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6 Stories of Citizen Science

Portrait of Shannan Lenke Stoll Since the inauguration, we’ve been reminded how important science, reason, and an informed citizenry are to our democracy. Science is one of the best tools we have to make informed decisions about health and the environment. When citizens get involved in science, it can even become a tool for positive social change. In my article for the current issue of YES!, I share six stories of people getting involved in the science that impacts their lives. They all aren’t Ph.D.s—they’re people impacted by pollution and citizens curious about the science in their backyards. And they all are looking for ways to help their communities.  

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6 Ways Citizens Across the U.S. Are Using Science to Build a Better World

By collecting climate change data, monitoring air quality, and reverse-engineering insulin, locals are creating a more just and equitable society.   READ MORE »

The Mental and Physical Trauma of 750,000 DACA Kids Living in Limbo

Intensifying the anxiety, Trump has announced he is ending protections for Dreamers—those who were brought to the U.S. as children, grew up here, and consider it their home.   READ MORE »

What Scared Me the Most About Trump’s “Presidential” Speech

The president spoke in complete sentences and praised a fallen soldier, and now, for some people, the world is less chaotic. Trump is upping his game, and we as resisters aren’t ready.   READ MORE »

Robert Reich: Why Trump’s “America First” Plan Is Pure Fantasy

Trumponomics fails because it ignores the American worker. Here’s what we should do instead.   READ MORE »

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In a Rust Belt Town Where Tuition Is Covered, Economy Begins to Revive

After Kalamazoo, Michigan, offered college tuition for nearly all high school graduates, dropout rates declined and the city’s population began to rebound.   READ MORE »

Governor’s Order to Protect State’s Immigrants Is More Than a Moral Choice

Immigrants make up 17 percent of the state’s workforce. If Washington’s undocumented workers were deported, nearly $14.5 billion in economic activity could be lost.   READ MORE »

What Would a Modern-Day Rosie the Riveter Look Like?

You decide. Send us your ideas by March 14.   READ MORE »

Will Cuts to Public Broadcasting Silence Native Radio Stations?

There are 60 stations licensed to tribes or tribal entities in the United States. They stand to lose a lot if Trump cuts federal funding.   READ MORE »

The Woman Giving Refugee Kids Free Lawyers

And two other people advocating for immigrants and refugees.   READ MORE »

San Francisco Gives Immigrant Parents a Voice Through Noncitizen Voting

The parent-led effort shows how cities can empower and protect noncitizens at a time of uncertainty for many immigrant families.   READ MORE »

Comment of the Week—on “In a Rust Belt Town Where Tuition Is Covered, Economy Begins to Revive”

Reader Hal Woods writes, “The entire United States should do this.”   READ MORE »

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