Peace and Justice
When Communities Decide They’ve Had Enough Violence
by Rev. John DearMar 15, 2016
- The new Nonviolent Cities project asks us to go beyond calls to end violence and instead create a pervasive culture of nonviolence.
5 Prisons Improving Life on the Inside
by Marcus Harrison GreenMar 14, 2016
- From canine cellmates to computer training, prisons across the country are finding small ways to make life behind bars better for inmates.
Formerly Incarcerated Moms Fight for Reforms to Save Families
by Victoria LawMar 11, 2016
- Two-thirds of women behind bars are mothers of children under the age of 18, and even a short stint in jail can cause them to lose their jobs, housing, and kids. Here are four policies to help prevent that.
40,000 Former Convicts in Maryland Just Got New Voting Rights. Here’s How It Happened
by Lynsi BurtonMar 10, 2016
- Just in time for this year’s presidential primary, a new law in Maryland will allow former offenders on probation or parole the right to vote.
Video: The Complicated Language of Biracial Identity
by YES! StaffMar 09, 2016
- Filmmakers offer a glimpse into the “gray area” of being mixed race in America.
How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal
by Rucha ChitnisMar 08, 2016
- In the face of corporate domination, economic injustice, and climate change, movements led by women offer a revolutionary path.
As European Women Stream to ISIS, This Reformed Extremist Is Offering Them a Different Path
by Deepa BharathMar 07, 2016
- When Yasmin Mulbocus found no justice after being sexually abused, she was drawn to an Islamic extremist group she believed could protect her. Twenty years later, she’s trying to stop other women from making the same mistake.
Meet America’s New Election-Integrity Watchman
by Dave LevinthalMar 07, 2016
- From Internet voting to automatic registration, the chairman of the Election Assistance Commission discusses what it takes to ensure honest elections.
#Asians4BlackLives: How Multiracial Alliances Help End Discrimination
by Natasha VarnerMar 05, 2016
- Currents of racism between Japanese Americans and African Americans might be ebbing as groups like #Asians4BlackLives stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Are Candidates Exploiting the Families of Black Victims for Votes? Sandra Bland’s Mom Says “No”
by Tyree Boyd-PatesMar 04, 2016
- Black votes matter, but some question whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s endorsements from relatives of police brutality victims are appropriate.
The West Coast Is the World’s 5th Largest Economy. Can It Unite to Stop Big Oil?
by Arun GuptaMar 03, 2016
- From First Nations activism to innovative city initiatives, the West Coast is leading the fight against global warming even as many countries lag behind.
16 Courageous Women Standing Up to Violence
by Kristin WilliamsMar 02, 2016
- From Ukraine to Mexico, women across the world are finding creative ways to break cycles of violence in their communities.
This Syrian Band Played Its First European Gig in a Refugee Camp. Now It’s Going on Tour
by Rebecca CollardFeb 29, 2016
- When the members of Khebez Dawle fled Syria, they never expected they’d soon be playing sold out shows across Europe.
24 States Put Juvenile Offenders in Solitary, But Advocates Are Trying to Change That
by Marcus Harrison GreenFeb 29, 2016
- Studies show kids held in solitary confinement experience long-lasting psychological damage. Activists hope a wave of local and national policy changes means widespread reform is on the way.
How A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil
by Fran KortenFeb 26, 2016
- A port commission vote against a proposed $1.2 billion oil refinery in a Washington town proves that the people still have a voice.