Peace and Justice

For Women, by Women: A Sisterhood of Carpenters Builds Tiny Houses for the Homeless
by Lornet Turnbull
A mostly female crew constructs a village of emergency shelters in north Seattle, and finds camaraderie along the way.
Aretha Franklin, “Queen of Soul” and Civil Rights Icon
by Leah Kardos
The legendary singer’s voice came to represent the emotion, frustration, and strength of the civil rights era.
I Stopped Playing the “Strong Black Woman”
by Shawn Ricks
We are paying for this myth we’ve bought into with our lives.
Why the Arrest of a Racist Police Chief Gave Me Hope
by Matthew Horace, Ron Harris
As a black man in law enforcement, I see a small but significant shift in attitude. Maybe we’re ready to get rid of dangerous police behaviors that do a disservice to all Americans.
Water Protectors Take Action to Keep Pipeline Out of Black and Indigenous Communities
by Jen Marlowe
An encampment of protesters in Louisiana is resisting the crude oil industry, whose environmental disasters disproportionately affect the poor and people of color.
The Surprising Links Between Your Mental Health and Everyone Else’s
by Travis Lupick
Why are anxiety and depression on the rise? Our environments have changed. Our food. Our stress. Our relationships—our “lost connections.”
How Native American Children Benefit From Trauma-Informed Schools
by Tanya H. Lee
Students in these communities are disproportionately affected by trauma. When they act out, adults with training ask, “Is there anything I can do to help you?” rather than “Why are you acting this way?”
A Conservative Town Embraces Its Immigrants, Documented or Undocumented
by James Fallows, Deborah Fallows
Once famous for gunslingers and cowboys, Dodge City, Kansas, relies on its Hispanic population—and not just for economic survival.
What Wildfires Do to Our Minds
by Dani Burlison
A Northern California community offers mental health first aid to survivors of devastating fires.
Lawyers Turn to Activism as Civil Liberties Come Under Attack
by Lornet Turnbull
A new generation of social justice attorneys has risen to defend against the hard-line policies of the Trump administration, from immigration and abortion access to voting and gender rights.
“I Have No Need of an Enemy”
by Troy Chapman
A prisoner’s story of finding a third way—of finding meaning, truth, hope, and wholeness.
The College Mental Health Crisis in 10 Sketches
by Krista Karlson
As schools respond to the 30 percent increase in demand for counseling, artist Ella Baron gives a glimpse inside some students’ experiences.
Black Pride Gives Queer People of Color a Place to Honor Their Identity
by Khaaliq Crowder
LGBTQ celebrations all over the U.S. recognize the interests of those who haven’t found a place within the mainstream community.
A Community of Slave Descendants Is Protecting Unique Food Traditions from Rising Seas
by Shoshi Parks
One chef is raising the profile of Gullah/Geechee cuisine to help maintain the Nation’s cultural identity.
Resisting the Power Structures That Keep Colonialism Alive
by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
We must look at the roots of capitalism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and anti-Blackness to leave settler colonialism in the past.