Peace and Justice

Is the Maker Movement About Hacking Society—Or Just Hardware?
by Kayla Schultz
At feminist hackerspaces, members are less interested in digital trespassing than in developing a safe community for experimenting, creating, and collaborating.
These Gorgeous Photographs Show Indigenous Americans Without the Stereotypes
by Natasha Donovan
Three years ago, Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious undertaking: a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes.
Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow
by Leah Penniman
If we are to create a society that values black life, we cannot ignore the role of food and land.
A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control
by Andy Lee Roth
What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?
How #FergusonSyllabus Helps Teachers Discuss Police, Racism, and History
by Liz Pleasant
“Teachers are better prepared because #FergusonSyllabus created a space for exchange among educators about best practices and materials for illustrating the best and worst of our democracy.”
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 Suttie
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 Schultz
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 Schenwar
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 Tutu
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 Schultz
A singing flash mob honors the passing of Nelson Mandela, who died one year ago this week and 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 Edwards
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 Torres
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 Law
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 Pleasant
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 Penniman
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.