MORE good news: House Votes to Defund TWO New Nuclear Weapons Programs

July 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Contrary to the “conventional wisdom” that nuclear weapons protect us, they actually ENDANGER us.  Nuclear weapons THREATEN our national security and the security of everyone else on Planet Earth. Just now I posted to my blog the GOOD NEWS that the House has refused to spend money for a reckless new nuclear weapon.  Now THIS blog post reports on a second one that the House has refused to fund. This information came in late June 2019 from a different source, the Arms Control Association (www.armscontrol.org), a long-standing and well-respected organization working to limit nuclear weapons: House Votes to Defund Two […]

GOOD NEWS: U.S. House votes to stop new nuclear weapons in Trump’s budget

July 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

On June 25, 2019, the national office of Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.psr.org) announced this good news: U.S. House votes to stop new nuclear weapons in Trump’s budget The so-called “low-yield” nuclear weapon (W76-2) would NOT be a step toward peace, but rather a nuclear weapon that a president and the Pentagon would consider more “usable” and therefore more likely to be used. Realistic people recognized that if this “usable” nuclear weapon were used, it would rapidly escalate into an all-out nuclear war. Therefore, the peace movement and other reasonable people have been opposing it. Now the U.S. House has […]

4th of July is Trump’s excuse to glorify himself at taxpayers’ expense

July 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

For many years a Fourth of July celebration in Washington DC has been NON-PARTISAN celebration of our nation.  But in 2019 Trump hijacked it and made it about him and his partisan supporters:  https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2019/06/trump-to-turn-dcs-annual-nonpartisan-july-4-celebration-into-event-centered-on-him-and-his-supporters-report/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=298&recip_id=22838&list_id=2 In early July the Washington Post and other reliable sources reported that Trump has forced the National Parks Service (which is already underfunded and unable to keep up with necessary maintenance) to divert $2.5 million that had been intended for improving parks, so the NPS can pay for costs related to Trump’s Fourth of July event on the National Mall. The entire extravaganza will be very […]

Click links to see resources about nuclear weapons

June 21, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Since the 1940s the U.S. has been provoking a nuclear arms race and escalating the dangers.  Only during a few short periods of time when the public organized strong opposition did the government ease up, sign treaties, and reduce its efforts.  Now we must rise up again and organize a strong movement to stop the massive escalation that is underway now.  Beyond that, we must organize a strong movement to abolish nuclear weapons altogether. The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is an active member of a statewide coalition, Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (www.wanwcoalition.org). WANW has conducted day-long workshops to […]

Please take these simple actions to prevent nuclear war.

June 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Urge all presidential candidates to pledge “NO FIRST USE” of nuclear weapons:  https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-demand-presidential-candidates-oppose-the-first-use-of-nuclear-weapons?source=2019NoNuclear_WWW&referrer=group-win-without-war And also here:  https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-demand-presidential-candidates-oppose-the-first-use-of-nuclear-weapons?source=2019NoNuclear_WAND&referrer=group-womens-action-for-new-directions Tell Congress to prevent nuclear war! Urge Congress to save the New START Agreement!  Trump keeps bailing out of sensible treaties.  We must urge Congress to PROTECT a treaty that reduces the danger of nuclear war.  Please see this information and contact Congress. It takes only a minute or two.  https://www.armscontrol.org/take-action/save-nuclear-arms-control?source=dm The push for “low-yield” (Hiroshima-sized and somewhat bigger) nuclear weapons is NOT a step toward peace, but rather a scheme to increase the likelihood that a president will launch them.  They would […]

Click to sign these petitions to prevent Trump’s war against Iran

June 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Trump seems hell-bent for a totally unnecessary and stupid war against Iran. Trump hired his national security advisor John Bolton, who has been fanatically urging war against Iran for several decades.  Bolton has a long history of opposing diplomacy and being wrong on foreign policy issues. I urge you to click to sign several petitions to prevent Trump from starting another war in the region. Trump wants to start a war against Iran, which has about 4 or 5 times the population of Iraq, which the U.S. destroyed in 1991 and in 2003, and which has never recovered.  The U.S.’s […]

Replace the “national security” scheme with “TRUE Security.”

June 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. is obsessed with “national security” and wastes about half of our discretionary budget on militarism, nuclear weapons, covert actions, and violence around the world. This obsession and waste cause much neglect and suffering within the U.S. as well as abuse and endless wars and suffering around the world. We must replace the wasteful, ineffective, and downright counterproductive “national security” scheme with a fresh approach:  “TRUE Security.” See this: TRUE Security TABLE.doc        

Korean people — North and South — want peace. Don’t let the U.S. gov’t reduce them to a bargaining chip.

