Progress Toward an Inclusive, Multiracial America
WASHINGTON - By
mid-century, people of color will be the majority in the United States.
A new issue of YES! Magazine shows us ways to get beyond the racism
that's haunted us since the founding of the country.
The 34-page feature section of America: The Remix
introduces the people who are already writing a new American story that
embraces all the cultures and peoples of the United States. From
Pennsauken, NJ, to St. Paul, MN, from Austin, TX to Los Angeles, youth
activists, labor organizers, urban planners, and just plain folks are
putting aside race to work together. They're ready to make our
country's diversity our strength.
Feature stories from America: The Remix include:
* Becoming a Whole Nation
- Introduction from Executive Editor Sarah van Gelder.
* Our Future as a Multiracial Society
national leaders in the fields of civil rights, labor unions, youth
engagement, climate activism, and urban planning-Carl Anthony, Rob
"Biko" Baker, Adrienne Maree Brown, Robert Jensen, Carlos Jimenez, and
Grace Lee Boggs-join moderator Sarah van Gelder in an exploration of
race and multiculturalism in a changing America.
* A New Generation Builds Beyond Racism
by Rob "Biko" Baker
Youth leaders who powered the Obama movement are working at the local level to address problems of structural racism.
* United by Hard Times
by Carlos Jimenez
The struggle for workers' rights cuts across race lines.
* Progress Toward a Multiracial Nation [YES! Infographic]
by Tim Sanders and Kim Eckart
Milestones over the past 100 years, on the way to an inclusive, just nation.
* What White People Fear
by Robert Jensen
and journalism professor, Robert Jensen, confesses his fears and tells
why he seeks out settings beyond his comfort zone. Says Jensen, "I have
a choice: I can rest comfortably in the privileges that come with being
white, or I can struggle to be fully human."
* What Do you Say to a Screaming Bigot?
Interview with Pramila Jayapal
How the founder and director of immigration-advocacy group One America seeks common ground with radio shock jocks.
* Everday Conversations to Heal Racism
by Roberto Vargas
senior trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute shares key steps
for having courageous conversations about race and culture.
Additional theme articles include:
* Brett Dennen: My Most Important Songs
by Madeline Ostrander
little-known album by pop star Brett Dennen is still changing lives at
The Mosaic Project, teaching kids to stand up to intolerance.
* The City We All Want to Live In
by Carl Anthony
founder of San Francisco's Urban Habitat Program and Breakthrough
Communities says all residents and communities should have the
opportunity to be involved as full and equal partners in regional
* Generation Mixed: Breaking the Race Barrier
by Adrienne Maree Brown
Her parents' risky interracial marriage made this young organizer's work and politics possible.
* My Life in Black and White
by Faith Adiele
Why memoir is the ultimate multicultural act.
YES! is an award-winning, independent, non-profit, print and online publication with a national readership. YES! fuses powerful ideas and practical actions, showing how people are building community-based economics, developing renewable energy, growing food sustainably, moving to nonviolence, and much more. Featured writers and interviewees include Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Van Jones, Bill Moyers, Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, Thich Nhat Hanh, Terry Tempest Williams, Vandana Shiva, and Thom Hartmann, to name a few.