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.

Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent.” It Was a Planned Race Riot
by Zenobia Jeffries
Isn’t it time for the media to be honest and call white supremacists the domestic terrorists that they are?
Fight Fascism With a Dance Party
by Janey Stephenson
Where fascism aims to instill fear, joy is the perfect resistance.
Why Police Violence Against Women of Color Stays Hidden
by Zenobia Jeffries
Data show more Black men are killed at higher rates than women, but police-misconduct attorney Andrea Ritchie says that doesn’t tell the whole story.
It’s Time to Restore and Strengthen the Voting Rights Act
by Tamara Power-Drutis
On the 52nd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, 31 states with histories of racial discrimination no longer have federal oversight of their voting process.
A Former EPA Adviser on How to Push for Environmental Justice Under Trump
by Adam Lynch
“In our country there are two things that move policy. One is money. The other is the power of people.”
Who Has the Skills to Build Community? We All Do
by Sarah van Gelder
An online platform might be just the thing to spread around our grassroots genius.
Goodbye, Small Farmer? Investors Could Soon Own Most of American Farmland
by Katy Keiffer
Today, 30 percent of American farmland is owned by non-operators who lease it out to farmers. Here’s why that’s a problem.
The More Education, the Wider the Gender Pay Gap—Wait, What?
by Chris Winters
Seattle women make less than men, but especially those with advanced degrees.
Family Life Without Fossil Fuels—Slow and Satisfying
by Peter Kalmus
A visit to the Possibility Alliance reminded me also that the one constant of life is change.
A Manual for the New Era of Activist
by George Lakey
Movement-building approaches from the civil rights era get a 2017 update.
Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Sequel” Could Have Gone Further
by Mark Rahner
Let’s face it. The people who really need to see this film are never going to go near it.
Standing Rock Lawsuit Started a Year Ago. Here’s Where We Are Now
by Yessenia Funes
A recent victory has sent the Army Corps of Engineers back to analyze the environmental justice effects of the Dakota Access pipeline.
Outdoors Lovers Vote With Their Wallets, Move $45 Million Trade Show Out of Utah
by Stephen Miller
The outdoor-recreation industry delivered a big blow to Utah’s economy because of the state’s attempts to remove protections for public lands.
Why We Shouldn’t Think of Climate Change as Only a “Global” Issue
by Sarah van Gelder
While it is true that climate change is a global problem, we have power when we act locally.
The Secret to Growing More Food With Fewer Chemicals? Squirmy Soil
by Matthew Wallenstein
Over the past century, we’ve abused our soils. But recent studies suggest they can be revived to support a sustainable food system.