Peace and Justice

The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around
by Sarah van Gelder
Dallas Goldtooth, a veteran organizer of the Keystone XL fight, is amazed at the historic support from tribes at Standing Rock—even tribes that rely on resource extraction.
Obama Pipeline Plot Twist Is Not a Victory—And Could Erase the Struggle
by Kelly Hayes
The illusion of victory is a dangerous thing. We could undo what we have built at Standing Rock, this unprecedented act of Native American collective resistance.
Feds Step In, and the Big Win May Be for All Tribes Facing Pipelines
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The Department of Justice promised “meaningful tribal input” on pipeline decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights.
In Photos: Northwest Canoe Tribes Arrive at Historic Gathering at Standing Rock
by Sarah van Gelder
Celebration and solidarity as hundreds of tribes unite behind the Standing Rock Sioux’s opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.
Has Arizona Found a Solution to Gerrymandering?
by Yael Grauer
Sixteen years ago, Arizona stripped state lawmakers of the right to draw electoral districts. Many lawsuits later, democracy is stronger—in some ways.
How Obama Can Keep the Standing Rock Sioux Standoff From Turning Bloody
by Mark Trahant
The Nixon White House managed three Indian occupations. There are lessons for President Obama there—if he would just pay attention.
In Detroit, Freedom Schools Offer an Alternative to City’s Struggling Education System
by Zenobia Jeffries
As Detroit’s public schools fight to stay afloat, Black families turn to a civil rights-era approach to education.
Threat of Salmon Extinction Turns Small Tribe Into Climate Researchers
by Nathan Gilles
As glaciers disappear, fish are expected to follow. But the Nooksack tribe of Washington state has a plan to keep nearby rivers and streams cool.
My Brush With Terrorism Helped Me Find My Courage
by Simon Okelo
Sometimes it seems that the world is responding to violence only with violence, but there are other possibilities.
Why the Founder of Standing Rock Sioux Camp Can’t Forget the Whitestone Massacre
by LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
We must remember we are part of a larger story. We are still here. We are still fighting for our lives on our own land.
A Test of U.S. Climate Leadership Will Be How We Treat the Standing Rock Sioux
by Mark Trahant
Can we trust Clinton-Kaine promises of an energy future “where no one is left out or left behind”?
Free College Tops Black Lives Reparations List
by Olivia Anderson
Better education and loan forgiveness are key strategies to address disparities for Black communities and their next generations.
How Americans Build Wealth in 10 Charts (And What Race Has to Do With It)
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
(Hint: It’s less about income and more about skin color.)
When Showing Up Requires More Than Just a Facebook Post
by Sarah van Gelder
When we take the time to connect, we make our communities more resilient and compassionate, and maybe we find the courage to defeat racism.
Can Automation Turn Fewer Jobs Into Better Ones?
by John Nichols
We must shape a future in which technological progress means freeing people to work fewer hours for fairer compensation and to devote themselves to social advancement.