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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.

100 Years Ago, Black People Marched Down 5th Avenue to Declare That Black Lives Matter
by Chad Williams
The “Silent Protest Parade” was the first mass demonstration of its kind and marked a pivotal moment in civil rights history.
Eastern Europe Makes American Democracy Look Pretty Good
by Chris Winters
We have a long way to go before we lose the fight.
Getting Your Period Can Be a Pain. Getting It While Homeless Is Even Worse
by Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez
The average woman spends $18,000 in her lifetime on menstruation-related items. But what about women who can’t afford that?
White People: Don’t Unfriend Your Racist Family Members—Yet
by Kimber Simpkins
8 things to do before jumping down your uncle’s throat.
Comic: Why You Should Turn Your Yard Into a Mini-Farm
by Jennifer Luxton, Erin Sagen
Take that lawn by the grass and grow something!
Remember, Things Can Change for the Better (U.K.’s Labour Party Proves It)
by Chuck Collins
8 lessons U.S. progressives can learn from Jeremy Corbyn’s remarkable campaign.
Can Portland Build a System Like the Underground Railroad for Immigrants?
by Corey Pein
As ICE increases its arrests, 30 Portland-area churches have pledged to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. Anyone thinking of joining them must be ready to answer these hard questions.
10 Examples That Prove White Privilege Exists in Every Aspect Imaginable
by Jon Greenberg
Lessons people of color have taught me that changed my life—and could change yours too.
The Podcast Taking on Racism in the Food Industry
by J. Gabriel Ware
A chef and journalist started “The Racist Sandwich Podcast” to address inequity in the restaurant industry. Today, it’s winning award nominations and fans worldwide.
College Was Once Free and For the Public Good—What Happened?
by Thomas Adam
Students didn’t have to worry about tuition and debt until higher education became more about personal gain than contributing to society.
The Progressive’s Guide to Reacting to Offensive Comedy
by Mark Rahner
Ten tips for when everyone says your favorite comedian has “gone too far.”
Citizens Begin Reclaiming Coal Country After Decades of Corporate Land Grabs
by Emma Eisenberg
But figuring out who owns abandoned mines in Appalachia is harder than you’d think.
To the Millions Who Have Stood Up to the Trump Administration: Thank You
by Sarah van Gelder
My gratitude goes out to the millions of Americans who launched a resistance that has slowed or stopped many of Trump’s policies.
Nearly Half of Trump Supporters Want Republicans to Work with Democrats to Improve ACA
by Mark Trahant
And the majority of the Senate wants to work together, find common ground, and move on. That’s called governing.
What the Insanity of Mass Incarceration Has Done To Us
by Patrice Gaines
We have lived with mass incarceration for so long that we do not see that it’s making even those who are supposed to be free less human—and less humane.