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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.

Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time
Take a sneak peek at “Own the Change,” a new documentary about worker-owned cooperatives. We’ll be running the full film here at YES! next week.
What I Learned About Living From Dying of Cancer What I Learned About Living From Dying of Cancer
by Marcy Westerling
Many more patients are now living for years with the diagnosis of terminal illness. The author describes her journey to what she calls “livingly dying”—facing her death by living in the moment with grace and mindfulness.
Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds
by Kayla Schultz
When it comes to providing jobs and money to towns and cities, not all renewable energy is created equal.
The Trollslayers: 3 Women Who Took on the Internet’s Misogynistic Underbelly—And Came Out Swinging The Trollslayers: 3 Women Who Took on the Internet’s Misogynistic Underbelly—And Came Out Swinging
by Lindsey Weedston
For years, these two mothers and a Cambridge professor have been bullied, threatened, and publicly humiliated by cyber-legions of trolls. Each of their stories offers a lesson for beating them.
Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It
by Christopher Zumski Finke
We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a “movement” of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women.
Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
by Tom Lawson
A new law allows transgender citizens to decide their own gender—and all it takes is a piece of paper.
Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
by John Feffer
Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement is neither revolutionary nor subversive: It’s a basic demand for a more responsive and accountable government.
New Factories Have Jobs You’d Really Want—and These Chicago Kids Are Skilling Up to Get Them New Factories Have Jobs You’d Really Want—and These Chicago Kids Are Skilling Up to Get Them
by Laura Flanders
Manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S., but to fill them we’ll have to train a new generation of workers. That’s what this school is doing in a struggling neighborhood that once hosted the country’s biggest candy empires, as factories return.
LA School District Uses Its Spending Power to Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, and Kids’ Nutrition LA School District Uses Its Spending Power to Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, and Kids’ Nutrition
by J. Mijin Cha
Local economies can be strengthened through the large purchasing power of local institutions. Here’s how the nation's second largest school district is doing it.
Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country
by Mary Hansen
A proposed community-owned solar project on an abandoned coal mine in Arizona illustrates how cooperative economics make it possible to stop extracting fossil fuels—without leaving workers behind.
Video: Last Native-Speaker Records Wukchumni Language Video: Last Native-Speaker Records Wukchumni Language
If your language was on the brink of extinction, what would you do? The last speaker of Wukchumni created a makeshift dictionary out of scraps of paper.
After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It
by Dave Reed
Fed up with essentially begging for access to quality food, residents of this predominantly African-American and low-income neighborhood decided to open their own grocery store.
Day 5 of New Economy Week: The New Economy Is Close to Home Day 5 of New Economy Week: The New Economy Is Close to Home
From California to Mississippi, people are organizing to build local power and are seeing major victories. How do we support and encourage their work?
#FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri #FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri
by Liz Pleasant, Nur Lalji
The weekend brought seekers of racial justice in Missouri to the police station, the university, and the local Wal-Mart—the scene of another recent police shooting of a young black man.
Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm
by Kayla Schultz, Paul Dunn
See how Heyday Farm raises healthy animals in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.
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