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.

What Legal Personhood for U.S. Rivers Would Do
by Kayla DeVault
Indian Country could finally see an end to nonconsented infrastructure projects if they follow New Zealand’s Maori in achieving legal protection for natural entities.
Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play. Here’s Why That’s a Problem
by Christopher Brown
Kids deprived of recess don’t have time to recharge, learn social skills, or solve their own problems.
Black Neighbors Band Together to Bring in Healthy Food, Co-op-Style
by J. Gabriel Ware
And the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is creating other ways for Black people to circulate healthy food—and wealth.
Comic: We Sent Our Illustrator to Activist Summer Camp. Here’s What Happened
by Jennifer Luxton
Meet Jen, who went to sleep-away camp a newbie activist and came back ready to fight for social change.
A Clear Choice: My Fossil Fuels—or 5.6 Million People Fleeing a Hurricane
by Peter Kalmus
Collective action is made up of individuals leading the way, showing what’s possible, shifting the normal.
My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest
by Lori Lakin Hutcherson
He wanted to know how institutional racism has made an impact on my life. I’m glad he asked, because I was ready to answer.
How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis
by Raj Patel, Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz
Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system, from saving seeds to curbing food waste.
They Rode Horseback to Deliver Babies. A Century Later, Midwives Are Still Crucial
by Melissa Hellmann
In Kentucky, these health care professionals still struggle for acceptance—even in areas that need them most.
The Women Ministers of Kentucky Preaching Abortion Rights
by Melissa Hellmann
As the state’s last abortion clinic is at risk of being shut down, some religious leaders step up against Gov. Matt Bevin’s anti-abortion policies.
The Volunteers Protecting Kentucky’s Last Abortion Clinic
by Melissa Hellmann
The walk from the parking lot, past protesters, to the embattled clinic’s front doors can be a difficult journey. Meet the escorts making sure women don’t have to face it alone.
Banishing DREAMers: The Meanness Isn’t Just Trump
by Mike Males
Tens of millions of Americans—many aging and white—are willing to sabotage young people rather than to accept racial diversity.
Her Ancestor Was a Slave to Cherokee Indians. Now She’s Applying to Be a Citizen of the Tribe
by Jenni Monet
A landmark decision offers opportunity for healing between descendants of slaveholders and slaves.
Trump Kills DACA, Obama Hits Back, and DREAMers Try to Hold on to the Lives They’ve Built
by Lornet Turnbull
Trump’s repeal of DACA has DREAMers and their advocates vowing to fight back and scrambling to find Plan B.
It’s Not Just Nostalgia: “Real Things” and Why They Matter
by Cecile Andrews
In his new book, David Sax explains how giving into the lure of things like vinyl records and paperback books might actually make you happier.
6 Simple Ways to Preserve Foods From Your Garden
by Eva Perroni
Here’s how you can enjoy summer foods all year long.