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Portrait of Jing Fong In 2010, Tucson United School District’s Mexican American Studies program was banned by the Arizona Legislature, and students whose lives had been changed by its classes learned some real-life lessons about standing up for what matters. Curtis Acosta was one of their teachers—a leader with infectious energy and a fierce belief in his students, who’s working to rehumanize education. Check out my interview with himfrom Education Uprising, the Spring issue of YES!
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Brought Together by Keystone Pipeline Fight, “Cowboys and Indians” Heal Old Wounds

As natives and ranchers work together to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, they’re also learning to understand each other’s history, culture, and relationship with the land. READ MORE »

Photo by Kristin Moe.
When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won

Curtis Acosta’s classes in Mexican American Studies gave kids pride in their heritage—until the Arizona Legislature canceled them. That’s when his students became activists, and some real-life lessons began. READ MORE »

Justice as Healing Meet the Real-Life Inmates Fighting for Mothers’ Rights at “Orange Is the New Black” Prison

On issue after issue, women prisoners have learned be their own strongest advocates. READ MORE »

Photo by Kristin Moe. Photo Essay: “Cowboys and Indians” Against Keystone XL Bring Newfound Unity to DC

On the frontlines of resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline, ranchers and tribal members join forces in a striking display of solidarity. READ MORE »

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“Noah” Director on What Faith Has to Do with Fighting Climate Change

Darren Aronofsky talks to the Sierra Club and others about the intersection of religion and environmentalism. READ MORE »

Photo by Shutterstock. In Rural Kansas, an Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again

The people behind the project borrowed some tricks from ride-sharing apps like Lyft, but tweaked the details so the rides are free. READ MORE »

Dollarocracy When Big Money Controls Big Media, There’s a Big Decline in Democracy

“Dollarocracy” examines innovations in other democratic nations to solve our money-in-politics crisis. READ MORE »

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Meet the urban cousin of a traditional barn raising: community members working together to build DIY greenhouses. WATCH »

Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.

Reader Maria Klemperer-Johnson writes, “It’s interesting how women in farming are improving food systems in this country. I’d like to do the same thing with building by getting more women into the building trades. The challenge is to make this work financially sustainable.” READ MORE »

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