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.
Arrests in Washington Signal Increasing Urgency on Keystone Pipeline
by Chris Francisposted Feb 13, 2013
- Forty-eight leaders of environmentalist groups such as the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and 350.org were arrested today while participating in civil disobedience. They were demanding that President Barack Obama stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The SOTU Speech We Could Have Heard
by John Cavanaghposted Feb 13, 2013
- Obama’s speech addressed progressive issues such as jobs, women’s rights, and clean energy. But it left the need for a larger economic transformation untouched.
Photographs from James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade
by Sedat Pakay, Charles Johnsonposted Feb 12, 2013
- Sedat Pakay’s disarming photos of James Baldwin during his time in Turkey show a side of the great writer most of us have never seen.
Oakland Youth Swap Fast Food for Fresh Food
by YES! online staffposted Feb 12, 2013
- Video: A group of young people in West Oakland are taking control of what they eat and using pedal power to bring local groceries to produce-strapped communities.
Is There Inspiration in Your Media Diet?
by Sarah van Gelderposted Feb 10, 2013
- Video: At TEDx, YES! magazine editor Sarah van Gelder discusses the “mean world syndrome” caused by excessively negative news coverage, and describes how solutions journalism creates a more balanced—and hopeful—point of view.
Can Carbon-Mopping “Artificial Trees” Slow Climate Crisis?
by Richard Schiffmanposted Feb 08, 2013
- Two scientists at Columbia University believe that carbon-mopping machines modeled after trees could sequester enough carbon from the atmosphere to slow global warming. But can we produce them quickly (and cheaply) enough for the plan to work?
The Power of Outrospection
posted Feb 07, 2013
- Video: Roman Krznaric on the concept of “outrospection” and how it could shape the 21st century—all illustrated with animated cartoons!
People We Love: David Feld
by Fabien Tepperposted Feb 07, 2013
- Designing nonviolent ways for humans and animals to live in harmony—in the city.
From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence
by Poka Laenuiposted Feb 07, 2013
- Beneath mainstream culture runs a current of domination, individualism, and exclusion that is harming our children. We assume this is normal—but is it really?
Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us
by Sarah van Gelderposted Feb 07, 2013
- When a new law paved the way for tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel development on native lands, four women swore to be “idle no more.” The idea took off.
People We Love: Asa Needle
by Laura Beansposted Feb 07, 2013
- Leading teenagers in the clean-up of their hometown, Worcester, Mass.
People We Love: Leia Lewis Henderson
by Laura Beansposted Feb 07, 2013
- Nurturing African-American culture through gardening.
Only the People of the United States Can End Israel’s Occupation
by Stephen Zunesposted Feb 06, 2013
- Many progressives breathed a sigh of relief when last month’s Israeli elections set the stage for a centrist coalition and not a far-right one. Yet peace will remain out of reach until the American people pressure the Obama Administration to end Israeli impunity.
Pathway to Progress in Israel Runs through International Law, Local and Global Action
by Phyllis Bennisposted Feb 06, 2013
- While Israel moved away from the far right in last month’s elections, the new coalition is unlikely to alter the occupation. But change may come from divestment campaigns, the new U.N recognition of Palestinian statehood, and in the Israeli and Palestinian campaigns of nonviolent resistance.
Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights
by Grace Lee Boggs, Alice B. Jenningsposted Feb 04, 2013
- On Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, she’s broadly celebrated and even has a stamp bearing her image. But her radical life story is too often left untold.