“Insights for Effective Grassroots Organizing”

July 31, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

NONE of the positive changes that have improved our nation’s political or social lives were gifts from Congress or big business.  Women’s right to vote, labor unions, environmental laws, civil rights advances for many kinds of people, and many other accomplishments were won ONLY because of smart, courageous nonviolent grassroots organizing. The August 2019 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV program will help you become more effective in working for the political, economic and social changes you want to see. This month’s interview features three experienced grassroots organizers — Holly Gwinn Graham, Bob Zeigler, and Glen Anderson – sharing insights […]

Few Americans know Constitution prohibits religious litmus tests for officeholders.

July 31, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Pew Research Center released survey results on a religious literacy poll which found that only 27% of Americans surveyed knew that the Constitution prohibits any religious litmus tests for officeholders.  The article I have linked below came from a great non-profit organization that vigorously protects the separation of church and state.  I enjoy reading materials from — and financially supporting — Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (www.au.org). SEE THIS ARTICLE: https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/study-says-americans-have-a-few-things-to-learn-about-non-christian-faiths?utm_source=blogdigest&utm_medium=email        

Democratic Party FAILS TO CHALLENGE Trump’s foreign policy!

July 31, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Many times every day now I receive e-mails from various parts of the Democratic Party asking me to donate money.  Their opening request invites me to choose my favorite presidential candidates — and sometimes to identify the issues that I care about the most. They list many DOMESTIC issues (jobs, gay rights, college debt, etc.), but ALMOST NEVER ASK ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY or the federal budget’s domination by military spending or the U.S.’s perpetual violations of human rights around the world. This implies that THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS WILLING TO GO ALONG WITH TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY! A few of these […]

Groups working to reduce gun violence ALWAYS NEGLECT to oppose war and military violence, which set the tone for gun violence within the U.S.

July 30, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Just now I responded to an e-mail survey sent out by a prominent nationwide non-profit org that works to reduce gun violence throughout the U.S. They asked what their top priority should be. I said they should work to stop all of the U.S.’s war’ and de-militarize our foreign policy. I told them that the U.S.’s addiction to war and military violence create a culture that assumes shooting people is a good way to solve problems. The U.S.’s persistent militarism sets the tone for gun violence within the U.S. This really is “the elephant in the room” that the anti-gun […]

Car owners must carry liability insurance. Why not require gun owners to do that?

July 30, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Conservatives and many other people trust the “free market” to guide people’s behavior in the right direction. Laws require car owners to carry liability insurance, because if they handle their car badly or an “accident” occurs some person or property is likely to hurt.  Liability insurance pays for that.  People with bad driving records (many violations, DWIs or accidents) must pay more, according to our “free market” insurance companies, which charge bad drivers more money for their car insurance. Why not require gun owners to do what car owners must do?  Then the “free market” insurance companies would charge higher […]

More news on death penalty — and a PETITION YOU CAN SIGN to abolish it

July 30, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Despite Faulty Drugs & Racist Implementation, Trump Is Bringing Back the Federal Death Penalty:  The radio broadcast and website “Democracy Now!” reported this news and information on July 29, 2019:  https://www.democracynow.org/2019/7/26/trump_administration_federal_death_penalty_announcement?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=9399cc86c2-Daily_Digest_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-9399cc86c2-191704661     For more information on Attorney General William Barr’s promotion of federal death penalty, see the second news item in this collection of news items.  The death penalty article includes some links for additional information.  https://www.truthdig.com/articles/barr-injects-death-penalty-into-the-2020-race/     California’s vigorous non-profit org working to abolish the death penalty is called Death Penalty Focus (www.deathpenalty.org).  On July 29, 2019, they reported that even though California’s Governor imposed a moratorium […]

Climate remedies: Plant billions of trees. Switch to “regenerative agriculture.”

