Fracking Wars: Pittsburgh Bans Natural Gas Drilling

[Editor’s note: If you want to find the still guttering flame of democracy in America, look in the heartland, in small towns such as Barnstead, New Hampshire and Blaine Township, Pennsylvania, and now in Pittsburgh, where town councils are voting to deny corporations the rights of personhood. This is the frontline in a war between the […]

Pennsylvania Township Declares Freedom from Fracking

Published by Yes! Magazine October 27, 2010 Licking, Pennsylvania defies state law by banning corporations from dumping fracking wastewater. by Mari Margil, Ben Price In Pennsylvania—a central target for natural gas drilling and the controversial drilling practice known as horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”—local communities don’t have the legal authority to keep unwanted drilling from happening. […]

Could 62 Million Homes Be Foreclosure-Proof?

Published by Yes! Magazine August 18, 2010 The financial juggling that helped cause the 2008 crisis may be coming back to haunt banks — and help homeowners. by Ellen Brown Over 62 million mortgages are now held in the name of MERS, an electronic recording system devised by and for the convenience of the mortgage industry. […]

Restoring California’s Wild Watersheds (Reprint from Yes!)

Published by Yes! Magazine May 27, 2010 Why more water for wildlife means more water for people. by Jane Braxton Little Jim Wilcox is sitting on a rock near a quarter-acre pond watching a pair of willow flycatchers flit in and out of the brush across the water. The 15-inch rainbow trout he spied a week […]

Western Showdown: Saving the Klamath

Published by Yes! Magazine May 27, 2010 How the tribes of the Klamath River stood up for the salmon—and won. by Alice Outwater It was a dramatic scene in a classic Western water war: Thousands of dead fish, washed up on the shores of the Klamath River. A move meant to help farmers—using Klamath water to […]

The Little Town That Sent a Corporation Packing

Published by Yes! Magazine May 27, 2010 Why controlling your water supply is so important by Tara Lohan In 2008, weeks after communities all over the United States celebrated the Fourth of July, the tiny town of Felton, Calif., marked its own holiday: Water Independence Day. With barbecue, music, and dancing, residents marked the end of […]

Move Your Money and Save

Big banks don’t just undermine local economies—they’re bad for your wallet, too. by Stacy Mitchell Bigger banks were supposed to lower costs for consumers. That was the promise made repeatedly in 1994 and again in 1999, when Congress dismantled laws that had long restricted the size and scope of banks, ushering in a wave of mergers […]

The Growing Movement for Publicly Owned Banks

Published by Yes! Magazine March 17, 2010 We the people have given away our sovereign money-creating power to private, for-profit lending institutions, which have used it to siphon wealth from the productive economy. Some states are moving to take that power back. by Ellen Brown “Hundreds of job-creating projects are still on hold because Michigan […]

Can a Video Game Teach Sustainability?

Published by Yes! Magazine on March 15, 2010 Designers of the new “City Rain” believe that it can. by Rik Langendoen In the video game Grand Theft Auto, players perform crimes ranging from theft to murder to rise through the ranks of organized crime. In Civilization IV, players are European settlers in the Americas—they can […]

In Iceland, Unlike U.S., Democracy Defeats the Banksters

Published by Yes! Magazine on March 10, 2010 In a symbolic decision, democracy trumps capital as Icelanders say “no” to big bank bailouts. by John Nichols What if Americans had been asked whether they wanted to bail out big bankers and Wall Street speculators? How many would have voted “no”? A measure of patriotism feeds the […]

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