Peace and Justice
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.
How a Small California Town Curbed a Teen Suicide Epidemic—By Talking About It
by Jane Braxton LittleNov 11, 2013
- Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year-olds in rural America, and Native American kids are hit the hardest. After Indian Valley lost its sixth teenager, residents started talking about suicide out in the open—and it's working.
This 80-Year-Old Grandma Walked Hundreds of Miles to Retrace the Underground Railroad
by Katrina RabelerNov 08, 2013
- And 14 other grannies who are shaking up the world.
Can Fracking Showdown on Native Land Help Break Canada's Cycle of Colonialism?
by Leanne SimpsonOct 23, 2013
- When members of the Elsipogtog First Nation attempted to prevent seismic testing on their land that could lead to fracking, armed police appeared and violence ensued. Here, indigenous writer and academic Leanne Simpson puts the issue into context.
A Win for Indigenous History at Columbia University
by Nur LaljiOct 22, 2013
- Students in Columbia's Native American Council think the University could do more to acknowledge indigenous history, and they're helping to make it happen.
Interactive Garment Industry Map
by Jing FongOct 21, 2013
- An interactive map of garment industry factories, designed in response to the Bangladesh disasters. Also explore a New York Times' Learning Network lesson, "Corporate Irresponsibility? Fashion’s Hidden Cost in Bangladesh’s Garment Industry."
Can Eminent Domain Be Used to Avert a Foreclosure Mess? This California City Thinks So
by Mark Andrew BoyerOct 18, 2013
- Governments usually use eminent domain powers to displace people. But one hardscrabble Bay Area city is going to the mat to do just the opposite—stabilize its economy and keep residents where they are.
Indigenous Activist to Canadian Police: Stop "Roughing Up" Fracking Opponents
by YES! Online TeamOct 18, 2013
- Indigenous activist Ellen Gabriel explains why she is in solidarity with members of the Elsipogtog Nation who are attempting to block seismic testing, which they believe is a precursor to fracking.
Decolonize the Holidays: An Alternative to Columbus Day (and Canadian Thanksgiving)
by Rachael StoeveOct 15, 2013
- Three states have already dropped Columbus Day, while a movement begins to celebrate Indigenous People's Day instead.
Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Not Poison the People Recycling It? This One Is
by Chris SweeneyOct 11, 2013
- Our throwaway electronics harm people overseas, but new trends in responsible design are not just smart—they’re kind.
Why Jon Stewart Wants to Adopt Malala Yousafzai
by Christa HillstromOct 10, 2013
- “If you hit a Talib with your shoe, there is no difference between you and the Talib”—and other impressive things the teenage Nobel Peace Prize contender said to leave “The Daily Show” stunned.
A New Dad Asks, If Male Violence Is the Biggest Threat to Women—How Do I Raise a Kind Son?
by Christopher Zumski FinkeOct 09, 2013
- The idea of having a baby boy scared me: What kind of man will he grow up to be? Here’s what I learned about what it takes to raise compassionate men.
Market Offers Wealth of Tradition—and Veggies—for Immigrant Farmers and Shoppers
by Sarah Meade, Laura-Anne Minkoff-ZernOct 07, 2013
- Many Latino immigrants have agriculture in their past. A market in suburban Maryland makes it possible for them to put that knowledge to work in the here and now.
What’s Fairer than Fair Trade? Try Direct Trade With Cocoa Farmers
by Kristy LeissleOct 04, 2013
- Fair trade is good, but it still leaves cocoa growers in poverty. Here’s how to do better.
In Sikh Response to Hateful Beating, A Lesson for Us All
by Kevin FongOct 03, 2013
- When Dr. Prabhjot Singh was attacked by a group of young men who believed he was a Muslim, he responded by advocating love and compassion.