"War is the greatest threat to public health." - Gino Strada, Italian war surgeon and founder of the UN-recognized Italian NGO Emergency

Monday, August 19, 2013

YES! Magazine wins UTNE Media Award for General Excellence!!!

Congratulations to the staff of YES! Magazine, winner of the 2013 UTNE Media Award for General Excellence!!!

If you are searching for hope in a world awash in seemingly insurmountable issues - like global warming, economic upheaval, poverty, food insecurity, war, nuclear weapons (to name a few) - then look no further.

YES! is like an oasis in a desert of despair.  It is a source of ideas AND action; the combination of which is absolutely essential in the struggle for a sustainable world in which we can all live together as we should.

I have a particular affinity for YES!.  I work with a small, local, grass-roots organization - Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action - that has (for 36 years) resisted the Trident nuclear weapons system. Although we are "local", we are dealing with an issue of global implications.  So it is with our neighbor YES!, a truly local (in the best sense of the word) group engaging issues of global impact. Beyond that, I struggle to maintain a positive, hopeful vision that I can translate into action.  YES! helps me stay on track.

Each issue is, to me, a reminder of possibilities in a world where we are constantly told (whether subliminally or overtly) that we are helpless to change anything. Its pages bring me reminders of the creative power of the individual, particularly when engaged in community.

You won't find advertising in YES!.  What you will find is intentional writing; insightful articles in line with YES! Magazine's mission of "supporting you in building a just and sustainable world." Each issue focuses on a unique, creative theme.  The Fall 2013 issue is about "The Human Cost of Stuff."

YES! is nonprofit, independent and subscriber-supported journalism at it's best (as UTNE Reader recognized).  It just doesn't get any better than that in our grossly commercialized society.  I invite you to join me in supporting YES! Magazine's positive vision of the future.

As Arundhati Roy once said, "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way! On a quiet day, if you listen carefully, you can hear her breathing." YES! helps us breathe life into that new world.

Check out recent articles and support YES! at http://www.yesmagazine.org/!  Get your own subscription and/or recommend that your local public library subscribe!!!

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