Fall 2022

Table of Contents


From the Editors

The Work Issue

I am privileged to be able to say that I love the work I do. I find meaning, purpose, and even a sense of identity in my work here at YES! Media. But I also know that, compared to many people in this country, I am in the minority.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Work

Our work environment is deeply dysfunctional. But making systemic change requires understanding how we got here.
Chris Winters

Undergrads Fight for Their Right to Organize

Long-underpaid undergrad students who work on campus are increasingly seeing the value of their labor and organizing unions.
Sophia L. Burns

Can Unions Still Transform the Workplace?

Young workers, women, and people of color are combining digital innovation with old-school face-to-face organizing to build a new labor movement.
Sonali Kolhatkar

The Café That’s Upending Capitalism

Cafe Euphoria isn’t just another co-op. Its trans and gender-nonconforming owners are pursuing a vision of radical equality.
Mike De Socio

Labor and Climate Form a More Perfect Union

Environmental and labor activists have found success collaborating at the local and state levels. Now they have their eyes on federal policy.
Kate Schimel

Child Care: Invaluable and Undervalued

Direct payments to home-based child care providers can sustain them and the essential work they do to care for the children of working Americans.
Anne Vilen

The Job Is Not My Work

Our profit-driven health care system pushes workers to the breaking point. What would it look like to take back our power?
Sarah Kleinschmidt

To Transform Work, We Must Rest

Rest is not antithetical to work. We cannot reimagine work without it.
Tricia Hersey

The Future of Work Is No Work

Activists have long suggested that oppressive institutions should be abolished rather than reformed. The same could be said about labor.
Nicole Froio

Solutions We Love

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Indigenous Foodways

The Benefits of Berries

Late summer and fall offer a bounty of berries bursting with flavor—and healing potential.
Valerie Segrest

Terra Affirma: The River Reclaims

Landscape endures even when the infrastructure of hubris cannot.
Sarah Gilman
People We Love

Beyond Decolonization

These activists are working to ensure Indigenous perspectives are included in fields as diverse as education, health care, and scientific research.
Kate Schimel

Culture Shift

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When the Climate Crisis Hits Home

Climate change is altering not only the environment, but also the way we think about the place and concept of home.
Lornet Turnbull

On Becoming a Somatic Abolitionist

Resmaa Menakem intersperses political commentary and predictions about American democracy with explanations of how racialized trauma presents in our bodies, and offers body-focused exercises to deal with it.
Ruth Terry

Degrowth Gains Ground

Degrowth invites us to envision a much deeper societal transition than simply swapping energy sources to maintain the status quo.
Jared Spears

The YES! Crossword: Equilibrium

Play the puzzle from our “Work” issue.
Patrick Blindauer