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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.

Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers’ Unions Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers’ Unions
by Amy B. Dean
Teachers are fighting the privatization wave by connecting with families right where they live.
Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion
by Molly Rusk
Why did an elementary school math problem go viral? It has to do with a new set of federal education standards known as the Common Core.
The Underground Railroad Was One of America’s First Co-ops: A Black History Tour of Cooperative Economics The Underground Railroad Was One of America’s First Co-ops: A Black History Tour of Cooperative Economics
by Laura Flanders
From slavery to Jim Crow to cities today, African-Americans have been leading the cooperative movement.
Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again. Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.
by Sena Christian
Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture—especially on organic and small-scale farms.
They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate
by Rachael Stoeve
A look at the growing influence of undocumented voices in the movement for immigrant rights.
Don't Leave BitCoin to the Libertarians! (Or, Why Your Movement Needs Open Source Money) Don't Leave BitCoin to the Libertarians! (Or, Why Your Movement Needs Open Source Money)
by Nathan Schneider
Movements for economic justice and equality are rarely flush with cash. But "cryptocurrencies" like Bitcoin might stand to change the rules in their favor.
10 Things Creative People Know 10 Things Creative People Know
by Peggy Taylor, Charlie Murphy
Everyday creative activities like knitting and cooking can boost your levels of serotonin and decrease anxiety.
Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
Most organizers today believe that Alinsky taught to focus on building organizations and not social movements. But the author's own political work shows a more flexible approach.
Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do it in Style Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do it in Style
by Cat Johnson
How to get electricity, water, and the Internet in your tiny home on the range.
Video: Can We Create Living-Wage Jobs for Everyone? Video: Can We Create Living-Wage Jobs for Everyone?
by Laura Flanders
We have plenty of low-income jobs, but fewer in the middle where we really need investment. How can we make sure public money is spent for the greater good?
A New Source of Jobs for India's Rural Women? (Hint: It's in Your Shampoo) A New Source of Jobs for India's Rural Women? (Hint: It's in Your Shampoo)
by Shilpi Chhotray
The business in chemicals extracted from seaweed—predicted to be worth $7 billion by 2018—is emerging as a source of employment for rural women.
How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All
by Imara Jones
By keeping workers healthy, the Affordable Care Act will help the working poor achieve greater financial stability—and will probably boost the economy as well.
Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone) Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone)
by Kristin Moe
"Intersectionality" has evolved from a theory of how oppression works to a notion of how people can fight it.
Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning
by Lennon Flowers
The secret to learning self-awareness, cooperation, and other “social and emotional learning” skills lies in experience, not in workbooks and rote classroom exercises.
Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US Video: Festival Brings Spirit of Kenya's Independence Movement to the US
The Swahili word "madaraka" means "self-realization." The festival bearing that name seeks to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives, their communities, and the world.
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