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YES! has a positive solution-oriented focus. We reframe issues, reflect diverse human-scale stories, and offer tools for people to use and to pass along. Here are our most recent articles and blogs.

Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
by John Feffer
Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement is neither revolutionary nor subversive: It’s a basic demand for a more responsive and accountable government.
New Factories Have Jobs You’d Really Want—and These Chicago Kids Are Skilling Up to Get Them New Factories Have Jobs You’d Really Want—and These Chicago Kids Are Skilling Up to Get Them
by Laura Flanders
Manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S., but to fill them we’ll have to train a new generation of workers. That’s what this school is doing in a struggling neighborhood that once hosted the country’s biggest candy empires, as factories return.
LA School District Uses Its Spending Power to Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, and Kids’ Nutrition LA School District Uses Its Spending Power to Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, and Kids’ Nutrition
by J. Mijin Cha
Local economies can be strengthened through the large purchasing power of local institutions. Here’s how the nation's second largest school district is doing it.
Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country
by Mary Hansen
A proposed community-owned solar project on an abandoned coal mine in Arizona illustrates how cooperative economics make it possible to stop extracting fossil fuels—without leaving workers behind.
Video: Last Native-Speaker Records Wukchumni Language Video: Last Native-Speaker Records Wukchumni Language
If your language was on the brink of extinction, what would you do? The last speaker of Wukchumni created a makeshift dictionary out of scraps of paper.
After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It
by Dave Reed
Fed up with essentially begging for access to quality food, residents of this predominantly African-American and low-income neighborhood decided to open their own grocery store.
Day 5 of New Economy Week: The New Economy Is Close to Home Day 5 of New Economy Week: The New Economy Is Close to Home
From California to Mississippi, people are organizing to build local power and are seeing major victories. How do we support and encourage their work?
#FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri #FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri
by Liz Pleasant, Nur Lalji
The weekend brought seekers of racial justice in Missouri to the police station, the university, and the local Wal-Mart—the scene of another recent police shooting of a young black man.
Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm
by Kayla Schultz, Paul Dunn
See how Heyday Farm raises healthy animals in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.
Investing in Renewables Can Relieve Our Planet—While Reviving Our Economy Investing in Renewables Can Relieve Our Planet—While Reviving Our Economy
by Anthony Giancatarino
Carbon reduction alone cannot solve our climate crisis, because it is continuously fed by our economic crisis. But renewables can be a critical driver in building a healthier economic system, free of the fossil fuel industry.
Day 4 of New Economy Week: Combating Climate Change Without Leaving Anyone Behind Day 4 of New Economy Week: Combating Climate Change Without Leaving Anyone Behind
How do we transition to an economy powered by renewable energy without leaving the workers employed by fossil fuel companies behind?
Good Jobs or a Healthy Planet? We Can Have Both Good Jobs or a Healthy Planet? We Can Have Both
by Chuck Collins
If we really want to fix the environment, then we need to join coalitions with organizations that focus on changing our economic system too.
How Jamaica Plain Is Building Working-Class Leadership in the New Economy How Jamaica Plain Is Building Working-Class Leadership in the New Economy
by Carlos Espinoza-Toro
How can potential leaders from underprivileged backgrounds tackle economic inequality and climate change when they spend most of their time trying to earn a decent living? Here’s what we learned in Massachusetts.
How to Pickle Almost Anything How to Pickle Almost Anything
by Doug Pibel, Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, Kali Swenson
Why ferment? It’s practical magic. Here are a few basics to get you started.
The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to Finding Peace When Your Kids Are Eating You Alive The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to Finding Peace When Your Kids Are Eating You Alive
by Shannon Hayes
Rather than feeling guilty for not giving each child everything they deserve, I will feel gratitude for the grace with which they accept my limits.
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