Peace and Justice

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.
Feminist Scooter Gangs Shut Down Street Harassment
by Lindsey Weedston
In the worst country in the Arab world for women, people are finding creative ways to stop gender-based violence.
Police Shooting Data Reveal New Tactics and Training Will Only Go So Far
by Nirej Sekhon
To create meaningful change, we must look beyond high-profile cases and ask why certain police-civilian encounters occur at all.
The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism
by Sarah van Gelder
"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension—all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles."
One Southern Leader Bridges Civil Rights’ Past and Black Lives Matter’s Future
by Marcus Harrison Green
Irving Allen on creating an inclusive movement. “You’re not organizing unless you’re training up the next generation.”
Ten Counterproductive Behaviors of Well-Intentioned People
by Cody Charles
Common mistakes made in social justice conversations and how to correct them.
Life in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Along the Kenya-Somalia border, people have been displaced for decades. A new book profiles nine Somali refugees to explain the political forces that keep them—and hundreds of thousands more—from getting out.
When You Can’t Afford the Cost of Clearing Your Record
by Jaclyn Zubrzycki
People who’ve done their time and paid their fines still face barriers to employment. Memphis-based Just City helps them start fresh.
Cancel Black History Month? Watch Kids Respond to Fox News’ Latest
by YES! Staff
Here’s what happened when a group of kids heard what Stacey Dash said about Black History Month.
The Middle Eastern TV Show Bringing Feminist Views on Marriage to 80 Million People
by Lindsey Weedston
In Turkey, a soap opera is informing women of their rights and challenging cultural assumptions about marriage.
Flint Whistleblowers Who Exposed Their Poisoned Water: We’re Just Getting Started
by Larry Gabriel
Long before the state declared an emergency in Flint, Michigan, a pastor, a mother, and an attorney teamed up to reveal the state’s lies about their drinking water.
In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity
by Marcus Harrison Green
As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.