In Celebration of Their 15th Anniversary in Nonprofit Publishing, YES! Launches Their First-Ever Awards
Who is creating the solutions we need—to confront the aftershocks of the economic recession, to halt the increasingly dire threat of climate change, or to get big money out of politics? In its newly released Winter issue, YES! Magazine asked heroes from the grassroots—such as Pete Seeger, Naomi Klein, Wendell Berry, and Eve Ensler—to name 15 people who are creating solutions just when we need them the most.
With an introduction by YES! senior editor Madeline Ostrander, the issue marks the publication’s 15th anniversary as an ad-free, independent magazine by presenting the stories of ordinary people tackling the United States’ extraordinary challenges. “We believe it’s never been more important to recognize how influential ordinary people can be,” says Ostrander, “Our political leaders have stalled every effort to pass climate-change policies and given trillions of dollars to corporations while ignoring the needs of average Americans. It’s high time for the grassroots to take matters into our own hands.”
YES! Magazine's special 15th Anniversary Issue honors the following 15 people:
Wes Jackson (selected by poet and essayist Wendell Berry), revolutionizing agriculture with crops that grow like a prairie.
Henry Red Cloud (selected by journalist Naomi Klein), solar warrior, bringing renewables and jobs to Native American reservations.
Grace Boggs (selected by songwriter Pete Seeger and civil-rights leader Vincent Harding), a 96-year-old activist, leading a revolution to reclaim Detroit’s prosperity, neighbor by neighbor.
Ai-jen Poo (selected by feminist playwright Eve Ensler and Van Jones, former White House adviser), battling for the economic bottom-rung—domestic workers.
Lily Yeh (selected by author Terry Tempest Williams), an artist who heals war-torn, broken, and economically devastated communities.
Lucas Benitez (selected by Frances Moore Lappé, bestselling author of Diet for a Small Planet), fighting for the dignity of the most exploited workers—in the fields.
Jason F. McLennan (selected by economist David Korten), architect of the world’s greenest building standards.
Eboo Patel (selected by educator and author Parker Palmer), training youth to leap global society’s deep religious divides.
Tim DeChristopher (selected by anti-corporate trickster duo The Yes Men), jailed for a courageous act to stop an illegal oil and gas auction.
May Boeve (selected by Colin “No Impact Man” Beavan), uniting an international movement to fight against climate change.
Deepak Bhargava (selected by immigration advocate Pramila Jayapal), rewriting the American Dream to include people left behind by economic inequality.
Dr. Deb Richter (selected by YES! senior editor Madeline Ostrander), a doctor who uprooted her life to bring universal health care to Vermont.
Nipun Mehta (selected by scholar Margaret Wheatley), forging a new economy based on giving, bartering, and kindness.
Will Allen (selected by YES! reader Regina Siegel), growing affordable food—and justice—in the inner-city.
Alison Smith (selected by activist Paul Loeb), campaigning for elections that money can’t buy.
Index of Breakthrough 15 articles: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/the-yes-breakthrough-15
Madeline Ostrander, Senior Editor and Lead Editor for the Breakthrough 15 issue, YES! Magazine
Sarah van Gelder, Co-founder and Executive Editor, YES! Magazine
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About Madeline Ostrander:
Madeline Ostrander, YES! senior editor, led the development of the magazine's 15th anniversary issue and the selection of the YES! Breakthrough 15. Her writing and interviews often focus on stories of personal empowerment and transformation within art and activism. Ostrander writes regularly for YES! on climate justice and environmental activism, and her work has also appeared in High Country News, the Sun Magazine, Alternet, and syndicated newspaper columns around the country. In 2010, she led the production of YES! Magazine's summer 2010 issue on water, one of four issues that were considered in the magazine’s nomination for “General Excellence” by the Utne Reader. She holds a background in environmental policy and a Master's degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked with some of the nation's leading writers and journalists on articles that have won recognition from the Society for Professional Journalists, the Media Freedom Foundation, and Project Censored.
About Sarah van Gelder:
As co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine, Sarah leads the framing and development of each issue of YES!. Sarah blogs regularly for YES! Magazine and Huffington Post, writes articles and op-eds, does interviews for YES! Magazine, and speaks on leading-edge innovations that show that another world is not only possible, it is being created today. Sarah van Gelder edited the newly released anthology, This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Nov 2011) and wrote an original introduction to the book. Last month, Sarah van Gelder was featured on PBS NewsHour, talking about the Occupy movement. For complete video and transcript, see: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/july-dec11/protests2_10-17.html
About YES! Magazine:
Since their founding in 1996, YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org have been at the forefront of a new brand of solutions-oriented journalism—showing how powerful ideas fused with practical actions can drive profound change toward a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. Project Censored calls YES! “the standard for solutions journalism.” Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman calls YES! a “vital voice of independent journalism.” The Utne’s Independent Media Awards have repeatedly recognized YES! Magazine; and Treehugger.com named YES! the Best Green Business and Politics website of 2011. YES! celebrated its 15th Anniversary in July with a sold-out Seattle event featuring climate activist Bill McKibben and green jobs advocate Van Jones. Video from the event is available here. YES! Magazine's pioneering journalism inspired Berrett-Koehler Publishers to come out with a rapid-release book on the Occupy movement, This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement (November 2011), edited by YES! cofounder Sarah van Gelder and the YES! staff.