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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“Americans can expect to live shorter and sicker lives, compared to people living in any other rich democracy." (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 29, 2018
No, Growing Inequality Won’t Solve Itself
Republicans in Congress and President Trump got their big political victory: a tax overhaul that vastly benefits the superrich and corporations at the expense of nearly everyone else.   On one hand, it’s not surprising—GOP leadership had clearly signaled their intent to reward their wealthy donors...
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Then US President George W Bush (R) shakes hands with then US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton,on 4 December 2006, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC (AFP) Views
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
What to Do About Bolton and Other Pro-War Appointees
“Yes, John Bolton Really Is That Dangerous” read a headline from the New York Times. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said he “can’t imagine a more reckless, more dangerous pick” in an interview for MSNBC. “U.S. War with North Korea and Iran More Likely With John Bolton Running National Security” read a...
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Matt Gartman walks through the milking parlor at his farm in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. (Photo: Darren Hauck/Getty Images.) Views
Friday, February 23, 2018
I Was Wrong About the Rural–Urban Divide
I thought I knew something about Wisconsin politics. I assumed the state was neatly divided between blue cities, like Madison and Milwaukee, and solidly red rural areas that twice elected Governor Scott Walker, one of the nation’s most right-wing governors, and went for Donald Trump in 2016. Turns...
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“The more people we include, the more powerful and supported we are.” (Photo: Aziz Acharki on Unsplash) Views
Friday, January 26, 2018
We Need Radical Imagination
There are many consequences to the near daily barrage of lies, violence, bigotry, and vulgarity produced by the Trump administration. One impact: This atmosphere crowds out space for imagining and creating new possibilities. So it was refreshing to hear that for Poka Laenui, radical imagination is...
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Between 4 million and 5 million people turned out in over 650 marches across the U.S. on Jan. 21, 2017. (Photo: Unsplash) Views
Monday, January 08, 2018
We Must March. But We Must Also Organize Locally
Last year at this time, a giant women’s march was in the planning stages. It turned out to be among the largest in U.S. history, according to the Washington Post . Between 4 million and 5 million people turned out in over 650 marches across the U.S. on Jan. 21, 2017, ranging from 200 in Abilene,...
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Monday, January 01, 2018
Feeling Burned Out? When We Gather, We Get Energized
If it feels like you and the people you know have no say over what happens in Washington, D.C., that’s not an illusion. Research shows that ordinary people have close to zero influence on policymaking at the federal level while wealthy individuals and business-controlled interest groups hold...
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“Leaving behind the illusion that we can fix a broken system frees us to work for genuine change.” (Photo: Jakob Owens/Unsplash) Views
Thursday, December 28, 2017
We Can Reimagine and Reinvent Our Society in 2018
I’ve been writing a year-end column for YES! for years. Previously, my aim was to find the strands of hope from the past year that can be woven into new possibilities in the next year. But as I sat down to write this column, on one of the darkest days of the year, I realized that this year will be...
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Americans Are Stressed About the Future. Here’s Why That’s Promising
Americans are really stressed out, according to a new poll by the American Psychological Association. That’s not news, but what’s surprising is that we are slightly more stressed out by the future of our country (63 percent) than by the usual stressors—money (62 percent) and work (61 percent). In...
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  Firefighters attempt to save the Casa Loma fire station in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Loma Prieta, California on September 27, 2016.  Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images. Views
Thursday, September 14, 2017
90 Companies Helped Cause the Climate Crisis—They Should Pay For It
Pacific Northwest forests are on fire. Several blazes are out of control, threatening rural towns, jumping rivers and highways, and covering Portland, Oregon, Seattle, and other cities in smoke and falling ash. Temperatures this summer are an average of 3.6 degrees higher than the last half of the...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
To the Millions Who Have Stood Up to the Trump Administration: Thank You
The Republican health care bill is dead. Good riddance. The bill was so harsh that even Donald Trump called the House version “mean.” And yet, this legislation was stopped at a time when Republicans control both houses of Congress and the presidency. How? The answer is ordinary people, acting...
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