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.

Keep Your Spirits Up: You Can’t Resist Trump When You’re Tired and Sad
by Colin Beavan
We must take care of ourselves in a way that ensures our compassion is not drained away.
Standing Rock Eviction Countdown: Will You Keep Fighting With Us?
by Kelly Hayes
Our people will continue to resist in and beyond this moment, as this is but one front in the wars being waged against us.
My Desperate Search for Environmentally Friendly Underwear
by Eben Bein
The apparel and textile industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. But can consumers shape a greener fashion industry with our shopping choices?
This Organic Food Company Doesn’t Discriminate Against Ex-Offenders—It Seeks Them Out
by Olivia Anderson
Lancaster Food Company searches for job applicants who need help getting back on their feet. So far, not one has quit.
20 Ways to Take a Bigger, Louder Stand in the Post-Election World
by Nina M. Flores
Many of us are rekindling our activist spirit knowing that the next four years will require everyone to act.
How Creative Repurposing of Industrial Scrap Is Holding Off a Neighborhood’s Gentrification
by Amanda Abrams
25-year old Scrap Exchange partners with Durham, North Carolina, residents to build an innovative arts district.
Sheriffs Refuse to Send Troops to Standing Rock as Public Outrage and Costs Mount
by Jenni Monet
North Dakota is stretched thin in its battle to protect the Dakota Access pipeline construction: Costs are nearing $15 million, and police reinforcements are diminishing.
From Across the Country, Gifts of Tiny Houses Arrive for Standing Rock
by Jane Braxton Little
How five large trees in remote Oregon ended up as winter housing for water protectors, including their first newborn baby.
How Comfort Food Is Getting Me Through These Rough Post-Election Days
by Erin Sagen
I’ve learned that when we’re vulnerable, when we’re unsure about the world and our place in it, food is the way back home.
Four Ways to Look at Standing Rock: An Indigenous Perspective
by Kayla DeVault
In the shadow of the Trump election, I found myself explaining to world climate leaders how to see Standing Rock through an indigenous lens.
How I Stopped Mindlessly Buying Things
by Sarah Lazarovic
Stores want me to buy stuff I don’t need. The internet wants me to buy stuff I don’t need. But I finally figured it out.
How to Attempt Racial Healing—Even During a Trump Presidency
by Zenobia Jeffries
America’s past truth and reconciliation processes show us what works.
6 Ways to Take Action in the Calm Before the Trump
by Melissa Hellmann
If you think Trump is all talk, consider this: Research shows past presidents have accomplished about 75 percent of what they promised to do during their campaigns.
5 Ways Science Says to Handle Difficult Emotional Situations
by Kira M. Newman
Resilience practices can help you confront stress and pain more skillfully, starting with finding silver linings.
How a Battle Over Affordable Medicine Helped Kill the TPP
by James Trimarco
The debate about an exotic new kind of drug delayed the trade deal for years, thanks in part to relentless advocates who stood up to big pharma.