Peace and Justice

States Reconsider the Death Penalty
by Richard Dieter
New reports find that, while the death penalty drains money from state budgets, police chiefs don't consider it effective in deterring crime.
8 Years of War—And What Do We Get?
by Jo Comerford
The skyrocketing costs and casualties of the war in Afghanistan should make us re-evaluate our national priorities and broaden our definition of security.
Reconsider Columbus Day
Does honoring Christopher Columbus with a federal holiday perpetuate a philosophy of racism and domination? A video sponsored by the United Confederation of Taino People, International Indian Treaty Council, and Rethinking Schools says that it does.
Nobel Committee, Strategic as Ever, Taps Obama for Peace Prize
by Robert Naiman
In giving this award, the Committee is saying to the U.S.: "Showing signs of significant improvement. Keep up the good work."
How to Exit Afghanistan
by Erik Leaver
An exit strategy is the best way to support Afghanistan's long-term prospects for peace and prosperity.
Toward a Nuclear-Free Future
by Joseph Cirincione
In his speech to the U.N., Obama made the case for nuclear disarmament.
Costa Rica Creates Department of Peace
by Susie Shutts
Former justice ministry will now focus on promoting peace and conflict resolution.
Rethinking Schools
by Jing Fong
Like YES! Magazine, Rethinking Schools strives to be both visionary and practical. We are delighted to share three of many lesson plans from Rethinking Schools that get to the heart of a real-world education.
Let's Think Peace
Huong, an artist, peace activist, and former refugee who fled her native Vietnam in 1975, has painted her visions of war and peace for more than three decades.
When the Prisoners Ran Walpole
by Carol Estes
Carol Estes reviews Jamie Bissonette's account of a true story in the movement for prison abolition
People We Love: Heng Monychenda
by Lynsi Burton
Peaceful approach in rural Cambodia
People We Love: Valerie Fast Horse
by Heather Purser
Bringing technology to tribes
Native Recipe for Health
by Gabriel Thompson
The Tohono O’odham Nation tackles diabetes with a return to desert foods.
Weapons of Mass Democracy
by Stephen Zunes
Here’s evidence that nonviolence is the most powerful tool to promote democracy and overthrow tyranny.
Youths Face the Holocaust
by Lynsi Burton
Facing History connects students to people who have witnessed injustice, like artist and Holocaust survivor Ava Kadishson Schieber.