Peace and Justice

Infographic: A History of Debt Forgiveness and Relief
by Lindsey Weedston, Jennifer Luxton
As long as there has been lending, there have been times when the people’s debt becomes a crisis. Here’s a look at the policy solutions governments have been using, starting in ancient Sumer.
Video: How People With Disabilities Helped Shape New Orleans’ Disaster Policy
by Liz Pleasant
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans disability activists talk about the city’s lack of accessible disaster plans and what they’ve done to change it.
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
Dear Donald Trump: Pissed Off Latinos Are Powerful Latinos
by Yessenia Funes
History has shown that when Latinos feel threatened, they fight back—with their voices and voting power.
Sci-Fi Fandom Declares Victory After Reactionary Nominees Lose Big at the Hugos
by Miles Schneiderman
Despite a deck stacked against women and people of color, the voters rewarded both.
This Artist Collects Your Worst Fears and Turns Them Into Something Great
by Alexa Strabuk
The Fear Project uses art to visually interpret the parts of life that scare us the most, normalizing fear as a part of ourselves.
6 Strategies to Make Powerful Social Change—Starting With “Stay Woke”
by Mistinguette Smith
Bree Newsome’s removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse reminds us that real change comes from people power.
Video: 10 Years After Katrina, Has New Orleans Recovered?
by Laura Flanders
This new documentary looks at gentrification in New Orleans and its effects on the city's low-income communities.
Sad Puppies, Rabid Chauvinists: Will Raging White Guys Succeed in Hijacking Sci-Fi’s Biggest Awards?
by Miles Schneiderman
More and more women have been nominated for Hugo Awards in recent years—until this year. Here’s what’s at stake.
No Apologies: Meet the Guy Who Got Bernie Sanders' Interrupters on the Stage
by Marcus Harrison Green
In his first interview since last weekend's action in Seattle, activist Amir Islam talks to YES! about why every presidential candidate should be ready to talk black issues.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
School Behind Bars: How College Kids and Incarcerated Youth Benefit From Learning Together
by Nur Lalji
Graduates of an “Inside-Out” program in Oregon say that the experience transformed the way they see the prison system—and themselves.
Can Bernie Sanders Win Over Black Lives Matter? He Seems to Be Trying
by Marcus Harrison Green
The progressive candidate has been making a sharper distinction between racial and economic issues. If you like his campaign, that’s really good news.
Study Shows Mindful Meditation Helps Reduce Racial Bias
by Jill Suttie
A new study shows that meditation can transform racial bias at any age.
The Weekly Crunch: Zero-Waste Grocery Stores, Black Women's Business Boom, Robocops for Cyber-Bullies
by YES! Staff
Like reading the news while chomping on granola. Here’s what we've been chewing on lately.