Peace and Justice
Zapatista Communities Celebrate 20 Years of Self-Government
by Laura CarlsenJan 17, 2014
- The Zapatistas are still running their own schools and hospitals, raising new generations, and carrying on a dialogue with the outside world that has enriched both sides.
How a Great Man Put Down His Guns: Martin Luther King's Path to Nonviolence
by Mark Engler, Paul EnglerJan 16, 2014
- It took years of political evolution for King to understand nonviolence not merely as a moral force, but as an effective strategy for leveraging political change.
How Restorative Justice Changed This Colorado Cop's Views on Prison
by Molly Rowan LeachJan 14, 2014
- In restorative justice, those who commit crimes have to face the consequences of their actions. After this Colorado policeman tried it out, he came to believe it's part of the answer to America's prison problem.
How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids
by Laura GottesdienerJan 09, 2014
- Displaced by foreclosure, this family took direct action—and got a place to live.
Movement to Resist Tar Sands "Megaloads" Brings Together Northwest Tribal Members, Environmentalists
by Rachael StoeveJan 08, 2014
- The struggle pits the tribes and their allies in the environmental movement against the General Electric subsidiary that manufactured the evaporators and the hauling company that is providing transportation for them.
Get Hopeful For 2014: YES! Founder Sarah van Gelder Talks to Democracy Now!
Dec 31, 2013
- From new leadership in the fight against climate change to an uprising in the education system, there's a lot to be excited about in 2014.
10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come
by Sarah van GelderDec 27, 2013
- Beyond the headlines of conflict and catastrophe, this year’s top stories offered us some powerful proof that the world can still change—for the better.
After This Indian Nun Witnessed a Woman’s Murder, She Saved Thousands More from Domestic Violence
by Christa HillstromDec 20, 2013
- As India honors the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape that rocked the nation, YES! talks with Sister Lucy Kurien—whose life was changed forever when she saw a young woman set on fire.
There’s More to Renisha McBride’s Shooting Than Racism: It’s About Our Culture of Gun Violence
by Larry GabrielDec 18, 2013
- As shooter Theodore Wafer appears in court this week, one Detroiter looks at why gun violence—whether it is black on black, white on black, or of any other color combination—is killing people and tearing families apart across the country.
Mandela's Spirit of Forgiveness
by David KortenDec 06, 2013
- Those in Mandela's circle were united in their compassion for the architects of the Apartheid system.
This New Bill Could Put 2,500 More People In Prison: Meet the Organization Trying to Stop It
by Nur LaljiNov 27, 2013
- "Violence is not simply shooting people. Violence is also poverty. It's also incarceration—putting people in prison is incredibly violent."
A Native Answer to "The Onion" (And 4 Other Great Things Happening on Reservations)
by Aura BogadoNov 25, 2013
- Native people are crafting some seriously creative and progressive ways of life, from same-sex marriages in states that don't allow it to the revitalization of indigenous languages.
"Cowboys and Indians" Camp Together to Build Alliance Against Keystone XL
by Kristin MoeNov 22, 2013
- At the Ponca Trail of Tears Spiritual Camp, tribal members and their ranchers are learning to understand each other as never before.
5 Solutions for a Kinder Cellphone
Nov 18, 2013
- Forget smarter! This infographic depicts the lifecycle of a cellphone, and points out non-toxic, conflict-free mineral responsible design.
Dryhootch: A Milwaukee Coffeeshop Where Vets Help Vets Survive—At Home
by Ricardo TorresNov 14, 2013
- Returning vets often struggle with relationships, housing, PTSD, and more. Dryhootch founders say the best mentors for people returning from our latest wars are other vets who have been through it before.