How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.
4 Ways to Leap the “Fiscal Cliff” to a Better U.S.A.
by Sarah van Gelderposted Dec 07, 2012
- Sarah van Gelder looks beyond the hype about the deficit and finds four ways to balance the books while protecting our health and financial security.
Doha Talks Show Need for Climate Action in Post-Sandy U.S.
by Janet Redmanposted Dec 04, 2012
- Will the United States ever change its policy of obstructing international action to stop climate change? If so, the political pressure to change the country’s role will have to come from the American people.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
by Valerie Schloredtposted Dec 04, 2012
- Film Review: Whether you think the cyberactivists of Anonymous are hooligans or heroes, “We Are Legion” is required viewing.
Walmart Strikes Fire Up Low-Wage Workers, Despite Setbacks
by Paul J. Comeauposted Nov 30, 2012
- They were unable to put a dent in Black Friday sales, but striking Walmart workers brought the plight of low-wage workers to the forefront of the national conversation. Their action has already inspired historic protests by fast-food workers in New York City.
How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate
by Marisa Francoposted Nov 30, 2012
- This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy.
Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy
posted Nov 29, 2012
- Buying local isn’t enough. If we’re going to get our economy back on track, we have to re-center on communities.
In Hurricane Sandy Relief, a Reminder of Occupy’s Original Spirit
by Jeffrey Lawrence, Luis Moreno-Caballudposted Nov 28, 2012
- Commentators in the mainstream media have said the effective hurricane relief accomplished by Occupy Sandy represents a new direction in the movement. In fact, nothing could be closer to its founding ideas and actions.
Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization
by Olivia Rosaneposted Nov 26, 2012
- Back in September, YES! covered the efforts of immigrant workers at New York City’s Hot and Crusty Bakery to form a union. After a series of twists and turns that tested the workers’ persistence, the shop is now set to open in December with a fully unionized workforce.
Walmart’s Summer of Discontent Explodes in Black Friday Strikes
by Cecilia Garzaposted Nov 22, 2012
- Over the past year a diverse coalition of groups representing Walmart workers have broken decades of silence and united to confront the company. Now, organizers expect more than 1,000 strikes on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Can a “Dracula Strategy” Bring Trans-Pacific Partnership into the Sunlight?
by Lori Wallachposted Nov 21, 2012
- A highly secretive trade agreement aims to penalize countries that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. Luckily, the growing opposition goes beyond the usual trade justice suspects.
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van Gelderposted Nov 19, 2012
- It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
Occupy’s New Offshoot Set to Cancel Millions in Medical Debts
by Fabien Tepperposted Nov 16, 2012
- Medical debt is the cause of 62 percent of bankruptcies, say organizers of Strike Debt, which threw last night's offbeat fundraiser for their new “Rolling Jubilee.” Ordinary people donated enough money to collectively buy an estimated $5.9 million in bad debt in order to cancel it.
We Can Address “Fiscal Cliff” Without Cuts to Social Security
by Democracy Now!posted Nov 16, 2012
- Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman investigates the issue of the “fiscal cliff” and examines the agenda of some of those advocating for corporate tax relief.
With Rolling Jubilee, 99 Percent Beats Wall Street at Its Own Game
by James Trimarcoposted Nov 16, 2012
- What are the implications of a social movement that has come to understand Wall Street’s financial magic?
Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors
by Chuck Collinsposted Nov 15, 2012
- History is full of cases where the people got active on the big problems of their day by forming affinity groups of 10 to 20 individuals. These groups provide energy, organization, and even psychological support.