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.

Why the Founder of Standing Rock Sioux Camp Can’t Forget the Whitestone Massacre
by LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
We must remember we are part of a larger story. We are still here. We are still fighting for our lives on our own land.
The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business
by Chris Arsenault
Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations.
Yes, They’re Killing the Wolves—But There’s More To It
by Stephen Miller
Misdirected public outrage over the killing of a Washington wolf pack may do more harm than good.
A Test of U.S. Climate Leadership Will Be How We Treat the Standing Rock Sioux
by Mark Trahant
Can we trust Clinton-Kaine promises of an energy future “where no one is left out or left behind”?
Free College Tops Black Lives Reparations List
by Olivia Anderson
Better education and loan forgiveness are key strategies to address disparities for Black communities and their next generations.
How Americans Build Wealth in 10 Charts (And What Race Has to Do With It)
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
(Hint: It’s less about income and more about skin color.)
Fewer Than 10 Grizzly Bears Left in Washington—But There’s a Plan to Save Them
by Michael J. Dax
Environmentalists, industry, and politicians have a second chance to learn from decades of wolf debates and save the grizzlies.
When Showing Up Requires More Than Just a Facebook Post
by Sarah van Gelder
When we take the time to connect, we make our communities more resilient and compassionate, and maybe we find the courage to defeat racism.
A New Economic Vision That Mixes Together Occupy, Amish Culture, and Startups
by Alexa Clay
What subcultures offer us insight and principles for new ways of organizing?
Meet the Farmworker Who Helped Win Rent Control in California’s Wine Country
by Brooke Anderson, Davin Cardenas
When Gervacio Pena Lopez migrated to Sonoma County 30 years ago, he just wanted to find work to support his family. Since then, he has won victories for domestic and day laborers.
Can Automation Turn Fewer Jobs Into Better Ones?
by John Nichols
We must shape a future in which technological progress means freeing people to work fewer hours for fairer compensation and to devote themselves to social advancement.
Special Report: Banking on Justice
by James Trimarco
In the poorest region of the nation's poorest state, a tiny government program keeps money flowing through mom-and-pop financial institutions—changing lives.
Winona LaDuke on the Dakota Access Pipeline: What Would Sitting Bull Do?
by Winona LaDuke
I am not sure how badly North Dakota wants this pipeline. If there is to be a battle over the Dakota Access, I would not bet against a people with nothing else left but a land and a river.
Dear Politicians, Here’s What You’d See at the Standing Rock Sioux Blockade
by Mark Trahant
Most importantly, they would see the serious purpose for the people here at Camp Sacred Stone, one that’s not going away without a successful resolution.
The Stress-Busting, Mood-Lifting Effects of Mindfulness During Pregnancy
by Kira M. Newman
4 ways a mindfulness practice can protect the health and well-being of mothers and their babies.