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PEACE & JUSTICE

A fair world lays the foundations for peace.

Argentina Takes on Vulture Funds in "Debt Trial of the Century" Argentina Takes on Vulture Funds in "Debt Trial of the Century"
by Eric LeCompte
For years, "vulture funds" have preyed on struggling nations by purchasing their debt for a pittance. Could an upcoming U.S. court decision put an end to the extortion of poor countries?
Houston’s Most Polluted Neighborhood Draws the Line at Alberta Tar Sands Houston’s Most Polluted Neighborhood Draws the Line at Alberta Tar Sands
by Kristin Moe
If the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, 90 percent of the tar sands crude that flows through it will be processed near an embattled Houston neighborhood called Manchester. Residents are joining up to demand a healthier future.
Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence? Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?
by Frances Moore Lappé
Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.
Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage
by Amy B. Dean
Before joining the Department of Labor, Mary Beth Maxwell was a top organizer for the workers’ rights organization Jobs With Justice. Here, she speaks with Amy Dean about the lives of workers who make minimum wage and why the time has come to raise it.
Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis Why Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu Leaders Have High Hopes for Pope Francis
by Chris Francis
Leaders from many faiths are expecting better relations with the Vatican under Pope Francis. Here YES! speaks to some of them about why that is.
Me Too: A Letter to Steubenville’s Jane Doe Me Too: A Letter to Steubenville’s Jane Doe
by Kim Simon
After her essay on raising boys to respect women went viral, an incredible outpouring of support gave author Kim Simon the courage to tell the story she really wanted to share: how her own healing from rape came from knowing she wasn’t alone.
At Seattle Idle No More Event, A Mix of Ceremony and Protest At Seattle Idle No More Event, A Mix of Ceremony and Protest
by Kristin Hugo
Saturday’s Idle No More event showed that a beach can be the perfect place for a protest when a movement is drawing attention to the relationship between people and water.
After Police Shooting of Teenager, A Brooklyn Neighborhood Dreams of Justice After Police Shooting of Teenager, A Brooklyn Neighborhood Dreams of Justice
by Kristin Moe
On March 9, two NYPD officers in plain clothes shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. At the marches and nightly vigils held in his memory, people are demanding a different kind of police department.
Pope Francis: Good News for the Global South? Pope Francis: Good News for the Global South?
by Jim Wallis
The first pope chosen from outside Europe in a millennium lives in a small apartment, takes the bus, and calls out wealth inequality where he sees it. Can his vision change the Church?
Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence
by Katherine Gustafson
A growing network of programs is teaching kids how to understand and express their emotions. Among their results: decreased aggression and violence.
Where Did International Women’s Day Come From? Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph Solis
Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.
Film Offers Fresh Take on Racism in Obama’s America Film Offers Fresh Take on Racism in Obama’s America
by Valerie Schloredt
Cracking the Codes features stories of racism’s continuing effects told by those who experience it daily, and includes a teaching guide for those who want to address racial issues within groups and projects.
Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein speaks with writer, spoken-word artist, and indigenous academic Leanne Betasamosake Simpson about “extractivism,” why it’s important to talk about memories of the land, and what’s next for Idle No More.
Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants
by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
Review: More than half of the nation’s worst-paid jobs are related to food. Saru Jayaraman’s new book dives into the explosive movement for better rights for those who plant, process, and cook the food we eat.
MLK’s “Racism and the World House”: More Relevant than Ever MLK’s “Racism and the World House”: More Relevant than Ever
by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s thinking on racism pertained to all of world society, not just the United States. In this writing, he makes the case that racism is a “corrosive evil” that must be conquered before we can achieve peace.
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