Peace and Justice
25 Years Later: How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Inspired Global Uprisings from Occupy to Ferguson
by Mark Engler, Paul EnglerNov 07, 2014
- Every so often, we witness a period of mass insurgency that seems to defy the accepted rules of politics. If ever there was a time in modern history that exemplified such a moment, it was the second half of 1989.
Divestment Helped to End Apartheid in South Africa—Can It Work for Fossil Fuels?
by Bryan FarrellNov 04, 2014
- When it comes to divestment, the anti-apartheid struggle is always cited as an influence. Here's how South Africans are starting to apply those same lessons to addressing climate change.
To Curb Gun Violence, Chicago Residents Hit The Streets—And Really Listened to Their Neighbors
by Panyin ConduahOct 30, 2014
- When a group of volunteers walked the streets of Chicago's east side, they learned that gun violence was not the only problem plaguing their neighborhood.
These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money
by Ricardo TorresOct 28, 2014
- Two veterans trekked across America to leave behind the trauma of war and raise money for fellow vets. Now they want to offer the same healing experience to others like them.
Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
by Tom LawsonOct 21, 2014
- A new law allows transgender citizens to decide their own gender—and all it takes is a piece of paper.
Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
by John FefferOct 20, 2014
- Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement is neither revolutionary nor subversive: It’s a basic demand for a more responsive and accountable government.
The Danger of Silence
Oct 17, 2014
- When he was a kid, slam poet and teacher Clint Smith once gave up speaking for Lent. He found that his silence allowed his classmates to be bullied—and that he must use his voice speak up for truth and justice.
When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor
by Tom EblenOct 09, 2014
- The poverty rate in the U.S. would be 15 percent higher if not for the War on Poverty and government anti-poverty programs since 1967.
Americans on Food Aid Document Their Hunger in Photos
by YES! EditorsOct 09, 2014
- “Before I was on SNAP, I budgeted $50 a week for all groceries for my two children and myself. This was for food, shampoo, toilet paper, everything.”
Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves
by Tiffany WilliamsOct 08, 2014
- In the evolving global economy, migrants facing virtual indentured servitude abroad—and coming home to debt and social isolation—feels like the new normal.
After Ferguson, It’s Time to Turn a Civil Rights Moment Into a Human Rights Movement
by Nathan SchneiderOct 07, 2014
- “We need to expand the civil-rights struggle to a higher level—to the level of human rights.”
Three Projects that Block Violence Against Women By Bringing Communities Together
by Victoria LawSep 30, 2014
- These projects show how everyday people can address violence in our own communities by break through the silence to interrupt abuse.
The Key to a Sustainable Future Is Resisting Violence Every Day
by Yessenia FunesSep 17, 2014
- The Nonviolence Handbook teaches that when we exhibit patience and refrain from criticizing others harshly, we're building nonviolent potential.
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
by Valerie SchloredtSep 03, 2014
- Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work.
Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?
by Dean PatonAug 28, 2014
- 47 million Americans live beneath the official poverty line, under a daily judgment of failure. The question today is: Whose failure?