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.

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.
Meet the People Whose Job Is Checking Facts
by J. Gabriel Ware
We’ve got enough political commentators. We need more fact checkers.
Climate Action Never Depended on Trump
by Colin Beavan
There are so many ways we can slow and stop the burning of fossil fuels in the United States. But we need to get to work.
"Gender Pronouns" Student Writing Lesson
Is there anyone in your life—you included—who is not comfortable being referred to as “he” or “she”? Write a letter to Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project, on how you feel about this expansion of gender pronoun language. How do you deal with this cultural change?
Enough! Trump Has Abdicated on Climate—Now It’s Up to Us
by Mark Trahant
I’ll start with myself. And every time I give up something to reduce carbon emissions, I’ll smile and think of President Trump.
Undocumented and Transgender
by Norman Allen
A creative support system—including housing, legal aid, and training for detention centers—emerges to address the unique challenges of LGBTQ immigrants.
U.S. Doesn’t Need Trump to Honor Paris Climate Agreement
by Stephen Miller
American cities have already spent billions of dollars on climate action and are committed to environmental goals that go beyond the Paris accord.
Facebook May Fuel New Mothers’ Insecurity
by Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan
How new moms spend their time on social networking sites can affect their well-being and adjustment to parenthood.
“Twin Peaks”: A Weird Escape From Our Even Weirder Trump Politics
by Mark Rahner
The world of FBI Agent Dale Cooper has nothing on James Comey’s.
Dams Be Damned: California Rebuilds the Salmon Habitat It Destroyed
by Monica Heger
Innovative restoration projects are working to prevent the state’s salmon from going extinct.
Electric Trains Everywhere: A Solution to Crumbling Roads and Climate Crisis
by Stephen Miller
Transportation accounts for nearly a third of the country’s carbon emissions.
Happy Couples Focus on Each Other’s Strengths
by Kira M. Newman
According to a new study, your ability to appreciate your partner’s strengths is linked to their well-being—and yours.
Why You Want One of These Dutch Weed Burgers
by Olga Mecking
The hamburger is an icon of the meat-eating world, making it the perfect vehicle to introduce seaweed and the wonders of maritime farming.