Protect Immigrant Rights: Video interview and summary of what we said

December 23, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

I thought I had posted this more than a year ago, but I can’t find it, so here it is now. The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s May 2017 TV program “Protect Immigrant Rights” featured an interview with three local persons who are volunteering with local efforts. To watch the video, CLICK THIS LINK:  WATCH VIDEO HERE To read a thorough summary of what we said, CLICK THIS LINK:  READ THE SUMMARY   On Sunday December 23, 2018, the Olympian newspaper published an editorial strongly supporting the work of Olympia’s Strengthening Sanctuary group, the group through which our TV guests volunteer:  […]

Trump pulls U.S. out of United Nations Human Rights Council

December 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

In late June 2018 Trump took yet another cruel and reckless action to violate international human rights and make the U.S. a “rogue nation.”  He withdrew the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council. This very short article announced it but did not say much:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/6/19/1773487/-The-US-announces-that-it-will-leave-the-U-N-Human-Rights-Council?detail=emaildkre This article says more.  It says Trump pulled the U.S. out because the U.N. Human Rights Council criticized Israel’s government.  Israel and a right-wing Republican senator from South Carolina praised Trump’s move, but China and various world leaders expressed disappointment, said Trump’s move hurts peace, etc.:  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/trump-is-said-ready-to-pull-u-s-from-un-s-human-rights-council The following article says more.  It […]

Rescue U.S. foreign policy from ALL hawks including Trump

December 21, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

News coverage about General Mattis’s resignation as Secretary of Defense is surreal. They keep saying that Mattis was a stabilizing “adult” in Trump’s regime. But Mattis is an EXTREME HAWK known as “Mad Dog.”  He resigned because Trump decided to remove U.S. troops from Syria and to reduce U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  Those are small steps in the right direction.  Trump is no dove, but these modest steps reduce the reckless hawkishness in U.S. foreign policy. When Mattis resigns over those modest steps – and when mainstream media and bi-partisan members of Congress support Mattis’s extreme hawkishness instead of Trump’s […]

Trump + Pompeo plan to overthrow Iran’s government

December 20, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Trump is hell-bent to overthrow Iran’s government for several reasons. Trump hired John Bolton and Mike Pompeo for very high level positions in his administration.  Both are extremely aggressive opponents of Iran and opponents of honest diplomacy in general. Trump is utterly subservient to two nations that have long wanted to attack Iran:  Israel and Saudi Arabia. This article explains clearly what Trump is trying to do:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/5/1809961/-What-does-Secretary-of-State-Pompeo-mean-by-restore-democracy-in-Iran?detail=emaildksp This smart article provides several reasons to OPPOSE Trump’s pending war against Iran:  https://fpif.org/a-vital-primer-on-the-push-for-war-in-iran/ Here is another article with thoughtful insights into Iran and world politics:  https://popularresistance.org/europe-and-the-us-clash-over-washingtons-economic-war-on-iran/ The older information I report […]

In January, urge Congress to pass HR 1 to get Big Money out of politics.

December 20, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

You have probably read information supporting HR 1, legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would push Big Money out of politics.  Many non-profit organizations that support democracy and other good things (environment, energy, peace, nuclear weapons, workers’ rights, human rights, the gun lobby, etc.) recognize that BIG MONEY CORRUPTION PREVENTS CONGRESS FROM ACCOMPLISHING WHAT WE WANT IT TO DO. HR 1 is a tremendously positive step forward for ALL of the issues we care about! Public Citizen (www.citizen.org), the non-profit org that Ralph Nader started in 1971, says the following in support of HR 1, and urges people […]

For national security, let’s ABOLISH nuclear weapons and UNTIE our shoe laces

December 20, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. government keeps promoting more nuclear weapons in order to make Americans secure. Instead of that, my policy is to ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS and LEAVE OUR SHOES UNTIED. We will save billions of dollars. NEITHER POLICY WOULD PROTECT US. Either policy – nuclear weapons or untied shoelaces – could cause an accident. But if an accident occurs, tripping on shoelaces will cause much less damage than a nuclear war.   PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD – and my reasoning – to other people. Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glenanderson@integra.net See much information about nuclear weapons and other issues at my blog, […]

Why the U.S. House must push for VERY BOLD changes, not merely bi-partisan deals

December 19, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

In the November 2018 election American voters gave a STRONG MANDATE for VERY PROGRESSIVE ACTION by the U.S. House.  Our Representatives must deliver!!! Moderates want House Democrats to settle for bi-partisan deals with the Republican-dominated Senate. If the House Democrats do that, they will be rebuffing the voters who gave them a mandate for VERY BOLD changes. They also will FAIL TO IDENTIFY how progressive Democrats are much better than conservative Republicans. Even if the Senate fails to pass VERY BOLD House legislation, the points will be made, and 2020’s voters will see who is really on their side, vs. […]

At the United Nations, 181 nations voted to help refugees. Only the U.S. and Hungary voted no.

