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.

How One Person’s Small, Brave Compost Pile Changed New York City
by Colin Beavan
While we work to make our government budge, don’t forget that we can also make change ourselves by starting small and local.
What a Policy of Real Solidarity With the Syrian People Looks Like
by James Trimarco
The U.S. does not have to choose between backing the Assad regime or extremist groups. There is another choice: Syria’s homegrown pro-democracy resistance.
The Kendall Jenner Pepsi Memes Made You a Better Person. Think About It
by Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez
Those cleverly captioned photos shared on social media can spark conversations and help build empathy.
Why These Missile Strikes Won’t Make Things Better for the Syrian People
by Stephen Zunes
There are serious questions as to whether Trump’s bombing of the Syrian base has anything to do with protecting civilians.
CEOs Now Make 300 Times More Than Their Workers. This City Is Putting a Stop to That
by Chuck Collins
Runaway CEO pay contributes to income inequality and ultimately harms companies, so local governments aren’t waiting for a federal fix.
Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom
by Melissa Hellmann
Students learn about the front lines of global warming and how to be climate activists.
No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies
by David Korten
Local control is a foundational conservative principle—but progressives also embrace it.
Monet Wins Tobenkin Award for Standing Rock Coverage
by YES! staff
“At their heart, her stories were about the religious freedom, sovereignty, and human rights sought by Indigenous people everywhere.”
Self-Esteem Might Boost Our Egos, But Self-Compassion Opens Our Hearts
by Kristin Neff
Unlike self-esteem, the good feelings of self-compassion do not depend on being special and above average, or on meeting ideal goals.
Promises to Coal Country Aside, Trump’s Budget Cuts Will End an Economic Lifeline
by James Trimarco
The Appalachian Regional Commission helps to create jobs and improve economic fortunes of “distressed counties” in West Virginia and Kentucky.
Wildfires Are Essential: The Forest Service Embraces a Tribal Tradition
by Nathan Gilles
The Karuk were once denied the right to practice an ancient tradition. Now scientific and resource management circles are seeing the merits of controlled burning.
Incarcerating US: The Failings of America’s Prison System
by Kim Eckart
The documentary dates the problem to the war on drugs and the establishment of mandatory minimum sentences.
Seattle Is Sixth Local Government to Sue Trump Over Threats to Sanctuary Cities
by James Trimarco
“Sanctuary policies are legal, and Trump’s executive order is not.”
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
by Kim Eckhart
“Love people, use things, because the opposite never works.”
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