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Healing Trauma

To move forward we must face the past.

100 Young Black Activists Respond to George Zimmerman’s Acquittal 100 Young Black Activists Respond to George Zimmerman’s Acquittal
by Jamilah King
The statement, by the Black Youth Project, conveys profound sorrow along with a commitment to hold on to hope.
Want Justice for Trayvon? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors Want Justice for Trayvon? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors
by Sarah van Gelder
Your community is the perfect place to begin healing the wounds of racism.
Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence? Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?
by Frances Moore Lappé
Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.
Me Too: A Letter to Steubenville’s Jane Doe Me Too: A Letter to Steubenville’s Jane Doe
by Kim Simon
After her essay on raising boys to respect women went viral, an incredible outpouring of support gave author Kim Simon the courage to tell the story she really wanted to share: how her own healing from rape came from knowing she wasn’t alone.
Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence
by Katherine Gustafson
A growing network of programs is teaching kids how to understand and express their emotions. Among their results: decreased aggression and violence.
Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein speaks with writer, spoken-word artist, and indigenous academic Leanne Betasamosake Simpson about “extractivism,” why it’s important to talk about memories of the land, and what’s next for Idle No More.
Global Day of Dance Connects Women around the Globe Global Day of Dance Connects Women around the Globe
by Katrina Rabeler
Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising brought women into the streets in every country registered with the United Nations, plus a few places that aren’t. At the Seattle event, a dancing little girl seemed to represent the movement’s hopes for women’s lives.
Today, One Billion Rise Today, One Billion Rise
by Christa Hillstrom
Rise, strike, dance! Join the worldwide walkout for the end of violence against women and girls.
The Power of Outrospection The Power of Outrospection
Video: Roman Krznaric on the concept of “outrospection” and how it could shape the 21st century—all illustrated with animated cartoons!
From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence
by Poka Laenui
Beneath mainstream culture runs a current of domination, individualism, and exclusion that is harming our children. We assume this is normal—but is it really?
Bringing (Human) Diversity to America’s National Parks Bringing (Human) Diversity to America’s National Parks
by YES! Online Staff
Video: Take a journey to Yosemite National Park with the Amazing Grace 50+ Club, a Los Angeles-based church group that strives to bring more people of color to our national parks.
Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence
by Rev. Jacqui Lewis
Twenty-two times more children have been killed by guns since 1979 than military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. Rev. Jacqui Lewis on why all of us—from clergy to factory workers—must not be too sad, too busy, or too afraid to say, enough.
 In Rural Mexico, Student-Led Education Heals Old Wounds In Rural Mexico, Student-Led Education Heals Old Wounds
by Mike Emiliani
Unitierra has no classrooms, no teachers, and no formal curriculum. Yet the school has successfully helped local people learn practical skills for years.
4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook 4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook
by Jeremy Adam Smith
Following the heartbreak in Newtown, many Americans find themselves wondering—are people just horrible? Jeremy Adam Smith on why compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are everywhere, even in tragedy.
In Wake of Factory Fire, U.S. Labor Groups Attempt Blockade of Walmart Imports In Wake of Factory Fire, U.S. Labor Groups Attempt Blockade of Walmart Imports
by Olivia Rosane
A fire that killed 112 workers in a Bangladeshi factory that supplies goods to Walmart has inspired the next wave of actions demanding justice for workers along the company’s supply chain.
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