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.

Reclaiming African Herbalism as an Act of Resistance
by Danielle Dorsey
Plant medicine has been gaining popularity in recent years, but this herbalist wants to decolonize it.
What Happens When White Parents Adopt Black Children and Move to Black Neighborhoods
by Angela Tucker
Sometimes the best intentions to bolster identity and culture contribute to gentrification and displacement of the Black community.
We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting
by Wenonah Hauter
Plastic production wreaks havoc on people and the planet—from fracking wells and pipelines in Pennsylvania, to air pollution from plastic plants in Scotland.
As Congress Argues Over DACA, I Carry on With the Life I’ve Built and Wait
by José-Manuel Carrillo
Living in this country as an undocumented immigrant means pursuing your plans and dreams despite the very real fear of being deported.
4 Things I’m Not Saying When I Say “Rape Culture”
by Maisha Z. Johnson
I don’t blame you for feeling defensive at the phrase. But maybe you’ve been dismissing rape culture because you’ve misunderstood what it means.
One Isn’t Always the Loneliest Number
by Kim Haines-Eitzen
What ancient spiritual practices can teach us about turning loneliness into joyous solitude.
What a Question About Citizenship on the U.S. Census Could Mean
by Adam Lynch
Depressing immigrant participation could hurt Democrats, affect redistricting, the apportionment of congressional seats, and more than $600 billion in federal funds.
I Know Why Black Women Are Wary of Reproductive Activism
by A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez
I’m burdened with the responsibility of informing the world around me that my body is mine. Historically, it belongs to everyone else.
A Feminist’s Guide to Rom-Coms and How to Watch Them
by Ayu Sutriasa
You can acknowledge their problems and still enjoy them (probably not Woody Allen’s, though).
6 Tips for White People Who Want to Celebrate Black History
by Shay Stewart-Bouley, Debby Irving
Here’s what you can do to authentically engage with Black History this month and every month.
One More Benefit of Nature: It Makes You Like Your Body Better
by Tom Jacobs
Researchers say the outdoors can help mute internal criticism.
Why White Men May Be the Biggest Winners When a City Snags Amazon’s HQ2
by Amy Bhatt, Dillon Mahmoudi
A close look at how a new headquarters would affect local quality of life and who would fill the jobs.
Why Black Panther’s Wakanda Is the Black Utopia We’ve Been Waiting For
by Ingrid LaFleur
Before the film was released, the nation of Wakanda was taking shape in our minds.
His Traveling Museum Is Bringing Black History to a Town Near You
by Zenobia Jeffries
After nearly 30 years of collecting rare artifacts, this Detroit teacher launched a mobile museum that travels the country educating people on African American history all year round.
First U.S. City to Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap for Others
by Kevon Paynter
Portland, Ore., climate activists celebrate a win against Big Oil as city- and state-level initiatives gain momentum across the country.