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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Friday, December 2, 2016 - 9:45am
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 5, 2016 - 12:30pm
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 3, 2016 - 10:00am
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 2, 2016 - 11:30am
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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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 12:30pm
How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors
The last few weeks and months have seen major victories for communities resisting oil trains, coal terminals, pipelines, and strip mines. This is big news at a time of an out-of-control climate crisis—this July and August tied as the hottest months ever recorded. Could these stories represent our...
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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 2:30pm
The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around
This year’s massive buildup of resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline follows closely on the heels of the victory over Keystone XL pipeline, something often credited to feverish organizing by 350.org. But years before 350’s involvement, there was the Indigenous Environmental Network, which...
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Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 2:00pm
Why Say No to the TPP? Corporations Already Have Too Much Power
It took two days for 60 members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance to plant the heirloom seeds by hand. It was the spring of 2014, and there were prayers, burning of sage and sweetgrass, and, one by one, volunteers pressed the red corn seeds into the earth of Art and Helen Tanderup’s farm in Neligh...
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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 11:00am
Amid Election Chaos, Communities Show Where the Real Power Is
A year ago, it looked like we were in for a tedious election with yet another Bush pitted against another Clinton. Not so, as it turned out. I nside the Beltway, they didn’t see it coming, but I wasn’t surprised that millions of voters defied the political establishment and chose to support Donald...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 11:15am
The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big Dreams
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination has pitted a dreamer against a realist, right? Bernie Sanders is the unrealistic one, and Hillary Clinton, the pragmatist, is the candidate who can get things done. That’s what many pundits say. But, even with Tuesday’s setbacks to the Sanders...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 10:15am
What Our Breasts Are Telling Us
When Florence Williams was breastfeeding her infant daughter a decade ago, she started thinking more about the mechanics of her body. A longtime science and environmental journalist, Williams began to delve into the purpose and function of women’s breasts and to examine the chemicals that were...
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