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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.

The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, In Claymation The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, In Claymation
by RISD FAV
Want to understand the science behind empathy? This quick video explains why and when we care.
Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof
by Tom Lawson
“We want to show that faith doesn't divide Jews, Christians and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”
Spring 2014 Literary Gems Spring 2014 Literary Gems
We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2014 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Fania Davis' Response to Spring 2014 Essay Winners Fania Davis' Response to Spring 2014 Essay Winners
Fania Davis, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, responds to the winners of the Spring 2014 essay competition.
Spring 2014 College Winner Matt Flagg Spring 2014 College Winner Matt Flagg
Matt Flagg is a student at Cascadia Community College at Bothell, Washington. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Matt's essay about the injustices a childhood friend endured and why he felt students didn't stand up for him.
Spring 2014 High School Winner Simone Phillips Spring 2014 High School Winner Simone Phillips
Simone Phillps is an incoming freshman at Fordham University in New York City, NY. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Simone's essay that illustrates the unnecessary hardships caused by the injustice of the punitive system.
Spring 2014 Middle School Winner Reagan Elliff Spring 2014 Middle School Winner Reagan Elliff
Reagan Elliff is a student at the Wildflower Open Classroom in Chico, California. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Reagan's essay about how her karate skills helped her classmate get the support he needed.
Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Sohee Lee Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Sohee Lee
Sohee Lee is a student at A.K. Academics. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Sohee's essay that brings topics like ethnicity and self-confidence into the conversation of discipline and dignity.
Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Kayla Rice Spring 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Kayla Rice
Kayla Rice is a student at the Peace and Justice Academy in Pasadena, California. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Where Dignity is Part of the School Day," by Fania Davis. Read Kayla's essay that provides an example of a situation that failed to properly use restorative justice and why that was harmful.
The Radical Homemaker Plays “Normal Mom”: A Story in Two Acts The Radical Homemaker Plays “Normal Mom”: A Story in Two Acts
by Shannon Hayes
Each year I take a week-long break from radical homemaking to take my kids to camp. It's never easy—and this year was no exception.
Why Germany Is Backing Away From a Trade Deal that Lets Corporations Sue the Government Why Germany Is Backing Away From a Trade Deal that Lets Corporations Sue the Government
by Alexis Goldstein
A new round of international trade agreements threatens to increase corporate power over national governments. But news out of Germany suggests the deals aren't inevitable.
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
by Molly Rusk
StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator—from a remote controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.
Why Banking at the Post Office Could Be a Better Option Than Payday Loans—and Wall Street Why Banking at the Post Office Could Be a Better Option Than Payday Loans—and Wall Street
by Raúl Carrillo
USPS used to offer financial services. Proponents say that bringing them back could buffer us from financial meltdowns and alleviate poverty.
Guardians of the Plains: One Lakota Family's Plan to Fend off South Dakota's Epic Drought Guardians of the Plains: One Lakota Family's Plan to Fend off South Dakota's Epic Drought
by Kristin Moe
Long years of drought in South Dakota have made it difficult for the soil to absorb water. A group led by indigenous women hopes to change that through a ambitious dam-building project.
Domestic Violence in the NFL: How the Ray Rice Scandal Cracked the Conversation Wide Open Domestic Violence in the NFL: How the Ray Rice Scandal Cracked the Conversation Wide Open
by Christopher Zumski Finke
An ESPN commentator said women should try not to provoke men to violence. The public backlash has proved sports culture can be a fertile place to debate women's rights, after all.
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