Peace and Justice

How to Educate a Generation of Syrian Refugees? Makeshift Classrooms and the Teacher Next Door
by Samantha Schmidt
In response to overcrowded public schools in countries neighboring Syria, caravan schools provide refugees with free education to keep them from falling behind.
In a Surprise Win for Democracy Over Corporate Power, GMO Labeling Has Arrived
by Andrew Kimbrell
Those predicting an easy Senate defeat for mandatory labeling saw corporations fold one by one in the face of a strong food movement.
Could Sanders’ Social Justice Ideas Really Work? Take a Look at These Places
by Fran Korten
In his new film, “Where to Invade Next,” Michael Moore shows us what free college and health care for all can actually look like.
As the EU Stalls on Refugees, Volunteers Provide a Taste of Home
by Matt Hanson
For people in the overcrowded refugee camps of Idomeni, Greece, local volunteers and students work to make life more normal for displaced families.
Proud of Our Pidgin: The Newest Language in the U.S. Census
by Sheldon Ito
When Hawaiian Pidgin Creole joined an official list of 350 languages spoken in U.S. homes, it lifted up communities throughout Hawai‘i and their rich immigrant history.
1 in 11 U.S. Gun Deaths Is at the Hands of Police. How Do We Stop the Killing?
by Arun Gupta
The documentary film “Peace Officer” explains the connection between the war on drugs and the militarization of police, and what it will take to reduce police violence in America.
Pay Attention! How Being Less Distracted Will Make You Happy
by Richard J. Davidson
Researchers say we’re distracted 47 percent of our lives. Increasing our focus could help us—and the people around us—feel happier.
What Moment Sparked Your #InternationalSisterhood?
by Jasleena Grewal
Lots of us have had a moment in our lives that inspired feelings of support, understanding, and sisterhood toward other women. What was yours?
Why Fixing Climate Change Is Women’s Work
by Kate Stringer
Natural resource scarcity and unpredictable weather affect women first, yet they’re often the last to be heard on how to combat it. That’s slowly changing.
5 Japanese-American Women Activists Left Out of U.S. History Books
by Nina Wallace
A herstory lesson about five women whose World War II internment inspired them to action.
69 Hired, Thousands to Go: Under Pressure, Berkeley Takes First Steps to End UC Labor Abuses
by Mario Vasquez
Boycotts and sit-ins force UC Berkeley to hire outsourced custodians and parking lot attendants, giving them higher wages and better benefits.
New Film About Sex Trafficking Celebrates the Resilience of Children
by Jasleena Grewal
Filmmakers hope “Sold,” based on the bestselling young adult novel, will inspire empathy and action among young viewers.
Forget Nutraloaf—Prisoners Are Growing Their Own Food
by Marcus Harrison Green
From New York to California, prison gardening programs serve as cost-effective food sources and provide inmates with better nutrition.
5 Things Science Says Will Make You Happier
by Kira M. Newman
Happy people are healthier, make more money, and live longer. Thankfully researchers say it’s something we can cultivate with practice. Here’s how.
A Year Later, Kids Turn Baltimore’s Uprising Into Art
by Christine Stoddard
After Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore photographer Devin Allen’s photo landed on the cover of Time Magazine. Today he’s teaching local youth how to use cameras to tell their own stories.