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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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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Sunday, July 09, 2017
Our Best Shot at Meeting Paris Goals? Make Energy Public
Mayors across the country have vowed to deliver on the goals of the Paris climate accord in defiance of President Trump’s decision to back out. But how can they, realistically, when the national government is questioning climate science and promoting coal, fracking, and pipelines? "When a local...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Wage Love to End Debt’s Stranglehold
Debt is an age-old means of shaming and controlling poor people. The practice is so commonplace, we hardly notice it. For many, going into debt is the only way to get an education, buy a home, or survive a medical emergency. Shaking off that debt can be impossible for those living on low-wage and...
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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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