Peace and Justice

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.
Sorry, Trump: So Many Reasons to Welcome Immigrants
by Manuel Pastor, Magaly N. Lopez
Why cities across the country are rejecting xenophobia: They know the economic and social value of newcomers.
Beyond Hamilton: How Diversity Could Save the Future of Theater
by Celanie Polanick
Many worry audiences are aging out, but the reason isn’t that people of color can’t afford tickets—it’s that they feel excluded.
How We Became an Economy Full of Side Jobs
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The job growth that led us out of the recession has been in nontraditional jobs, and that's working well for women.
Why the Founder of Standing Rock Sioux Camp Can’t Forget the Whitestone Massacre
by LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
We must remember we are part of a larger story. We are still here. We are still fighting for our lives on our own land.
A Tough Choice for Feminist Black Lives Matter Activists
by Marcus Harrison Green
Protesting a police killing and marching in support of a man convicted of rape can pose a real dilemma when one in five women nationwide has suffered a sexual assault.