Sarah van Gelder

Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. connect with Sarah on Twitter @sarahvangelder.

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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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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 1:00pm
Six Hopeful Breakthroughs from 2015
2015 was a year that shook us out of complacency. Black Lives Matter forced the nation to confront the threat of police violence faced every day by African Americans. The refugee crisis coupled with the movement of ISIS into Europe and the United States brought distant wars close to home. The...
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 12:15pm
Remembering Grace Lee Boggs and the Revolution She Inspired in Me
This week, I returned to Detroit as I have every few years. On Thursday, I visited the James and Grace Lee Boggs School and heard of the influence Grace had in founding a school that is deeply rooted in community. On Friday, I visited the Boggs Center and talked to board members about their...
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Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 7:30am
Dispatches From the Edge of Change: Why Montana's Fossil-Fuel Resistance Gives Me Hope
I started on the Northwest part of this roadtrip to find the places where there is resistance to fossil fuel expansion, and I have found them. But I also found that many of the same people are not only rejecting a paradigm built on exploitation and domination, they are working to build a new post-...
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Monday, December 29, 2014 - 11:30am
10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)
In 2014, we saw a lot of brutality. Unarmed black men and women were killed by police, women were raped on college campuses and in military barracks, foreign nationals were tortured, and young and mentally ill Americans were confined for extended periods in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. The...
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:30am
The Boomers "Failed" Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice
On the morning of December 19, 2008, Tim DeChristopher woke up knowing he would somehow protest an auction of oil and gas leases on federal lands in Utah’s red rock country. How he would make his views known, though, was a mystery. When an official at the auction asked him if he was there to bid on...
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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 6:43am
Obama Calls for "Opportunity for All": 8 Policies to Make It Happen
As expected, President Obama made economic opportunity a centerpiece of his State of the Union message on Tuesday. He even took a small step forward by announcing a $10.10 minimum wage for employees of federal contractors.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 12:26pm
How Can I Keep From Singing
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