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.

Ethnic Studies Courses Break Down Barriers and Benefit Everyone—So Why the Resistance?
by J. Gabriel Ware
As cities incorporate curricula that deconstruct stereotypes and negative assumptions about race, advocates say everyone wins. Others argue they just promote resentment.
The Superrich Have Profited From a Broken System—And Their Money Alone Won’t Fix It
by David Korten
Giving back requires humility. It will be a true test of learning new skills.
Make-or-Break Moment for Health Care as GOP Scrambles for 216 Votes
by Mark Trahant
Trump has gone to Congress to make his case for Paul Ryan’s plan, but polls show the Affordable Care Act is still more popular.
In a Bad Mood? Studies Show Why That Can Be a Good Thing
by Kira M. Newman
Five reasons why the quest for constant happiness is misguided.
How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence
by Yana Kunichoff, Sarah Macaraeg
The ordinance provides a meaningful model for creating reparations at the local level.
What Grace Lee Boggs Would’ve Taught Activists in This Moment
by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
Three principles to help you avoid burnout and continue working toward a better world.
About Student Writing Lessons from YES! Magazine
by Jing Fong
Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.
"Your Sacred Place" Student Writing Lesson
Describe how you would feel if a place that defines you was threatened to be destroyed or taken away. What would you do? Would you fight to save it?
The Cuts in Trump’s Budget You Haven’t Heard About
by James Trimarco
While national outrage is focused on Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, tiny agencies helping communities that teeter on the edge of poverty would also disappear.
Minnesota Churches Face Tough Questions in Offering Sanctuary to Immigrants
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For these churches, giving protection to immigrants is no longer a matter of if, but when. And what will happen if ICE comes to their doors?
I Am Your Negro Sometimes
by Terrance Hayes
Poet Terrance Hayes on the James Baldwin documentary: “It seemed, for a moment, we had come around a big bend on the racial mountain. It seemed, for a moment, we were beyond Negro.”
Where They Teach Students How to Revitalize Their Local Communities
by John Ortbal
New college programs offer fledgling community organizers “a sense of optimism about how they can effect change in their own backyard.”
Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns
by Sarah van Gelder
Although many people in these struggling regions voted for the new president, his cynical answers will not bring them prosperity. But I saw what could.
How the Neighborhood That Inspired “The Wire” Is Pulling Its Residents Out of Poverty
by Cecilia Garza, Araz Hachadourian
When large institutions like universities and hospitals agree to hire and spend locally, they can transform neighborhoods hardest hit by poverty and unemployment.
Trying to Be a Proud Latina When People Prefer Whiteness—Even in My Mother’s Homeland
by Stephanie Jimenez
For people of color to be seen as fully American, we are often forced to denounce parts of our identities.