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.

Gender Bullying, Poor Sanitation, Homelessness—Let’s Air Out Our Bathroom Issues
by Joe Scott
Sanitation plays an integral role in the quality of our lives, whether we want to talk about it or not.
What the Oregon Standoff Is Really About
by Spencer Sunshine
The people occupying a wildlife reserve in eastern Oregon say they’re speaking for ranchers. But a closer look shows they’re associated with movements most people find alienating. If we want to build any solidarity with those living in rural areas, we need to understand the difference.
How This Black Student Used Documents and DNA to Find Her Slave Ancestors
by Alexa Mills
Like many African Americans, Lakisha David wanted to trace the roots of her family, who for years were documented only as property. Here’s how she did it.
Meet the Indigenous Eco-feminists of the Amazon
by Lindsey Weedston
In Ecuador, indigenous Kichwa women are resisting corporate interests that threaten their land.
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Lost in the noise about the horse race are signs of real progress. If you can track them down and write well about them, we want to hear from you.
How Do You Explain Where You Came From When Your Grandparents Were Immigrants?
by Rupa Shenoy
As a child of Indian immigrants, Rupa Shenoy has learned when strangers ask her where she’s from, they don't want to hear “Iowa.”
3 Ways to Bring David Bowie’s Spirit to Your Social Change Work
by Liz Pleasant, James Trimarco
David Bowie pushed boundaries, challenged norms, and helped pop culture become more inclusive. Here’s how to keep his legacy alive.
Every 30 Seconds a Latino in the U.S. Turns 18. The Challenge Is Getting Them to Vote
by Jason Margolis
If they vote more, Latino youth can be a powerful force in coming elections.
Waging Life in a War Zone
by Jen Marlowe
From Gaza’s colorful neighborhood to its underground theater, resistance is an art.
6 Cities Designing for Health
by Anna Clark
From Detroit to Edinburgh, these cities are helping residents live more healthful and equitable lives.
Canadian Company Sues U.S. for Blocking Keystone XL—and Shows How the TPP Can Hurt Climate
by John Light
Environmentalists have worked for years to get governments to regulate fossil fuels. Here’s how trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership make that even harder.
In Photos: The Seed-Saving Farmers Who Pass Down Land to Their Daughters
by Rucha Chitnis
In northeastern India's mountainous state of Meghalaya, youngest daughters inherit the land—and the ancient food heritage of their mothers.
Uber’s Immigrant Drivers Look Forward to Better Pay—and Bigger Voice
by Ana Sofia Knauf
A union for Seattle Uber drivers means finally having the right to a two-way conversation with their multibillion-dollar employer.
A Neighborhood Revolution in a Pot of Soup
by Shelley McEuen
After living in the same town for 14 years, I decided it was finally time to meet my neighbors. My secret? Soup night.
What’s the New Economy Look Like? Here’s What Our Artists Did With Your Ideas
by Kate Aronoff
Pictures of windmills and farmers markets are great, but they don’t capture the diversity and radicalism of the movement. So we asked readers like you for poster ideas and handed them over to two of our favorite artists.