Magazine Archive

A collection of all back issues of YES! Magazine

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The Building Bridges Issue The Building Bridges Issue
Polarization today is undeniable: We’ve got a Democrat-Republican split, the urban-rural divide, and fault lines along race, class, and gender. How can we build bridges with those different from us? Can we make amends with those who’ve been harmed, and heal a deeply wounded nation? In this issue, we focus on people doing that work—from Iowa farmers confronting climate change, to the movement for reparations, to people sitting down to talk, despite their political differences.
The Death Issue The Death Issue
Death is a universal certainty, yet most Americans’ interactions with it are limited to times of crisis. The Death Issue invites us to explore “a good death”—how to prepare ourselves and heal loved ones while we are still in the living world, how to die when we are ready, and how to make plans for the disposition of our bodies in a way that underscores our place in the ecosystem and nurtures the planet.
The Travel Issue The Travel Issue
This issue asks us to move through the world differently as we travel, to more deeply consider the places we visit and the people who live there. You’ll get ideas for how to radicalize the trips you take so they do more to create a fairer exchange: by supporting local economies, building real relationships, protecting natural resources, and taking the time to learn the political and historical truth about these places.
The Dirt Issue The Dirt Issue
Somewhere in time, humans’ natural relationship to soil became broken. This issue explores how communities are reconnecting to the earth and fixing the damage, turning lifeless dirt into fertile soil. By returning to a culture that loves its soil, we can grow healthy food and make it available to everyone. In turn, healthy soils will heal our bodies and the planet. It’s time to get dirty.
The Good Money Issue The Good Money Issue
To fix this country’s rising inequality, we need to use the vast amount of wealth we have already—capital—in better ways than gambling on Wall Street and propping up capitalism’s favorite destructive industries. In this issue, we look at opportunities to invest in communities and improve people’s lives with our biggest pots of money—tax dollars, philanthropy endowments, and fossil fuel divestments.
Mental Health Mental Health
Nearly 50 percent of Americans will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lifetime. Anxiety, depression, and addiction are on the rise. Why? And what can we do about it? In this issue, we look at the culture, economics, and politics that play a significant role in everyone’s mental health, and the many community responses that are helping to heal us.
The Affordable Housing Issue The Affordable Housing Issue
A decade after the housing market crash, too few homes are available where they’re needed. In places where there are enough homes, for sale or for rent, prices are increasingly out of reach for people who aren’t wealthy. The affordability challenge is different for each city, so communities are borrowing ideas from each other, then innovating. People, too, are shifting expectations to create affordable homes.
The Decolonize Issue The Decolonize Issue
American white supremacy can be traced back colonialism. In this issue we explore the extent to which ending economic, cultural, and racial oppression is possible. What movements are countering the colonialist power structures? What’s working to support self-determination? We turned to Indigenous writers and photographers to tell those stories.
Solidarity: How to Build Joyful Economies Solidarity: How to Build Joyful Economies
As capitalism continues to enrich the wealthiest at the expense of everyone else, it’s easy to feel defeated. But there are other stories to tell—the stories of communities full of generous people who are finding ways to lift each other up. In this issue you'll learn how to build solidarity economies based on joy. From how we shop to how we build our homes and livelihoods, we can help bring justice—and joy—to others.
The Just Transition Issue The Just Transition Issue
The transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy is underway. That’s good news for the planet as well as the disadvantaged communities that bear an outsized burden of the extractive economy. As we make this transition, now is the moment to make sure the emerging economic system addresses the injustices of the old. Our fall 2017 issue looks at specific paths toward a “just transition”—one built on inclusivity and equity.
The Sanctuary Issue The Sanctuary Issue
Between ICE raids and xenophobic travel policies, immigrants increasingly live in fear and uncertainty. But there’s a groundswell of resistance—from cities and states to small communities and individuals. Our summer issue explores the compassionate defiance behind sanctuary. In standing together to protect vulnerable people, our communities are flexing the vital political and moral muscles of resistance.
Why Science Can’t Be Silent Why Science Can’t Be Silent
Up against the White House’s “alternative facts” and attempts to hide climate data, can new allies—citizens and science—prevail against politicians and corporations? Climate science is looking like a new front line, and scientists are increasingly its freedom fighters. Citizens need to support them by engaging in daily research, demanding truth, and forcing government and industry to use research for the common good.
50 Solutions 50 Solutions
For our 20th-anniversary issue, we asked a dozen reporters to speak with hundreds of people around the country—activists, entrepreneurs, parents, politicians, religious leaders, scientists, students, workers—to bring you 50 of our favorite inspiring solutions. These are the ideas making the places we live more sustainable and inclusive—and bringing communities together.
Welcome to the Gig Economy Welcome to the Gig Economy
Four out of 10 Americans work outside of the traditional 9-to-5, a rate that is growing fast. For workers, this "gig" work can feel both empowering and precarious. This issue looks at how we can bring out the best of the gig economy, but also protect workers. From cooperatives and online communities to "portable" work benefits, we can make the gig economy work for us.
Gender Justice Gender Justice
From North Carolina bathrooms to the fight for the White House, sex, gender, and power are in the headlines. This issue takes us beyond breaking news for a closer look at the forces inviting us toward a more inclusive understanding of who women are and how gender works. You’ll discover that embedded in today’s feminism is a demand for the rights and dignity of all people.