Peace and Justice

5 Times Orange Is the New Black Gets It Right on Prisoner Rights
by Yessenia Funes
Out of the ashes of burning Cheetos, the new season offers lessons in democracy, compassion, and humanity.
Judge’s Ruling on Standing Rock a Second Chance for Justice
by Mark Trahant
The federal court decision could start a new chapter in the DAPL saga, beginning with dropping prosecution of water protectors.
We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide
by David Korten
Forget the GDP, it’s time for our leaders to pay attention to metrics that matter.
How Photography Shapes Our View of Native Americans
by Jacqueline Keeler
Using an early photographic process, one photographer hopes to draw a line connecting what happened to the Dakota people in Mankato, Minnesota, 155 years ago and what is happening today to the Dakota/Lakota standing up to a $3.7 billion crude oil pipeline.
Philadelphia’s Alternative to Gentrification Spreads Opportunity to All Corners
by Jay Walljasper
Stark boundaries—rich vs. poor, black and brown vs. white—begin to break down as people share parks, trails, libraries, nature centers, and other gathering places.
Zoot Suits: A Fashion Movement that Sparked Mexican American Resistance
by Angela Fichter
This June marks the 74th anniversary of the Zoot Suit Riots, a series of weeklong race riots that swept Los Angeles in the summer of 1943. The spirit lives on today.
Robert Reich: Don’t Slow Down on Impeachment
by Robert Reich
The three previous presidential impeachment inquiries rested on less evidence of obstruction of justice than is already publicly known about Trump.
What Democracy Looks Like When You Have to Disagree With Your Neighbors
by Shannon Hayes
As much as I dislike and distrust our current national administration, I also deeply value community harmony.
Why We Are Driven to Search for the Truth
by Robert Jensen
It’s something we struggle to see more clearly, to realize day to day, to make more real in our lives. And that’s always messy business.
As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience
by Sarah van Gelder
In Norway, a high-tech seed vault flooded from melting permafrost. In Montana, locals keep their seeds in the library.
In One of the Nation’s Most Conservative Places, A Sanctuary City
by Josué Rivas
Advocates in Santa Ana mobilize to educate, assist, protect, and inspire undocumented residents.
Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods
by J. Gabriel Ware
Forced assimilation destroyed most nations’ diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives.
Stop Making Excuses for Hateful White Men
by Zenobia Jeffries
Why is mental illness the go-to line for white men who commit acts of terrorism against people of color?
Meet the People Whose Job Is Checking Facts
by J. Gabriel Ware
We’ve got enough political commentators. We need more fact checkers.
Enough! Trump Has Abdicated on Climate—Now It’s Up to Us
by Mark Trahant
I’ll start with myself. And every time I give up something to reduce carbon emissions, I’ll smile and think of President Trump.