Most Recent Articles - YES!

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The Color of Food: How Gardens and Farms Can Help Us Heal From a History of Racism
by Natasha Bowens
When we work together, share meals together, and laugh together, we’re repairing relationships with the soil as a community.
Don't Just Divest, Reinvest—From Fossil Fuels to a Healthy Economy
by Meaghan LaSala
Reinvestment could also unite students organizing for other forms of divestment, like prison divestment and divestment in solidarity with Palestine.
As State Pols Resist Obama’s Climate Plan, West Virginians Build Renewables Anyway
by Mary Hansen
So far, the state isn’t stepping up to build a solar-powered future. That leaves the bulk of the work to residents.
Where Have Our Corpses Gone? How America's Death Phobia May Be Hurting Us
by Liz Pleasant
Los Angeles-based mortician Caitlin Doughty talks about America’s tendency to keep dead bodies out of sight, and how that may be bad for our families and communities.
Can Seattle Boot Big Money Out of Elections By Giving Everyone “Democracy Vouchers”?
by Marcus Harrison Green
Early results show Seattle passing the Honest Elections ballot initiative. Voters will receive four $25 “democracy vouchers” every election year, which they can donate to the campaign of their choice.
Will the New Economy Be Capitalism, or Something Else? Join Us for a Discussion on November 9
To debate this crucial issue in the new economy, we’re co-hosting a panel on November 9 with experts in the field. Please RSVP and join us!
How Creative Finance Launched Worker-Owned Co-ops In Post-Sandy New York
by Araz Hachadourian
Half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, and owners lose everything trying to pay off the loans. The Working World lets co-ops stabilize before repayment even begins.
Can Reddit Bring the Campfire Ghost Story Back to Life? (And Other Scary News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Man-made space trash is headed for Earth; there is science to back up why we love horror movies; and campfire stories are reimagined for the tech era.
Meet the 1 Percenters Finding Solace in Wealth Redistribution
by Kate Aronoff
A growing cadre of the owning class is crafting a healthier relationship to the other 99 percent: “It is not about individual therapy or even engaging in philanthropy or charity. It’s about collective action.”
Goodbye McMansion, Hello Simple Life: What I Learned From Thoreau
by Kaci Yoh
The philosopher's lessons include how to let go and find happiness—even after crippling debt and a heartbreaking divorce.
I Owed My Parents Everything—But My Son Will Owe Me Nothing
by Shin Yu Pai
Why family debts shouldn’t be about money or expectations, but about love.
Colorado Pushes for Universal Health Care That’s Governed by the People
by Nathan Schneider
Next year, residents will vote on replacing the Affordable Care Act with ColoradoCare, a plan that works like a cooperative. In a purple state like this, it just might work.
Meet the Indian Women Trying to Take Down “Caste Apartheid”
by Rucha Chitnis
Asha Kowtal and the Dalit Women's Self-Respect March traveled across Northern India to document the ongoing violence against women who were once branded as "untouchable." Now, they're raising new leaders, and finding allies in Black Lives Matter.
Video: How This Brooklyn Neighborhood is Putting Healthy Food in Business
by Liz Pleasant
A co-op training program in Brooklyn could serve as a model for other cities looking to combat the effects of gentrification for long-time residents.
Why Slower Money Is the Key to a Real Economic Recovery
by Keith Harrington
An exciting crop of organizations are financing businesses in a way that creates real wealth. Here are a few ways to scale them up so that they can truly challenge Wall Street.