Most Recent Articles - YES!

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Seattle Led the Country’s Minimum Wage Revolution. Can It Do the Same With Rent Control?
by Marcus Harrison Green
New York and San Francisco both suffer from soaring rents and gentrification, despite decades of regulation. How Seattle socialist Kshama Sawant plans to do affordable housing right.
A North Carolina Textile Co-Op Gives Immigrant Workers a Stake in the Business
by Cecilia Garza
In a state that lost 88 percent of its textile industry jobs in just 10 years, small worker-owned cooperatives are islands of rights and resilience.
A Mom's Guide to Decluttering: Why My Kids Gave Up Almost All Their Toys
by Shannon Hayes
I hate clutter, and one morning I just couldn't take it anymore. Here's how I got my kids to throw out their toys and tidy up our house.
What Native Hawaiian Culture Can Teach Us About Gender Identity
by Jade Snow
As the documentary Kumu Hina reveals, living between both genders is the more powerful “mahu" way.
Video: This Young Black Man Talks to His Mom About the Police Traffic Stop That Almost Killed Him
Alex Landau was raised by adoptive white parents, who believed skin color didn’t matter. But when Denver cops pulled him over in 2009, he nearly lost his life.
Debt Collective Marches on New Orleans for Free Higher Ed
by Araz Hachadourian
“It’s not about freeloading. It’s about what we’re willing to extend to each other as a society.”
I’m My Daughter’s Best Friend. How Do I Help Her Become Her Own Person?
by Shannon Hayes
Our isolated life on the farm keeps my family close, but it can also stand in the way of my daughter becoming her own person.
Rev. Sekou on Today’s Civil Rights Leaders: “I Take My Orders From 23-Year-Old Queer Women”
by Sarah van Gelder
A leading activist pastor speaks about the emerging face of civil rights leadership in 21st century America.
One Poem That Saved a Forest
by Jacqueline Suskin
How the friendship between a poet and a timber baron kept a grove of California redwoods from clear-cutting.
In a Place Where Teaching Girls Can Get You Poisoned, This Afghan Woman Got Men on Her Side
by Kristin Moe
How do you spark a movement in a conservative community? A Q&A with Razia Jan, founder of the Zabuli Education Center.
All Sign Language, No Subtitles: Behind the Ukrainian Thriller That’s Changing How We Experience Cinema
by Christopher Zumski Finke
"The Tribe" has no spoken dialogue at all—viewers must search for meaning through body language and emotion. This is why it works.
Economic Growth Doesn't Make a Wealthy Nation, Safety and Happiness Do
by Araz Hachadourian
Economist Kate Raworth explains why economic growth shouldn't be the only measure of a nation's wealth.
The Case for a “Jazz Revolution” Against Corporate Capitalism
by Keith Harrington
Bottom up? Top down? Improvisation is the key to a middle way.
Dangerous Isolation: Meet the Fearless Advocates Helping Rural Women Escape Abuse
by Laura Michele Diener
“If you live miles up in the holler and your cellphone doesn’t work up there, and you don’t have a car, and you don’t read and write very well, and you’ve got three kids, how are you going to get help?”
Can We Learn About Empathy From Torturing Robots? This MIT Researcher Is Giving It a Try
by Nur Lalji
Should we treat robots sort of like animals, or strictly as tools? Researcher Kate Darling says the time has come to take these questions seriously.