Peace and Justice
#Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today
by Jedediah PurdyNov 26, 2014
- “For some, racial inequality and fear are raw realities every day, and anything inspiring in American history rings false and remote. For others, the call to reflect on injustice feels like a personal accusation. But we are caught in this history together.”
Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government
by Laura CarlsenJan 17, 2014
- The Zapatistas are still running their own schools and hospitals, raising new generations, and carrying on a dialogue with the outside world that has enriched both sides.
The Real Cost of Gold in the Philippines
by John Cavanagh, Robin BroadSep 13, 2013
- We think of gold as a sign of prosperity, but the farmers and communities most affected by mining just want their rivers and land back.
A Road Trip to Save El Salvador’s Water
by Robin Broad, John CavanaghJun 26, 2013
- A delegation of activists from 12 different countries on the fight to stop gold mining in Central America.
A Roadmap to a World Without Drone Proliferation?
by Ken ButiganMay 30, 2013
- It’s not too late to forge a drone-free future. International treaties have already helped ban landmines and nuclear weapons testing—and could mitigate drone warfare’s worst atrocities.
Argentina Takes on Vulture Funds in "Debt Trial of the Century"
by Eric LeCompteApr 22, 2013
- For years, "vulture funds" have preyed on struggling nations by purchasing their debt for a pittance. Could an upcoming U.S. court decision put an end to the extortion of poor countries?
Pope Francis: Good News for the Global South?
by Jim WallisMar 15, 2013
- The first pope chosen from outside Europe in a millennium lives in a small apartment, takes the bus, and calls out wealth inequality where he sees it. Can his vision change the Church?
MLK’s “Racism and the World House”: More Relevant than Ever
by Martin Luther King, Jr.Feb 22, 2013
- Martin Luther King, Jr.’s thinking on racism pertained to all of world society, not just the United States. In this writing, he makes the case that racism is a “corrosive evil” that must be conquered before we can achieve peace.
A Mall of America Flash Mob for First Nations’ Rights
by YES! Online StaffJan 04, 2013
- Hundreds of supporters of the Idle No More movement performed a Round Dance flash mob, one of many similar actions around the world to fight for indigenous land rights.
“You Are Safe With Us”: How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of War
by Greg BarrettDec 19, 2012
- In 2003, Iraqi townspeople, having just lost their hospital in U.S. air strikes, saved the lives of three wounded U.S. peacemakers. Seven years later, the Americans returned—to thank them.
Can U.S. Citizens End Israel’s Legal Impunity?
by Stephen ZunesNov 20, 2012
- Each time international law has attempted to censure Israel for its recent violations of human rights, the United States has stepped in to stop the process. If anyone is in a position to do something about this, it’s the U.S. public.
Alberta Tar Sands Illegal under Treaty 8, First Nations Charge
by Kristin MoeOct 17, 2012
- In 1899, First Nations in northern Alberta signed a treaty with Queen Victoria that enshrined their right to practice traditional lifeways. Today, it’s the basis for a legal challenge to Shell Oil’s mining of tar sands.
Nicaragua Withdraws from School of the Americas: “We Have Been Its Victims”
by Colette CosnerOct 05, 2012
- The Nicaraguan president’s decision to withdraw his country from a notorious military training program is firing up activists determined to close the school for good.
Occupy the Dam: Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising
by John PerkinsJul 23, 2012
- In the Amazonian backcountry, tribes are challenging construction of the world’s third-largest dam—by dismantling it. Here’s what they can teach us about standing up to power.
Radical Religion, an American Tradition
by Rev. Wendy BellJul 02, 2012
- Book Review: “Prophetic Encounters” reminds us that we are part of a long and rich tradition that is more than simply a series of isolated movements for social change.