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Scientists Can’t Be Silent

Spring 2017

Our Spring 2017 issue, “Why Science Can’t Be Silent,” looked at the participation and attitudes shifting in science. In the face of today’s anti-fact rhetoric coming from the government, scientists from a variety of fields are speaking out and committing acts of rebellion, as never before.

Climate scientist and YES! columnist, Peter Kalmus, contributed “To My Fellow Climate Scientists: Be Human, Be Brave, Tell the Truth.”

He heard from other scientists:

“I ended my scientific silence after viewing Dr. Tyrone Hayes’ ‘From Silent Spring to Silent Night’ lecture on the multilayered, multispecies impacts of atrazine and the corruptive infiltration of atrazine-promoting corporations into politics and scientific oversight. In that lecture, Dr. Hayes tells why he had no choice but to ‘cross the line’ (from dispassionate science to passionate activist). Bravo to Dr. Kalmus and to all of our colleagues willing to brave ad hominem attacks for simply recognizing that ‘the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ (E. Burke)” —Jeanine Pfeiffer

And from other readers:

“Wonderful article! While not a scientist myself (that would have taken much more discipline than I could ever summon), I have great respect for science, scientists, and the results of the scientific process. I understand why scientists hedge their answers. It’s important that they stay true to the inherent uncertainty and subtlety of scientific results. It’s the source of their credibility. It needs to be protected. But there are a handful of scientists who have been able to cross the frontier and talk to the public without sacrificing truth. I’m thinking of Carl Sagan, E.O. Wilson, but I know there are many, many more. It’s probably a very hard thing to do, and I don’t expect every scientist to be able to take this on. But it sounds like you can and will, and for that I’m deeply appreciative. Keep at it!”—Daniel Brotman

To which Peter responded:

“Daniel, it does soak up quite a lot of time on evenings and weekends, and because global warming has become so charged, I sometimes worry that I might be pissing off senior scientists and administrators, but it’s a lot of fun. And, as I say in the article, I need to do it. It’s one way I stay sane when facing the nearly daily realization that the Earth system is changing even faster than I thought.”

You can catch Peter Kalmus’ column “The Climate Conversation” at yesmagazine.org.

Neighbors Swap Repair Skills

Winter 2017

A little article from the Winter 2017 “50 Solutions: State by State” issue was titled “The Fix-It Shop Where Neighbors Repair Your Clothes and Electronics.” It was about a community in Willimantic, Connecticut, where neighbors host a “repair cafe” for broken household items and clothes that need mending. The community brings its collective skills together to save goods from the landfill. Seems like an idea that could catch on, and YES! readers agree. Here’s the response when the article hit Facebook in March:

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The Sanctuary Issue

Josué Rivas

Josué Rivas

In One of the Nation’s Most Conservative Places, A Sanctuary City

Josué Rivas is an indigenous documentary photographer. He spent much of 2016 documenting the Standing Rock resistance. For this YES! project, he traveled to Santa Ana, California, to better understand what makes a sanctuary city and to meet the people who make it possible. He was shocked to see the change in the city he grew up in. He found gentrification displacement much a part of the fight for immigrant rights in Santa Ana. More of his work is at josuerivasfoto.com.

Jacqueline Keeler

Jacqueline Keeler

Immortal Impressions

Jacqueline Keeler is a Diné/Ihanktonwan Dakota writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is a columnist for TeleSUR English and has contributed to many publications, including The Nation, YES! Magazine, and Salon. Her book The Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears has just come out from Torrey House Press, and she’s working on her next, Standing Rock to the Bundy Standoff: Occupation, Native Sovereignty, and the Fight for Sacred Landscapes.

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins


Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on economic inequality in the United States and has pioneered efforts to bring together investors and business leaders to speak out publicly against corporate practices and economic policies that increase economic inequality. He is the author of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It and, most recently, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good. He also writes a regular column for YES! called “Rooted Resilience.”

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