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Remembering Chokwe Lumumba Remembering Chokwe Lumumba
by Laura Flanders
Can you be a revolutionary and a mayor? Chokwe Lumumba—who spent eight months as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, before he died—did his best to be both.
From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis: Can Art Provide Justice When Courts Fail? From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis: Can Art Provide Justice When Courts Fail?
by Carla Murphy
"Having not been a judge or a witness who could've helped communicate what Michael Dunn did, my art is the only way I can give Jordan Davis justice."
How a Great Man Put Down His Guns: Martin Luther King's Path to Nonviolence How a Great Man Put Down His Guns: Martin Luther King's Path to Nonviolence
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
It took years of political evolution for King to understand nonviolence not merely as a moral force, but as an effective strategy for leveraging political change.
How Restorative Justice Changed This Colorado Cop's Views on Prison How Restorative Justice Changed This Colorado Cop's Views on Prison
by Molly Rowan Leach
In restorative justice, those who commit crimes have to face the consequences of their actions. After this Colorado policeman tried it out, he came to believe it's part of the answer to America's prison problem.
After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence
by Christa Hillstrom
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.
Mandela's Spirit of Forgiveness Mandela's Spirit of Forgiveness
by David Korten
Those in Mandela's circle were united in their compassion for the architects of the Apartheid system.
This New Bill Could Put 2,500 More People In Prison: Meet the Organization Trying to Stop It This New Bill Could Put 2,500 More People In Prison: Meet the Organization Trying to Stop It
by Nur Lalji
"Violence is not simply shooting people. Violence is also poverty. It's also incarceration—putting people in prison is incredibly violent."
5 Solutions for a Kinder Cellphone 5 Solutions for a Kinder Cellphone
Forget smarter! This infographic depicts the lifecycle of a cellphone, and points out non-toxic, conflict-free mineral responsible design.
Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic
Interactive map of garment industry factories, designed in response to the Bangladesh disasters.
Indigenous Activist to Canadian Police: Stop "Roughing Up" Fracking Opponents Indigenous Activist to Canadian Police: Stop "Roughing Up" Fracking Opponents
by YES! Online Team
Indigenous activist Ellen Gabriel explains why she is in solidarity with members of the Elsipogtog Nation who are attempting to block seismic testing, which they believe is a precursor to fracking.
Decolonize the Holidays: An Alternative to Columbus Day (and Canadian Thanksgiving) Decolonize the Holidays: An Alternative to Columbus Day (and Canadian Thanksgiving)
by Rachael Stoeve
Three states have already dropped Columbus Day, while a movement begins to celebrate Indigenous People's Day instead.
Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Not Poison the People Recycling It? This One Is Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Not Poison the People Recycling It? This One Is
by Chris Sweeney
Our throwaway electronics harm people overseas, but new trends in responsible design are not just smart—they’re kind.
Why Jon Stewart Wants to Adopt Malala Yousafzai Why Jon Stewart Wants to Adopt Malala Yousafzai
by Christa Hillstrom
“If you hit a Talib with your shoe, there is no difference between you and the Talib”—and other impressive things the teenage Nobel Peace Prize contender said to leave “The Daily Show” stunned.
What’s Fairer than Fair Trade? Try Direct Trade With Cocoa Farmers What’s Fairer than Fair Trade? Try Direct Trade With Cocoa Farmers
by Kristy Leissle
Fair trade is good, but it still leaves cocoa growers in poverty. Here’s how to do better.
Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists Escape from an L.A. Sweatshop: How Modern-Day Slaves Become Lobbyists
by Christa Hillstrom
Lured from Mexico into forced labor at an American factory, Flor Molina’s human trafficking story was typical. What’s remarkable is what she did next.
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