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PEACE & JUSTICE

A fair world lays the foundations for peace.

From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence From the Culture of Aloha, a Path Out of Gun Violence
by Poka Laenui
Beneath mainstream culture runs a current of domination, individualism, and exclusion that is harming our children. We assume this is normal—but is it really?
Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us
by Sarah van Gelder
When a new law paved the way for tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel development on native lands, four women swore to be “idle no more.” The idea took off.
Only the People of the United States Can End Israel’s Occupation Only the People of the United States Can End Israel’s Occupation
by Stephen Zunes
Many progressives breathed a sigh of relief when last month’s Israeli elections set the stage for a centrist coalition and not a far-right one. Yet peace will remain out of reach until the American people pressure the Obama Administration to end Israeli impunity.
Pathway to Progress in Israel Runs through International Law, Local and Global Action Pathway to Progress in Israel Runs through International Law, Local and Global Action
by Phyllis Bennis
While Israel moved away from the far right in last month’s elections, the new coalition is unlikely to alter the occupation. But change may come from divestment campaigns, the new U.N recognition of Palestinian statehood, and in the Israeli and Palestinian campaigns of nonviolent resistance.
Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights Rosa Parks, Champion for Human Rights
by Grace Lee Boggs, Alice B. Jennings
On Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, she’s broadly celebrated and even has a stamp bearing her image. But her radical life story is too often left untold.
Why I Returned My Queen Elizabeth Medal of Honor Why I Returned My Queen Elizabeth Medal of Honor
by Maude Barlow
A letter to Canada’s Governor General explains why Maude Barlow–together with Idle No More–are speaking out against the country’s new environmental rules.
Bringing (Human) Diversity to America’s National Parks Bringing (Human) Diversity to America’s National Parks
by YES! Online Staff
Video: Take a journey to Yosemite National Park with the Amazing Grace 50+ Club, a Los Angeles-based church group that strives to bring more people of color to our national parks.
Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence
by Rev. Jacqui Lewis
Twenty-two times more children have been killed by guns since 1979 than military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. Rev. Jacqui Lewis on why all of us—from clergy to factory workers—must not be too sad, too busy, or too afraid to say, enough.
Eleanor: The Radical Roosevelt Eleanor: The Radical Roosevelt
by Peter Dreier
Hollywood just can’t seem to tell the truth about Eleanor Roosevelt, who was a fierce defender of human rights. Historian Peter Dreier steps in to set the record straight.
Vandana Shiva: Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women Vandana Shiva: Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women
by Vandana Shiva
There is a connection between the growth of unjust economic policies and the intensification of crimes against women. The Delhi gang rape has triggered a revolution—one that we must sustain.
Ta’Kaiya Blaney on First Nations: “We’re Awake and We’re Standing Up” Ta’Kaiya Blaney on First Nations: “We’re Awake and We’re Standing Up”
Video: She’s only 11 years old, but she’s already been working for environmental justice for a few years now. Here, she addresses the crowd at an Idle No More event in British Columbia.
Indigenous Women Take the Lead in Idle No More  Indigenous Women Take the Lead in Idle No More
by Kristin Moe
Motivated by ancient traditions of female leadership as well as their need for improved legal rights, First Nations women are stepping to the forefront of the Idle No More movement.
“Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side “Flash Mob Prayer Circle” Shows Idle No More’s Spiritual Side
by James Trimarco
Speakers at an Idle No More event in Seattle drew comparisons between spiritual and political struggles, making the movement seem closer to Civil Rights than Occupy.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Let’s Take a Stand for Domestic Workers Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Let’s Take a Stand for Domestic Workers
by Tiffany Williams
150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, it's time to recognize domestic labor as real work that should be protected.
Welcome to Blockadia! Welcome to Blockadia!
by Melanie Jae Martin, Jesse Fruhwirth
The corporate push to construct tar-sands pipelines is transforming the environmental movement across North America by increasing the involvement of local residents and normalizing the use of direct action.
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