Here is an EXCELLENT report by WA State Govt about strategies to reduce poverty

July 9, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Typically, governments fall far short of acknowledging the serious problems — and they also fall short of proposing bold remedies to solve those problems. HERE IS AN EXCEPTION!  Recently three of Washington State government’s agencies collaborated with many poor people, racial minorities, and supportive organizations to create a Poverty Reduction work group.  They produced a 65-page report with a 10-year plan.  It is surprisingly smart and progressive! This report provides very good information and urges people to understand historical racism, etc., include the affected people.  We should urge candidates for State Legislature to read this 65-page report carefully and pass […]

Earthquakes and rising sea levels vs. nuclear power plants

July 3, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Issues are interconnected! The climate crisis is causing sea levels to rise. Nuclear power plants need cooling, so they are built near bodies of water (rivers, ocean coastlines, etc.).  In fact, 40% of the world’s nuclear reactors sit on coastlines, where sea-level rise, earthquakes and tsunamis endanger them and can cause catastrophes for huge portions of the world. For example, the nuclear power plants at Fukushima, Japan, melted down when an earthquake struck them and a tsunami resulted from the earthquake and caused even more damage.  Even now — nine years later — radiation is still spewing into the Pacific […]

You can SIGN UP NOW for a series of FREE ONLINE workshops on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing

July 3, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

We care about a variety of issues but we are not making as much progress on them as we could. I’m providing FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS to increase your skills and your toolbox of strategies and methods to HELP YOU MAKE MORE PROGRESS on the issues you care about. You can still sign up now.  See this:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/locally-and-nationwide-we-must-change-the-political-culture-sign-up-for-these-practical-workshops I can e-mail you an essay with the substance of Session #1 in essay format, and then you can catch up with Sessions #2 and beyond.  Contact me at glenanderson@integra.net if you want that or if you have any questions. Also, if you […]

Locally and nationwide, we must CHANGE THE POLITICAL CULTURE. Sign up for these practical workshops.

June 15, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Governments are the LAST to figure things out. (Mainstream news media are the next-to-last.) They will do what we want ONLY WHEN a strong nonviolent grassroots movement forces them to do what is needed. Recent history has proved this a number of times. (In the 1960s Congress passed civil rights legislation only because the Civil Rights Movement forced them to. President Obama opposed LGBTQ rights to marriage until the grassroots movement forced him to support equal rights. The list goes on and on.) Our local community includes a number of people who want to protect the environment – and protect […]

Trump’s WAR AGAINST HONEST SCIENCE is hurting our health — and hurting planet earth

June 12, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

See this information about anti-science “deniers” who deny realities about the climate crisis and COVID-19: The article linked here is titled, “COVIDeniers: Anti-Science Coronavirus Denial Overlaps with Climate Denial.” This article is short. It ends with links to additional information about this: https://www.desmogblog.com/covideniers-anti-science-covid-19-denial-overlaps-climate-denial?utm_source=DeSmog%20Weekly%20Newsletter   Republican politicians harass and even fire honest scientists: In Florida, an honest scientist who worked on Florida’s Coronavirus Database says she was pressured to censor the data, so when she insisted on doing her work honestly, she was fired for her honesty.  See this article: https://www.ecowatch.com/florida-coronavirus-database-scientist-fired-2646052460.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=5da062f126-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-5da062f126-85369701   Trump has SERIOUSLY CORRUPTED the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

Trump and Republicans are hell-bent to PREVENT government from solving problems!

June 12, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Our nation, our people, our environment, our health — EVERYTHING — is suffering under the weight of a HUGE NUMBER OF PROBLEMS! But Trump and the Republicans are HELL-BENT TO PREVENT GOVERNMENT FROM SOLVING the problems! A while ago I wrote a thorough article that examines and criticizes the worldview of the conservatives that has been hurting us in many ways.  The article is long but full of insights.  I encourage people to read it here:  This Currently Dominant Worldview Hurts Us in Many Ways — and PREVENTS Governments from Solving Problems The Coronavirus pandemic, massive unemployment, racial injustices, police […]

Trump signed an Executive Order to MINE THE MOON!

