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 […]

We are pushing LOCAL governments to oppose nuclear weapons in several ways

May 23, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (OCANW) is planning now to urge local governments to support the “Back from the Brink” proposal.  That proposal rolls together FIVE PARTS into one smart package that would significantly reduce the likelihood of nuclear war.  See information about it at www.preventnuclearwar.org That website’s home page includes a tab for RESOURCES that can help people at local levels organize to convince their local governments to pass resolutions supporting the package of “Back from the Brink” proposals. Recently I posted relevant information to my blog.  SEE THIS LINK:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/the-back-from-the-brink-campaign-promotes-five-smart-changes-to-reduce-the-danger-of-nuclear-war   There is a long, successful […]

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, […]

“Affordable Housing: Facts vs. Myths about the ‘Missing Middle'”

March 29, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The April 2020 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives TV program helps the public understand the serious shortage of housing that is truly affordable for people who are not rich.  Local governments in Olympia and elsewhere want to solve the problem, but they have misdiagnosed the problem, so they have proposed the wrong solutions, such as the so-called “Missing Middle.” This interview and the compelling graphs we show help you understand the real reasons for the problem – and why the “Missing Middle” would NOT solve the problems. We need better solutions. For background Glen encouraged people to watch his March […]

Momentum is growing to push pension funds, etc., to DIVEST from fossil fuels

March 5, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

I am seeing MANY non-profit organizations urging state governments’ pension funds and other entities (colleges, religious bodies, investment companies, etc.) to DIVEST from — SELL ALL of — their investments in fossil fuel companies. MOMENTUM IS ON OUR SIDE! Let’s increase the number of persons learning about the movement!  Let’s recruit some additional persons to testify to an upcoming meeting of the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB), the small state agencies that manages the pension funds for state and local government employees and retirees.  We have been testifying to WSIB’s meetings off and on since April 2014.  They listen politely […]

“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 […]

On Fri. Feb. 7, 2020, the WA State Senate committee PASSED SJM 8006 to urge Congress to reduce likelihood of nuclear war!

February 7, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Today I joined a good number of members of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and our statewide coalition Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (www.wanwcoalition.org) attended the WA State Senate hearing on SJM 8006, and some of us (including me) testified in support. The committee PASSED the resolution, so it goes to Senate Rules Committee, which we hope will move it to the Senate Floor for final passage. Then it would go the relevant House committee for further action. Each of us had only 90 seconds to testify to the committee about SJM 8006.  Here is basically what I told […]

Green New Deal: Excellent information and resources

February 7, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The Green New Deal is a TRULY AMAZING AND WONDERFUL “win-win-win-win” for the climate, for jobs, for local communities, for the next generation, for social & economic justice, and more!   Bernie Sanders’ Green New Deal proposal is hugely important!  It is a good step toward international climate justice.  SEE THESE: https://www.actionaidusa.org/blog/sanders-green-new-deal-plan-a-good-step-towards-international-climate-justice/?utm_source=action&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=climatemonth&utm_content=sandersGND https://www.juancole.com/2019/08/sanders-manhattan-changing.html   The Green New Deal would create many jobs. Let’s do it now!  SEE THIS: https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/green-new-deal-could-create-lots-great-jobs-so-why-all-hate?utm_source=advocacy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=general&utm_content=realitynow-email-7-a&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT1dOalpEbGxNMlF3WkRNMCIsInQiOiJrS3RhYU9qZVNiYTZidzNTRkNMNlA3TDhqVENKTGVHZlVMZEFCXC91R2E4WHRTSlZyeTRJSXRSNXdRZ0h3NTV4djZPMlM5Tyt6Q2cxT05cLzBmR3NwRWNWVlpIejNaWWI3dGxIMnBsbnpPWk5LQURLY0ZXRmd1aGpEQjBDdlRlQ1VDUkZQSGVVaDJ3UjN5Y3ZuK3I3RVg0Zz09In0%3D   Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin say a Green New Deal is necessary if we want a future.  SEE THIS: https://www.ecowatch.com/chomsky-pollin-climate-change-interview-2640451773.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=fb232e6e0f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-fb232e6e0f-85369701   See and share this informative, supportive link: www.prospect.org/greennewdeal   […]

Sign up now for 6 exciting, practical workshops to help you organize more effectively for the climate.

February 3, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Sign up now for 6 exciting, practical workshops to help you organize more effectively for the climate. Thurston Climate Action Team (www.thurstonclimateaction.org) is sponsoring Glen Anderson’s series of 6 exciting, practical workshops on 6 Tuesdays from March 3 to April 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at a convenient Olympia location. Each 2-hour session shares some of the smartest, most workable principles, strategies, methods and examples to help you build a much more effective nonviolent grassroots movement for the climate. While these workshops are relevant for any issue, the group exercises for developing movement-building goals, strategies, outreach, messaging, etc., will […]

While we work seriously on the climate crisis, let’s also be open to humor and satire.

November 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

When you buy your new pickup truck, include the “Sea-Level Rise Suspension Package” Buy the Sea-Level-Rise Suspension Package for your next vehicle.docx     When sea level rise covers downtown Olympia, here is something we might do: Scientists keep revising estimates of climate disruption upward – and their time-frame more urgent. You’ve probably seen some of the serious reports from the world’s most knowledgeable climate experts. Very often they issue newer reports saying that the crisis is rapidly getting worse. The newer reports say that extremely serious disruptions and damage will occur sooner than they had been expecting. Those two […]

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, […]

Wow! See how this big business tries to bully Lewis County! Their e-mail exposed their corporate playbook.

October 6, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

This non-profit org’s e-mail explains what’s been happening. Perhaps you already know. See this interesting news from Lewis County. I clicked the link in this sentence: The Daily Chronicle, like any good media outlet, published the email.  See the Centralia newspaper’s article at this link:  http://www.chronline.com/news/crystal-geyser-mistakenly-emails-chronicle-randle-bottling-project-likely-dead/article_cd562296-a434-11e9-85e8-03a953d811a6.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=70742fc1-ddac-4a06-b7c4-7e7199a7ca7c      

Chicago’s people organize for a municipally owned electric utility to replace the capitalist one

October 6, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

We need PROFOUND DEMOCRACY in many ways.  Certainly in our political functioning, but also we need our ECONOMICS to be profoundly democratic.  We can replace capitalistic businesses with publicly owned alternatives that will serve the people as their top priority instead of exploiting people in order to serve rich stockholders. Decades ago when Dennis Kucinich was the very young mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, he became famous nationwide by protecting Cleveland’s publicly owned electric utility from being sold to a private corporation. My June 2019 TV program explains “Why the Public Should Own Our Electric Utilities.”  Watch the interview and/or read […]