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.

Why Young People Need Diverse Books
by Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez
All children need to see inspiring, courageous characters–who look like them–in literature.
What Japanese Internment Taught Us About Standing Up for Our Neighbors
by Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz
First, we must demand justice for ourselves. Second, those who have privilege and power must intervene for those without.
How to Go the Resistance Distance: Pop-Up Schools for Novice Activists
by Chuck Collins
Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the Trump Era.
Trump White House vs. “House of Cards” White House
by Mark Rahner
Binge-watchers of the new season will find it’s hard to be shocked by the usual Underwood White House treachery and corruption.
Zoot Suits: A Fashion Movement that Sparked Mexican American Resistance
by Angela Fichter
This June marks the 74th anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots, a series of weeklong race riots that swept Los Angeles in the summer of 1943. The spirit lives on today.
Robert Reich: Don’t Slow Down on Impeachment
by Robert Reich
The three previous presidential impeachment inquiries rested on less evidence of obstruction of justice than is already publicly known about Trump.
What Democracy Looks Like When You Have to Disagree With Your Neighbors
by Shannon Hayes
As much as I dislike and distrust our current national administration, I also deeply value community harmony.
Why We Are Driven to Search for the Truth
by Robert Jensen
It’s something we struggle to see more clearly, to realize day to day, to make more real in our lives. And that’s always messy business.
As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience
by Sarah van Gelder
In Norway, a high-tech seed vault flooded from melting permafrost. In Montana, locals keep their seeds in the library.
In One of the Nation’s Most Conservative Places, A Sanctuary City
by Josué Rivas
Advocates in Santa Ana mobilize to educate, assist, protect, and inspire undocumented residents.
After Coal, a Small Kentucky Town Builds a Healthier, More Creative Economy
by Peter Slavin
A complex network of local organizations helps neighbors support one another as they rebound from a dying industry.
Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods
by J. Gabriel Ware
Forced assimilation destroyed most nations’ diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives.
Stop Making Excuses for Hateful White Men
by Zenobia Jeffries
Racism—not mental illness—was behind the killings on the Portland train. Let’s call it what it is so we can deal with it.
No, Killing Coyotes Does Not Help Ranchers
by Megan M. Draheim
There is no clear evidence that lethal control works to protect livestock.
About Student Writing Lessons from YES! Magazine
by Jing Fong
Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.