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.

American Workers Let 662 Million Vacation Days Go Unused Last Year
by Stephen Miller
And 24 other facts you should probably know.
How To Say No To Amazon
by Ellen Shepard
There are better ways to spend economic development dollars. Cities that bend over backward to lure the tech giant may end up on the losing end.
Fed Up With How Women Are Portrayed in Media, These Girls Started Their Own Radio Station
by Melissa Hellmann
A Boston radio station trains teens, helps them find their voice, and gives them a chance to be heard.
Van Jones’ “Messy Truth”: We’re All a Little Right, and We’re All a Little Wrong
by Zenobia Jeffries
Liberals and conservatives have too much in common—and too much at stake—to keep hiding behind differences.
Why I’ve Started to Fear My Fellow Social Justice Activists
by Frances Lee
We are alienating each other with unrestrained callouts and unchecked self-righteousness. Here’s how that can stop.
Take Time to Pause for Self-Care
by Sarah van Gelder
It’s OK to be a part-time crusader or half-hearted fanatic. That helps you stay resilient.
The Hopeful Work of Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms
by Catherine V. Moore
In the post-coal economy, life-skills training helps employ people and restore the savaged land.
Let's Talk About Charlottesville
Uneasy about discussing the Charlottesville protest—and its related issues like race, hate, and white supremacy—with your students? Here are some resources to start the conversation.
Hospital Beats Federal Bureaucracy to Offer Local Traditional Foods
by Stephen Miller
A unique program in the Arctic tundra finds a way around federal regulation to put traditional foods on the hospital menu.
Despite Setbacks, the Democracy Movement Is Gaining Power
by David Korten
A new book outlines how the superrich have worked to undermine our country, and what we can do to fight back.
Texas Activists Combine Social Media With Old-School Tactics to Resist Conservative Agenda
by Kit O’Connell
Intersectional movements are helping the left gain ground, not just play defense.
Why One Native Family Is Donating Their Fracking Proceeds to Benefit Indian Country
by Terri Hansen, Paul Koberstein
A new fund will support deeply researched investigative journalism that reports on critical issues in Indian Country.
Call for Submissions: Decolonize This
by YES! Editors
Send us your ideas by October 30.
The Pipeline Protest Before Standing Rock
by Jacqueline Keeler
Last year’s water protectors garnered worldwide attention, but several pipeline fights—such as the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline victory—got little public notice.
The Shasta Dam Killed Off This Tribe’s Salmon—Or So They Thought
by Marc Dadigan
The Winnemem Wintu learned that descendants of their salmon are thriving in a New Zealand river. The tribe has been fighting to return them home.