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Use The People's Veto to End Citizens United

Widespread, multi-sector activism is exactly what is needed to amend the constitution.

 

When I spoke at an event in February 2010, I gave the audience little boxes of matches. My point was that to achieve the change we were discussing we would need to light a prairie fire of activism. Two years later, I gave a similar talk. I needed no matchboxes. The prairie fire was well underway. 

How to Ask Candidates Questions That Make a Difference

Tips for spreading your ideas without getting the runaround.

Let's Unstuff the Holidays

I longed for simpler surroundings. So I made a resolution: Each week I would move more stuff out of the house than came in.

Young Farmers: A Growing Movement

In spite of the daily discouraging environmental, political, and economic news, coaxing living things to grow somehow seems to make folks optimistic.

 

Recently during lunch at the YES! offices, online editor Brooke Jarvis made a casual comment I found quite stunning. Brooke, a sharp, talented 20-something, said “I don’t know a single person under 30 who doesn’t want to own a farm.”

10 Ways to Solve the Jobs Problem

Imagine a no-holds-barred “summit” that comes up with ideas to solve both our job and environmental problems. What might it come up with?

As the midterm political season heats up, one word on every politician’s lips is “jobs.” And for good reason. People are hurting—they can’t pay their mortgages, send their kids to college, pay their dental bills.

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