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The Kendall Jenner Pepsi Memes Made You a Better Person. Think About It
by Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez
Those cleverly captioned photos shared on social media can spark conversations and help build empathy.
Why These Missile Strikes Won’t Make Things Better for the Syrian People
by Stephen Zunes
There are serious questions as to whether Trump’s bombing of the Syrian base has anything to do with protecting civilians.
CEOs Now Make 300 Times More Than Their Workers. This City Is Putting a Stop to That
by Chuck Collins
Runaway CEO pay contributes to income inequality and ultimately harms companies, so local governments aren’t waiting for a federal fix.
Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom
by Melissa Hellmann
Students learn about the front lines of global warming and how to be climate activists.
No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies
by David Korten
Local control is a foundational conservative principle—but progressives also embrace it.
Monet Wins Tobenkin Award for Standing Rock Coverage
by YES! staff
“At their heart, her stories were about the religious freedom, sovereignty, and human rights sought by Indigenous people everywhere.”
Self-Esteem Might Boost Our Egos, But Self-Compassion Opens Our Hearts
by Kristin Neff
Unlike self-esteem, the good feelings of self-compassion do not depend on being special and above average, or on meeting ideal goals.
Promises to Coal Country Aside, Trump’s Budget Cuts Will End an Economic Lifeline
by James Trimarco
The Appalachian Regional Commission helps to create jobs and improve economic fortunes of “distressed counties” in West Virginia and Kentucky.
Wildfires Are Essential: The Forest Service Embraces a Tribal Tradition
by Nathan Gilles
The Karuk were once denied the right to practice an ancient tradition. Now scientific and resource management circles are seeing the merits of controlled burning.
Incarcerating US: The Failings of America’s Prison System
by Kim Eckart
The documentary dates the problem to the war on drugs and the establishment of mandatory minimum sentences.
Seattle Is Sixth Local Government to Sue Trump Over Threats to Sanctuary Cities
by James Trimarco
“Sanctuary policies are legal, and Trump’s executive order is not.”
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
by Kim Eckhart
“Love people, use things, because the opposite never works.”
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Photo Essay: These Sculptures Tell the Story of the First Japanese Americans Sent to Camps
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The memorial wall is 276 feet long—one foot for every Japanese person who lived on Bainbridge Island in 1942.
How a Faculty Fast Pushed a University to Finally Denounce Trump’s Travel Ban
by Will Meyer
In South Carolina, a university president’s middle-of-the-road response to the executive order sparked a string of campuswide resistance efforts to protect the rights of international students.