May 17, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Technically, the Korean War never ended. A ceasefire occurred in the early 1950s, but the war never officially ended. The De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) has been the most heavily militarized border for more than half a century. Unlike many nations, the people of Korea – North and South – are all THE SAME ethnic group. The boundary is a cruel Cold War relic that divided families. Virtually all Koreans want to be together. This article notes the one-year anniversary of an important joint statement for peace and reconciliation. Since the early 1950s the U.S. government has arrogantly played politics instead of […]

URGENT!!! Demand that Congress PREVENT Trump’s war against Iran.

May 17, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Trump keeps threatening war against two of the world’s largest oil-producing nations:  Venezuela and Iran. In each case, WE MUST DEMAND THAT CONGRESS TAKE STRONG ACTIONS TO PREVENT Trump’s reckless, violent actions, which are illegal under international law. Other blog posts deal with Venezuela.  Here is information about Iran. Trump has been LYING about Iran and DELIBERATELY ESCALATING TENSIONS in order to PROVOKE WAR. Sign this petition (starting on May 16, 2019) to the top Democrats in the House (Pelosi) and Senate (Schumer) to tell them to PREVENT Trump’s war against Iran:  https://act.winwithoutwar.org/act/pelosi_schumer_stop_war_with_iran?source=em20190516&t=4&akid=3577%2E763336%2Eg_4_Km Sign this petition urging several members of […]

Political parties and serious problems

May 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Both of the big political parties cause serious problems. Republican Party leaders deliberately and enthusiastically make problems worse. Republican Party members obediently follow along. Democratic Party members want to solve problems (Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Impeach Trump, promote diversity in the party, etc.) Democratic Party “leaders” refuse to solve those problems. Dem “leaders” rebuff their members – and wonder why Dems don’t win more elections.

Yes, we can organize more effectively at the grassroots for many important issues.

April 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Globally, nationally, and locally, we are confronted with very serious problems. Some people feel overwhelmed and disempowered, so they feel powerless to solve the problems.  But that only allows the horrible problems to get worse. I strongly support the opposite approach:  Recognize that WE CAN INDEED LEARN HOW TO ORGANIZE EFFECTIVELY at the grassroots level (“Think globally and act locally”) to solve the problems. Sometimes people and organizations merely vent or flail about with random activities without a clear strategy for how to make the political and social changes we want.  We can do better than that! Specifically, I seek […]

U.S.’s “regime change” efforts have been disastrous.

April 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. has OVERTHROWN many governments — including many democracies. Sometimes the U.S. claims we are protecting “human rights” or restoring “democracy.” But the truth is almost always the opposite. See examples at the “Peace” and “International Affairs” parts of this blog, www.parallaxperspectives.org   An April 22, 2019, article on www.commondreams.org exposed the U.S.’s horrible track record in the context of the Trump regime’s attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s elected president.  READ THE ARTICLE AT THIS LINK. In the article see this photo of a poster attached to Venezuela’s embassy in Washington DC:            

Powerfully inspiring video (only 7 1/2 minutes) about the Green New Deal — by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

April 23, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Many of my friends urged me to watch this powerfully inspiring short video. Finally I watched it. Now I’m sharing it with you and hope it will “go viral.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/17/we-can-be-whatever-we-have-courage-see-new-video-aoc-envisions-greennewdeal-future The Green New Deal would protect our nation far more effectively than militarism does.  The Green New Deal is a proactive way to deal realistically with the serious threats of climate disruption, unemployment, deteriorating infrastructure, depressed local communities, etc.  We should slash the Pentagon budget and generously fund the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal has great power to inspire, educate, motivate, and employ many young people along with […]

Let’s get our priorities straight. Trillions of dollars for what?

April 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In order to get the Republican-dominated Senate to approve the New START Treaty, Obama committed the U.S. to replacing ALL of the U.S.’s nuclear weapons (the bombs, the bombers, missiles, submarines, etc.) with expensive new ones. The cost is likely to be about $1.7 TRILLION during the foreseeable future. In December 2017 Congress passed the Trump/Republican tax scam that is estimated to increase the U.S. deficit by a total of $3 TRILLION to $7 TRILLION in its first decade. In 1941 the U.S. jumped into World War II and abruptly stopped huge parts of the civilian economy and started massive […]

Overall, the U.S. is very rich. Poverty is inexcusable. We must change laws and policies to create a fair economy.

April 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

For decades people have kept saying that the U.S. is the richest country on earth. We still are. But tens of millions of Americans suffer poverty, homelessness, lack of health care, lack of hope, and — really — profound alienation from “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The U.S. keeps falling short of what we promise.  We know it.  The victims of our economic, social and political systems know it.  The politicians know it. So why do the problems persist?  Some people are profiting from the chronic injustices that infect our economic, social and political […]