California’s governor imposes moratorium on executions

March 16, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

California has by far the most people on death row (737) of any state in the U.S.  Legal problems with lethal injection have prevented executions for a while.  Unfortunately, California’s voters recently passed an initiative that intends to move ahead with more executions. But on March 13, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom imposed a moratorium that will prevent any executions from occurring while he is California’s Governor.  The death penalty law remains in place — and prosecutors may continue to bring more death penalty cases forward — but executions will be prevented during his term of office. He said, “Our death […]

How We Got into Our Current Crisis — and How to Get Out

March 16, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

This essay is long (29 pages) but worth reading because it is smart, insightful, and profound. Click either the Word version (the first link) or the .pdf version (the second link). How We Got into Our Current Crisis – And How to Get Out — THOROUGH article How We Got into Our Current Crisis – And How to Get Out — THOROUGH article

TV Program: “What’s Wrong with the Missing Middle”

March 10, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The March 2019 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series is an interview with Judy Bardin and Jim Keogh, two very knowledgeable Olympia residents who have researched — and want the public to understand — the “Missing Middle” scheme that the City of Olympia adopted recently. The “Missing Middle” is a massive up-zone that will seriously disrupt many neighborhoods and cause several kinds of problems. The City railroaded it through without the necessary public information and conversation that are necessary for an honest democracy.   To watch the interview, CLICK THIS LINK:  Missing Middle interview. Glen typed up a very […]

Issues (climate, nuclear weapons, etc.) are interrelated!

March 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

More and more people are recognizing that single-issue organizing — while valid for focusing our efforts — can keep us stuck in different “silos” and fail to connect us with allies who could help by joining forces to create a much bigger movement to help several issues at the same time! Several times in the past year or so I have created half-page flyers that link nuclear weapons with other issues that people were organizing about (climate, immigrant rights, gun violence, science, etc.). On Saturday April 13, 2019, the South Sound Climate Action Convention will occur.  I created a handout […]

Updates: Protect the 2020 census from Trump’s anti-immigrant bias

March 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Four times before I had posted information about Trump’s scheme to pervert the 2020 census in order to hurt immigrants and the communities where immigrants live now.  Those previous posts provide background, for today’s post, which provides newer information, including a way for Congress to fix the problem. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: On January 3, 2019, I posted this update on my previous posts:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/federal-judge-blocks-trumps-immigration-question-on-2020-census On November 13, 2018, I posted this:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/trumps-anti-immigrant-2020-census-question-is-going-to-court Previously, on July 22, 2018, I posted this:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/more-about-trumps-blatantly-racist-xenophobic-partisan-citizenship-question-in-2020-census Initially, on July 17, 2018, I posted this:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/urgent-info-and-action-alert-protect-the-2020-census-from-trumps-abuse   NEW INFORMATION and ACTIONS: From February 2019 here are FOUR […]

URGENT! Tell WA State Senate to pass SJM 8006 to Prevent Nuclear War

March 8, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

We got a WA State Senate committee to pass a resolution calling upon Congress to take a sensible step to prevent nuclear war. But it is stuck in the Senate Rules Committee. We must move SJM 8006 from the Senate Rules Committee to the Senate Floor for a vote by next Wednesday March 13, 2019, so it can move on to the House. PLEASE contact members of the WA State Senate Rules Committee.  Phone numbers are on this list:  http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/RULE/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx  Also — if SJM 8006 goes to the Senate Floor, contact your WA state senators.  See their names and contact […]

Congress must take smart, strong new actions!

March 7, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

After this link about one of Congress’s major problems, I will provide links to proposals for how to solve the problems: How Congress Became a ‘Cathouse’ of Prostitutes Paying Off Their Pimps: https://www.opednews.com/articles/How-Congress-Became-a-Cat-by-Bernard-Starr-Blagojevich_Bribery-Influence-Peddling_Citizens-United_Citizens-United-Vs-Federal-Elections-Commission-181117-463.html   Public opinion polling keeps showing that the American people have VERY NEGATIVE views of Congress.  We must push Congress to stop its corruption, to become much smarter, to stop being so timid, and to take positive actions that serve the broad public interest (instead of rich donors and big business and the military-industrial complex).   This link goes to what www.Indivisible.org wants the next Congress to […]

Practical Strategies for the Green New Deal

March 7, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Don’t let anyone say the Green New Deal is not practical. This article offers 18 practical strategies … https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/25/green-new-deal-can-work-heres-how?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=The%20Green%20New%20Deal%20Can%20Work%20%5Cu2013%20Here%5Cu2019s%20How&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter%20-%20During%20Fundraiser%20-%20WITH%20Fundraising%20Message&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-%27A%20World%20Without%20Clouds.%20Think%20About%20That%20a%20Minute%27%20%7C%20News%20%2526%20Views-_-The%20Green%20New%20Deal%20Can%20Work%20%5Cu2013%20Here%5Cu2019s%20How      

Nuclear Weapons and Patriarchy Are Closely Interrelated!

