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.

Journalism and the First Amendment on Trial at Standing Rock
by Mark Trahant
Reporter Jenni Monet has been charged with criminal trespassing and rioting, but the bigger story is about the failure of journalism institutions to rally.
What Makes America Great? Artists Resist Trump With 100 Days of Posters
by Jennifer Luxton
The progressive agenda over the next four years will be hard-won—and heavily illustrated—if the past few weeks are any indication.
The Scramble for Women’s Health-Care Coverage in the Time of Trump
by Lynsi Burton
The time to obtain contraceptives is now.
3 Creative Solutions to Protect Water, Wildlife, and a Warming City
by Araz Hachadourian, Paulina Phelps, Olivia Anderson
In the heat zone of Louisville, Kentucky, 170 residents have been trained as “citizen foresters.”
How Powerful Could We Be If We Agree to Stand Our Ground on Our Treaty Land
by Ladonna Bravebull Allard
This movement is not just about a pipeline. We are not fighting for a reroute, or a better process in the white man’s courts. We are fighting for our liberation.
How to Help Immigrant and Muslim Neighbors
by Lornet Turnbull
People are turning their frustrations with the Trump administration into actions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of vulnerable community members.
University of California Next In Line To Dump Wells Fargo Contracts
by Melissa Hellmann
The UC system is severing $475 million in contracts with Wells Fargo over, among other things, the bank’s ties to private prison corporations.
How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings into a Thriving Community Hub
by Christa Hillstrom
As rents rise and independent businesses in Minneapolis lose their leases to large national chains, a first-of-its-kind co-op found a solution.
6 States With Criminal Justice Reform Wins to Celebrate
by Jaime Alfaro, Araz Hachadourian, Christa Hillstrom
In Oregon, incarcerated women stay connected with their children through special visitations and virtual parent-teacher conferences.
“Valve Turner” Case a Mistrial, but Also a Warning for Direct Action Activists
by Valerie Schloredt
Criminal sabotage was one of the charges for Ken Ward, who with fellow activists in Minnesota, Montana, and North Dakota shut down pipelines carrying tar sands oil.
Los Angeles Preempts Trump’s Deportation Plans By Finally Decriminalizing Street Vending
by Mario Vasquez
After years of work, advocates for immigrant rights rejoiced at the permit process, which will help keep 50,000 street vendors on the right side of the law.
Defund DAPL Spreads Across Indian Country as Tribes Divest
by Frances Madeson
The Navajo Nation is making moves to join a growing number of tribes that have already respectfully, but conclusively, shown Wells Fargo the door.
Teacher Has Unique Handshake for Every Student
Fifth grade teacher Barry White, Jr. of North Caroline created a unique handshake for each of his students based on their individual personalities.
Random Acts of Kindness
Like any skill, kindness takes practice. Teach kindness and other social-emotional skills with these outstanding free resources, including an educators guide, from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.
"Resistance 101" Lesson: Unsung Heroes and Activists
Young people across the country are pouring into the streets to protest for social justice. But to create real change, students need to know what comes next. “Resistance 101” introduces students to real-life activists and the strategies they’ve used to create a fairer world.