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.

Citizen Scientists Learn from Flowers
by Heather Purser
People across the country are learning what plants say about global warming.
Roadtrip Nation Takes the Route Less Traveled
by Madeline Ostrander
Roadtrip Nation, a personal journey turned film, then TV series, and now a youth movement, sends groups of young people out on the road every year to find out how people choose careers they’re passionate about.
The Personal IS Powerful
by Colin Beavan
No Impact Man says we shouldn't be distracted by attacking each others' methods of confronting climate change—only by uniting behind the same agenda can we hope for change in the very little time we have to effect it.
A Patriot Resigns
by Sarah van Gelder
At YES!, we've known Van Jones from his work with disaffected youth in Oakland through his rise to the White House. And here's what we know: Van is a true patriot.
Can a Farm State Feed Itself?
by Brooke Jarvis
Tired of depending on imports, Illinois looks to local food.
No Vacation Nation
by John de Graaf
Along with paid vacation, we're missing out on happiness, better health, and a more sustainable society.
FCC Supports an Open Internet
by Megan Tady
A victory in the fight to protect public, democratic access to the Internet.
Can Europe Pop the U.S. CEO Pay Bubble?
by Sarah Anderson
While the U.S. executives who caused the economic meltdown benefit from bailout money, Europe is stepping forward to cap CEO bonuses.
Episcopal Church Repudiates Doctrine of Discovery
by Gale Courey Toensing
Tackling an injustice enshrined in international law for centuries.
Health Care Déjà Vu Health Care Déjà Vu
by Brooke Jarvis
Can reform that does not build on the universal right to health care be successful?
Signs of Life :: Sit-In Keeps Factory Open
by Laura Kaliebe
Workers at the Des Plaines, Illinois, Hartmarx factory voted to stage a sit-in this June against banking giant Wells Fargo.
Signs of Life :: Act Two for Clean Water
by Madeline Ostrander
The U.S. Senate may be poised to undo a Bush-era policy that undercut protection of the nation’s waterways.
Signs of Life :: Tribes Approve Same-Sex Marriage
by Heather Purser
Same-sex marriage is not legal in Oregon, but an Oregon tribe has exercised its sovereignty to recognize same-sex marriages on its 10-square-mile reservation.
Signs of Life :: Cities Eat Local
by Jessica Bell
Increasing numbers of U.S. cities are looking to lessen their climate impact by growing and eating local food.
Signs of Life :: Legal Settlements Protect Voters
by Susie Shutts
Organizations in Ohio, Missouri, and elsewhere are correcting problems that prevented thousands of people from voting in recent elections.