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.

An Easier Way to Get to Universal Health Care
by Fran Korten
Now is the time to push for better health care. Here are three modest, winnable first steps.
You’re Lucky If You’ve Got a Meddling Neighbor or Two. Here’s Why
by Jennifer Freed, Melissa Lowenstein
Forget minding your own business. Getting engaged leads to great rewards for both ourselves and others.
How to Get Banks Not to Fund Oil Pipelines? Aim High and Keep Showing Up
by Shannan Stoll
A few months after temporarily shutting down 13 Chase branches, Seattle climate activists were at it again with a tar sands petition.
It’s Not Too Soon to Talk About the Post-Trump Era
by Chris Winters
Even when sensible adults finally take back government, “back to normal” is not what we want.
There’s a Myth That White People Are Safer Among Other Whites
by Mike Males
New data on violent deaths show that all people are safest living in places with high diversity—but especially White people.
I Need to Start With the Racist Attitudes in Me
by Colin Beavan
Some of my anger at the recent actions of white supremacists comes from acknowledging my own capacity for ugliness.
What a Revived Poor People’s Campaign Needs to Do in the Trump Era
by Amanda Abrams
For the new movement to gain national traction, it will need to draw in poor and working-class Whites.
Climate Justice Is Racial Justice Is Gender Justice
by Bill McKibben
What is a “just transition,” anyway? Bill McKibben asks Jacqueline Patterson, the director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.
Austin Police Try to Get Beyond Trans Misgendering and “Deadnaming”
by Annamarya Scaccia
A few law enforcement agencies have adopted new guidelines to treat trans and gender-nonconforming people more fairly. But it’s just the first step.
Stop Using Mental Illness to Explain White Supremacy
by Christopher Petrella, Justin Gomer
White supremacy is not an unfortunate stain on an otherwise clean democracy. It’s terribly, terrifyingly normal.
In Truth and Reconciliation, First Things First—The Truth 
by David Ragland, Cori Bush, Melinda Salazar
Truth-telling needs to come first before we can begin to heal the racial divide and redress past harms.
Clues From History: Why Trump’s Presidency Is Over
by Mark Trahant
Many state governments over the years have reached exactly this point of racial toxicity—and crumbled.
Confederate Statues Have Been Invisible to Most White People
by Chris Winters
We’ve been living alongside the Confederacy too long, and white people are finally starting to notice.
Fall 2017 National Student Writing Competition: Standing Up for Our Neighbors
Want to inspire your students to write? Here's an opportunity to write about something meaningful and for an audience beyond the classroom.
Locals and Tribes March Together to Oppose Construction of Natural Gas Plant
by Brandon Jordan
The construction of the Puget Sound Energy facility is already underway in Washington state, and it has locals worried about the health and safety of their community.