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.

Want the Best Solutions for California’s Epic Drought? Ask a Farmworker from the Central Valley
by Sarah Mirk
“Low-income disadvantaged communities are the best water conservationists: At the end of the day, we’re not going to waste water because it costs money.”
You’ve Heard What’s Wrong in Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood. Here’s One Local’s Vision for Turning That Around
by Mary Hansen
Blaize Connelly-Duggan’s vision for the neighborhood is all about community ownership and development without displacement.
Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd the US Standardized Testing System Is
by Liz Pleasant
John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
These Moms Lost Their Kids to Violence. On Mother's Day Weekend, They're Marching on Washington‏
by Araz Hachadourian, Mary Hansen
Maria Hamilton's son Dontre was killed by police officers. After no one was charged, she sought out hundreds of other parents and decided to take their demands to Washington.
After Years of Living as Squatters, These Filipino Neighbors Fought for Nice, New Homes in Their Community—And Won
by Aurora Almendral
When the Manila government proposed relocating squatter families out of the city, residents came together and asked for housing in their own neighborhood.
Job Opening: YES! Reporting Fellow
This position is ideal for journalists from underrepresented communities who are somewhat obsessed with things like worker-owned cooperatives, community banking, and land trusts—and how clever people are using them to build a world that works for everybody.
One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis
by Stacy Mitchell
While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?
Tiny Houses in Paradise! 20 Incredible Vacation Rentals on Airbnb
by Cat Johnson
From caves in Spain to treehouses in Cape Town, check out Airbnb's best tiny house destinations.
Young Guatemalan Farmers Fight For Land Rights, Local Food, and Sustainable Traditions Endangered by Global Trade Deals‏
by Jeff Abbott
The same forces that have driven many onto the migrant trail have led to the emergence of a movement of young campesinos organizing to stay on their land.
Call for Submissions: Our Minds, Bodies, and Well-Being
From healing personal trauma to building safe and sustainable communities, we're going to explore what health means today. Send us your pitches by May 20!
Baltimoreans Celebrate Charging of Officers—But Say It’s Just First Step
by Mary Hansen, Araz Hachadourian
“It’s not ‘game over,’ it’s ‘game on.’ Now, we can actually start to see things happening.”
Meet the Woman Behind #BlackLivesMatter—The Hashtag That Became a Civil Rights Movement
by Liz Pleasant
Alicia Garza and two friends first tweeted #BlackLivesMatter to spark a conversation after the death of Trayvon Martin. Three years later, their hashtag has become a movement.
After Baltimore: It’s Time to Make Things Right‏
by Sarah van Gelder
From slavery to police brutality, reconciliation begins with the truth‏.
5 Numbers to Help You Understand Life in Freddie Gray's Baltimore
by Jennifer Luxton, Araz Hachadourian
The #BaltimoreUprising isn't just about one death. Years of systemic neglect have left people with shorter lives, poor educations, and few employment opportunities.
Photos: Baltimore Protests Inspire Renewed Sense of Direction For Community Leaders‏
by Cecilia Garza, Mary Hansen
“If people are calling for peace, we need to push the narrative toward policies and political changes that are actually going to give people the conditions to deal with structural violence.”