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 These Filmmakers Ate Nothing But Trash for Six Months
by Liz Pleasant
In the new documentary "Just Eat It," filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer swear off grocery shopping for six months and eat only food that would otherwise be thrown out.
How Buying the Local Post Office Will Help My Family Farm and Small Town Survive
by Shannon Hayes
I never thought farming would mean owning a post office. But looking at my community and our need to define ourselves as a place, that seems to be our family farm's next job.
Why Bree Newsome’s Action Was the “Amazing Grace” I Needed
by Tanya Steele
She showed us that we liberate ourselves through our actions. She reminded us, in the midst of deep sorrow, that we, who want to see a better America, must keep living, fighting, breathing, doing.
A Rabbi's Plea: We Need Slavery Reparations In Order to Move Forward
by Shmuly Yanklowitz
It’s clear that the trauma of slavery continues to impact the contemporary American psyche.
How My Family Farm Is Like a Team of Superheros
by Shannon Hayes
As I begin to take over my parent’s farm, I’ve learned how important it is for my family to celebrate our strengths, acknowledge our weaknesses, and work together as a team.
Obama’s Push for Corporate Rule: A Moment of Opportunity
by David Korten
Call it populism versus corporatism or democracy versus corporate rule. Either way, it is a far more meaningful political division than two political parties debating big government versus small.
How a White Supremacist Became a Civil Rights Activist
by Araz Hachadourian
The story of a KKK leader’s transformation shows us that we need not live forever with the kind of violence we saw in Charleston last week.
Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances
by Sarah Anderson
Critics of the TPP forged relationship with foreign allies, firmed up union positions, and forced some concessions on the secrecy of the text.
Watch Jon Stewart’s Moving Comments on Charleston Shooting and Racism in America‏
by Liz Pleasant
For once, Stewart had no jokes to offer.
Meet the Scientist Breeding More Resilient Bees (And 4 Other People Working to Save the Pollinators)
by Miles Schneiderman
With honeybee populations on the decline, scientists, lawyers, and even artists have set out to save humanity's most important pollinators.
The US Has Spent $14B on Community Policing—What Have We Learned So Far?
by Christopher Moraff
Gauging whether a community policing program has been successful ultimately depends on how you define success.
What I Learned From My Weeklong Obsession with Rachel Dolezal
by Liz Pleasant
Is Rachel Dolezal blacker than I am, or a misguided white woman in need of a reality check? I asked two black women—one who worked with Dolezal and another who is a leader in the #BlackLivesMatter movement—to weigh in.
Video: On the Water With Seattle “Kayaktivists” Who Stood Up to Big Oil
by Jennifer Luxton
They couldn’t stop the massive rig from heading to Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. But they seem to have invented a new, waterborne form of activism along the way.
Solar Panels Are Part of the Pope’s Revolution—But So Is Dismantling Structural Racism
by Anthony Giancatarino
The Pope is talking about a revolution that goes way beyond simply adding renewable energy to our current extractive economy.
10 Things I Swore I’d Never Do As A Parent—And What I Learned From Doing Them Anyway
by Shannon Hayes
When it was my turn to raise kids, I was certain I’d get it all right. But parenting doesn’t happen by the book.