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.

It Was a Blighted City Block. But This Woman Is Turning It Into a Solar-Powered Ecovillage
by Zenobia Jeffries
Detroit-area resident Shamayim Harris bought more than 10 properties on her block. She’s now converting them into sustainable community spaces for education, wellness, and economic development.
How Standing Rock Has Changed Us
by Sarah van Gelder
As we work toward a post-fossil fuel society, we can look to these lessons from the Sioux.
In Conservative States, 2 Cities (and a Church) Helped LGBT Rights Gain Ground
by Liza Bayless, Araz Hachadourian
From Idaho to Georgia, people found ways to offer sanctuary and legal protection.
When Fighting Wildfires Does More Harm Than Good
by Jennifer Luxton, Stephen Miller
Suppressing fires breaks the natural cycle of life and death crucial to forest health.
Meet the Guy Corralling Billionaires to Fight Inequality
by Fran Korten
Author Chuck Collins discusses growing up in the 1 percent, his unusual approach to fighting economic inequality, and what progressives need to do in a Trump administration.
They Lost Their Jungles to Plantations, But These Indigenous Women Grew Them Back
by Anuradha Sengupta
When a governmental effort to encourage cash crops threatened their food security and native land, India’s indigenous families came together to revive their traditional food systems.
The Real Standing Rock Victory Is This: “Inevitable” Is Not What It Used to Be
by Mark Trahant
The whole pipeline fiasco was a more appropriate story for the 19th century instead of the 21st. Now, the timing is ideal for a new beginning: #HealNorthDakota
The Numbers That Tell the Story of This Standing Rock Victory
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The Army Corps announced Sunday that the Dakota Access pipeline will be rerouted. Here are the numbers that show what lies ahead.
8 Strategies for Confronting Hate (That Don’t Involve a Safety Pin)
by Elizabeth Svoboda
Everyday heroism like standing up for someone in trouble means pushing past your own fear. Here's how to do so with caution and courage.
Voters Win More Solar Energy Options Despite Opposition From Big Energy
by Adam Lynch
Corporate-backed utilities have quashed solar initiatives for years, but residents fought back.
7 Ways to Make an Even Bigger Impact When You Divest From DAPL
by Colby Devitt
Closing your bank account is just the beginning.
Is Your Bank Funding DAPL? Here’s How to Find One That Isn’t
by Gerald Mitchell
There’s an entire industry of ethically minded banks and financial institutions out there to choose from.
In Stripping Away Our Hope, Maybe Trump Has Done Us a Favor
by David Korten
The outcome of this election is a wake-up call to action. Now that we know our elected leaders will not save us, let’s get to work.
“My Whole Heart Is With You Tonight”: A Letter to the Dakota Access Front Line
by Kelly Hayes
We have survived this nation-state’s will for us because we are a fire that their water cannons cannot extinguish.
How Did I End Up a Dangerous Professor on a Watch List?
by Robert Jensen
This bullying attempt from a conservative group may easily inhibit professors across the country.