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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.

Seattle Council to Governor: Protect this City (And the Climate) from Oil Trains Seattle Council to Governor: Protect this City (And the Climate) from Oil Trains
by Molly Rusk
Beyond the dangers of derailment and explosions, Seattleites are worried about oil-by-rail shipping's effect on the climate. Here's what they did about it.
A Happy Life or a Meaningful One—Do We Really Need to Choose? A Happy Life or a Meaningful One—Do We Really Need to Choose?
by Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh
Researchers continue to debate whether people face a genuine trade-off between seeking a happy life and a meaningful one.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie Schloredt
In the tradition of “Maus” and “Persepolis,” “March” tells the story of young African Americans who, like its author, rose up from the Jim Crow South to assert their human rights.
Jon Stewart on the "Insanity" of Buying Seafood with Food Stamps Jon Stewart on the "Insanity" of Buying Seafood with Food Stamps
What do right-wing TV anchors think low-income people should eat? Not salmon, apparently.
This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School
by Bill Bigelow
“The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
Teenage Defender of First Nations Rights Becomes Literal Superhero Teenage Defender of First Nations Rights Becomes Literal Superhero
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Shannen Koostachin, a teenage activist who died before ever seeing the results of her work, has inspired a new hero in the DC Universe.
Meet the Ambassadors from Canada's Indigenous Fossil Fuel Resistance Meet the Ambassadors from Canada's Indigenous Fossil Fuel Resistance
by Kristin Moe
In 1885, a revolutionary leader wrote, "My people will sleep for one hundred years" and then wake up. In the "genocidal" wilderness of Canada's tar sands, that renaissance has begun.
Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy Infographic: The Math Error Behind 30 Years of Education Policy
by Doug Pibel
An influential study's failure to consider factors like poverty, race, and immigration concealed the fact that scores were improving.
The Radical Homemaker Turns 40 The Radical Homemaker Turns 40
by Shannon Hayes
I've learned to embrace the dreams I most deeply desire, but also the burdens that so often work against them.
Infographic: A Guided Tour of the New Economy Infographic: A Guided Tour of the New Economy
What will the transition to a "new economy" really look like? To find out, explore this interactive infographic from the group New England New Economy Transition.
A Parliament of Mayors: Can We End Inequality By Giving Cities More Power? A Parliament of Mayors: Can We End Inequality By Giving Cities More Power?
by Laura Flanders
In our increasingly interdependent world, mayors may be more motivated to collaborate and possibly more capable than our national governments of effectively working across borders.
Hundreds Plan to Risk Arrest in Keystone Pipeline Action Hundreds Plan to Risk Arrest in Keystone Pipeline Action
by Jamie Henn
This weekend could turn out to be the largest act of civil disobedience at the White House in a generation.
Remember When We Toppled SOPA/PIPA in Just 24 Hours? How the People Can Still Win on Net Neutrality Remember When We Toppled SOPA/PIPA in Just 24 Hours? How the People Can Still Win on Net Neutrality
by Josh Levy and Hannah Sassaman
When it comes to limiting digital rights, big companies are in cahoots with governments like never before. But the belief that everyone deserves safe, affordable, and private access to the Internet is taking off.
A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The upcoming Academy Awards will recognize some of 2013’s best social justice-themed films. Here are some of our favorite past winners.
Remembering Chokwe Lumumba Remembering Chokwe Lumumba
by Laura Flanders
Can you be a revolutionary and a mayor? Chokwe Lumumba—who spent eight months as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, before he died—did his best to be both.
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