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.

A Simple Checklist Inspires a New Kind of Activism
by Elisa Murray
A weekly newsletter created by a rookie Portland activist is moving people to action by prioritizing under-the-radar issues over big headline grabbers.
These People Are Transforming What Happens After You Die
by Sammi-Jo Lee
Meet the morticians offering compassionate practices for dealing with death.
Yes, a Government Shutdown Might Be the Best Strategy
by Mark Trahant
Democrats cannot back down from funding children’s health and protecting Dreamers. These issues are moral priorities.
When Communities Say No One Should Stay in Jail Just Because They’re Poor
by Amy Roe
Five out of six people behind bars awaiting trial are there simply because they can’t afford bail. Community bail funds offer a solution.
6 Moments in History That Remind Me Anything Is Possible
by Frances Moore Lappé
In these discouraging times, I keep a list of encouraging changes I couldn’t have predicted.
2017 Was Terrible for Food Policy. But 2018 Could Shake Things Up
by H. Claire Brown
Will the farm bill and midterm elections put food back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill?
Let's Talk About: #MeToo
Uneasy about discussing the #MeToo movement—and its related issues like sexual harassment, gender stereotypes, and abuse of power—with your students? Here are some resources to start the conversation.
It’s Not Just Sleep That’s Important to Your Well-Being. It’s Dreaming, Too
by Matthew Walker
People say time heals all wounds, but new research suggests that time spent in dream sleep is what really matters.
3 Reasons This Isn’t a Decisive Win for the KXL Pipeline
by Shannan Stoll
The path toward Keystone XL construction is much less certain than recent news headlines might lead you to believe.
How Internet Co-ops Can Protect Us From Net Neutrality Rollbacks
by Sammi-Jo Lee
Smaller internet service providers offer alternatives and could disrupt the monopolies.
When Buying Nothing Gives You More of Everything
by Erin Sagen
A way to get and give free stuff with your neighbors that is time-consuming, inconvenient—and wonderful.
8 Tips to Get You Through Difficult Conversations This Holiday Season
by Sarah van Gelder
The point isn’t to win. It’s to ignite understanding.
7 Not-So-Subtle Messages Congress Is Sending With Its Tax Plans
by Mark Trahant
The two tax bills define what’s important to a society. Or more to the point, who’s not important.
Why Thanksgiving Is the Perfect Time to Give Up Meat
by Peter Kalmus
I learned that there’s no better way to cultivate gratitude than through food.
How Vilifying Teen Girls Has Protected Powerful Men
by Mike Males
In recent years, increasing the power and independence of young women has brought dramatic decreases in pregnancies and sexual abuses.