More highlights from America: The Remix, as well as the pick of the new online articles, the YES! Cartoon competition, and Gaviotas: The Village of Hope
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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions   March/April 2010
America: The Remix
Adrienne Maree Brown Generation Mixed: Breaking the Race Barrier
My parents’ risky interracial marriage made me and my politics possible.
Bull horn A New Generation Builds Beyond Racism
The young people energized by the Obama campaign are bringing real change home.
Screaming DJ What Do You Say to a Screaming Bigot?
How one woman finds the courage to take the immigration dialogue to talk radio.
Hand illustration Signs of a New American Identity
Stories of people, communities, and groups strengthened by diversity…

Cover of Issue 53 of YES! Magazine: America: The Remix


Signs of a New American Identity
World Water Week

Image from Annie Leonard's The Story of Bottled Water
title from the film The Story of Bottled Water

Question: How do you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap? Annie Leonard's new film answers this and other questions about the strange industry of bottled water …

See The Story of Bottled Water and find out more in the forthcoming YES! issue about water.

    and explore 10 LITTLE AND BIG THINGS YOU CAN DO.

What’s New Online
Detail from cover of The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
spacer Shannon Hayes and daughter Ula
spacer Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo courtesy of the BBC World Service
Want the Good Life? Your Neighbors Need It, Too
New research shows that, among developed countries, the healthiest and happiest aren't those with the highest incomes but those with the most equality. Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson discusses why.
spacer Can Money Buy Education?
Radical homemaker Shannon Hayes taught her daughter that their family doesn’t buy things they can make or grow at home. She then had to wonder: Does that include higher education?
spacer The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks
We the people have given away our sovereign money-creating power to private, for-profit lending institutions, which have used it to siphon wealth from the productive economy. Some states are moving to take that power back.

Taking Action: Reinventing Yourself …
Writer Faith Adiele's self-portrait at the MacDowell artists colony in New Hampshire in 1995 Memoir as the ultimate revolutionary act
How sharing stories is one way to break through stereotypes and build respect.
By breaking free of our expectations about our own limitations, we're better able to serve others. Image by Hiking Artist. Ending the Trance, Answering the Call
Our task is to become conscious of the ways in which we believe ourselves limited by the current conditions of our lives. We are called to remember, and to open to greater purpose.
Robert Shetterly painted Howard Zinn as part of his series, Americans Who Tell the Truth Lessons from Howard Zinn
The late historian and activist was a compelling example of someone committed to, and enjoying to its fullest, a life of struggle.
Detail of image by Hiking Artist.
YES! Features
Mural at Gaviotas

Gaviotas: Village of Hope

A search for answers in Colombia leads two activists into the unpredictable world of Las Gaviotas, a world-famous example of sustainable living in a harsh environment.

Paolo Lugari video icon  VIDEO:
Paolo Lugari, the founder of Las Gaviotas in Colombia, describes the incredible energy of the human spirit at Las Gaviotas.
Cover of Wendell Berry's Bringing it to the Table with background of YES! Poster of Wendell Berry's 17 Rules for a Sustainable Community

Bringing it to the Table
A review of Wendell Berry’s latest book

In many ways, the food movement has spent the last 40 years catching up with Wendell Berry. This most steadfast of advocates for healthy and sustainable food was a lonely voice when he began his defense of traditional farming in the early 1970s.

Wendell Berry’s 17 Rules for a Sustainable Community
YES! Monthly Cartoon Caption
New YES! Cartoon Write a caption for this month’s YES! cartoon. Winning entries will be posted online, and the funniest will be printed in YES!

YES! CFL Cartoon

Enter the competition.

I now have the same glowing personality with only 1/10th the effort!
The best captions for this cartoon.

Did you miss…

Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: what white people fear
   A white guy confesses his fears and tells why he seeks out settings beyond his comfort zone.

:: THE POWER OF LOCAL    Independent businesses are finding ways to promote local economies.

:: 10 courageous things you can do to build community
    Building strong communities is critical, hard work. It’s also one of the most courageous & important things each of us can do.

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Granny D and Howard Zinn, just two of the Americans featured in artist Robert Shetterly’s beautiful book.
Artist Robert Shetterly's beautiful book Americans Who Tell the Truth.
In Memoriam
Robert Shetterly painted Granny D as part of his series, Americans Who Tell the Truth Goodbye, Granny D
Remembering the inspiring life of Doris Haddock, a great-grandmother from New Hampshire who decided, at age 88, to take a stand (and a very long walk) to protect democracy.
Reader Question …
Earth Day When Earth Day began in 1970, nearly 20 million people participated…

Q: Were you one of them?
A: Share your best memories here.

Or, tell us about your first Earth Day.

YES! But How?
Natural Family Planning is a method to keep track on the woman's fertile daysSafe and Green
Is there such a thing as “green” birth control?

:: MORE Green Living Advice
YES! Web Picks
Mari Margil of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund speaking at Bioneers 2009 VIDEO Drafting Nature’s Constitution
Why we need a fundamental change in the way we use law to protect nature.

A group of indigenous leaders from the Amazon in Quito, Ecuador, to see the film Avatar on the big screen in 3D. Photo PRI Public Radio International
Avatar in the Amazon
The smash hit
Avatar gets mixed reviews from Ecuador’s indigenous Amazonian community— an audience that’s very familiar with the movie’s plot line.

FILM Image from the film Dirt: The Movie
DIRT! The Movie
The Earth’s most overlooked natural resource is right beneath our feet.

New YES! Poster: Wendell Berry's 17 Rules for a Sustainable Community. Click here.
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