Peace and Justice

Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom
by Melissa Hellmann
Students learn about the front lines of global warming and how to be climate activists.
Monet Wins Tobenkin Award for Standing Rock Coverage
by YES! staff
“At their heart, her stories were about the religious freedom, sovereignty, and human rights sought by Indigenous people everywhere.”
Wildfires Are Essential: The Forest Service Embraces a Tribal Tradition
by Nathan Gilles
The Karuk were once denied the right to practice an ancient tradition. Now scientific and resource management circles are seeing the merits of controlled burning.
Incarcerating US: The Failings of America’s Prison System
by Kim Eckart
The documentary dates the problem to the war on drugs and the establishment of mandatory minimum sentences.
Seattle Is Sixth Local Government to Sue Trump Over Threats to Sanctuary Cities
by James Trimarco
“Sanctuary policies are legal, and Trump’s executive order is not.”
Photo Essay: These Sculptures Tell the Story of the First Japanese Americans Sent to Camps
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
The memorial wall is 276 feet long—one foot for every Japanese person who lived on Bainbridge Island in 1942.
How a Faculty Fast Pushed a University to Finally Denounce Trump’s Travel Ban
by Will Meyer
In South Carolina, a university president’s middle-of-the-road response to the executive order sparked a string of campuswide resistance efforts to protect the rights of international students.
Rosie the Riveter for the 21st Century: You Dreamed, We Drew
by Jennifer Luxton
Readers submitted their ideas for updating the classic icon. See the winning poster ideas—and download your favorites.
The West Coast Will Determine the Fate of the Fossil Fuel Industry
by Arun Gupta
All along the Pacific Coast, environmentalists are gearing up for an epic fight.
Ethnic Studies Courses Break Down Barriers and Benefit Everyone—So Why the Resistance?
by J. Gabriel Ware
As cities incorporate curricula that deconstruct stereotypes and negative assumptions about race, advocates say everyone wins. Others argue they just promote resentment.
The Superrich Have Profited From a Broken System—And Their Money Alone Won’t Fix It
by David Korten
Giving back requires humility. It will be a true test of learning new skills.
Make-or-Break Moment for Health Care as GOP Scrambles for 216 Votes
by Mark Trahant
Trump has gone to Congress to make his case for Paul Ryan’s plan, but polls show the Affordable Care Act is still more popular.
How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence
by Yana Kunichoff, Sarah Macaraeg
The ordinance provides a meaningful model for creating reparations at the local level.
What Grace Lee Boggs Would’ve Taught Activists in This Moment
by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
Three principles to help you avoid burnout and continue working toward a better world.
Minnesota Churches Face Tough Questions in Offering Sanctuary to Immigrants
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For these churches, giving protection to immigrants is no longer a matter of if, but when. And what will happen if ICE comes to their doors?