Peace and Justice

How a White Supremacist Became a Civil Rights Activist
by Araz Hachadourian
The story of a KKK leader’s transformation shows us that we need not live forever with the kind of violence we saw in Charleston last week.
Watch Jon Stewart’s Moving Comments on Charleston Shooting and Racism in America‏
by Liz Pleasant
For once, Stewart had no jokes to offer.
The US Has Spent $14B on Community Policing—What Have We Learned So Far?
by Christopher Moraff
Gauging whether a community policing program has been successful ultimately depends on how you define success.
What I Learned From My Weeklong Obsession with Rachel Dolezal
by Liz Pleasant
Is Rachel Dolezal blacker than I am, or a misguided white woman in need of a reality check? I asked two black women—one who worked with Dolezal and another who is a leader in the #BlackLivesMatter movement—to weigh in.
Solar Panels Are Part of the Pope’s Revolution—But So Is Dismantling Structural Racism
by Anthony Giancatarino
The Pope is talking about a revolution that goes way beyond simply adding renewable energy to our current extractive economy.
Two Things White People Should Never Say
by Robert Jensen
“I’m not racist, but...” and other things to avoid saying when talking about race.
Can Money Help Shrink Jail Populations? The MacArthur Foundation Is Betting $75M on It
by Puck Lo
The grants will help jail systems develop a plan for eliminating “the overuse and misuse of jails.” But prisoner advocate Dan Berger says this doesn’t address larger issues like police bias and racism.
150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder's Role in the Sand Creek Massacre
by Ned Blackhawk
Under pressure from students and community members, Northwestern University and University of Denver take the first steps towards righting historic wrongs.
Is Populism Making a Comeback? What You Need to Know About Its History—And Its Future
by Fran Korten
The 19th century populists gave us co-ops and workers' rights. Here's how we can build on their work to solve 21st century problems.
Can America Heal After Ferguson? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter
by Fania Davis, Sarah van Gelder
South Africans surprised everyone by transitioning to a relatively peaceful post-apartheid society. Here’s what Americans can learn.
Ireland Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage
by Liz Pleasant
Ireland makes history by legalizing gay marriage—reminding people that change is possible.
His Ancestors Were Slave Traders and Hers Were Slaves. What They Learned About Healing from a Roadtrip
by Sharon Leslie Morgan, Thomas Norman DeWolf
We embarked upon a journey to test whether two people —could come to grips with deep, traumatic, historic wounds and find healing. We had no idea where we would end up.
Audio: Desmond Tutu and His Daughter Mpho On How the U.S. Can Heal From Racial Wounds
by Sarah van Gelder, Fania Davis, Miles Schneiderman
The father and daughter recently published The Book of Forgiving, a guide to help perpetrators and victims embrace their mutual humanity.
Chicago Just Became the First U.S. City to Pay Reparations to Victims of Police Torture
by Araz Hachadourian
For nearly 20 years, officers of the Chicago Police Department tortured more than 100 people. How survivors and their lawyers won a decades-long fight.
What If Your Hometown Became "America's Rape Capital"?
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Missoula has a problem—just like every college town in America. A sociologist weighs in on Jon Krakauer's new book about sexual assault at the University of Montana.