PEACE & JUSTICE
A fair world lays the foundations for peace.
The Coal Workers You Didn't Know Existed—And Why They May Be At Risk
by Erin L. McCoyposted May 08, 2014
- Thousands of workers may be at risk of chronic disease from the chemicals used to process coal—including MCHM, which recently contaminated the drinking water of nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents.
New York Inmates Draw Strength from Prison-Themed Hip-Hop Album
by Nur Laljiposted May 07, 2014
- Members of the Rochester-based group Da Cloth have sent the tape to more than 150 inmates.
When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won
by Jing Fongposted Apr 25, 2014
- Curtis Acosta's classes in Mexican American Studies gave kids pride in their heritage—until the Arizona Legislature canceled them. That's when his students became activists, and some real-life lessons began.
Meet the Real-Life Inmates Fighting for Mothers' Rights at "Orange Is the New Black" Prison
by Victoria Lawposted Apr 25, 2014
- On issue after issue, women prisoners have learned to be their own strongest advocates.
Brought Together by Keystone Pipeline Fight, "Cowboys and Indians" Heal Old Wounds
by Kristin Moeposted Apr 24, 2014
- As natives and ranchers work together to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, they're also learning to understand one another's history, culture, and relationship with the land.
Photo Essay: "Cowboys and Indians" Against Keystone XL Bring Newfound Unity to DC
by Kristin Moeposted Apr 23, 2014
- On the frontlines of resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline, ranchers and tribal members join forces in a striking display of solidarity.
Dr. Edward Tick's Response to Winter 2014 Essay Winners
posted Apr 19, 2014
- Dr. Edward Tick, co-founder of Soldier's Heart and author of "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," responds to winners of the Winter 2014 essay competition.
Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion
by Molly Ruskposted Apr 17, 2014
- Why did an elementary school math problem go viral? It has to do with a new set of federal education standards known as the Common Core.
They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate
by Rachael Stoeveposted Apr 16, 2014
- A look at the growing influence of undocumented voices in the movement for immigrant rights.
After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision
by Laura Flandersposted Apr 01, 2014
- Mayor Chokwe Lumumba implemented only the first steps of his plan to address Jackson's extreme income inequality, which most seriously affected black residents. Now the city faces a choice between vastly different approaches to economic development.
Esperanza Spalding’s “We Are America” Is the Catchiest Call Yet for Justice at Guantanamo Bay
posted Mar 28, 2014
- Jazz singer Esperanza Spalding and company on standing up for people held without trial in America’s most controversial prison.
Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars
by Wendy Callposted Mar 21, 2014
- On the heels of pot legalization in Washington and Colorado, the movement for less punitive drug policy is coalescing at every level. Its new leaders could come from the very countries that have suffered the most.
An End to "The Hole"?: 6 Signs that Solitary Confinement Reform Is Coming
by Nur Laljiposted Mar 20, 2014
- Much of the momentum in the movement to reform the use of solitary confinement in the United States comes from the work of prisoners themselves.
Russian Aggression Deserves a Response, But U.S. Lacks Credibility to Lead It
by Stephen Zunesposted Mar 17, 2014
- The United States cannot legitimately lead an international response to the illegal Russian aggression in Ukraine until it abides by international law itself.
Immigrant Detainees' Hunger Strike Targets Legal "Grey Area"
by Rachael Stoeveposted Mar 14, 2014
- A hunger strike in a Washington state detention facility draws attention to a facility where most U.S. laws don't apply.