Peace and Justice
Why Target Stopped Asking Job Applicants If They've Been Convicted of a Crime
by Nur LaljiJul 18, 2014
- More than 60 counties, cities, and states—and some corporations—are reducing discrimination against former offenders by removing one small box from job applications.
Photo Essay: First Nations Take Their Last March Through Canada's Dystopian Tar Sands
by Liana LopezJul 09, 2014
- Organizers agreed that the annual marches have helped raise awareness about the mining project. But their work is far from done.
These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way
by Christine St. PierreJul 01, 2014
- Longhouse Media helps indigenous artists step behind the camera and document their lives.
Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary
by Adrienne Maree BrownJun 27, 2014
- "The ideas in Butler's fiction challenge us to contend with our own choices and take responsibility for our own power."
Video: In Rural Kenya, Solar Lanterns Cut Carbon and Help Kids Read
Jun 26, 2014
- Solar power can be transformative in places where people have to walk for miles just to charge a cell phone.
US Patent Office Says It Won't Protect a Racial Slur. Here's What It Means for the Washington Team
by Molly RuskJun 20, 2014
- Democracy Now talks to Amanda Blackhorse, the Navajo activist who started a lawsuit to get the Washington football team to change their name.
11 Years After Her Death, This 23-Year-Old Peace Activist Keeps Inspiring Us
by Kali SwensonJun 17, 2014
- Rachel Corrie was killed in 2003, but her passion for peace lives on in her writings.
“Never Think You’re Worth Less Than the Boss”: How a Mexican Seamstress Learned to Speak Up for Justice
by Ana JuárezJun 06, 2014
- Ana Juárez started her first job at the age of fifteen, as a sewing operator’s assistant in Mexico. She was working at a local contracting company of global brands like Levi Strauss & Co. when senior workers began to organize.
Language Matters: How #YesAllWomen Named a Problem With No Name
by Rebecca SolnitJun 04, 2014
- If you lack words for a phenomenon, an emotion, a situation, you can’t talk about it—which means that you can’t come together to change it.
“Now They Can’t Get Me to Stop Talking”: How a Teenage Tobacco Farmworker in North Carolina Found Her Voice
by Neftali CuelloJun 01, 2014
- In North Carolina, when school gets out each summer, a stream of young people—nearly all Latino—head into the fields to help bring in the state’s most profitable crop: tobacco. Neftali Cuello was twelve years old when she first accompanied her family into the fields.
The War on Drugs Destroys Lives—Here Are 6 Things You Can Do About It
by Wendy CallMay 16, 2014
- The movement to end the violence through the decriminalization of drugs has never had so much momentum. And it's never been easier to get involved.
Can We Keep the Internet Free?
by Candace ClementMay 14, 2014
- The struggle to save the world's greatest communication network.
The Coal Workers You Didn't Know Existed—And Why They May Be At Risk
by Erin L. McCoyMay 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 LaljiMay 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 FongApr 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.