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.

When Communities Decide They’ve Had Enough Violence
by Rev. John Dear
The new Nonviolent Cities project asks us to go beyond calls to end violence and instead create a pervasive culture of nonviolence.
Jobs After Oil: The Path to a Cleaner, More Equal Future
by Yessenia Funes
A successful energy transition to renewables could not only rescue the planet but create a more just economy.
Real Life Hacks to Cut Your Carbon Footprint (Plus: A Personal Emissions Calculator)
by Peter Kalmus
After estimating how his daily actions contributed to global warming, this NASA scientist found a better way to live. How does your carbon footprint stack up? Measure your impact with our emissions calculator.
5 Prisons Improving Life on the Inside
by Marcus Harrison Green
From canine cellmates to computer training, prisons across the country are finding small ways to make life behind bars better for inmates.
We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too
by Jill Suttie
New studies show being in nature may increase your willingness to be generous, trusting, and helpful toward others.
Formerly Incarcerated Moms Fight for Reforms to Save Families
by Victoria Law
Two-thirds of women behind bars are mothers of children under the age of 18, and even a short stint in jail can cause them to lose their jobs, housing, and kids. Here are four policies to help prevent that.
Danish Girl’s Oscar Loss a Satisfying Win for Trans Women
by S.E. SMITH
As Hollywood directors race to cash in on the growing interest in the trans community, the results aren’t always good.
40,000 Former Convicts in Maryland Just Got New Voting Rights. Here’s How It Happened
by Lynsi Burton
Just in time for this year’s presidential primary, a new law in Maryland will allow former offenders on probation or parole the right to vote.
3 Myths About Sex Work That Harm Everyone
by Joe Scott
It's not just young girls and big bad wolves. Lies and misconceptions about sex work can hurt women and keep negative stereotypes alive.
Video: The Complicated Language of Biracial Identity
by YES! Staff
Filmmakers offer a glimpse into the “gray area” of being mixed race in America.
How a Wife’s Tiny Food Shop Brought Financial Freedom and Escape from Domestic Violence
by Sonia Narang
In Indonesia, a growing number of women are speaking up to report violence and finding the economic means to get out of abusive marriages.
How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal
by Rucha Chitnis
In the face of corporate domination, economic injustice, and climate change, movements led by women offer a revolutionary path.
As European Women Stream to ISIS, This Reformed Extremist Is Offering Them a Different Path
by Deepa Bharath
When Yasmin Mulbocus found no justice after being sexually abused, she was drawn to an Islamic extremist group she believed could protect her. Twenty years later, she’s trying to stop other women from making the same mistake.
Meet America’s New Election-Integrity Watchman
by Dave Levinthal
From Internet voting to automatic registration, the chairman of the Election Assistance Commission discusses what it takes to ensure honest elections.
Why Sex Ed Should Include Lessons on Young Love
by Amy Schalet
The silence among adults about the existence of teen love may take a particular toll on adolescent boys.