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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.

What’s the Role of Race in the New Economy Movement? What’s the Role of Race in the New Economy Movement?
by Penn Loh
For the movement to succeed, it must be led by the dispossessed—those for whom the mainstream economy has never worked.
Meet the Tenacious Gardeners Putting Down Roots in "America's Most Desperate Town" Meet the Tenacious Gardeners Putting Down Roots in "America's Most Desperate Town"
by Kristin Moe
They're not always optimistic about the future of Camden, N.J. But they're committed to it anyway, and they've created one of the nation's fastest growing networks of urban farms.
How the Real Teens Behind "The Fault in Our Stars" Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet How the Real Teens Behind "The Fault in Our Stars" Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet
by Christopher Zumski Finke
They call themselves "nerdfighters"—and they're unlike any movement you've seen before.
Meet the Hip Hop Artists Bringing Music Classes to Kids in Kenya's Slums Meet the Hip Hop Artists Bringing Music Classes to Kids in Kenya's Slums
by Molly Rusk, Nur Lalji, Liz Pleasant
Artists from Seattle's hip hop scene—including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis—speak about music's healing power.
This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism
by Christine St. Pierre
Las Cafeteras uses acoustic instruments and punk attitude to spread their message of social justice and equality.
Acupuncture, Yoga, and Massage: Not Just for Rich People Acupuncture, Yoga, and Massage: Not Just for Rich People
by Liz Pleasant
From Oakland to Brooklyn, practitioners of holistic health care are working to make their services affordable for all.
“Never Think You’re Worth Less Than the Boss”: How a Mexican Seamstress Learned to Speak Up for Justice “Never Think You’re Worth Less Than the Boss”: How a Mexican Seamstress Learned to Speak Up for Justice
by Ana Juárez
Ana Juárez started her first job at the age of fifteen, as a sewing operator’s assistant in Mexico. She was working at a local contracting company of global brands like Levi Strauss & Co. when senior workers began to organize.
The Power of Oral History: Personal Narratives Take Us Deep Into the Human Rights Stories Hidden Behind the Headlines The Power of Oral History: Personal Narratives Take Us Deep Into the Human Rights Stories Hidden Behind the Headlines
by Christa Hillstrom
When people tell their own stories, history is written from the bottom up.
Talking Cows Take on Factory Farms—Matrix Style Talking Cows Take on Factory Farms—Matrix Style
by Jonah Sachs
The viral success of "The Meatrix" shows how a good story trumps a mountain of facts.
How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better
by Shannon Hayes
A Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison? Judges Push Back Against the South’s Privatization Wave A Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison? Judges Push Back Against the South’s Privatization Wave
by Daniel Ross
In Southern states, small-town courts have outsourced probation management to for-profit companies charging fees out of reach to the country's poorest residents. Many people end up in jail for nonpayment. These judges want private companies out of their courts.
Language Matters: How #YesAllWomen Named a Problem With No Name Language Matters: How #YesAllWomen Named a Problem With No Name
by Rebecca Solnit
If you lack words for a phenomenon, an emotion, a situation, you can’t talk about it—which means that you can’t come together to change it.
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
Seattle Wins $15 Minimum Wage—Will Your Town Be Next? Seattle Wins $15 Minimum Wage—Will Your Town Be Next?
by YES! Editors
Activists built support for the ordinance by demonstrating that it would reduce poverty in the city.
Game Changer: EPA to Regulate Carbon Emissions from Power Plants Game Changer: EPA to Regulate Carbon Emissions from Power Plants
by Brandon Baker
Coal-fired power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of United States' carbon emissions. That pollution would be regulated for the first time under the new proposed rules.
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