No Justice, No Peace: Engaging The Black Lives Matter Movement


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“No justice, no peace” is a slogan that appears in the many protests organized recently by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement for racial justice, arguably the largest and most diverse mass movement for social justice in U.S. history. In peace studies, we know that positive sustainable peace depends on overcoming conditions of structural violence that oppress marginalized communities and impede the ability of people to live fulfilling lives of dignity. The work of justice is linked to the work of peace.

New posts in the September 2020 issue of Peace Policy:

Sociology and peace studies professor Ann Mische examines the challenge of turning protest into policy while avoiding the risk of cooptation and remaining true to the liberatory vision of the movement. More »

Sociology Ph.D. student and South Bend BLM organizer Emmanuel Cannady discusses the current strategies for sustaining movement momentum and achieving meaningful change. More »

Recent Keough School Master of Global Affairs graduate Helina Haile reviews the innovative work of the Chicago Torture Justice Center and the role of trauma healing in restoring the health of individuals and communities while also addressing structural injustices and building Black power. More »   

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