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.

5 Ways to Take Your Love of the Outdoors to the Next Level
by Melissa Hellmann
This summer, get outside, roll up your sleeves, and take a stand for public lands.
Wage Love to End Debt’s Stranglehold
by Sarah van Gelder
Instead of using debt to punish communities of color and the poor, we should invest in everyone and defend our civic legacies for future generations.
Youth Sentenced to Life in Prison Get a Second Chance
by Zenobia Jeffries
A nationwide movement is seeking to end the practice of trying teenage criminals as adults and, instead, granting them a new start.
Naomi Klein Pushes Us to Dream Big to Get Beyond Trump’s Shock Politics
by Robert Jensen
The activist’s new book challenges the pessimism that sets in when we think radical change is politically impossible. But it misses something big.
When Hospitality Was the Norm and Multiculturalism Was a Good Thing
by Ariel Sophia Bardi
Despite border walls and travel bans, the Middle East is still a region where the weary traveler is welcomed and embraced.
White People, the Philando Castile Acquittal Should Make You Mad as Hell
by Zenobia Jeffries
You’ve been lied to.
Why You Should Take a Real Lunch Break
by Jill Suttie
According to a new study, we concentrate better and feel less stressed when we fully detach from work and enjoy a real breather.
5 Times Orange Is the New Black Gets It Right on Prisoner Rights
by Yessenia Funes
Out of the ashes of burning Cheetos, the new season offers lessons in democracy, compassion, and humanity.
How to Handle a Toxic Relationship
by Christine Carter
When a relationship is causing you stress and suffering, follow these five steps to find peace for yourself.
Judge’s Ruling on Standing Rock a Second Chance for Justice
by Mark Trahant
The federal court decision could start a new chapter in the DAPL saga, beginning with dropping prosecution of water protectors.
Resistance That Won’t Quit: A Timeline of the Keystone XL Pipeline
by Valerie Schloredt
Despite a Trump executive order undoing nearly nine years of defiance, the story of the-pipeline-that-won’t-die isn’t over.
We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide
by David Korten
Forget the GDP, it’s time for our leaders to pay attention to metrics that matter.
How Photography Shapes Our View of Native Americans
by Jacqueline Keeler
Using an early photographic process, one photographer hopes to draw a line connecting what happened to the Dakota people in Mankato, Minnesota, 155 years ago and what is happening today to the Dakota/Lakota standing up to a $3.7 billion crude oil pipeline.
Philadelphia’s Alternative to Gentrification Spreads Opportunity to All Corners
by Jay Walljasper
Stark boundaries—rich vs. poor, black and brown vs. white—begin to break down as people share parks, trails, libraries, nature centers, and other gathering places.
Why Young People Need Diverse Books
by Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez
All children need to see inspiring, courageous characters–who look like them–in literature.