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.

White Privilege II Showed Me What an Unruly Mess We’re In
by Jonathan Cunningham
A Seattle music writer quoted in Macklemore’s controversial new song appreciates how it speaks to young white people—but wishes it had gone further.
As Rising Seas Force Exile, Islanders Hold Fast to What Matters Most
by Keith Barbalato
Pacific Islanders are among the first victims of climate change-induced sea level rise. As natives quickly run out of land and struggle to maintain crops, leaders are searching for ways to protect their people and thousands of years of cultural heritage.
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison Green
As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.
Girl Power in West Africa Comes From Tradition—and Wrestling
by Lindsey Weedston
Female wrestling champion Isabelle Sambou is inspiring a new generation of girls to compete in a sport long dominated by men.
Women Are Better At Expressing Emotions, Right? Why It's Not That Simple
by Mark Greene
Men and women both suffer from a culture that discourages us from expressing complex emotions. The answer is deeper listening, and it's the key to healthier, more engaged lives.
What Our Breasts Are Telling Us
by Sarah van Gelder
Author Florence Williams and her daughter discovered they had high levels of toxins—like flame retardants—in their bodies. Getting rid of the chemicals was harder than they expected.
One Clan’s Unique Weapon Against Big Oil
by Stephen Miller
Because the Unist’ot’en clan has given up no land rights after decades of courtroom battles, they maintain a strong foothold on land crucial to future oil expansion plans.
The Deal That Brought the Colorado River Back to the Sea
by Diondra Powers
A new amendment to the 1944 water treaty between Mexico and the United States aims to create a fair, cooperative system for restoring the Colorado River.
Why Young Latinos in Rural California Support Sanders
by Olivia Rodriguez
In California’s predominantly Spanish speaking Eastern Coachella Valley, younger Latinos are showing support for Sanders, upending the narrative that his appeal does not extend beyond white voters.
A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
Half of America’s Workforce Has No Retirement Plan—But Illinois Has a Fix
by Marcus Harrison Green
Economists see the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, designed for private-sector workers, as an innovative complement to Social Security.
How One Affluent Town Helps Its Neediest Students Get Into (and Stay In) College
by Kirk Carapezza
In New England, a community program matches college-savvy parents with first-generation college-bound students to help them navigate the overwhelming application process.
How to Stop an Oil Train: The Hearts-and-Minds Climate Defense That Won Over a Courtroom

by Valerie Schloredt
The Delta 5 loss was actually a big win. “Frankly, the court is convinced that the defendants are far from the problem and are part of the solution to the problem of climate change.”
How Brazilian Women Are Using Graffiti to End the Cycle of Domestic Violence
by Lindsey Weedston
From street art to law reform, women across Brazil are taking a stand against gender-based violence.
In North Dakota’s Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking
by Sarah van Gelder
The Turtle Mountain Band was among the first tribes to ban the drilling process. Here’s the difference it made.