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.

We Don’t Think of Californians as Climate Refugees Yet, But We Should
by Mark Trahant
Texas. Florida. Puerto Rico. California. The growing climate disaster toll ought to raise questions about where humans can and should live.
Raj Patel on How to Break Away from Capitalism
by Chris Winters
Understanding the history of the world and our centuries-long drive toward cheapness.
New Documentary Remembers Standing Rock in Beauty and Catastrophe
by Kelly Hayes
“The Standing Rock I knew was not a mystical place with a uniform perspective. It was a complex place—an experiment in love, hope, courage, and solidarity.”
Why Native American Women Are Going After Europe’s Banks to Divest From Big Oil
by Shannan Stoll
“Indigenous women ... often are the ones to call out injustice when they see it immediately. We saw that at Standing Rock.”
New Federal Guidelines For Campus Assault Put Heavy Burden on Victims
by Adam Lynch
College administrators worry a more rigorous process for proving sexual assault could send the wrong message to students.
The Essential Ingredient of Democracy
by Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen
We need more than good-heartedness to save our democracy. We need the courage to act on it.
My Trouble With #MeToo
by Joanna Bock
We are limiting the potential of this campaign if we insist that everyone get in a box and become one of three things: perpetrators, victims, or allies.
6 Signs Your Callout Isn’t Actually About Accountability
by Maisha Z. Johnson
In many ways, holding each other accountable has come to mean punishing each other. Here’s how you can refocus on the bigger picture instead.
The New Co-op Helping Ex-Inmates Find Work—and Recover
by J. Gabriel Ware
Washington, D.C., has the highest incarceration rate in the country. That’s why Juan Reid launched this cooperative owned and operated by ex-inmates.
The High Cost of Free Speech on College Campuses
by Meredith Rutland Bauer
Public universities must walk a delicate line when it comes to upholding free speech in this charged political environment.
#SwipeItForward: Why People With Transit Passes Are Swiping in People Without
by Kevon Paynter
The campaign is working to end the criminalization of people who can’t afford subway fares—because no one should go to jail for $2.75.
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.