Peace and Justice
“Non-Indigenous Culture”: Implications of a Historical Anomaly
by Derek RasmussenJul 11, 2013
- Modern westerners often see indigenous people as weird or exotic. A look at history shows why they’re not the strange ones.
To Keep Kids Out of Trouble—And Prison—Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions
by Katherine GustafsonJul 02, 2013
- After teaching students to understand and talk through their conflicts, schools in Denver and Los Angeles have seen major reductions in disciplinary action.
A Caring Economy Requires Building Bridges—Not Burning Them
by Sally KohnJun 28, 2013
- Traditional organizing makes opponents into “enemies,” but a new crop of activists is using love and empathy to create new alliances and possibilities.
A Road Trip to Save El Salvador’s Water
by Robin Broad, John CavanaghJun 26, 2013
- A delegation of activists from 12 different countries on the fight to stop gold mining in Central America.
Supreme Court Ruling Is “Call to Action” on Voting Rights
by Katrina RabelerJun 25, 2013
- Civil rights advocates are calling the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder “a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act” and “a call to action.”
A Healing Walk through Canada’s Tar Sands Dystopia
by Clayton Thomas-MullerJun 06, 2013
- Cree organizer Clayton Thomas-Muller provides a deeply personal account of a ceremonial healing walk through the broken landscape of Canada’s tar sands. This year’s walk begins July 4.
Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who’s Leading a Revival—of “the Common Good”
by Sarah van GelderMay 30, 2013
- Pastor Jim Wallis has been arrested for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, builds bridges between polarized politicians, and pushes Christians to worry less about gay marriage and more about justice. And even better—there’s a whole new generation following his lead.
A Roadmap to a World Without Drone Proliferation?
by Ken ButiganMay 30, 2013
- It’s not too late to forge a drone-free future. International treaties have already helped ban landmines and nuclear weapons testing—and could mitigate drone warfare’s worst atrocities.
Meet the Rainforest-Dwelling Malaysian Farmers Fighting to Keep their Land above Water
by James TrimarcoMay 24, 2013
- The dams would cost $105 billion, flood an area twice the size of LA, and force the relocation of tens of thousands of indigenous people. Against all the odds, the local forest-dwelling people are coming together and organizing in a way that’s unheard of in this part of the world.
For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising
by Kristin MoeMay 23, 2013
- Idle No More is the latest incarnation of an age-old movement for life that doesn't depend on infinite extraction and growth. Now, armed with Twitter and Facebook, once-isolated groups from Canada to South America are exchanging resources and support like never before.
How a Radical Group of American Nuns Shook Up the Vatican to Better the World
by Valerie SchloredtMay 21, 2013
- “Band of Sisters” shows why a humble group of women fell under Vatican investigation for seeing the causes—not just the symptoms—of injustice.
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.