Most Recent Articles - YES!

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.

This Artist Finds Swastikas and Transforms Them Into Cartoons
by Isabelle Morrison
The #PaintBack Project combats the spread of racism and bigotry with art.
Black Entrepreneurs Lead the Charge in Baltimore’s Economic Renewal
by Kevon Paynter
Rehabilitating derelict properties into sites for workforce training, manufacturing, and sustainable employment aligns with the priorities of the city.
Bicycling on Haunted Streets
by Do Jun Lee
“I’ve also come to believe that our streets are haunted by ghosts as well through a sort of past and present collective trauma that remains unresolved.”
The Shooting Statistics Are Clear: It’s Not Schools That Are Dangerous
by Mike Males
Schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students’ gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school.
Spring 2018: "Letters of Hope" Middle School Winner Lucy Shuler-Morgan
Read Lucy's letter to Emma González, activist and survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, about how González inspires countless kids like her who sometimes feel they are too young to make a difference in the world.
Spring 2018: "Letters of Hope" High School Winner Charlotte Wagner
Read Charlotte's letter to Mary Magdalene about how she's working to make sure the stories and struggles of women like her will be truthfully told and recognized.
Spring 2018: "Letters of Hope" University Winner Carly Nelson
Read Carly's letter to her friend Peach about the paradox of support systems and finding hope from those who share struggles of being disabled and fighting bureaucracy.
Spring 2018: "Letters of Hope" Powerful Voice Winner Malena Vargas Sáez
Read Malena's essay, "The Righteous Path of María the Sage," a letter to her grandmother that seeks to harness her strength and resilience in order to overcome today's corrupt and turbulent times.
Spring 2018: "Letters of Hope" Literary Gems
We received many outstanding essays for the Spring 2018 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Carolina De Robertis Response to "Letters of Hope" Essay Winners
Carolina De Robertis responds to the winners of our Spring 2018 Student Writing Competition.
Bye, Spotify: Musicians Take Back Ownership With This Cooperative
by Isabelle Morrison
There is a streaming service that can benefit both artists and listeners.
An Unusual Way to Rescue a City From Blight—Bees
by J. Gabriel Ware
As the city removes thousands of blighted properties, this couple saw an opportunity to support a cooperative economy.
Kids Say #MeToo After Each Performance of This Play
by Meera Vijayann
As sex education steadily loses federal funding, this program teaches kids about personal body safety—and that abuse is never their fault.
Indigenous Women Built These Tiny Houses to Block a Pipeline—and Reclaim Nomadic Traditions
by Janice Cantieri
The houses are affordable and energy-efficient, and are bringing back elements of the Secwepemc’s hunter-gatherer culture.
Where You Can Still Hear Stories of the Palestinian Expulsions 70 Years Ago
by Shaima Shamdeen
On Twitter, #MyNakbaStory allows descendants of the 700,000 exiled during the formation of Israel to honor their past—and continue their protests.