July 30, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Interesting ideas worth considering seriously in order to reverse climate damage:   A new study reports that PLANTING BILLIONS OF TREES would be the best available climate remedy we can take right now.  READ THIS:  https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change-planting-trees-2639092782.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=80a31844fa-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-80a31844fa-85369701   This article explains how “regenerative agriculture” would be good for the climate:  https://www.ecowatch.com/regenerative-agriculture-2639054637.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=80a31844fa-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-80a31844fa-85369701    

New info says we have ONLY 18 MONTHS to fix the climate, not 12 years

July 30, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Scientists tend to express their findings in conservative ways, limited by what they are really confident about. Scientists have been saying we need to fix the climate within 12 years. Now there is strong evidence that we must make serious progress in the next 18 months. See this article: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48964736?fbclid=IwAR1-mecfSkoM-sSTn5DDNzcg8RyQIS1BYNVQcwFyZN5Cqv1oWSiS9NPEumU

Trump’s Atty. Gen. Barr revives federal death penalty and will start executing people again

July 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

On July 25, 2019, this bad news came out.   Brand New Congress (www.brandnewcongress.org) reported this: Earlier today, Attorney General William Barr ordered the reinstatement of the federal death penalty for the first time in 16 years. Only 3 federal executions have taken place since 1988. Despite this, the Trump Administration has authorized executions may take place as early as December of 2019. The death penalty is an inhumane practice. It doesn’t deter. It doesn’t rehabilitate. It isn’t moral. It only punishes. It’s time for America to ban legalized murder.  … We have watched this Administration openly peddle in racism […]

Trump is INCOMPETENT. He can only barely read. He cannot think clearly.

July 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Trump was born into a rich family, so he relied on his inherited wealth instead of developing his own knowledge or skills.  Instead, he became a spoiled brat and a bully who picked on people he perceived as weaker than himself.  He focused on self-promotion and creating the fictitious image that he was a smart businessman (even though he used his daddy’s money and went bankrupt many times).  Trump became a con artist — a flimflam man — who defrauded people, refused to pay people who worked for him, etc., etc. Other posts on this part of my blog provide […]

Supreme Court rejected Trump’s census question — and after wanting to add it anyway he finally he gave up

July 19, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

I have been tracking the news of the deliberately racist, anti-immigrant, and highly partisan question about citizenship that Trump has been pushing hard to include in the 2020 census.  I have posted updates several times to my blog’s section on IMMIGRANTS (http://parallaxperspectives.org/category/immigrants-and-refugees).  See those previous posts for background on the controversy and why Trump’s citizenship question is such a horrible idea. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court explicitly rejected it and exposed the Trump regime’s blatant lies, Trump wanted to find some way to add it anyway, but he could not.  He even considered delaying the 2020 census (despite the […]

MORE good news: House Votes to Defund TWO New Nuclear Weapons Programs

July 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Contrary to the “conventional wisdom” that nuclear weapons protect us, they actually ENDANGER us.  Nuclear weapons THREATEN our national security and the security of everyone else on Planet Earth. Just now I posted to my blog the GOOD NEWS that the House has refused to spend money for a reckless new nuclear weapon.  Now THIS blog post reports on a second one that the House has refused to fund. This information came in late June 2019 from a different source, the Arms Control Association (www.armscontrol.org), a long-standing and well-respected organization working to limit nuclear weapons: House Votes to Defund Two […]

GOOD NEWS: U.S. House votes to stop new nuclear weapons in Trump’s budget

July 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

On June 25, 2019, the national office of Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.psr.org) announced this good news: U.S. House votes to stop new nuclear weapons in Trump’s budget The so-called “low-yield” nuclear weapon (W76-2) would NOT be a step toward peace, but rather a nuclear weapon that a president and the Pentagon would consider more “usable” and therefore more likely to be used. Realistic people recognized that if this “usable” nuclear weapon were used, it would rapidly escalate into an all-out nuclear war. Therefore, the peace movement and other reasonable people have been opposing it. Now the U.S. House has […]