Most Recent Articles - YES!

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A Kentucky Domestic Violence Shelter Helps Women Grow Food—and Confidence
by Sarah van Gelder
Many survivors of domestic violence have had their attempts at work and creativity sabotaged for years. On these 40 acres of rolling farmland, they're being restored.
When You Can’t Afford the Cost of Clearing Your Record
by Jaclyn Zubrzycki
People who’ve done their time and paid their fines still face barriers to employment. Memphis-based Just City helps them start fresh.
In Photos: 50 Years in a Housing Project Through the Eyes of Kids Who Lived There
by Alexa Mills
Thanks to Polaroid and a basement arts center, the kids of Newtowne Court have built a photographic monument to their neighborhood since the 1960s.
Is Cooking the Future of Medicine?
by Jasleena Grewal
At Tulane’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, students are learning to pair nutrition with allopathic care—and other schools are catching on.
People Are Happier in States That Allow Ballot Initiatives
by Michael Krassa, Benjamin Radcliff
Twenty-four states allow citizens to vote directly on policy matters, and research shows that life satisfaction is higher in them.
Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program
by Rebecca Nathanson
This neighborhood made gardens out of vacant lots to tackle gentrification and high youth unemployment.
Cancel Black History Month? Watch Kids Respond to Fox News’ Latest
by YES! Staff
Here’s what happened when a group of kids heard what Stacey Dash said about Black History Month.
The Middle Eastern TV Show Bringing Feminist Views on Marriage to 80 Million People
by Lindsey Weedston
In Turkey, a soap opera is informing women of their rights and challenging cultural assumptions about marriage.
The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity of TransCanada's $15B Suit Against the U.S.
by Jim Shultz
The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?
Flint Whistleblowers Who Exposed Their Poisoned Water: We’re Just Getting Started
by Larry Gabriel
Long before the state declared an emergency in Flint, Michigan, a pastor, a mother, and an attorney teamed up to reveal the state’s lies about their drinking water.
The Oil Industry Won in Alberta. Now First Nations Look to Heal Their Land
by Erika Lundahl
The Alberta tar sands are home to the third-largest proven reserves of crude oil in the world. Here, First Nations engage in a complex dance of resistance to and cooperation with industry in order to survive.
If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?
by Kim Eckart
Programs across the country are trying to make it easier for new farmers to get started and put down roots. Here's why: There's only one farmer under 35 for every six over 65. By 2030, one-quarter of America's current farmers will retire.
White Privilege II Showed Me What an Unruly Mess We’re In
by Jonathan Cunningham
A Seattle music writer quoted in Macklemore’s controversial new song appreciates how it speaks to young white people—but wishes it had gone further.
As Rising Seas Force Exile, Islanders Hold Fast to What Matters Most
by Keith Barbalato
Pacific Islanders are among the first victims of climate change-induced sea level rise. As natives quickly run out of land and struggle to maintain crops, leaders are searching for ways to protect their people and thousands of years of cultural heritage.
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison Green
As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.