For Immediate Release
Beyond Red-Blue Politics, There's More We Share in Common Than Divides Us
YES! Magazine Presents a "Purple Agenda" - What Americans Really Want in This Election Year
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Washington - We're
headed into another campaign season featuring the politics of division,
the inevitable contest of red state vs. blue state on the electoral
map. Yet polls are showing that Americans share more common ground than
not on a wide range of issues. In the new, "Purple America" issue of
YES! Magazine, we see an America with a surprisingly broad consensus on
some of the key issues affecting our future.
want government-provided health insurance for everyone, even if it
means paying higher taxes, according to the polls. We want to address
threats to national security through diplomatic means, not through
military force. We want everyone to get fair pay for a fair day's work
in workplaces that support, rather than break down, families. We want
action now to control the greenhouse gases that threaten our children
a time of economic hardship and increasing uncertainty, Americans are
ready for real answers, not sound bites, platitudes, and the politics
The "Purple America" issue of YES! explores this fertile ground of common desires. Contributing authors include:
Americans are under increasing economic pressure, and many feel
powerless to do anything about it. In "Seeing Red & Feeling Blue in
Purple America," best-selling author David Sirota (The Uprising)
travels coast to coast and finds the people who are turning their
dissatisfaction into action; the populist uprising we're hearing little
In "Fairness for Working Parents," author and mother Nanette Fondas
lays out what truly family friendly policies would look like -those that
help women thrive in the dual roles of worker and mother.
Recent research has shown that our brains are made to support caring,
cooperation, and service. In "We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect,"
David Korten says there is evidence that we can learn to get along
across the red-blue divide - after all, we want most of the same things.
As a bonus, we'll be healthier and happier if we do.
Related stories in the Purple America issue
* Editor's introduction by Sarah van Gelder.
* An agenda we can agree on:
Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important
issues of the day, from health care to war. "Ten Policies for a Better
America" shows an agenda most of us can agree on - whether we think of
ourselves as red, blue, or some other political color.
* The movement for universal single-payer health care is
growing, and it's not just liberals who are behind it. Daina Saib talks
to the doctors and small business owners - including Republicans - who are
lobbying for health care reform in "Doctors' Orders: Health Coverage
* Community Housing Trusts
buy land and houses, not for profit, but to keep them affordable for
low- and middle-income residents. In "Community Land Trust Keeps Prices
Affordable - For Now and Forever," Daniel Fireside looks at the success
of Vermont's 25-year-old Champlain Housing Trust, which provides homes
for 2,100 households.
* Cooperative businesses allow
employee-owners to receive all the benefits of their work - and their
jobs can't get out-sourced or downsized. In "Create Your Own
Workplace," Layla Aslani shows how low-income women are starting
cooperative businesses, becoming their own bosses, and creating lasting
prosperity for themselves and their families.
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