How to talk effectively about defunding the police

January 19, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Many people recognize the long-standing problems of police using excessive violence — and treating racial and ethnic minorities unjustly.  Efforts to improve training and to adopt “reforms” have not significantly solved the problems.  Now many people are urging local governments to cut the budgets of police departments and use the savings to fund more effective nonviolent ways to provide public safety. These efforts make good sense, but some of the talk about “defunding” the police causes some members of the public to feel afraid for their safety and to push back against these changes.  We can be more effective if […]

President Biden plans to stop federal executions

January 19, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

For many decades Abe Bonowitz has been working to abolish the death penalty. I’m forwarding to you the good news he sent out a few days ago to his organization’s list. https://deathpenaltyaction.medium.com/urge-biden-demolish-the-death-house-abolish-the-death-penalty-e025b4359d5e   ALSO see these news articles about this good news: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/17/biden-executive-actions-day-one-460146 US, Joe Biden will sign a stop to federal executions on his first day at the White House | Italy24 News English        

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January 14, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

You visited this blog because you care about important issues, such as peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, or ___________. YOU can make MUCH MORE PROGRESS on important issues by strengthening your skills in organizing nonviolent grassroots movements! Let’s set smart goals and devise smart strategies.  Let’s reach out to the public more effectively than we have been doing.  Let’s devise ways to be more effective in how we nonviolently push the people who have the official power to serve the broad public interest. ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can […]

It’s time to stop federal executions and repeal the death penalty

January 6, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

This came from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker-based non-profit organization that works for peace and social justice: https://www.afsc.org/blogs/news-and-commentary/its-time-to-stop-federal-executions-and-repeal-death-penalty?utm_source=weekendreading120520&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekendreading&emci=bf56e1d8-7635-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&emdi=515495f6-fd36-eb11-9fb4-00155d43b2cd&ceid=882844      

Short videos: Innocent people speak about having been released from death row.

January 6, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

From 1973 through 2020, a total of 173 INNOCENT PERSONS were released from death row! See the data compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center at https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/policy-issues/innocence-database See the link below in which SIX of these exonerees tell their stories in very brief videos. FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCES are very compelling. Death row exonerees are living proof that innocent people are sentenced to death. They are living proof that WE MUST ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY. These videos were created and distributed by Witness to Innocence (www.witnesstoinnocence.org). WATCH THEM AT THIS LINK: https://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/imlivingproof?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=4faf9825-e61a-45f8-b4b1-bfbd8bd56c94        

Sign the petition: Impeach Trump for trying to steal the election.

January 6, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

This information and petition came out on Tues. Jan. 5, 2021: Donald Trump was just caught on tape trying to overturn the result of the 2020 election. We cannot let him get away with it. On Saturday Trump called Georgia’s Secretary of State and, according to an audio recording of the call obtained by the Washington Post, Trump asked him to find enough votes to overturn Biden’s win and hand Georgia to Trump.1 “I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Trump demanded. Congress cannot let Trump get away with this brazen attempt to destroy our democracy. Sign the petition: Tell […]

Join FRI JAN 8 Zoom meeting to plan how to move WA State Legislature to REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE.

January 6, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (www.wagunresponsibility.org) has been doing very good work statewide through legislative action, a statewide initiative, and other efforts. They are gearing up to make more progress when Washington State’s 2021 legislative session starts this coming Monday, January 11.  This session will take place almost entirely virtually. YOU CAN GET INFORMED OF CURRENT ISSUES AND HOW YOU CAN HELP.  Please join these good folks THIS FRIDAY January 8 to hear their plans and get answers to your questions. RSVP NOW What: Alliance 2021 Session Prep and Overview Who: You! (and Alliance volunteers and supporters across the state) […]

Sign the petition: Trump has broken the law. He must be investigated and charged.

January 6, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

I signed a petition saying Trump has broken the law. He must be investigated and charged. Please consider signing.  See the link after this informative paragraph: Donald Trump was caught on tape trying to rig a presidential election. In the audio, published by The Washington Post, Trump repeatedly pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to declare that Trump had won more votes in the state than Biden. And he urged Georgia officials to ‘find’ enough votes (11,780) to overturn the outcome. Not only is this a blatant and disgusting attack on American democracy, this is ILLEGAL! Enacted and established […]

Trump plans more executions before Jan. 20. Sign petition to STOP THIS EXECUTION scheduled for TUES JAN 12!

January 6, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

A few months ago Trump and his Attorney General William Barr scheduled MANY executions to occur before Trump’s scheduled end of office on January 20, 2021.  The federal death penalty is every bit as cruel and unjust as the death penalty that is allowed by various states’ laws. A growing number of states have abolished the death penalty, some other states have moratoriums on actually conducting executions, and some other states have retained their death penalty law but never use it.  Executions do occur in several states.  For information about the federal death penalty, state-by-state information, methods of execution, problems, etc., […]

Now We Empower Ourselves to Achieve Bold Goals

December 30, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The January 2021 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV program will help YOU make progress on the issues YOU care about. Many of our nation’s problems had existed for a very long time.  These include racial injustice, economic inequality, environmental problems, a foreign policy that is both cruel and violent, and some dysfunctional aspects of our electoral systems.  From 2017 through 2020, Trump made these and other problems even worse.  Really, this goes beyond partisanship.  Many of our nation’s problems are long-standing and bi-partisan.  The American people have values that are better, wiser, more compassionate, and more progressive than either of […]

Besides Protesting What We Oppose, Let’s Organize Even More Vigorously to Accomplish Positive Goals

December 28, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

We need to keep protesting against the cruelty, corruption, injustice and violence that continually assault us.  But if we spend most of our time and efforts fighting the bad stuff, the oppressors will continue to have the upper hand because they can keep throwing bad stuff at us and we will always be on the defensive. We need to spend most of our time and efforts taking the initiative to organize for the positive goals that we want instead.  We need to be proactive, envision the future we want instead of the current mess, and organize to achieve the positive […]

These FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS can help you make more progress on issues YOU care about

December 27, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Every person reading this cares about important issues, such as peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, or other issues. We can make MUCH MORE PROGRESS by organizing nonviolent grassroots movements!  We can set smart goals and devise smart strategies.  We can reach out to the public more effectively than we have been doing — and nonviolently push the people who have the official power to serve the broad public interest. 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 […]

Convicted Anti-Nuclear Activists Speak Out: “Pentagon Has Brainwashed People”

December 15, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Courageous nonviolent activists keep risking arrest and prison in order to put their bodies on the line to witness against nuclear weapons.  This happens in various parts of our nation, including the Trident nuclear submarine base in Kitsap County WA and at the Trident base at Kings Bay GA. The federal court system’s procedures are always rigged by prosecutors and judges to prevent defendants from making an effective defense about the dangers of nuclear weapons, international law, and the “necessity defense.” People with any strong feelings about nuclear weapons are excluded from serving on the jury.  At a recent trial […]

“How to Deal With the U.S.’s Current Crises”

December 14, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

“How to Deal With the U.S.’s Current Crises” October 2020 Our nation is suffering from several extremely serious problems all at once.  The crises are deeply rooted and actually go beyond individual elected officials and political parties.  Problems include the COVID-19 pandemic, economic injustices, homelessness, excessive military spending, racial injustices, the criminal justice system, unfairness to immigration, right-wing extremism, the climate crisis, nuclear weapons, and Trumpism. Instead of merely lamenting “ain’t-it-awful,” three guests (Jean Gant Delastrada, Liz Moore, and Glen Gersmehl) provide smart insights into those problems and lift up some positive values that can help us solve them.  We […]