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.

Spring 2018 National Student Writing Competition: Letters of Hope
For the 2018 spring writing competition, students will write a letter to someone they look up to, describing a future they imagine and hope for our country.
How the Wonder of Nature Can Inspire Social Justice Activism
by Adrienne Maree Brown
The complex systems of the natural world can open our eyes to a new way of being.
These 5 Charts Show Why Mass Incarceration Harms Everyone’s Health
by Emily Nagisa Keehn, J. Wesley Boyd
It’s not just the prisoner who suffers.
One College’s Shift to Training Social Justice Activists
by Lornet Turnbull
At a time when many young Americans are seeking avenues for change in their communities, more schools are offering degrees in social justice.
11 Disturbing Words From Trump’s State of the Union
by Mark Trahant
The danger to our democracy is not the electoral college. Not gerrymandering. It’s a power imbalance that is old and structural.
When It Comes to Your Health, Your Local Economy Matters
by Jessica Young
Research shows community traits such as quality of housing and employment can influence wellness.
Inside the Move to End Gerrymandering
by Fran Korten
As partisan redistricting increasingly biases election results, people are mobilizing through the courts and the ballot box to make elections fairer.
Why Rural America Isn’t a Lost Cause for Progressive Ideas
by Ivy Brashear
Too often, liberal candidates write off red states. But their policies could find a willing audience there.
Do Protests Matter? What the Tea Party Movement Can Teach the Trump Resistance
by Kaya Axelsson
This is how rallies grow into movements and create social change.
This Japanese Concept of Happiness Could Help You Live a More Meaningful Life
by Iza Kavedžija
Focusing on your own happiness can prove self-defeating. Finding your “ikigai” offers an alternative perspective on well-being.
Meet the Man Bringing Cheap Renewable Energy to His Hometown
by J. Gabriel Ware
“I wanted to bring these projects to the community, so people can see renewable energy working.”
We Need Radical Imagination
by Sarah van Gelder
Imagination, as Hawaiian Native rights advocate Poka Laenui describes it, is more than an antidote to hopelessness. It is a source of power.
What White People Can Do for Food Justice
by Zenobia Jeffries
Creator of Master Cooks Corps train-the-trainer program Chef Nadine Nelson says White people in the food movement should ask themselves: What are you doing to hold yourself accountable to people of color?
A Letter to Ursula Le Guin After Her Departure
by Adrienne Maree Brown
When I lost hope in this world, you offered me a plethora of fully formed universes to learn from.
No Price Tags: These Neighbors Built Their Own Economy Without Money
by Araz Hachadourian
Time-banking is a model for trading skills, goods, and labor instead of money. There are close to 500 such banks across the country.