Sarah van Gelder

Sarah van Gelder

Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and editor-at-large of YES! Magazine, and author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America. Follow her blog and connect with Sarah on Twitter: @sarahvangelder

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns
Boarded-up business districts. Abandoned warehouses. Barns and homes covered by tarps slowly collapsing into the earth. It was startling how often this scene repeated as I drove through the rural areas of the Midwest, South, and West on the road trip that resulted in the book The Revolution Where...
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
To Survive, the Democratic Party Needs to Stand Up to Wall Street and Global Corporations
With the attention of the nation riveted on the Trump train wreck and on the historic Women’s March, one lesson of this moment is getting lost: The Democratic Party lost an election to one of the most unstable, lewd, and unqualified candidates ever to run for office. If we are to get through this...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Big Trump Protests Are Fine, But Here’s a To-Do List for Lasting Change
As the Trump regime rolls out, the need for building local power becomes startlingly clear. Many will march in the Women’s March on Saturday, and that promises to be an important statement against normalizing the Trump administration. But after the big events are over, what next? National...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
It Wasn’t All Bad: 5 Signs of Positive Change in 2016
It was a year blown up by the election results. There are now two very different 2016s—the one before and the one after we learned that Donald Trump would become president of the United States. Trump’s administration won’t get us where we need to go. Before Nov. 8, most assumed that Hillary Clinton...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
How to Face a Trump Presidency: Resist, Reconnect, Renew
It’s the solstice, the darkest time of year in the Northern Hemisphere. I awaken in the dark and check for news about Standing Rock and about the Trump transition team. It’s almost an epic pairing: the Native Americans, withstanding water cannons and pepper spray, camped out in below-zero blizzards...
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Saturday, December 10, 2016
How Standing Rock Has Changed Us
At the Oceti Sakowin camp there were celebrations into the night when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision was announced. Fireworks lit up the sky, which is normally dominated by police searchlights, and there were songs, prayers, and dance. And tears. The decision to halt work on the Dakota...
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Friday, December 02, 2016
The Many Ways to Help Standing Rock
The timing couldn’t have been more awful. The day after Thanksgiving, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that people camped at the Oceti Sakowin Camp would be considered trespassers on that federally managed land after Dec. 5. With thousands of people, it is the...
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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Turning Point at Standing Rock? Resistance and Renewed Hope Against Dakota Access
Is this the turning point for the Dakota Access Pipeline? Word spread through the camp on Friday of a discussion between the Army Corps of Engineers and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that could mean a breakthrough. “This proves that our prayers are really strong from the Oceti Sakowin camp,” Tom...
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Thursday, November 03, 2016
Building a Bridge to Turtle Island — Dispatch from Standing Rock
Standing Rock (Nov. 2) — Drone footage taken of the ridge overlooking the camp showed that the water protecters worst fears had been realized. Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline had reached just a quarter of a mile from the river, plowing through burial grounds and sacred sites of the Sioux...
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Report from Standing Rock—Fierce Resilience as the Black Snake Approaches the River
The camp is a hive of activity, people splitting firewood, erecting a giant geodesic dome, patrolling on horseback, cooking food over wood heated stoves. At the same time, the camp is struggling to recover from trauma resulting from last Thursday’s action by a multi-state armored police force...
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