Peace and Justice
Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm”
by James TrimarcoDec 11, 2012
- To many Detroit residents—and especially to its established urban gardeners—the approval of a large-scale urban farm raises serious questions about the future of food and land in the city.
Pete Seeger: “You Stick Together ’Til It’s Won”
by Kim RuehlDec 04, 2012
- Book Review: Gleaned from letters, essays, and articles, “Pete Seeger: In His Own Words” reveals how the celebrated folk singer has considered, at every turn, what it means to sing out in a world where the din of injustice is deafening.
Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade
by Anna WillowDec 03, 2012
- On December 3, 2002, members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation blockaded the road used to haul logs out of the area. Ten years later, their persistence has paid off in the form of cleaner water and a healthier forest in which to live.
How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate
by Marisa FrancoNov 30, 2012
- This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy.
Can U.S. Citizens End Israel’s Legal Impunity?
by Stephen ZunesNov 20, 2012
- Each time international law has attempted to censure Israel for its recent violations of human rights, the United States has stepped in to stop the process. If anyone is in a position to do something about this, it’s the U.S. public.
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van GelderNov 19, 2012
- It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
Why U.S. Attorneys and FBI Brass Support Washington’s Marijuana Law
by Mark Cooke, Doug HonigNov 16, 2012
- The state of Washington is expecting to generate more than $2 billion every five years from taxation of legal marijuana sales to adults. And that's not counting the savings from no longer arresting people for possession.
In Gaza Airstrikes, an Appeal to Netanyahu’s Hardliners
by Phyllis BennisNov 14, 2012
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that this morning's airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza came in response to rocket attacks. The real reason may have more to do with his damaged political reputation at home.
Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California’s Carbon?
by Jeff ConantNov 13, 2012
- A California proposal would offset the state’s climate-altering emissions by paying for forest conservation in Chiapas. Could there be unintended consequences in a region with a history of human rights abuse and land grabs?
Book Review: Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave
by Rebecca LeisherNov 12, 2012
- Native American poet Joy Harjo declares, "I was not brave." But her memoir is a gift that urges us to enlist our own crazy bravery to step through the doorways in our lives.
Winona LaDuke: Why I’m Voting for Obama
by Winona LaDukeNov 06, 2012
- First Nations author and activist Winona LaDuke ran for vice president twice on the Green Party ticket. Here’s why she’s supporting Barack Obama this time around.
People We Love: Somaly Mam
Nov 01, 2012
- Cambodian sex trafficking survivor Somaly Mam rescues girls from brothels—and offers them a second life.
Rapper 2 Chainz: Ex-Felons Can Get Their Voting Rights Back
Oct 31, 2012
- One the biggest voting myths is that those with felonies on their record have lost the right to vote forever. Here’s how you can get re-enfranchised.
Traditional Foods Help Remind Us Who We Are
by Kim EckartOct 30, 2012
- Tribes are pursuing a hands-on approach to finding and preparing Native foods that give spiritual sustenance, too.
The Hazards of Manhood
by Michael SchwalbeOct 30, 2012
- Am I tough enough? Am I powerful enough? Men put their bodies at risk to cover up pain, fear, and vulnerability.