GOOD NEWS! Anti-nuke group in Tennessee won their lawsuit against their nearby bomb plant!

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

This is a HUGE surprise of GOOD NEWS from the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA)! For many years I have been reading OREPA’s newsletters and financially supporting their non-profit org in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They have been opposing a major expansion of the nearby nuclear weapons manufacturing plant. The federal government’s plans for the plant were horribly reckless in many, many ways (including serious seismic dangers, which would be bad for a nuclear weapons manufacturing plant) – and horribly expensive. In September 2019 OREPA won their lawsuit against the nuclear weapons plant! See more information at www.orepa.org     […]

Local people’s priorities for the federal budget are the OPPOSITE of Congress’s.

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Twice in late summer 2019 the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons organized and staffed information booths at public events (Olympia’s Harbor Days from Fri. Aug. 30 to Sun. Sept. 1, and Olympia’s International Peace Day event on Sat. Sept. 21). I labeled six jars with different possible uses for our federal budget.  Our volunteers handed each visitor to our booth a stack of ten pennies and invited them to put the pennies into the various jars to show how the visitor would choose to spend the federal budget. The results (listed below) were similar for both events, except “Environment […]

If Democrats nominate Biden or another neoliberal “centrist,” Trump could win in 2020.

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Voters in 2016 were angry at the status quo, and they wanted Bernie Sanders, but the institutional Democratic Party manipulated things in order to cram Hillary Clinton down our throats instead.  Hillary thought the status quo was OK with just a little tinkering around the edges, and her “centrism” failed to inspire voters.  Voters voted for a radical non-politician named Trump and hoped for the best. Now the institutional Democratic Party is repeating their same mistake by opposing the true progressives (Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) and trying to push Joe Biden or another “centrist” down our throats. 2020 will […]

Sign up now for 6 practical workshops in Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

For EVERY issue you care about (peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, etc.), the REAL SOLUTIONS will come when people organize nonviolently and strategically at the grassroots. ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can STRENGTHEN OUR SKILLS and add resources to our “toolboxes” so we can make more progress in working on our issues. I am offering my excellent series of SIX PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing to occur from mid-October to late November 2019 in the Olympia WA area — and perhaps also in other locations. Six consecutive Saturday […]

Protect the 99.8%. Increase taxes on the 0.2%. Tell Congress to act now.

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Trump and Republicans LIED when they said their December 2017 tax cuts for big business and extremely rich people would be good for the rest of us.  INSTEAD, WE NEED TO REPEAL THAT — and RAISE TAXES on the very richest 0.2% of the population in order to help the 99.8% of us who are not extremely rich. On September 23, 2019, Americans for Tax Fairness (www.americansfortaxfairness.org) sent an e-mail urging us to urge our members of Congress to sign on and co-sponsor new legislation to promote economic justice.  I am quoting some parts of their e-mail and summarizing some […]

“Replace Negativity and Centrism with Bold Progress.”

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

A great many issues are important, but neither of the two big political parties is doing nearly enough to solve these problems.  While voting has some value, the most progress in solving problems will occur when ordinary people organize nonviolently, strategically, and vigorously from the grassroots. The article I am attaching below fleshes this out briefly.  For more information, see resources I’ve posted to this blog’s “Organizing” category. During 2019 The Olympian is publishing five op-eds that I am writing.  The one at this link was published in the newspaper on Fri. Sept. 27, 2019: BOC — 2019.09.19 — FINAL […]

Trump is PSYCHIATRICALLY DISABLED in ways that make him EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Even before the 2016 election many people were recognizing that Trump had serious psychological problems.  Since then a growing number of psychologists and psychiatrists have been alerting us that Trump’s psychiatric problems have been getting more serious and now are a very serious threat to the U.S. and to the entire world. His utter incompetence has caused him to fail in many, many ways.  When people fail to follow his reckless and ridiculous orders — and when people push back against his dictatorial behaviors — he feels personally “cornered” and his psychiatric problems worsen, so he escalates his dangerous behaviors. […]

More insights and encouragement to PUSH CONGRESS TO IMPEACH PROMPTLY AND THOROUGHLY

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

This article explains what happened behind the scenes that caused Pelosi and other negligent Democrats to finally agree to start impeaching Trump: https://theintercept.com/2019/09/24/impeachment-inquiry-donald-trump-nancy-pelosi/   But there is MUCH MORE we need to know about the huge gap between Congress members’ public positions and what they really think — and about the huge gap between Democrats’ partisan political calculations and the hard realities of Trump’s absolutely horrible impeachable offenses!   Nixon won a landslide re-election in Nov. 1972. But less than 2 years later (Aug. 1974) he was forced to resign. When Nixon’s impeachment hearings began to reveal powerful evidence, the […]

