Most Recent Articles - YES!

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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.
Do We Even Need International Borders? (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Opening borders can have unexpected benefits; studies show alarming links between air pollution and dementia; and Native Americans talk about illegal immigration.
The Bank-Free, DIY Lending System That Helps Friends and Families Finance Themselves
by Liz Pleasant
Who needs banks when you have communities? This finance model lets people help each other—without interest.
10 Kids' Halloween Costumes Inspired By Rad American Women, From Angela Davis to Patti Smith
by Kate Schatz
At a time when GOP candidates can barely name an important woman from history, these Rad American Women of Halloween are a great way to have fun and educate others.
When Energy Bills Skyrocketed, These Neighbors Banded Together to Keep the Lights On—And Won
by Laura Gottesdiener
For nearly 20 years, utility company Central Hudson has operated more or less unchallenged—until Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson came along.
It Took Me Years to Believe That Black Lives Matter. Now Here’s What I Need From You
by Marcus Harrison Green
Internalized racism prevented me from seeing how the system works.
Take a Walk: 11 Ways to Build the Healthy Habit
by Jay Walljasper
Walking might just be the easiest way to get in daily exercise. Here are a few ways to make the practice even easier.
How a Prison’s Debate Team Beat Harvard’s (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Bernie Sanders calls climate change our biggest security threat, a video illustrates how few women are in positions of power, and Black Lives Matter organizers take on more than just race.
Video: The Racist Origins of 6 Common Phrases You Probably Use
by Liz Pleasant
The point isn’t that we necessarily have to abandon phrases like “hip hip hooray” and “no can do.” But understanding their racist origins helps us move beyond them.
Call for Submissions: Picturing the New Economy
YES! Magazine and the New Economy Coalition want to create some new visual culture for our economic movements. Here’s how you can help. Deadline is October 20.
Can Local Economies Revolutionize the US? This Adviser to China Thinks So
by Marcus Harrison Green
Laurence Brahm advises the Chinese government on economic and environmental policy. Here’s what he thinks the United States can learn from China.
Researchers Say Watching Movies Helps You Work Your Empathy Muscle
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Can something as simple as watching movies—and empathizing with fictional characters—help generate more compassion and understanding in the real world?
Bull Sharks, Bimini, and Disappearing Islands: How Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants Blasts the Walls Off My Classroom
by Joe Grabowski
When Joe Grabowski's students reacted with horror to his stories about sharks, Grabowski took a novel approach to help these sharkaphobes get over their fear. Joe found shark researchers from the Bahamas to chat with his students online. Since that day, Joe's students have gone on over 100 global expeditions—meeting penguins, astronauts, and scuba divers. This is Joe's story.