Peace and Justice

Las Vegas Becomes a Model For Police Reform (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
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 Gelder
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 Gentile
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 Gelder
"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 Finke
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 Rehm
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 Funes
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 Ahmed
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 Green
“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 Aronoff
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.
A Quarter of Pakistani Girls Are Married Before They’re 18. This Film Shows What That Feels Like
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In her directorial debut, Afia Nathaniel brings the reality of Pakistan's child bride crisis to American audiences.
Can Reddit Bring the Campfire Ghost Story Back to Life? (And Other Scary News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Man-made space trash is headed for Earth; there is science to back up why we love horror movies; and campfire stories are reimagined for the tech era.
Do We Even Need International Borders? (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Opening borders can have unexpected benefits; studies show alarming links between air pollution and dementia; and Native Americans talk about illegal immigration.
It Took Me Years to Believe That Black Lives Matter. Now Here’s What I Need From You
by Marcus Harrison Green
Internalized racism prevented me from seeing how the system works.
Video: The Racist Origins of 6 Common Phrases You Probably Use
by Liz Pleasant
The point isn’t that we necessarily have to abandon phrases like “hip hip hooray” and “no can do.” But understanding their racist origins helps us move beyond them.