Peace and Justice

Half of All Indigenous Languages Are Disappearing. Inside the Rush to Save Them
by Tristan Ahtone
Of 194 languages remaining in North America, nearly 63 percent are spoken only by adults or elders. That’s why children's television programming is key.
Why Would Police Arrest a Woman for Biking to Work?
by YES! Staff
Overwhelmed by the expenses of driving, this single mom became a bike commuter so she could keep her job and support her family. Then things got weird.
We Never Voted for Corporate Rule
by David Korten
The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty.
Another Victory for Workers in Seattle—This Time It’s Their Schedules
by Melissa Hellmann
Thanks to an ordinance passed last month, service and retail workers will finally get reasonable shift schedules, along with their $15-an-hour minimum wage.
What? Army Corps Suddenly Decides Coal Trains Won’t Harm Salmon-Filled Columbia River
by Mark Trahant
The next Standing Rock is the Longview Millennium coal export facility. Water protectors know coal dust is like a pipeline accident that happens daily.
Trump’s Fake Critique of Trade Deals Leaves Out Workers
by Jonathan Rosenblum
We must build a movement for trade justice that rejects both Trump’s opportunism and the long-standing neoliberalism of the major political parties.
How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors
by Sarah van Gelder
Four reasons communities all over the country are winning against the powerful and extremely wealthy fossil fuel industry.
“I Work Like an Independent Worker, and I Feel Happy”
by Sylvia A. Harvey
What today’s workers can learn from day laborers and domestic workers about job security, health benefits, and retirement.
Divest From Prisons, Invest in People—What Justice for Black Lives Really Looks Like
by Liza Bayless
Instead of addressing the roots of drug addiction, mental illness, and poverty, we’ve come to accept policing and incarceration as catch-all solutions. It’s time for a change.
In Alaska, Indigenous Voices Raised in the Struggle Between Life and Oil
by Stephen Miller
For years, Congress has been pressed to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Will today’s Indigenous-led climate movements finally seal the deal?
The Secret Strength of Standing Rock
by Michael J. Dax
Natives and non-Native water protectors have found room in this movement for their passions, from traditional wisdom to direct action against fossil fuels.
Why I Dropped Everything to Head to Standing Rock
by Paula Schmidt
After industry and greed destroyed my life in northern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale fracking country, I knew I needed to stand with the water protectors.
Why “Diversity” Is Nearly Meaningless
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Author Jeff Chang talks about Trumpism, Whiteness, and cultural equity in his new book, “We Gon’ Be Alright.”
Why We Are Singing for Water—In Front of Men With Guns and Surveillance Helicopters
by Linda Hogan
We were water beings from the beginning. The river was our Grandmother and supplied everything we needed to survive.
The School That Put Local, Healthy, and Homemade on the Lunch Menu
by Kaylee Domzalski
When the school district pulled out, parents at a Eugene, Ore., charter school stepped in to reinvent how lunch is done.