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.

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.
Visual Learning: Keep It Light
This visual learning lesson will get your students thinking about solar power and unbelievable inventions.
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.
How an Ethnic Studies Class Took to the Streets and the Internet to Support Standing Rock
When students in Carah Reed’s Ethnic Studies class realized that the mass media wasn’t sharing the truth about Standing Rock, they dug deeper to learn more. These inner-city high schoolers shared their findings on social media and took action to support the water protectors. This is Carah’s story.
Detroit’s Massive Muslim Community Looks for Allies in the Trump Era
by Zenobia Jeffries
Fifty-five percent of Americans know very little or nothing at all about Islam, but this group wants to change that.
Changing Hearts and Opening Minds—It Happens When We Listen
by Sarah van Gelder
We can start difficult conversations by speaking from the heart and sharing our wish for a world where everyone is safe and free.
A 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump—And Make Gains in Justice and Equality
by George Lakey
The first step? Recognize that we represent the majority.
Winona LaDuke on New Ways to Keep Pipelines Out of the Great Lakes
by Winona LaDuke
The surge of formal opposition to tar sands and fracked oil pipelines shows how Standing Rock resistance has emboldened Great Lakes tribes.