Peace and Justice
Why Bree Newsome’s Action Was the “Amazing Grace” I Needed
by Tanya SteeleJun 29, 2015
- She showed us that we liberate ourselves through our actions. She reminded us, in the midst of deep sorrow, that we, who want to see a better America, must keep living, fighting, breathing, doing.
A Rabbi's Plea: We Need Slavery Reparations In Order to Move Forward
by Shmuly YanklowitzJun 29, 2015
- It’s clear that the trauma of slavery continues to impact the contemporary American psyche.
How a White Supremacist Became a Civil Rights Activist
by Araz HachadourianJun 24, 2015
- The story of a KKK leader’s transformation shows us that we need not live forever with the kind of violence we saw in Charleston last week.
Watch Jon Stewart’s Moving Comments on Charleston Shooting and Racism in America
by Liz PleasantJun 24, 2015
- For once, Stewart had no jokes to offer.
The US Has Spent $14B on Community Policing—What Have We Learned So Far?
by Christopher MoraffJun 22, 2015
- Gauging whether a community policing program has been successful ultimately depends on how you define success.
What I Learned From My Weeklong Obsession with Rachel Dolezal
by Liz PleasantJun 19, 2015
- Is Rachel Dolezal blacker than I am, or a misguided white woman in need of a reality check? I asked two black women—one who worked with Dolezal and another who is a leader in the #BlackLivesMatter movement—to weigh in.
Solar Panels Are Part of the Pope’s Revolution—But So Is Dismantling Structural Racism
by Anthony GiancatarinoJun 19, 2015
- The Pope is talking about a revolution that goes way beyond simply adding renewable energy to our current extractive economy.
Two Things White People Should Never Say
by Robert JensenJun 17, 2015
- “I’m not racist, but...” and other things to avoid saying when talking about race.
Can Money Help Shrink Jail Populations? The MacArthur Foundation Is Betting $75M on It
by Puck LoJun 11, 2015
- The grants will help jail systems develop a plan for eliminating “the overuse and misuse of jails.” But prisoner advocate Dan Berger says this doesn’t address larger issues like police bias and racism.
150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder's Role in the Sand Creek Massacre
by Ned BlackhawkJun 08, 2015
- Under pressure from students and community members, Northwestern University and University of Denver take the first steps towards righting historic wrongs.
Is Populism Making a Comeback? What You Need to Know About Its History—And Its Future
by Fran KortenJun 02, 2015
- The 19th century populists gave us co-ops and workers' rights. Here's how we can build on their work to solve 21st century problems.
Can America Heal After Ferguson? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter
by Fania Davis, Sarah van GelderMay 29, 2015
- South Africans surprised everyone by transitioning to a relatively peaceful post-apartheid society. Here’s what Americans can learn.
Ireland Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage
by Liz PleasantMay 26, 2015
- Ireland makes history by legalizing gay marriage—reminding people that change is possible.
His Ancestors Were Slave Traders and Hers Were Slaves. What They Learned About Healing from a Roadtrip
by Sharon Leslie Morgan, Thomas Norman DeWolfMay 23, 2015
- We embarked upon a journey to test whether two people could come to grips with deep, traumatic, historic wounds and find healing. We had no idea where we would end up.
Audio: Desmond Tutu and His Daughter, Mpho, On How the U.S. Can Heal From Racial Wounds
by Sarah van Gelder, Fania Davis, Miles SchneidermanMay 22, 2015
- The father and daughter recent published the Book of Forgving, a guide to help perpetrators and victims embrace their mutual humanity.