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.

Meet the Woman Behind #BlackLivesMatter—The Hashtag That Became a Civil Rights Movement
by Liz Pleasant
Alicia Garza and two friends first tweeted #BlackLivesMatter to spark a conversation after the death of Trayvon Martin. Three years later, their hashtag has become a movement.
After Baltimore: It’s Time to Make Things Right‏
by Sarah van Gelder
From slavery to police brutality, reconciliation begins with the truth‏.
5 Numbers to Help You Understand Life in Freddie Gray's Baltimore
by Jennifer Luxton, Araz Hachadourian
The #BaltimoreUprising isn't just about one death. Years of systemic neglect have left people with shorter lives, poor educations, and few employment opportunities.
Photos: Baltimore Protests Inspire Renewed Sense of Direction For Community Leaders‏
by Cecilia Garza, Mary Hansen
“If people are calling for peace, we need to push the narrative toward policies and political changes that are actually going to give people the conditions to deal with structural violence.”
One of These 4 Radical, Badass Women Could Be on the $20 Bill
by Lindsey Weedston
Until May 10, Americans will vote on Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and two other contenders to replace Andrew Jackson.
Is the Local Economy Too Local? Why Co-Ops and Credit Unions Need a Broader Strategy
by Keith Harrington
Author and activist Gar Alperovitz calls it a “checkerboard strategy.” In the first piece in a series, we look at the organizations working to transform our economy, and how they can benefit from working together.
State of Emergency—Meet the Everyday People Demanding Justice on Baltimore Streets
by Liz Pleasant
Video: City council members, religious leaders, and community activists continue to ask Baltimore police be held accountable for Freddie Gray's death.
"Freddie Gray Used to Buy Me Ice Cream"—Voices From the Streets of Baltimore
by Liz Pleasant
After 25-year-old Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained in a Baltimore police van, city residents are rallying to demand accountability.
Why Seattleites Think They Can Stop Shell Oil From Drilling in the Arctic
by James Trimarco, Araz Hachadourian
The Port of Seattle has welcomed the oil company to temporarily moor its drilling rig before it’s towed to Alaska. But these protestors are threatening to block it.
Armenia’s Genocide Began 100 Years Ago Today. Here’s How the World Remembered It
by Araz Hachadourian
If you could see my Facebook feed right now, you would understand how much this day means to Armenians like me.
The U.S. Has Nearly 600 Coal Waste Sites. Why They've Got West Virginians Worried
by Erin L. McCoy
Residents fear that coal-contaminated water is seeping into their wells. But a lack of evidence is stalling action.
"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..."—Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives
by Lindsey Weedston
Teachers don't always know the challenges kids deal with outside of the classroom. Sometimes talking can make all the difference.
Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses
by Araz Hachadourian
The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.
Bill McKibben: How a Lawyer From the Jim Crow South Shaped the Fight Against Climate Change
by Bill McKibben
In his memoir, James Gustave Speth talks about his work to end climate change and why it's time for a new environmental movement.
Big City Living May Help You Slow Down, Stress Less, and Be Happy‏. Really!
by Zanna McKay
From New York City to Barcelona, cities across the world are turning to “slow living” to make their communities happier and healthier in the face of increasing urbanization.