Peace and Justice

To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van Gelder
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 Honig
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 Bennis
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.
Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California’s Carbon?
by Jeff Conant
A California proposal would offset the state’s climate-altering emissions by paying for forest conservation in Chiapas. Could there be unintended consequences in a region with a history of human rights abuse and land grabs?
Book Review: Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave
by Rebecca Leisher
Native American poet Joy Harjo declares, "I was not brave." But her memoir is a gift that urges us to enlist our own crazy bravery to step through the doorways in our lives.
Winona LaDuke: Why I’m Voting for Obama
by Winona LaDuke
First Nations author and activist Winona LaDuke ran for vice president twice on the Green Party ticket. Here’s why she’s supporting Barack Obama this time around.
People We Love: Somaly Mam
Cambodian sex trafficking survivor Somaly Mam rescues girls from brothels—and offers them a second life.
Rapper 2 Chainz: Ex-Felons Can Get Their Voting Rights Back
One the biggest voting myths is that those with felonies on their record have lost the right to vote forever. Here’s how you can get re-enfranchised.
Traditional Foods Help Remind Us Who We Are
by Kim Eckart
Tribes are pursuing a hands-on approach to finding and preparing Native foods that give spiritual sustenance, too.
The Hazards of Manhood
by Michael Schwalbe
Am I tough enough? Am I powerful enough? Men put their bodies at risk to cover up pain, fear, and vulnerability.
Photo Essay: Israelis and Palestinians Join Up to Rebuild Homes
by Ben Guss
Volunteers from both the Jewish and Arab sides of the conflict join forces to rebuild homes demolished by the Israeli government.
Alberta Tar Sands Illegal under Treaty 8, First Nations Charge
by Kristin Moe
In 1899, First Nations in northern Alberta signed a treaty with Queen Victoria that enshrined their right to practice traditional lifeways. Today, it’s the basis for a legal challenge to Shell Oil’s mining of tar sands.
Farmers, Workers, Consumers, Unite! New Visions in Food Justice
by Yvonne Yen Liu
How do we make sure that our food contributes to the health of our communities and ecosystems?
Meet the Crawfish-Peeling Guestworkers Who Inspired Walmart Walkouts
by Cecilia Garza
How a few courageous workers in small-town Louisiana sparked nationwide actions demanding better wages and working conditions for those who pick, pack, stock, and sell the mega-retailer’s products.
Julie Erfle: Unlikely Advocate for Immigration Reform
Instead of turning against undocumented immigrants after her husband's killing, this journalist chose to work for positive policy reform.