisions.
After Police Shooting of Teenager, A Brooklyn Neighborhood Dreams of Justice After Police Shooting of Teenager, A Brooklyn Neighborhood Dreams of Justice
by Kristin Moe
On March 9, two NYPD officers in plain clothes shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. At the marches and nightly vigils held in his memory, people are demanding a different kind of police department.
Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a “Highly Effective Campaign” Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a “Highly Effective Campaign”
by Katrina Rabeler
A report intended to help the oil and gas industry squash the anti-fracking movement turns out to be full of useful information—and admits that much of what activists are saying is true.
Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s Master Storyteller Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s Master Storyteller
by YES! online staff
The great Nigerian author and essayist Chinua Achebe died on Thursday in Boston. In this interview with Bill Moyers, first broadcast in 1988, he explains why “The storyteller has a different agenda from the emperor.”
For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating
by Jonathan Rowe
Could it be as simple as that? Author Jonathan Rowe thought so, and tried it out in his own hometown.
Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own
by Nina Rogozen
The Affordable Care Act hopes to drive expansion of health care co-ops.
Three Tactics for a Stronger Climate Movement Three Tactics for a Stronger Climate Movement
by Melanie Jae Martin
In January, the Sierra Club reversed a 121-year-old ban on civil disobedience to reflect the urgency of climate change. The move presents an opening for radical groups to try new tactics like the three discussed here.
New Film Calls Worker-Owned Cooperatives “Next American Revolution” New Film Calls Worker-Owned Cooperatives “Next American Revolution”
by Kristin Hugo
Gar Alperovitz’s film points to worker-owned cooperatives as a growing alternative to traditional capitalism and socialism.
Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence
by Katherine Gustafson
A growing network of programs is teaching kids how to understand and express their emotions. Among their results: decreased aggression and violence.
Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffman
Psychologists recently conducted a study that found that meditation may make you more liberal, at least in the short-term. Richard Schiffman argues that the politics of true spirituality are more about balance than support for any one side.
Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both? Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both?
by Sarah van Gelder
From 1999 to 2013, Hugo Chavez served as president of Venezuela. He leaves behind a mixed legacy that includes admirable efforts to empower the poor, but also a disturbing tendency toward authoritarianism.
Where Did International Women’s Day Come From? Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph Solis
Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.
Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement Students for Climate Justice: We’re Not a Single-Issue Movement
by Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa, Sally Bunner, Lauren Ressler
The students organizing for climate justice on campuses today are drawing connections between the environment and social issues like debt, racism, and immigration.
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