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.

The Importance of Movies Like “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time”
by Jennifer Burton, Julie Dobrow, Calvin Gidney
Researchers say that negative media portrayals of racial groups harm the self-esteem of children of color.
Tribes Build a Traditional Watch House to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion
by Janice Cantieri
And since the fall, Tiny House Warriors have been putting homes in the path of the pipeline.
The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership
by Zenobia Jeffries
Many people of color are faced with uneasy support for a civil right that began as a way to oppress them.
Why Reading Sherman Alexie Was Never Enough
by Jacqueline Keeler
As the #MeToo spotlight moves to Indian Country, epidemic violence against Native women meets tokenism in publishing.
99 Problems and SATs Ain’t One: How Hip-Hop Literacy Programs Improve Student Reading Skills
by Kevon Paynter
Teachers hope programs like this will create “a paradigm shift to how hip-hop is viewed culturally and its place in education.”
The Global Economy Needs Fixing, but Tariffs and a Trade War Won’t Do That
by Chris Winters
If there’s any silver lining, it’s that out of this chaos may come an opportunity to rebuild globalized systems that are fair.
Imagine a Board Game Where You Still Like Your Friends at the End
by Stephanie Van Hook
Forget Monopoly. There are new games that challenge us to turn our competitive drive toward solving social problems.
Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" Middle School Winner Eva Vallier
Read Eva’s essay, “Stolen Stories,” about longing to hear her family’s stories about the Japanese internment and experiencing the weight of history.
Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" High School Winner Alejandra Wagnon
Read Alejandra’s essay, “Broken Mirror,” about the challenge of living up to people's expectations and wanting to be true to one’s self.
Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" University Winner Remy Stewart
Read Remy’s essay, “To Walk the World on Trembling Legs,” about traveling while disabled and disrupting the notion of "go as you please" that many take for granted.
Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" Powerful Voice Winner Rhys Hardiman-Mostow
Read Rhys's essay, "A Break From Racism," about standing up to racism as a young Black woman with big dreams.
Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" Powerful Voice Winner Jake Hill
Read Jake’s essay, “Kayla,” about the experience of unexpected loss and learning to trust the journey.
Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" Powerful Voice Winner Heriberto Nava
Read Heriberto’s essay, “Same Dreams, Different President,” about using the power of his voice to stand up for immigrants and DACA recipients, especially those he holds close.
Winter 2018: "Less Stuff, More Heart" Literary Gems
We received many outstanding essays for the Winter 2018 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Christopher Zumski Finke's Response to “Less Stuff, More Heart” Essay Winners
Christopher Zumski Finke responds to the winners of our Winter 2018 Student Writing Competition.