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How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence
by Yana Kunichoff, Sarah Macaraeg
The ordinance provides a meaningful model for creating reparations at the local level.
What Grace Lee Boggs Would’ve Taught Activists in This Moment
by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
Three principles to help you avoid burnout and continue working toward a better world.
About Student Writing Lessons from YES! Magazine
by Jing Fong
Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.
"Your Sacred Place" Student Writing Lesson
Describe how you would feel if a place that defines you was threatened to be destroyed or taken away. What would you do? Would you fight to save it?
The Cuts in Trump’s Budget You Haven’t Heard About
by James Trimarco
While national outrage is focused on Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, tiny agencies helping communities that teeter on the edge of poverty would also disappear.
Minnesota Churches Face Tough Questions in Offering Sanctuary to Immigrants
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For these churches, giving protection to immigrants is no longer a matter of if, but when. And what will happen if ICE comes to their doors?
I Am Your Negro Sometimes
by Terrance Hayes
Poet Terrance Hayes on the James Baldwin documentary: “It seemed, for a moment, we had come around a big bend on the racial mountain. It seemed, for a moment, we were beyond Negro.”
Where They Teach Students How to Revitalize Their Local Communities
by John Ortbal
New college programs offer fledgling community organizers “a sense of optimism about how they can effect change in their own backyard.”
Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns
by Sarah van Gelder
Although many people in these struggling regions voted for the new president, his cynical answers will not bring them prosperity. But I saw what could.
How the Neighborhood That Inspired “The Wire” Is Pulling Its Residents Out of Poverty
by Cecilia Garza, Araz Hachadourian
When large institutions like universities and hospitals agree to hire and spend locally, they can transform neighborhoods hardest hit by poverty and unemployment.
Trying to Be a Proud Latina When People Prefer Whiteness—Even in My Mother’s Homeland
by Stephanie Jimenez
For people of color to be seen as fully American, we are often forced to denounce parts of our identities.
This Is the Real Success Story of the Affordable Care Act
by Mark Trahant
Government-sponsored Medicaid and Medicare are efficient and reliable—and already cover 36 percent of Americans.
A Small Act of Scientific Civil Disobedience
by Margaret Beaton
Big science publications put important peer-reviewed research behind expensive paywalls. But some scientists have found creative ways around them.
How Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier
by Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner
Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature—or even watching it in videos—benefits our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions.
How to Resist From a Place of Love: Self-Care for the Long Haul
by Colin Beavan
If you want to sustain yourself for the work ahead, here’s some advice: It doesn’t matter whether the other side “deserves” anger.