People Are Happier in States That Allow Ballot Initiatives
by Michael Krassa, Benjamin RadcliffFeb 05, 2016
- Twenty-four states allow citizens to vote directly on policy matters, and research shows that life satisfaction is higher in them.
Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program
by Rebecca NathansonFeb 05, 2016
- This neighborhood made gardens out of vacant lots to tackle gentrification and high youth unemployment.
Cancel Black History Month? Watch Kids Respond to Fox News’ Latest
by YES! StaffFeb 04, 2016
- Here’s what happened when a group of kids heard what Stacey Dash said about Black History Month.
The Middle Eastern TV Show Bringing Feminist Views on Marriage to 80 Million People
by Lindsey WeedstonFeb 04, 2016
- In Turkey, a soap opera is informing women of their rights and challenging cultural assumptions about marriage.
The Pipeline Strikes Back: The Audacity of TransCanada's $15B Suit Against the U.S.
by Jim ShultzFeb 03, 2016
- The political saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is like a real-life version of The Force Awakens. So why are we giving the Dark Side even more power?
Flint Whistleblowers Who Exposed Their Poisoned Water: We’re Just Getting Started
by Larry GabrielFeb 02, 2016
- Long before the state declared an emergency in Flint, Michigan, a pastor, a mother, and an attorney teamed up to reveal the state’s lies about their drinking water.
The Oil Industry Won in Alberta. Now First Nations Look to Heal Their Land
by Erika LundahlFeb 02, 2016
- The Alberta tar sands are home to the third-largest proven reserves of crude oil in the world. Here, First Nations engage in a complex dance of resistance to and cooperation with industry in order to survive.
If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?
by Kim EckartFeb 01, 2016
- Programs across the country are trying to make it easier for new farmers to get started and put down roots. Here's why: There's only one farmer under 35 for every six over 65. By 2030, one-quarter of America's current farmers will retire.
White Privilege II Showed Me What an Unruly Mess We’re In
by Jonathan CunninghamFeb 01, 2016
- A Seattle music writer quoted in Macklemore’s controversial new song appreciates how it speaks to young white people—but wishes it had gone further.
As Rising Seas Force Exile, Islanders Hold Fast to What Matters Most
by Keith BarbalatoJan 29, 2016
- Pacific Islanders are among the first victims of climate change-induced sea level rise. As natives quickly run out of land and struggle to maintain crops, leaders are searching for ways to protect their people and thousands of years of cultural heritage.
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison GreenJan 28, 2016
- As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.
Girl Power in West Africa Comes From Tradition—and Wrestling
by Lindsey WeedstonJan 28, 2016
- Female wrestling champion Isabelle Sambou is inspiring a new generation of girls to compete in a sport long dominated by men.
Women Are Better At Expressing Emotions, Right? Why It's Not That Simple
by Mark GreeneJan 27, 2016
- Men and women both suffer from a culture that discourages us from expressing complex emotions. The answer is deeper listening, and it's the key to healthier, more engaged lives.
What Our Breasts Are Telling Us
by Sarah van GelderJan 27, 2016
- Author Florence Williams and her daughter discovered they had high levels of toxins—like flame retardants—in their bodies. Getting rid of the chemicals was harder than they expected.
The Deal That Brought the Colorado River Back to the Sea
by Diondra PowersJan 26, 2016
- A new amendment to the 1944 water treaty between Mexico and the United States aims to create a fair, cooperative system for restoring the Colorado River.