Peace and Justice
Can Empathy for Birds Make Us Happier? Ten Breakthroughs in the Science of a Meaningful Life
by Jeremy Adam Smith, Bianca Lorenz, Kira M. Newman, Lauren Klein, Lisa Bennett, Jason Marsh, Jill SuttieJan 09, 2015
- Last year, scientists found that gratitude makes us financially smarter, mindfulness reduces racism, a little sadness makes for healthier people, and compassion for birds could help tackle climate change.
Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother
by Kayla SchultzDec 26, 2014
- Rick Williams asked for calm when protesters demanded justice for his brother, who was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. But he realizes that "the only way you can help change the system is show them you are a human being."
Kids on Chicago’s West Side Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Restorative Circles
by Maya SchenwarDec 19, 2014
- For these Chicago students, restorative justice isn’t just about causing less harm to those around us. It’s also about actively creating safety, on their own terms.
"Forgiveness Is Liberating": Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation's Racist Past
by Desmond TutuDec 12, 2014
- In 1997, he asked: "Who could have thought we would ever be an example, except of awfulness; who could ever have thought we would be held up as a model to the rest of the world?" Today, South Africa's healing process is a beacon of hope for the United States.
Video: Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Reconciliation Process—Which Is Needed Now More Than Ever
by Kayla SchultzDec 05, 2014
- A singing flash mob honors the passing of Nelson Mandela, who helped establish South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation process after apartheid.
Why I Want to Burn Everything Down Right Now—And Why I’m Not Going To
by James EdwardsDec 04, 2014
- What I learned from James Baldwin’s writing about race, in a moment of great anger.
These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money
by Ricardo TorresOct 28, 2014
- Two veterans trekked across America to leave behind the trauma of war and raise money for fellow vets. Now they want to offer the same healing experience to others like them.
Three Projects that Block Violence Against Women By Bringing Communities Together
by Victoria LawSep 30, 2014
- These projects show how everyday people can address violence in our own communities by break through the silence to interrupt abuse.
How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights on the First Day of School
by Liz PleasantAug 26, 2014
- Teachers and educators collect ideas and resources for how to talk about Ferguson with students of all ages.
Tractors, Ritual Baths, and Dismantling Racism: Welcome to Black and Latino Farmers Immersion
by Leah PennimanAug 14, 2014
- The program brings together training in topics such as soil chemistry and farm planning with a deep analysis of how racism has divorced people of color from the land.
Dr. Edward Tick's Response to "Support for Veterans" Essay Winners
Apr 19, 2014
- Dr. Edward Tick, co-founder of Soldier's Heart and author of "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," responds to winners of the Winter 2014 "Support for Veterans" essay competition.
After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence
by Christa HillstromDec 20, 2013
- As India honors the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that rocked the nation, YES! talks with Sister Lucy Kurien—whose life was changed forever when she saw a young woman set on fire.
There’s More to Renisha McBride’s Shooting Than Racism: It’s About Our Culture of Gun Violence
by Larry GabrielDec 18, 2013
- As shooter Theodore Wafer appears in court this week, one Detroiter looks at why gun violence—whether it is black on black, white on black, or of any other color combination—is killing people and tearing families apart across the country.
Dryhootch: A Milwaukee Coffeeshop Where Vets Help Vets Survive—At Home
by Ricardo TorresNov 14, 2013
- Returning vets often struggle with relationships, housing, PTSD, and more. Dryhootch founders say the best mentors for people returning from our latest wars are other vets who have been through it before.
How a Small California Town Curbed a Teen Suicide Epidemic—By Talking About It
by Jane Braxton LittleNov 11, 2013
- Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year-olds in rural America, and Native American kids are hit the hardest. After Indian Valley lost its sixth teenager, residents started talking about suicide out in the open—and it's working.