Peace and Justice
Six Hopeful Breakthroughs from 2015
by Sarah van GelderDec 29, 2015
- Despite conflicts and crises at home and abroad, 2015 offered glimpses of the road to a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world.
After Trauma: A Graphic Journey Through Wild Healing
by Leela CormanDec 22, 2015
- In this collection of watercolor illustrations, a comics artist illustrates her journey through grief after the sudden death of her first child.
Standing With Malala: Meet the Teenagers Who Survived the Taliban and Kept Going to School
by Jing Fong, Araz HachadourianDec 16, 2015
- In the Taliban assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, Shazia Ramzan, and Kainat Riaz were also shot—for no more than daring to go to school. Three years later, they’re more committed to education than ever.
8 Amazing Muslim Women Who Would Be Banned From Trump’s America (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! StaffDec 16, 2015
- The inner lives of drone operators, refugee camps through the eyes of children, and women who would be denied entry to the United States under Donald Trump’s “total shutdown.”
Drug Use Down, Hope Up: A Canoe Journey Inspires Native Youth
by Yessenia FunesDec 10, 2015
- Reversing the trauma of assimilation isn’t easy, but tribes believe that bringing ancestral values directly to the youth is the answer.
Las Vegas Becomes a Model For Police Reform (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! StaffDec 09, 2015
- The Supreme Court denies a pro-gun appeal, Beijing closes streets due to smog, and Las Vegas curbs police violence with body cams, education, and accountability.
Amid Tensions, Christians Show Support for Syrian Refugees in Dallas
by Sarah van GelderDec 09, 2015
- As a Syrian family seeks safety in Texas, some voice outrage against the “Islamization” of America. This Sunday, I attended church services in Dallas where I found a commitment to live out the welcoming, compassionate side of Christianity.
Why We Need More Shame-Free TV Characters Who Reflect the Reality of Abortion
by Jessica GentileDec 09, 2015
- The internet has been buzzing about Olivia Pope’s abortion on ABC’s Scandal. If nearly one-third of American women have an abortion by age 45, why don’t we see more female characters make the same decision?
COP21: A Rallying Cry—No Climate Justice Without Full Indigenous Rights
by Sarah van GelderDec 01, 2015
- "We realize that in this country we don’t have political power. So we have always looked at building alliances, coalitions, or being part of coalitions."
In Photos: Minnesotans Face Gunfire and Cold in 11-Day Occupation of Police Precinct
by Christopher Zumski FinkeNov 25, 2015
- In Minneapolis, demonstrators are demanding police release video of a fatal shooting of an African-American man. Earlier this week, five were shot by alleged white supremacists.
COP21: Why Science Will Make All the Difference
by Eric RehmNov 25, 2015
- Unlike at previous climate talks, countries are coming to the table with science-backed contributions that challenge the business-as-usual approach.
My Mom Fled War Too: Finding Compassion for Syrian Refugees
by Yessenia FunesNov 20, 2015
- Like refugees everywhere, my mom gave her children the gift of a better life—and an understanding of what it means to risk everything for it.
Paris Attacks and Climate Change Push Us to Fix a World of Broken Systems
by Nafeez AhmedNov 19, 2015
- The rise of ISIS, the “war on terror,” the attack on Paris—these are symptoms of a civilization in its twilight. But the displays of global solidarity show that the seeds of a new paradigm are being planted.
Can Cities End the School-to-Prison Pipeline? Relentless Organizers Are Tallying Wins
by Marcus Harrison GreenNov 13, 2015
- “We have always said that this is a battle of imagination over incarceration.”
After Ferguson Uprising, Should St. Louis Spend $1 Billion on a New Football Stadium?
by Kate AronoffNov 10, 2015
- Just a year and a half after the St. Louis area became internationally known for racism, the city is considering building a billion-dollar stadium. If justice was our priority, says organizer Julia Ho, those tax dollars would be spent very differently.