Peace and Justice

“Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens
by Kate Aronoff
Neither a “great man” history of Martin Luther King Jr., nor a tale of forgotten underdogs, Selma is about skilled activists building a movement.
A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control
by Andy Lee Roth
What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?
How #FergusonSyllabus Helps Teachers Discuss Police, Racism, and History
by Liz Pleasant
“Teachers are better prepared because #FergusonSyllabus created a space for exchange among educators about best practices and materials for illustrating the best and worst of our democracy.”
Can Empathy for Birds Make Us Happier? Ten Breakthroughs in the Science of a Meaningful Life
by Jeremy Adam Smith, Bianca Lorenz, Kira M. Newman, Lauren Klein, Lisa Bennett, Jason Marsh, Jill Suttie
Last year, scientists found that gratitude makes us financially smarter, mindfulness reduces racism, a little sadness makes for healthier people, and compassion for birds could help tackle climate change.
Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother
by Kayla Schultz
Rick Williams asked for calm when protesters demanded justice for his brother, who was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. But he realizes that "the only way you can help change the system is show them you are a human being."
Creeped Out by "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Try This Feminist Version
In the original song, she wants to go home, he says no, and then he spikes her drink. Blogger Dara Laine replaces the uncomfortable Christmas refrain with the female-friendly "Baby, It's Consent Inside."
When Christmas Dinner Gets Uncomfortably Political, These Cues From “House of Cards” and Other Shows Can Help You Out
by Kate Aronoff
This year’s most popular movies and TV series can be a tool to work your way out of a particularly bad conversation.
12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014
by Lindsey Weedston
Slacktivism? Not so much. From #BlackLivesMatter to #BringBackOurGirls, this year's best hashtags around issues of social justice brought fresh voices into some of our most important conversations.
Kids on Chicago’s West Side Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Restorative Circles
by Maya Schenwar
For these Chicago students, restorative justice isn’t just about causing less harm to those around us. It’s also about actively creating safety, on their own terms.
"Forgiveness Is Liberating": Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation's Racist Past
by Desmond Tutu
In 1997, he asked: "Who could have thought we would ever be an example, except of awfulness; who could ever have thought we would be held up as a model to the rest of the world?" Today, South Africa's healing process is a beacon of hope for the United States.
Video: Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Reconciliation Process—Which Is Needed Now More Than Ever
by Kayla Schultz
A singing flash mob honors the passing of Nelson Mandela, who died one year ago this week and helped establish South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation process after apartheid.
An Indigenous View on #BlackLivesMatter
by Leanne Simpson
I was reminded over and over this week that black and indigenous communities of struggle are deeply connected through our experiences with colonialism, oppression, and white supremacy.
Why I Want to Burn Everything Down Right Now—And Why I’m Not Going To
by James Edwards
What I learned from James Baldwin’s writing about race, in a moment of great anger.
Science Fiction and the Post-Ferguson World: “There Are as Many Ways to Exist as We Can Imagine”
by Mary Hansen
Radical science fiction and fantasy are a remedy for the belief that there is no alternative to the violence and inequality that surround us.
Mentally Ill People Often Face Violence From Police—But These Cities Are Trying to Fix That
by Daniel Ross
Crisis Intervention Teams train police officers to understand mental illness without resorting to violence.