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 […]

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, […]

Urge Congress to STOP ARMING nations that abuse human rights!

May 16, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

On May 13, 2020, a smart, savvy non-profit organization that works for peace — World BEYOND War (www.worldbeyondwar.org) — urges us to persuade Congress to pass the Stop Arming Human Rights Abusers Act. HERE IS WHAT THEY SAID (edited here for brevity): The U.S. government, according to its own reporting, accounts for 66% of all the weapons exported to the least democratic quintile of nations on earth. Of the 50 most oppressive governments identified by a U.S.-government-funded study, the U.S. arms 82% of them. The Stop Arming Human Rights Abusers Act (H.R. 5880) would prevent U.S. weapons sales to nations […]

PART 2 of “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World”

April 15, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The December 2018 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV program is PART 2 (following up on the November episode) of the topic, “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World.”  The November program focused especially on problems with worldview that has been dominating the U.S., and the December program focuses more on solutions and how to achieve them. Cable TV subscribers in Thurston County WA can watch the December program on TCTV channel 22 three times a week all month long:  every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm. Links for […]

“Let’s Boldly Create the Future We Really Want”

February 21, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The June 2020 episode of my TV series “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” is already on my blog, and is watchable at any time from now into the distant future.  You may also read the transcript, which ends with many links to additional sources of information.  (SEE BELOW) It will air on Thurston Community Television’s channel 22 for cable TV subscribers in Thurston County WA three times a week throughout June 2020:  every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm. This TV program and the transcript start by confronting the serious problems in our […]

Extremist right-wing militias promote a gun-oriented “civil war” nationwide

January 26, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

See this article from January 2020:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/19/1912573/-Beyond-Monday-s-gun-laden-march-in-Richmond-militias-plans-for-a-civil-war-look-to-go-national?detail=emaildkre   In October 2019 an article said incivility is pushing the U.S. toward “edge of civil war.”  See this article:  https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/new-civil-war   In October 2019 a prominent right-wing extremist stated, “There Is Going to Be Violence in America” if Trump is removed from office.  Rick Wiles is a hate-monger and anti-Semite who strongly supports Trump — and Trump strongly supports him (even to the point of granting him press credentials for covering the White House, as if Rick Wiles were a legitimate journalist).  See this two-minute video:    https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/rick-wiles-there-is-going-to-be-violence-in-america-if-trump-is-removed-from-office/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=rww&utm_campaign=bestof   In August 2019 […]

To reduce gun violence, the U.S. must STOP THE WARS and CREATE A NONVIOLENT FOREIGN POLICY!

January 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Overwhelmingly huge percentages of the American people support various proposals for reducing gun violence (background checks, denying guns to domestic violence abusers, banning assault weapons, etc.). Several nationwide, statewide and local groups keep promoting these worthy proposals.  I support them. But they are OVERLOOKING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM! The U.S.’s VIOLENT, MILITARISTIC FOREIGN POLICY assumes that shooting people solves problems!  Our federal government spends BILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS to promote that mistaken notion.  The federal government SETS A BAD EXAMPLE for ordinary people who follow the government’s bad example that SHOOTING PEOPLE would solve their problems! If the […]

This smart strategy could help REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE

December 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Public opinion polls keep showing OVERWHELMING PUBLIC SUPPORT for several kinds of strong, common-sense laws and policies to reduce gun violence.  The laws propose such remedies as: • Restricting access to high-capacity magazines • Requiring background checks for ammunition sales • Addressing the intersection of alcohol abuse and gun violence • Keeping kids safe from guns where they learn and play • Supporting community-based violence prevention programs All of those are good ways to reduce gun violence.  But all of those focus on THE GUNS THEMSELVES and IGNORE THE LARGER CONTEXT in which the U.S. government PERSISTENTLY SUPPORTS SHOOTING! The […]

After a man who threatened Rep. Ilhan Omar pleaded guilty, she asks for compassion in his sentencing

November 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar came to the U.S. at the age of 10 as a refugee from Somalia.  She is Muslim and African.  She is one of the most progressive and humane members of Congress, but Trump and the right wing have been relentlessly attacking her. A man threatened to shoot her to death.  He was convicted of his crime, and she practiced Restorative Justice by asking for compassion when the judge was sentencing him. Read these articles: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/11/19/1900598/-After-a-man-who-threatened-Rep-Ilhan-Omar-pleaded-guilty-she-asks-for-compassion-in-his-sentencing?detail=emaildkre https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/19/rep-ilhan-omar-asks-judge-show-compassion-hateful-man-who-threatened-put-bullet-her?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email        

Sign up now for 6 practical workshops in Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing in Olympia

November 3, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

People who have taken my series of 6 workshops on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing have found them inspiring, informative and practical. I am offering them again in early 2020 at a convenient location in downtown Olympia:  sessions 1 and 2 on SAT JAN 18, sessions 3 and 4 on SAT JAN 25, and sessions 5 and 6 on SAT FEB 1. Space is limited, so PLEASE SIGN UP NOW, and I’ll provide the address. See this flyer: 6 workshops on NV Grassroots Organizing — Jan. 2020 FLYER For EVERY issue you care about (peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, […]

Chris Hedges wrote about “The Age of Radical Evil”

October 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Chris Hedges keeps writing articles that are powerfully insightful and wise. His articles connect the dots across a number of issues. They are very much worth reading. Here is one from October 2019: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-age-of-radical-evil/          

What bold, positive realities would you want for 4 years from now?

October 6, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

I am always encouraging people to envision and organize bold goals for a significantly better future.  Recently I posted to my blog this article inviting us to do that:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/lets-boldly-create-the-future-we-really-want-2 Now I invite you to take the next step. Please read (or re-read) that blog post and send me your e-mail suggestions for this topic: What bold, good reality would you want for four years from now — October 2023? Instead of feeling constrained by the current conditions that are bogging our nation down and curtailing our imaginations, I invite you to BOLDLY AND CREATIVELY IMAGINE the future you really […]