Peace and Justice
9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013
by Sarah van GelderJan 02, 2013
- 2012 was a year of superstorms, mass shootings, debt strikes, and the most spendy election ever. Here’s how last year’s most important stories will shape 2013.
Emmonak: A Modern-Day Eskimo Town Fights for Subsistence
Dec 29, 2012
- Emmonak is a Yup'ik Eskimo town on the western coast of Alaska where families are struggling to maintain the subsistence lifestyle of their ancestors.
4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook
by Jeremy Adam SmithDec 21, 2012
- Following the heartbreak in Newtown, many Americans find themselves wondering—are people just horrible? Jeremy Adam Smith on why compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are everywhere, even in tragedy.
In Wake of Factory Fire, U.S. Labor Groups Attempt Blockade of Walmart Imports
by Olivia RosaneDec 20, 2012
- A fire that killed 112 workers in a Bangladeshi factory that supplies goods to Walmart has inspired the next wave of actions demanding justice for workers along the company’s supply chain.
“You Are Safe With Us”: How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of War
by Greg BarrettDec 19, 2012
- In 2003, Iraqi townspeople, having just lost their hospital in U.S. air strikes, saved the lives of three wounded U.S. peacemakers. Seven years later, the Americans returned—to thank them.
Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones?
by Stuart GlascockDec 18, 2012
- Book Review: Killing by remote control is no game, peace activist Medea Benjamin argues in “Drone Warfare.” We know that drones kill civilians and inflame hatred against the United States—but can we stop them?
Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings
by Sarah van GelderDec 12, 2012
- This weekend, the S’Klallam tribe made the historic Heronswood botanical gardens available free of charge to gay and lesbian couples who wanted to get married on the first day it was legal.
Detroiters Question “World’s Largest Urban Farm”
by James TrimarcoDec 11, 2012
- To many Detroit residents—and especially to its established urban gardeners—the approval of a large-scale urban farm raises serious questions about the future of food and land in the city.
Pete Seeger: “You Stick Together ’Til It’s Won”
by Kim RuehlDec 04, 2012
- Book Review: Gleaned from letters, essays, and articles, “Pete Seeger: In His Own Words” reveals how the celebrated folk singer has considered, at every turn, what it means to sing out in a world where the din of injustice is deafening.
Ontario First Nation Wins Cleaner Forest after 10 Years of Logging Blockade
by Anna WillowDec 03, 2012
- On December 3, 2002, members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation blockaded the road used to haul logs out of the area. Ten years later, their persistence has paid off in the form of cleaner water and a healthier forest in which to live.
How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate
by Marisa FrancoNov 30, 2012
- This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy.
Can U.S. Citizens End Israel’s Legal Impunity?
by Stephen ZunesNov 20, 2012
- Each time international law has attempted to censure Israel for its recent violations of human rights, the United States has stepped in to stop the process. If anyone is in a position to do something about this, it’s the U.S. public.
To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van GelderNov 19, 2012
- It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
Why U.S. Attorneys and FBI Brass Support Washington’s Marijuana Law
by Mark Cooke, Doug HonigNov 16, 2012
- The state of Washington is expecting to generate more than $2 billion every five years from taxation of legal marijuana sales to adults. And that's not counting the savings from no longer arresting people for possession.
In Gaza Airstrikes, an Appeal to Netanyahu’s Hardliners
by Phyllis BennisNov 14, 2012
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that this morning's airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza came in response to rocket attacks. The real reason may have more to do with his damaged political reputation at home.