Peace and Justice

College Was Once Free and For the Public Good—What Happened?
by Thomas Adam
Students didn’t have to worry about tuition and debt until higher education became more about personal gain than contributing to society.
The Progressive’s Guide to Reacting to Offensive Comedy
by Mark Rahner
Ten tips for when everyone says your favorite comedian has “gone too far.”
Citizens Begin Reclaiming Coal Country After Decades of Corporate Land Grabs
by Emma Eisenberg
But figuring out who owns abandoned mines in Appalachia is harder than you’d think.
To the Millions Who Have Stood Up to the Trump Administration: Thank You
by Sarah van Gelder
My gratitude goes out to the millions of Americans who launched a resistance that has slowed or stopped many of Trump’s policies.
What the Insanity of Mass Incarceration Has Done To Us
by Patrice Gaines
We have lived with mass incarceration for so long that we do not see that it’s making even those who are supposed to be free less human—and less humane.
The Kids Are All Right (and These Surprising Statistics Prove It)
by Mike Males
Americans under 25 are bringing a new era of tolerance, education, and vastly improved behaviors while older folks are acting worse. That isn’t starry-eyed idealism. It’s hard numbers.
Decolonize Your Diet
by Teresa O'Connor
Love your Mexican food? Traditional indigenous food from Mexico is misunderstood in the U.S.—and is actually among the world’s healthiest.
Climate Change Will Force Native Americans to Adapt Religious Rituals Yet Again
by Rosalyn R. LaPier
Global climate change affects everyone. But for many indigenous peoples, natural resources are closely linked to religious beliefs and practices.
7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People
by Katie Tastrom
Don’t worry about traumatizing children. Show them that having strong feelings about horrible things happening in the world is part of being human.
The Women of Color Out to Reclaim Marijuana Culture
by Angela Fichter
Most commercial pot shops are owned by rich white men. This all-female art collective wants to remind us of the drug’s community and healing roles.
A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses?
by David Korten
Our system of law has the rights issue exactly backward. But humanity is slowly reawakening to the simple logic that Mother Earth’s rights must come before human rights.
Our Best Shot at Meeting Paris Goals? Make Energy Public
by Sarah van Gelder
A new report finds public ownership is the best way for cities and towns to meet renewable energy and efficiency targets.
Banks Have Cut Funding for Fossil Fuels Projects 22 Percent
by Colby Devitt
But activist groups say that’s not enough: There’s no resting, even after divestment victories.
Reality Check: More Police Officers Don’t Equal Safer Neighborhoods
by Zenobia Jeffries
Earlier this year, activists launched a campaign called Freedom Cities to protect and uplift all people of color. (And, no, it doesn't include more police.)
The ACA Had Just Begun to Fix Rural America’s Health Care Inequality
by Claire Snell-Rood, Cathleen Willging
Rates of insured people in rural areas had reached almost 86 percent in early 2015.