Peace and Justice

In Conservative States, 2 Cities (and a Church) Helped LGBT Rights Gain Ground
by Liza Bayless, Araz Hachadourian
From Idaho to Georgia, people found ways to offer sanctuary and legal protection.
8 Strategies for Confronting Hate (That Don’t Involve a Safety Pin)
by Elizabeth Svoboda
Everyday heroism like standing up for someone in trouble means pushing past your own fear. Here's how to do so with caution and courage.
How to Attempt Racial Healing—Even During a Trump Presidency
by Zenobia Jeffries
America’s past truth and reconciliation processes show us what works.
The Hopeful Thing About Our Ugly, Painful Polarization
by George Lakey
Look to Norway and Sweden, where cooperative, socially democratic countries emerged after a frightening period of extreme polarization and social fracturing.
How Cities Can Protect People Threatened By Trumpism
by Arun Gupta
Cities can offer shelter and protection to their vulnerable citizens and become a place progressives can exert real power.
Building “Political Power” for Black Americans Where Voter Suppression Is Highest
by Liza Bayless
This election will be the first in 50 years not to offer full protections under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But the Movement for Black Lives is hopeful.
The Myth of Bipartisanship—It’s Time to Get Tough With the Right
by Sean McElwee
Politics is not a parlor game where good manners always win out. It involves questions of power and privilege, which cannot be solved merely with bipartisan brunches.
The Call to “End the War on Black Lives” Starts With Accountability
by Zenobia Jeffries
Next year, the DOJ will collect nationwide data on police shootings and other violent encounters with the public. Is that enough progress?
Who Deserves a Liberal Arts Degree? For Inmates, It’s a Way Out
by Liza Bayless
Obama's controversial pilot program will make higher education dollars available to inmates this year. Proponents hope it will build on the success private liberal arts programs are achieving in prisons across the country.
How to Make City Budgets Racially Just? Let Citizens Do the Numbers
by Paulina Phelps
The Movement for Black Lives is calling on cities to launch participatory budgeting processes to make public spending fairer.
Half of All Indigenous Languages Are Disappearing. Inside the Rush to Save Them
by Tristan Ahtone
Of 194 languages remaining in North America, nearly 63 percent are spoken only by adults or elders. That’s why children's television programming is key.
Another Victory for Workers in Seattle—This Time It’s Their Schedules
by Melissa Hellmann
Thanks to an ordinance passed last month, service and retail workers will finally get reasonable shift schedules, along with their $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Trump’s Fake Critique of Trade Deals Leaves Out Workers
by Jonathan Rosenblum
We must build a movement for trade justice that rejects both Trump’s opportunism and the long-standing neoliberalism of the major political parties.
Why I Dropped Everything to Head to Standing Rock
by Paula Schmidt
After industry and greed destroyed my life in northern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale fracking country, I knew I needed to stand with the water protectors.
The Other Housing Crisis: Finding a Home in Rural America
by Melissa Hellmann
Thirty percent of rural Americans have substandard housing—and it’s expensive. But these communities are finding ways to give low-income residents homes of their own.