Peace and Justice

6 Strategies to Make Powerful Social Change—Starting With “Stay Woke”
by Mistinguette Smith
Bree Newsome’s removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse reminds us that real change comes from people power.
Video: 10 Years After Katrina, Has New Orleans Recovered?
by Laura Flanders
This new documentary looks at gentrification in New Orleans and its effects on the city's low-income communities.
No Apologies: Meet the Guy Who Got Bernie Sanders' Interrupters on the Stage
by Marcus Harrison Green
In his first interview since last weekend's action in Seattle, activist Amir Islam talks to YES! about why every presidential candidate should be ready to talk black issues.
School Behind Bars: How College Kids and Incarcerated Youth Benefit From Learning Together
by Nur Lalji
Graduates of an “Inside-Out” program in Oregon say that the experience transformed the way they see the prison system—and themselves.
The Indigenous Rituals That Heal Us
by Patricia St. Onge
How the Medicine Wheel can guide us to transform communities that have suffered from racial injustice
Rev. Sekou on Today’s Civil Rights Leaders: “I Take My Orders From 23-Year-Old Queer Women”
by Sarah van Gelder
A leading activist pastor speaks about the emerging face of civil rights leadership in 21st century America.
Dangerous Isolation: Meet the Fearless Advocates Helping Rural Women Escape Abuse
by Laura Michele Diener
“If you live miles up in the holler and your cellphone doesn’t work up there, and you don’t have a car, and you don’t read and write very well, and you’ve got three kids, how are you going to get help?”
Truth and Reconciliation at Work: How These Commissions Help Heal Wounds From Racial Injustice
by Fania Davis
Fania Davis explains how Truth and Reconciliation Commissions can help communities heal from a history of racial violence and oppression.
Why Bree Newsome’s Action Was the “Amazing Grace” I Needed
by Tanya Steele
She showed us that we liberate ourselves through our actions. She reminded us, in the midst of deep sorrow, that we, who want to see a better America, must keep living, fighting, breathing, doing.
A Rabbi's Plea: We Need Slavery Reparations In Order to Move Forward
by Shmuly Yanklowitz
It’s clear that the trauma of slavery continues to impact the contemporary American psyche.
Two Things White People Should Never Say
by Robert Jensen
“I’m not racist, but...” and other things to avoid saying when talking about race.
Can America Heal After Ferguson? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter
by Fania Davis, Sarah van Gelder
South Africans surprised everyone by transitioning to a relatively peaceful post-apartheid society. Here’s what Americans can learn.
His Ancestors Were Slave Traders and Hers Were Slaves. What They Learned About Healing from a Roadtrip
by Sharon Leslie Morgan, Thomas Norman DeWolf
We embarked upon a journey to test whether two people —could come to grips with deep, traumatic, historic wounds and find healing. We had no idea where we would end up.
Audio: Desmond Tutu and His Daughter Mpho On How the U.S. Can Heal From Racial Wounds
by Sarah van Gelder, Fania Davis, Miles Schneiderman
The father and daughter recently published The Book of Forgiving, a guide to help perpetrators and victims embrace their mutual humanity.
Chicago Just Became the First U.S. City to Pay Reparations to Victims of Police Torture
by Araz Hachadourian
For nearly 20 years, officers of the Chicago Police Department tortured more than 100 people. How survivors and their lawyers won a decades-long fight.