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.

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Lonely People
by Amelia S. Worsley
Those trying to cure a loneliness epidemic by bringing people physically closer to their neighbors are oversimplifying its modern meaning.
Students Look Beyond Gun Control Laws to Prevent Violence—and It’s Working
by Kevon Paynter
As lawmakers argue over how best to address school shootings, student clubs are focused on reducing youth violence at schools and in their communities.
9 Ways You Can Use the Midterm Elections to Build Local Power
by Sarah van Gelder
We can build long-term power in our communities and help elect our favorite candidates if we work strategically, inclusively—and independently.
Why Americans Score Lower on Happiness Every Year—And What to Do About It
by George Ward
Thanks to the U.N.’s World Happiness Report, many countries are realizing that economic growth doesn’t necessarily equal personal happiness.
The Indigenous Collective Using Tattoos to Rise Above Colonialism
by Mary Annette Pember
Spirit writing is more than tattoos. It’s guidance from the past that connects our responsibilities to each other and to earth.
Why Wikipedia Keeps Overlooking Women
by Tamar Carroll, Lara Nicosia
Entries on women make up less than 30 percent of the website’s biographical coverage. Here’s what people are doing to fix it.
Tariffs Aren’t a Terrible Idea—If They’re About Well-Being of People, Not Corporations
by David Korten
Tariffs on imports could be part of reorienting the global economy. Now is a good time to talk about it.
How to Say Goodbye When Someone You Love Is Dying
by Bailey Williams
Say what you feel. Connect with other loved ones. Accept the past. Most important, move forward.
What Standing Rock Gave the World
by Jenni Monet
Americans saw the Indigenous struggle—the violence, stolen resources, colluding corporations and governments—that goes hand in hand with protecting the Earth.
What Happens When White Parents Adopt Black Children and Move to Black Neighborhoods
by Bailey Williams
These Photos Will Change the Way You Think About Race in Coal Country
by John Edwin Mason
The myth that Appalachia is uniformly White lingers, but communities of “Affrilachians” were documented in the 1930s.
Why Irish Americans Should Embrace Their Culture of Colonial Resistance
by Shannon O’Sullivan
In telling the story of Irish America, we must grapple with the history of British colonial rule, racial identity, and capitalism.
Photo Essay: 8 Reasons Students Walked Out Over Gun Laws
by Lori Panico
“All of these students will be voting in the next four years. We will be in the driver’s seat.”
The Importance of Movies Like “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time”
by Jennifer Burton, Julie Dobrow, Calvin Gidney
Researchers say that negative media portrayals of racial groups harm the self-esteem of children of color.
Tribes Build a Traditional Watch House to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion
by Janice Cantieri
And since the fall, Tiny House Warriors have been putting homes in the path of the pipeline.