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’s It Like to Be the New Kid and a Refugee?
by Jaclyn Zubrzycki
Small town and suburban public schools become welcome centers as more immigrants are moving outside major metropolitan areas.
Politics on the Dance Floor: Reclaiming Queer and Black Roots in Electronic Dance Music
by Keith Barbalato
As the multibillion-dollar electronic music industry grows, artists and organizers are taking back the spaces and sounds of the marginalized people who started the genre.
Video: This New York Farm Wants to Fix the “Food Apartheid”
by Jasleena Grewal
Soul Fire Farm provides farm education to Black and Latino youth in an effort to end a history of racism and injustice in America's food system.
You Know What’s Really Gross? Not Periods, But Taxes on Periods
by Lynsi Burton
Class action lawsuits point out the irrationality of sales-tax exemptions for items such as Rogaine, foot powder, and Viagra—but not menstrual products.
Finally, the U.S. Steps Closer to Racial Healing With a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission
by Yessenia Funes
South Africa used truth and reconciliation to address its racist history. Now these organizers think it's time for the United States to do the same.
What I Learned From My March With Democracy Spring
by Frances Moore Lappé
The political march is a tool for social transformation in itself. This one gave me a taste of the connected, empowered society I’m working to create.
How to Educate a Generation of Syrian Refugees? Makeshift Classrooms and the Teacher Next Door
by Samantha Schmidt
In response to overcrowded public schools in countries neighboring Syria, caravan schools provide refugees with free education to keep them from falling behind.
No Fossil Fuel? No Problem—7 Ways We're Already Living More Locally
by YES! Staff
From affordable transit to local food for school lunches, many people across America are already on their way to living a life without oil.
In a Surprise Win for Democracy Over Corporate Power, GMO Labeling Has Arrived
by Andrew Kimbrell
Those predicting an easy Senate defeat for mandatory labeling saw corporations fold one by one in the face of a strong food movement.
Could Sanders’ Social Justice Ideas Really Work? Take a Look at These Places
by Fran Korten
In his new film, “Where to Invade Next,” Michael Moore shows us what free college and health care for all can actually look like.
Is Human Composting the Future of Death?
by Jennifer Luxton
Skip the formaldehyde. How your body could become beautiful soil.
As the EU Stalls on Refugees, Volunteers Provide a Taste of Home
by Matt Hanson
For people in the overcrowded refugee camps of Idomeni, Greece, local volunteers and students work to make life more normal for displaced families.
Meet the Jeans-Wearing, Nature-Loving Nuns Who Helped Stop a Kentucky Pipeline
by Laura Michele Diener
As fewer women enter the convent, what will become of Kentucky’s tradition of socially and environmentally engaged religious women?
Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option
by David Korten
Bernie Sanders’ popular campaign suggests that many Americans aren't afraid of socialism anymore. But real democracy is an even better alternative to capitalism.
When I Dream of the Planet in Recovery
by Derrick Jensen
For decades, poet-philosopher and radical environmentalist Derrick Jensen has warned us about the problems of civilization. Yet he’s a tireless activist with hope for the planet’s future.