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.

Robert Reich: Why Trump’s “America First” Plan Is Pure Fantasy
by Robert Reich
Trumponomics fails because it ignores the American worker. Here’s what we should do instead.
In a Rust Belt Town Where Tuition Is Covered, Economy Begins to Revive
by J. Gabriel Ware
After Kalamazoo, Michigan, offered college tuition for nearly all high school graduates, dropout rates declined and the city’s population began to rebound.
Governor’s Order to Protect State’s Immigrants Is More Than a Moral Choice
by Josh Cohen
Immigrants make up 17 percent of the state’s workforce. If Washington’s undocumented workers were deported, nearly $14.5 billion in economic activity could be lost.
What Would a Modern-Day Rosie the Riveter Look Like?
by Erin Sagen
You decide. Send us your ideas by March 14.
6 Ways Citizens Across the U.S. Are Using Science to Build a Better World
by Shannan Stoll
By collecting climate change data, monitoring air quality, and reverse-engineering insulin, locals are creating a more just and equitable society.
Will Cuts to Public Broadcasting Silence Native Radio Stations?
by Christine Trudeau
There are 60 stations licensed to tribes or tribal entities in the United States. They stand to lose a lot if Trump cuts federal funding.
The Woman Giving Refugee Kids Free Lawyers
by Jaime Alfaro
And two other people advocating for immigrants and refugees.
San Francisco Gives Immigrant Parents a Voice Through Noncitizen Voting
by Melissa Hellmann
The parent-led effort shows how cities can empower and protect noncitizens at a time of uncertainty for many immigrant families.
Water Is Life: The Story of Standing Rock Won’t Go Away
by Mark Trahant
The Dakota Access pipeline is set and oil will flow. But this is not the only fight about water, and Standing Rock is only one chapter somewhere in the middle of a long story.
As Police Evict Water Protectors, Tribes Vow to Continue the Fight
by Jenni Monet
“This isn’t the end by any means. This is the spark. The whole world is waking up now.”
We Aren’t So Different—3 Steps to Overcome Hate and Fear
by Amanda Abrams
Avoiding Trump supporters only increases our already dangerous polarization. Here’s how to really listen and find compassion.
What It Takes to Change Hearts and Minds
by Colin Beavan
To get someone’s support, you need more than just facts.
Why the People Who Grow Your Food Are Worried About Scott Pruitt
by James Trimarco, J. Gabriel Ware
Pruitt’s approach to the EPA is likely to threaten farmworkers, who are highly exposed to the effects of climate change, including heat stress and increased pesticide use.
This Town Adopted Trauma-Informed Care—And Saw a Decrease in Crime and Suspension Rates
by Melissa Hellmann
“The town seemed to transform from black and white to color.”
For Automation to Benefit Society, It Must Serve Humans, Not Replace Them
by David Korten
We face the prospect of an economy with little need for humans. Advances in artificial intelligence call us to revisit basic questions about work, love, and human purpose.