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Hungary now suffers under a brutally xenophobic right-wing government.  So does the U.S.  These are the ONLY nations that voted against an effort at the United Nations to help refugees. Under Trump, the USA has become an EXTREMELY CRUEL nation – a “rogue nation” – an outlier — a ROGUE NATION — in a world that has compassion for vulnerable people. This article explains:  https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/17/181-nations-just-voted-help-refugees-only-far-right-united-states-and-hungary-voted?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=181%20Nations%20Just%20Voted%20to%20Help%20Refugees.%20Only%20the%20Far-Right%20United%20States%20and%20Hungary%20Voted%20%22No%22&utm_campaign=These%2016%20Democrats%20About%20to%20Go%20Down%20in%20History%20for%20Helping%20GOP%20Kill%20Internet%20as%20We%20Know%20It%20%7C%20News%20%2526%20Views%20&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-These%2016%20Democrats%20About%20to%20Go%20Down%20in%20History%20for%20Helping%20GOP%20Kill%20Internet%20as%20We%20Know%20It%20%7C%20News%20%2526%20Views%20-_-181%20Nations%20Just%20Voted%20to%20Help%20Refugees.%20Only%20the%20Far-Right%20United%20States%20and%20Hungary%20Voted%20%22No%22      

Despite praise for the late George H.W. Bush, he did MANY BAD things.

December 18, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

When the older Bush (George H.W.) died recently, many people were praising him for all sorts of things. Actually, he did MANY BAD things, including using the racist Willie Horton ad during his presidential campaign and starting unnecessary wars and making a lot of money through his business selling military weapons, and on and on. Here are three articles that were excluded from mainstream news media:   His “war for oil” in Iraq — the FIRST Gulf War — was totally unnecessary and extremely cruel.  See this: https://www.alternet.org/george-herbert-walker-bush-and-myth-good-gulf-war?src=newsletter1098436   He really was a WAR CRIMINAL.  See this: https://theintercept.com/2018/12/05/george-h-w-bush-1924-2018-american-war-criminal/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=0c17c70c-da4f-491c-b967-6efd540d1ace   Also, […]

Facts about Pentagon wasting our tax dollars instead of promoting peace and serving the broad public interest

December 17, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Another blog post today provides info that a major portion of the Pentagon failed yet again to pass an independent audit.  Here is some previous information about the Pentagon’s massive accounting fraud: https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon-audit-budget-fraud/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=0c17c70c-da4f-491c-b967-6efd540d1ace   The U.S.’s post-9/11 wars have cost $5.9 TRILLION, KILLED 240,000 civilians, and DISPLACED 21 MILLION people. After TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS and all that human suffering, the U.S. has NOT won ANY any of those wars!  But Congress refuses to stop those wars. Instead, a congressional commission is urging yet more money for a bloated Pentagon. The author of the article at the following link is William […]

De-militarize the federal budget!! Once again a huge portion of the Pentagon can’t complete an independent audit.

December 17, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

https://www.pogo.org/investigation/2018/10/massive-pentagon-agency-cant-complete-audit-again/?utm_source=weekly-reader&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wr-181215&utm_content=header Decent people must DEMAND that Congress stop throwing more and more money into the Pentagon! The U.S. has many problems that need federal funding, but the Congress prevents solving those problems because Congress siphons off enormous amounts of our tax dollars and gives them to the Pentagon, which CANNOT COMPLETE AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT. The U.S. keeps escalating its unwinnable wars, but – instead of holding the Pentagon accountable for its failures – Congress rewards it with more money. Actually, the Pentagon does NOT want to win those wars, because then its budget – and its political power – would […]

A 15-year-old Swedish girl calls for worldwide climate strike

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Nations meeting in Poland (and the fossil fuel companies lobbying them) for the COP 24 global climate meeting has failed to take strong action. Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swede attended the global event and – frustrated that governmental leaders are failing to act responsibly – calls for a worldwide strike to demand serious actions to protect the climate. Read the article – and watch her 1-minute video (in perfect English) at this link: https://www.ecowatch.com/greta-thunberg-climate-strike-2623294546.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=8359602284-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-8359602284-85369701 Recently she was interviewed on Democracy Now!  See this link:  https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/13/you_are_stealing_our_future_greta            

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting faster, but COP 24 failed to support strong urgent actions.

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate.  See this article: https://www.ecowatch.com/greenland-melting-overdrive-2622570930.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=d36449291c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-d36449291c-85369701 And yet the final results from the COP 24 global conference in Poland to implement the Paris climate agreement shows that the nations of the world FAIL TO ADDRESS THE URGENCY of the climate crisis!  See this article: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/15/morally-unacceptable-final-deal-out-cop24-sorely-lacking-urgency-and-action-climate The article at the link above includes this excerpt: Advocates for bold, concrete reforms and directives—outlined in the People’s Demands for Climate Justice—said the required sense of urgency for avoiding the climate catastrophe that the world’s top scientists warn could take hold by 2030, was missing from […]

Sign this newer petition for the United Nations to investigate U.S. abuses at Mexican border

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

On December 6 I posted to my blog a petition you could sign, urging the United Nations to investigate the U.S.’s abuses at our Mexican border.  If you haven’t signed it yet, please do. Now here is another petition with a similar message.  Sign this petition urging the United Nations to investigate violations of refugees’ rights at the Mexican border. https://somos.presente.org/petitions/launch-a-un-investigation-into-the-violation-of-refugee-rights-at-the-mexican-border/?akid=6102.507465.49trUH&rd=1&source=mid6102&t=7          

URGENT: Sign petition for the U.N. to investigate human rights violations at the border

December 6, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Trump keeps violating human rights of immigrants, and especially people seeking asylum or refugee status.  Decent people must stop Trump’s cruelty and violations of human rights along the U.S. southern border.  A petition at this link calls upon the United Nations to investigate those violations of human rights: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/un_investigation?t=5&akid=30830%2E8825164%2EzuIrqm International law protects people’s right to seek asylum in another country.  But Trump VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW by attacking them with tear gas and rubber bullets.  He uses these weapons against unarmed refugee children and families. An advocacy organization also reports this: The Trump regime’s “metering” system is causing major delays, confusion […]