Peace and Justice
Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha!
by Christopher Zumski FinkeMay 16, 2013
- In just six months, the “Land of Lakes” went from debating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, to legalizing it this week. One proud resident on celebrating change in one of our more politically quirky states.
Nerds, Jocks & Conscientious Objectors: The Hidden World of Israel’s High School War Resisters
by Sarah LazareMay 16, 2013
- High school's tough enough without having to face prison time for refusing to serve an occupation you know is wrong.
Housing Crisis on the Rez: Why Haul a Run-Down Shack from the Plains to DC?
by Mark Andrew BoyerMay 09, 2013
- Tribal leaders trucked the battered old home to Washington to show the nation’s leaders what the housing crisis on reservations looks like in person.
Boston Aftermath Shows a Nation Less—Not More—Afraid of Muslims
by Pramila JayapalMay 01, 2013
- Despite the horrific attacks and media slurs that followed the Boston bombing, the behavior of ordinary people and elected representatives shows improved tolerance of muslims and other immigrants.
Argentina Takes on Vulture Funds in "Debt Trial of the Century"
by Eric LeCompteApr 22, 2013
- For years, "vulture funds" have preyed on struggling nations by purchasing their debt for a pittance. Could an upcoming U.S. court decision put an end to the extortion of poor countries?
Houston’s Most Polluted Neighborhood Draws the Line at Alberta Tar Sands
by Kristin MoeApr 22, 2013
- If the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, 90 percent of the tar sands crude that flows through it will be processed near an embattled Houston neighborhood called Manchester. Residents are joining up to demand a healthier future.
Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?
by Frances Moore LappeApr 18, 2013
- Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.
Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage
by Amy B. DeanApr 11, 2013
- Before joining the Department of Labor, Mary Beth Maxwell was a top organizer for the workers’ rights organization Jobs With Justice. Here, she speaks with Amy Dean about the lives of workers who make minimum wage and why the time has come to raise it.
Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis
by Chris FrancisApr 09, 2013
- Leaders from many faiths are expecting better relations with the Vatican under Pope Francis. Here YES! speaks to some of them about why that is.
Me Too: A Letter to Steubenville’s Jane Doe
by Kim SimonApr 01, 2013
- After her essay on raising boys to respect women went viral, an incredible outpouring of support gave author Kim Simon the courage to tell the story she really wanted to share: how her own healing from rape came from knowing she wasn’t alone.
At Seattle Idle No More Event, A Mix of Ceremony and Protest
by Kristin HugoMar 27, 2013
- Saturday’s Idle No More event showed that a beach can be the perfect place for a protest when a movement is drawing attention to the relationship between people and water.
After Police Shooting of Teenager, A Brooklyn Neighborhood Dreams of Justice
by Kristin MoeMar 27, 2013
- On March 9, two NYPD officers in plain clothes shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. At the marches and nightly vigils held in his memory, people are demanding a different kind of police department.
Pope Francis: Good News for the Global South?
by Jim WallisMar 15, 2013
- The first pope chosen from outside Europe in a millennium lives in a small apartment, takes the bus, and calls out wealth inequality where he sees it. Can his vision change the Church?
Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence
by Katherine GustafsonMar 14, 2013
- A growing network of programs is teaching kids how to understand and express their emotions. Among their results: decreased aggression and violence.
Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph SolisMar 08, 2013
- Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.