Fact Sheet: 2017 U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In 2017 the United Nations General Assembly OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED an international treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.  Now about two dozen nations have ratified it, and we must encourage more to ratify it.  It will go into effect when FIFTY nations have ratified it. The U.S. and the 8 other nuclear nations opposed it, of course, and the rest of the world is angry with us for our arrogance. Read this fact sheet about the U.N. treaty, and do everything you can to support its ratification by the U.S. and other nations:          eng_-_factsheet_-_2017_treaty_on_the_prohibition_of_nuclear_weapons(1)      

Pelosi GIVES TRUMP A FREE RIDE on everything except Ukraine. Urge her to investigate MANY, MANY impeachable offenses!!!

September 27, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

For 2 1/2 years Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, has refused to impeach Trump, despite his MANY, MANY violations of the Constitution and MANY, MANY violations of federal law. Her negligence has enabled and emboldened Trump to do worse and worse things that seriously hurt human beings, the environment, our nation, and Planet Earth.  Pelosi kept refusing to hold Trump accountable in the way that the Constitution specifies when a President becomes a tyrant:  IMPEACHMENT. Finally, now Pelosi wants to impeach Trump, but ONLY for his Ukraine scandal.  PELOSI IS STILL GIVING TRUMP A FREE RIDE FOR […]

Sharp contrasts between economic equality in Norway vs. gross inequality in the U.S.

September 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The headline of the article I’m linking below asks, “Is Norway better off with socialism than the U.S. is with capitalism?” The article’s sub-head says: “The numbers show that the U.S. has wealth, but that wealth is collected in only a few hands. Norway has wealth, but it is spread more evenly.” Actually, the headline’s use of the word “socialism” somewhat overstates the case. Norway’s economy really is basically capitalist, but Norway has deliberately designed its government and its economy to serve the broad public rather than a rich elite. The article linked here includes stark contrasts between Norway and […]

Protect TRUTH and DEMOCRACY from Trump’s constant abuses!

September 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Trump is relentlessly, repeatedly attacking TRUTH and attacking DEMOCRACY and other humane values in so many may ways that people are increasingly afraid that our constitutional government will be replaced by Trump’s dictatorship. Congress is not doing nearly enough to protect us.  Trump has been stacking the courts with young, right-wing extremists who will continue imposing Trumpism upon us for decades into the future.  Media ownership is concentrating in fewer hands, and those are increasingly right-wing, so now fewer Americans know what is really happening.   A recent article was titled:  “How Democracy Dies: Big Brother is Erasing the Public […]

Extreme racial bias and the death penalty: North Carolina’s experience

September 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

A landmark case exposes rampant racial bias in the death penalty.  Several years ago, North Carolina briefly had the “Racial Justice Act” as part of its law.  It would explicitly allow defendants to argue racial bias in their cases in ways that had not been allowed before — and were not allowed in other state.  But after a short time, North Carolina’s Legislature repealed it.  Now racial bias in jury selection and other aspects of the death penalty system is rampant again.  See this article:  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/24/landmark-us-case-to-expose-rampant-racial-bias-behind-the-death-penalty   The ACLU provides this additional information about North Carolina’s experiment with a “Racial […]

Save our last remaining nuke treaty with Russia. Sign up now for TUES OCT 1 briefing on New START treaty

September 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

We need many more people to learn about the New START treaty and push to renew it before it expires 17 months from now.  If Trump lets it expire, there will be no treaties to restrain an all-out nuclear arms race.  After Trump destroyed the INF treaty recently, BOTH the U.S. and Russia started building recklessly dangerous and provocative new nuclear weapons that the INF had been prohibiting since 1987. Please consider signing up for the TUES OCT 1, 2019, phone briefing.  See the invitation at this link before TUES OCT 1, 2019:  https://www.armscontrol.org/events           . […]

Our political culture keeps praising militarists. Why don’t they thank peace organizers?

September 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Port of Olympia issued a news release celebrating military troops and saying that the Port, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Olympia Yacht club will loudly blow sirens and horns to “salute the troops” on at 7:45 a.m. on September 6, 2019.  Law enforcement agencies and a variety of other local entities and power centers would supportively participate. Mainstream America and powerful sectors within the U.S. want to “support the troops.”  I’m still waiting for nearly 50 years for any local governments to celebrate Conscientious Objectors – the many people in the U.S. (such as me) and elsewhere whose […]