June 6, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) wrote, “Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”   The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space provided the information below.  Contact this excellent non-profit org at:PO Box 652Brunswick, ME 04011(207) 607-4255http://www.space4peace.org http://space4peace.blogspot.com (blog) On April 10, 2020, this organization provided this video and the information I’ve copied below this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niqIJJAsz-E&feature=em-uploademail Trump signed an executive order to allow corporations and citizens, aka billionaires, to begin mining the moon.  In addition, they want to use nuclear reactors to fuel spacecraft so they can mine Mars in […]

Besides the rising suicide rates, Americans are dying from DESPAIR

May 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

I have been reading articles lately saying that — even before the Coronavirus pandemic caused even more stress — suicide rates in the U.S. have been increasing.  Working class people and small farmers are under extreme financial stresses.  Many other systemic problems have been worsening. Now with the Coronavirus pandemic, suicides are increasing even more. But EVEN BEFORE that, I was also reading articles saying people are dying from DESPAIR. This article linked below came from January 2020.  The article includes this paragraph: U.S. life expectancy dropped three years in a row, America’s suicide rate is at a record high, […]

Here is the link to Gov. Inslee’s plan for a phased recovery from Coronavirus distancing, etc.

May 24, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Washington State was the first state to be hit by the Coronavirus.  Fortunately, we have a competent state governor and health department, so they took prompt, smart, effective actions.  This is very different from states that are run by Republicans and science deniers.  Here in Washington State we “leveled the curve” effectively.  As a result, the numbers of active cases in Washington State have peaked and declined. Governor Jay Inslee took actions and recently released a four-stage for slowly, reasonably reducing our “social distancing” and other precautions. Here is a link to Gov. Inslee’s plan for a phased recovery.  It […]

U.S.’s democracy and social justice are worse than many nations. U.S.’s corruption is very high.

May 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Americans — especially politicians — brag that the U.S. is the best nation in the world.  They brag that our democracy is a shining beacon of liberty for the rest of the world to emulate.  The truth is VERY DIFFERENT from that propaganda.   This article documents the facts that the U.S. ranks low in worldwide assessments in democracy – and high in corruption: https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/american-democracy-corruption   Social Justice Index ranks U.S. 36th out of 41 developed nations: The five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) ranked ahead of all other nations. The U.S. ranked 36th out of 41 […]

U.S. ranks low among rich nations on several measures of well-being, so we were already weak when COVID-19 hit — and are slow to recover from it.

May 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Four months after the November 2016 election, it was clear what Trump and Congress’s Republicans would do.  Here is what I had written in March 2017 to expose the “Make America Great” baloney: The new administration and Congress want to weaken or abolish many laws and regulations that have been protecting the environment. This would cause more pollution. A polluted nation is not “great.” A polluted nation is dirty, and it makes people sick. If we want our nation to be “great,” we must demand that governments at all levels – federal, state and local – take strong actions to […]

This context explains Trump’s refusal to protect us from Coronavirus and Trump’s destruction of governmental functioning

May 16, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

You already know that Trump and his entire Executive Branch have utterly refused to deal effectively with the Coronavirus pandemic. The reason is NOT ONLY because they are stupid and incompetent. Another crucially important reason for their failure is that Trump and Republicans believe the government should NOT solve problems and should NOT help people. They have been SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROYING GOVERNMENT bit by bit. We see it especially now.   I wrote a SHORT ARTICLE explaining this: Our society is suffering in many, many ways. The problems are all around us — and they are interconnected. They are rooted in […]

MOST members of Congress are millionaires. Some have serious conflicts of interest.

May 12, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

MOST members of Congress are millionaires: The Center for Responsive Politics (www.OpenSecrets.org) is a smart, effective watchdog that works largely through their award-winning website, www.OpenSecrets.org, which is the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere.  I subscribe to their e-mail list. Their e-mail on April 24, 2020, they reported that MOST members of the current (116th) Congress are millionaires.  Their e-mail stated:  “Much of the wealth in Congress is concentrated at the top. The top 10 percent of wealthiest lawmakers have three times more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.” Read more at this […]

Grassroots organizers created a “Thin Green Line” that stopped oil and coal export from our Pacific ports

May 11, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

My workshop in my series on “Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing” recognizes problems and helps people accomplish successes for a variety of issues (peace, environment, climate, human rights, economics, etc.)  We actually have accomplished MANY SUCCESSES in preventing oil export facilities and coal export facilities along our region’s Pacific coast. We worked at the grassroots for close to a decade and stopped nearly all of the proposals for exporting the U.S.’s coal and oil from ocean ports in Washington and Oregon. The odds were decidedly against us when we started, but we organized in strategically smart, vigorous ways and defeated nearly all […]

Here are several smart articles about the Green New Deal

May 1, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The Green New Deal was devised for good reasons. Before the 2018 election season ramped up, people wanted to stimulate populist constituencies – including those who were not yet active in the climate movement – to start supporting bold climate actions. For this purpose – and to generate support from the labor movement and from areas that needed jobs – a federal jobs program made sense. Now people do understand at a visceral level that we need bold actions for the climate AND youth organizing such as the climate strikes AND grassroots organizing to meet the needs of local communities, […]