Most Recent Articles - YES!

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Three Years Ago, These Chicago Workers Took Over a Window Factory. Today, They're Thriving
by Sarah van Gelder
When Republic Windows and Doors closed down without giving workers notice, the issue drew national attention. Since then, they’ve turned the factory into a worker-owned co-op—where they hold the power.
Video: An Economist Explains How Money Has Caused the Climate Crisis
by Liz Pleasant
Typically, we solve problems by expanding the economy. When it comes to the environment, that will only make things worse.
80 Percent of Us Owe Money to Institutions. Can We Leverage It to Reduce Inequality?
by Kate Aronoff
Three visionaries discuss how America’s debt problem has transformed the movements they work with.
Remembering Grace Lee Boggs and the Revolution She Inspired in Us
by YES! Staff
YES! has put together a tribute page to honor Grace Lee Boggs and the lives she touched while she was with us. Share your own thoughts with #RememberingGrace.
California Challenges Gender Discrimination With Equal Pay Law (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A Louisiana university helps solve the national shortage of black doctors, Uber drivers are left with car payments after a raise in fees, and Mother Jones explores whether mammograms do more harm than good.
Dangerous History: What the Story of Black Economic Cooperation Means for Us Today
by Keane Bhatt
African Americans have been pioneering co-ops as an economic strategy since the days of slavery. Author Jessica Gordon Nembhard on how centuries-old models can guide our economy today.
Saying Goodbye to Grace Lee Boggs
by Sarah van Gelder
Rest well, dear friend. Millions of us have been enlivened and empowered by your wisdom and spirit.
Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City
by Larry Gabriel
The YES! Breakthrough 15: A decades-long revolution to rekindle the soul of urban neighborhoods.
A Lifelong Search for Real Education
by Julia Putnam
Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.
Terry Tempest Williams: “Survival Becomes a Spiritual Practice”
by Sarah van Gelder
The author and activist talks with YES! about millennials, climate change, and how she can't imagine being alive at "a more thrilling, challenging time."
NYC’s Credit Unions Give Mom-and-Pop Stores a Chance, Despite Gentrification
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
They're a lifeline to business owners. So why do these credit unions have trouble growing?
Even The Wall Street Journal Is Asking Questions About How Ownership Should Work in a Democracy
by Gar Alperovitz
The question of how the ownership of capital should be structured in a democratic society was raised by none other than Margaret Thatcher's authorized biographer.
Do Your Local Politicians Want to Limit Access to Women’s Health Care? This New App Can Tell You
by Stacey Garratt
Hinder is a reproductive justice messaging hub that tells you what your representatives say about women’s bodies. Meet the cabal of comics and writers behind it.
Four Things That Matter to Millennials, From Lena Dunham’s Interview With Hillary Clinton
by Araz Hachadourian
“I don’t trust anybody who says that they didn’t have some questions in their 20s.”
A Techy Management Fad Gives Workers More Power—Up to a Point
by Nathan Schneider
Holacracy aims to liberate workers from micromanagement by replacing bosses with code-like rules modeled on computer programming.