Peace and Justice

Chimps Could Soon Win Legal Personhood
by James Trimarco
Rights for many intelligent animals could hinge on a one-word edit in a law dictionary.
4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Dismantle Racism in the Food System
by Leah Penniman
Our food system is built on stolen land and exploited labor. Here’s what we can do it fix it.
Should We Bomb Syria (or Afghanistan or Anywhere)? You’re Asking the Wrong Question
by Colin Beavan
Critics of nonviolence say that option is the prerogative of the privileged. But actually it’s the other way around.
What Other Countries Know: Fairer Representation Makes a Stronger Democracy
by Mark Trahant
France (and many of the world’s governments) has figured out that the only way to secure democracy is to require an electoral majority.
These Kids Used Their Spring Break to Protest Trump
by Amanda Abrams
Last week, hundreds of young people from around the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to stand up for their families and demonstrate against Trump’s immigrant policies.
The “Mother of All Bombs” Killed ISIS Fighters—But Poor Afghan Farmers Now Deal With the Trauma
by James Trimarco
One researcher reports that local farmers believed the bomb was nuclear and that they’d been exposed to radiation.
Winners (and Losers) in New York’s Plan to Make College Free
by J. Gabriel Ware 
The first-in-the-nation scholarship program would serve about 1.5 million full-time students. But there are downsides.
What Is It Like to Live Without Running Water? Detroit Families Know
by Zenobia Jeffries
A recent study predicts that in the next five years, more than one-third of Americans will not be able to afford their water.
What a Policy of Real Solidarity With the Syrian People Looks Like
by James Trimarco
The U.S. does not have to choose between backing the Assad regime or extremist groups. There is another choice: Syria’s homegrown pro-democracy resistance.
The Kendall Jenner Pepsi Memes Made You a Better Person. Think About It
by Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez
Those cleverly captioned photos shared on social media can spark conversations and help build empathy.
Why These Missile Strikes Won’t Make Things Better for the Syrian People
by Stephen Zunes
There are serious questions as to whether Trump’s bombing of the Syrian base has anything to do with protecting civilians.
CEOs Now Make 300 Times More Than Their Workers. This City Is Putting a Stop to That
by Chuck Collins
Runaway CEO pay contributes to income inequality and ultimately harms companies, so local governments aren’t waiting for a federal fix.
Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom
by Melissa Hellmann
Students learn about the front lines of global warming and how to be climate activists.
Monet Wins Tobenkin Award for Standing Rock Coverage
by YES! staff
“At their heart, her stories were about the religious freedom, sovereignty, and human rights sought by Indigenous people everywhere.”
Wildfires Are Essential: The Forest Service Embraces a Tribal Tradition
by Nathan Gilles
The Karuk were once denied the right to practice an ancient tradition. Now scientific and resource management circles are seeing the merits of controlled burning.