March 7, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

This 9-minute video speech “connects the dots” between nuclear weapons and patriarchy. Without blaming any individuals, this smart, insightful woman clearly exposes the systemic links. Let’s reach out to people who care about feminism and help them connect with the peace movement. Likewise, this short video can help the peace movement connect with feminism. Truly, we are all in this together. I encourage watching this smart short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rXpp10uS7I        

Interesting information — and some satire — about Trump’s “Wall”

March 7, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Watch this brilliant, funny, VERY SHORT video about “walls” : https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/6/1832784/-New-Mexico-s-new-governor-releases-hilariously-quirky-video-literally-busting-thru-Trump-s-wall?detail=emaildkre   Here is another great 1-minute satirical video about Trump’s “wall emergency” : http://www.markfiore.com/january-march-2019/2019/2/20/its-a-wall-emergency?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=5c78396f17d9610001979274&ss_email_id=5c784314b6eaa40001713af4&ss_campaign_name=New+Animation%3A+Stormy+Summit+and+A+Wall+Emergency&ss_campaign_sent_date=2019-02-28T20%3A24%3A42Z   Beto O’Rourke’s good video about immigrants and Trump’s insane border wall: Although Beto O’Rourke (from Texas) is not very progressive about some things (e.g., he is very subservient to big business), he has good values related to protecting human rights, and he is eager to reach out to the public on behalf of minorities, immigrants, and other folks whose human rights are in danger.  This 7-minute video is good:  https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/the-border-has-never-been-as-safe-and-secure-as-it-is-now-1442974787669   Trump’s thinking is […]

Repeal the Trump/Republican tax law that rips us off and enriches rich people and corporations

March 7, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Trump and the Republicans LIED TO US when they said the tax scam they pushed through Congress in December 2017 would be good for ordinary people.  They promised it would create jobs. We knew then — and we have solid proof now — that they were lying to us.  Their “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” has been an absolute DISASTER for ordinary people and a GIGANTIC WINDFALL for extremely rich people and big business.   Several credible non-profit organizations and progressive journalists have laid out the facts.  Here are some highlights, with links for more information and several petitions to […]

Right-Wing Christianity is the OPPOSITE of what Jesus taught and practiced!

March 1, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Americans claim they love Jesus, but actually they hate his politics.  See this article:  https://www.opednews.com/articles/Though-Americans-Claim-to-by-Mike-Rivage-Seul-American-Capitalism_American-Culture_American-Foreign-Policy_American-Terror-190223-511.html   Mike Pence, the Dominionists, and their theology of power pervert authentic Christianity.  See this article:  https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/30/a-theology-of-power-mike-pence-and-the-dominionists/   Jerry Falwell Jr. says Jesus’ teachings don’t apply to politics.  A great progressive non-profit organization, Faithful America (www.faithfulamerica.org) sends smart, conscientious e-mails.  In early January 2019 they sent this:  “In a Washington Post interview this week, Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, said that a poor person never gave anyone a job or gave anybody charity “in any real volume.”  He argued that Jesus’ teachings […]

NEWS — DANGER — OPPORTUNITY re: Military Draft

March 1, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

A federal judge rules it’s unconstitutional to register ONLY men for the military draft. For a long time before that decision, the federal government had been studying what to do about the draft: — Register women too — Require mandatory “national service” in military or civilian jobs — Abolish the draft altogether. I’ve been following this closely, and there is no indication yet what decision the federal inquiry will propose. Now that a federal judge has ruled it unconstitutional to register only men, this forces the issue into one of the options listed above. See this article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/24/military-draft-judge-rules-male-only-registration-unconstitutional/2968872002/   MORE […]

Good news from Olympia on nuclear weapons!

February 25, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

I’m happy about what we accomplished on Friday February 22, 2019, at a Washington State Senate committee. Our statewide coalition, Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (www.wanwcoalition.org) convinced the State Senate’s Committee on Government, Tribal Relations & Elections to pass our proposal for the Washington State Legislature to call upon Congress to reduce the likelihood of nuclear war. In June 2018 Olympia’s Bob Zeigler suggested that we write and promote such legislation in the form of a “Memorial to Congress” that would make nuclear weapons an issue needing state legislative action and pressuring our state’s congressional delegation to know that the public […]