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.

18 Holiday Gift Ideas—From Co-ops
by Brian Van Slyke
Here's how to use your holiday shopping to support cooperatives.
It’s OK If Winter Makes You Sad
by Jason Marsh
Four scientific strategies for an emotionally authentic holiday season.
Three of the Most Sustainable Communities in the World
by YES! Staff
These towns aren’t waiting for world leaders to take charge on climate change.
How Aziz Ansari Helped Me Embrace My “Otherhood”
by Rupa Shenoy
Movies and TV shows are like the mirror American society looks into to understand itself. I didn’t see myself in that reflection until Aziz Ansari’s show, Master of None.
Love in the Time of Mania: Six Ways Americans Are Defying Islamophobia
by Nur Lalji
If you watch the news, you'd think anti-Muslim hysteria is everywhere. Thankfully, that's not true.
Locals Dig Deep to Save Himalayan Springs From Drying Out
by Lakshmi Sarah
Water has become increasingly scarce in northwest India. As rain patterns shift and temperatures rise, communities are using small-scale local solutions to avoid dire drought.
Drug Use Down, Hope Up: A Canoe Journey Inspires Native Youth
by Yessenia Funes
Reversing the trauma of assimilation isn’t easy, but tribes believe that bringing ancestral values directly to the youth is the answer.
Soon, Oregon Polluters May Have to Pay Residents for Changing the Climate
by Nathan Schneider
A group of activists in Oregon wants polluters to pay residents for using their air. I spoke with Camila Thorndike, director of Oregon Climate, about this unusual effort to put a price on carbon.
Las Vegas Becomes a Model For Police Reform (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
The Supreme Court denies a pro-gun appeal, Beijing closes streets due to smog, and Las Vegas curbs police violence with body cams, education, and accountability.
Amid Tensions, Christians Show Support for Syrian Refugees in Dallas
by Sarah van Gelder
As a Syrian family seeks safety in Texas, some voice outrage against the “Islamization” of America. This Sunday, I attended church services in Dallas where I found a commitment to live out the welcoming, compassionate side of Christianity.
Why We Need More Shame-Free TV Characters Who Reflect the Reality of Abortion
by Jessica Gentile
The internet has been buzzing about Olivia Pope’s abortion on ABC’s Scandal. If nearly one-third of American women have an abortion by age 45, why don’t we see more female characters make the same decision?
"Justice For All" Powerful Voice Winner Karen Jordan
by Karen Jordan
Karen Jordan is a student at a therapeutic boarding school in northwestern Montana. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "I Can't Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe," by Gerald Mitchell. Read Karen's essay, "Love: Free of Fear and Judgment," about how feeling better in her own skin has helped her see the potential in our society.
"Justice For All" Powerful Voice Winner Naomi Blair
by Naomi Blair
Naomi Blair is a student at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri. She read and responded to the online YES! Magazine article "I Can't Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe," by Gerald Mitchell. Read Naomi's essay, "Black Girl, White Space" about the prejudice she faces in her AP class and the experiment she is doing to expose this injustice.
"Justice For All" University Winner Elizabeth Schmidt
Elizabeth Schmidt is a student at Kent State in Ohio. She read and responded to the online YES! Magazine article "I Can't Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe," by Gerald Mitchell. Read Elizabeth's essay, "Compassionate Communities: Where Mindfulness Starts, Injustice Ends," about the importance of regaining the depth in our feelings so that we may live with awareness and connect with the rest of the world.
"Justice For All" Middle School/High School Winner Amani Lazarus
by Amani Lazarus
Amani Lazarus is a middle school student at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, South Carolina. She read and responded to the online YES! Magazine article "I Can't Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe," by Gerald Mitchell. Read Amani's essay, "A Deafening Silence," about how we can't stand quietly while others scream in pain, that we must speak for those who have been silenced by social injustice.