Peace and Justice

Formerly Incarcerated Moms Fight for Reforms to Save Families
by Victoria Law
Two-thirds of women behind bars are mothers of children under the age of 18, and even a short stint in jail can cause them to lose their jobs, housing, and kids. Here are four policies to help prevent that.
40,000 Former Convicts in Maryland Just Got New Voting Rights. Here’s How It Happened
by Lynsi Burton
Just in time for this year’s presidential primary, a new law in Maryland will allow former offenders on probation or parole the right to vote.
Video: The Complicated Language of Biracial Identity
by YES! Staff
Filmmakers offer a glimpse into the “gray area” of being mixed race in America.
How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal
by Rucha Chitnis
In the face of corporate domination, economic injustice, and climate change, movements led by women offer a revolutionary path.
As European Women Stream to ISIS, This Reformed Extremist Is Offering Them a Different Path
by Deepa Bharath
When Yasmin Mulbocus found no justice after being sexually abused, she was drawn to an Islamic extremist group she believed could protect her. Twenty years later, she’s trying to stop other women from making the same mistake.
Meet America’s New Election-Integrity Watchman
by Dave Levinthal
From Internet voting to automatic registration, the chairman of the Election Assistance Commission discusses what it takes to ensure honest elections.
#Asians4BlackLives: How Multiracial Alliances Help End Discrimination
by Natasha Varner
Currents of racism between Japanese Americans and African Americans might be ebbing as groups like #Asians4BlackLives stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Are Candidates Exploiting the Families of Black Victims for Votes? Sandra Bland’s Mom Says “No”
by Tyree Boyd-Pates
Black votes matter, but some question whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s endorsements from relatives of police brutality victims are appropriate.
The West Coast Is the World’s 5th Largest Economy. Can It Unite to Stop Big Oil?
by Arun Gupta
From First Nations activism to innovative city initiatives, the West Coast is leading the fight against global warming even as many countries lag behind.
16 Courageous Women Standing Up to Violence
by Kristin Williams
From Ukraine to Mexico, women across the world are finding creative ways to break cycles of violence in their communities.
This Syrian Band Played Its First European Gig in a Refugee Camp. Now It’s Going on Tour
by Rebecca Collard
When the members of Khebez Dawle fled Syria, they never expected they’d soon be playing sold out shows across Europe. 
24 States Put Juvenile Offenders in Solitary, But Advocates Are Trying to Change That
by Marcus Harrison Green
Studies show kids held in solitary confinement experience long-lasting psychological damage. Activists hope a wave of local and national policy changes means widespread reform is on the way.
How A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil
by Fran Korten
A port commission vote against a proposed $1.2 billion oil refinery in a Washington town proves that the people still have a voice.
What Legalizing Street Vending Could Do for L.A.’s Local Economy
by Daniel Ross
Los Angeles is one of few U.S. cities where street trade isn’t widely permitted. But for immigrants and low-income people, it’s often the only way to earn a living.
The Role of an Activist Attorney in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement
by Nyasha Laing
For civil rights lawyers, litigating isn't enough. They need to engage with the struggle of black Americans firsthand.