Increasingly in recent decades the U.S. has been PROVOKING A NEW ARMS RACE IN SPACE, despite the treaty that prohibits militarizing “outer space.” Every October (in 2019 it’s October 5-12) an excellent non-profit organization organizes “Keep Space for Peace Week.” This “International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space” features activities in many locations in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space (www.space4peace.org) is very knowledgeable. Their blog (http://space4peace.blogspot.com/) has more information and help for people who want to organize to protect space for peace.
The Olympian published my newest op-ed. See this link: https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/op-ed/article235448132.html? Click to hide the ad so you can see my opening paragraph about public opinion polls.
Nuclear weapons are MUCH MORE than merely a “peace” issue. The new report shows that ANY use of nuclear weapons would cause extremely serious damage to our health, our environment and our climate. We must ELIMINATE NUCLEAR WEAPONS before they eliminate us! Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.psr.org) reports this: A groundbreaking new climate study shows just how urgent it is to prevent nuclear war and eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us. “Rapidly expanding nuclear arsenals in Pakistan and India portend regional and global catastrophe,” published in Science Advances on October 2 by leading researchers Owen Brian Toon and […]
Despite the saber-rattling by the governments of the U.S. and South Korea and North Korea, the KOREAN PEOPLE — Both South and North — WANT PEACE! The Korean War (1950-1953) actually NEVER ENDED. The 1953 cease-fire is all we have. Mutual antagonisms and intermittent hawkishness from the U.S. government keep preventing real peace. When George W. Bush ginned up some propaganda for wars against Iraq and Iran he also said North Korea is part of an “Axis of Evil,” which is complete nonsense. Trump threatened to utterly destroy North Korea with nuclear weapons. For many decades the militaries of the […]
The October 2019 interview on my TV series “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” focuses on how the Religious Right has hijacked Christianity and much of our nation’s government. I interview three guests who make a strong case for authentic Christianity, which is the opposite of what has become dominant. Watch the interview and/or read a thorough summary of what we said at this link: http://parallaxperspectives.org/tv-being-christian-in-america-in-a-time-of-crisis The thorough summary includes much additional information — and links to many articles — beyond what we had time to say during the TV interview. In addition to those resources, I invite you to click the following […]
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 […]
This article is titled: “Making War: Implications for both Church and State Policy of Christian Theology, International Law, and the Constitution” by Archbishop Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret. National Commander, “The Patriots” & Primate, United Catholic Church (a 2009 update of an article first published in March 1995) The article is at this link: Christianity and war — MakingWar2009A
Many of the problems in our nation and in our world worsened and persist because people have created a gap between “us” and “them.” “Real” Americans vs. immigrants, Christians vs. others, rich vs. poor, straights vs. LGBTQ persons, and so forth — all of these divisions are ways for privileged people to put themselves above people of lower status. In 2018 some Church leaders who were appalled by the Religious Right’s cruelties and abuses wrote a statement they called “Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis.” The document identifies six serious theological errors that the Religious […]
This is a HUGE surprise of GOOD NEWS from the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA)! For many years I have been reading OREPA’s newsletters and financially supporting their non-profit org in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They have been opposing a major expansion of the nearby nuclear weapons manufacturing plant. The federal government’s plans for the plant were horribly reckless in many, many ways (including serious seismic dangers, which would be bad for a nuclear weapons manufacturing plant) – and horribly expensive. In September 2019 OREPA won their lawsuit against the nuclear weapons plant! See more information at www.orepa.org […]
Twice in late summer 2019 the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons organized and staffed information booths at public events (Olympia’s Harbor Days from Fri. Aug. 30 to Sun. Sept. 1, and Olympia’s International Peace Day event on Sat. Sept. 21). I labeled six jars with different possible uses for our federal budget. Our volunteers handed each visitor to our booth a stack of ten pennies and invited them to put the pennies into the various jars to show how the visitor would choose to spend the federal budget. The results (listed below) were similar for both events, except “Environment […]
Voters in 2016 were angry at the status quo, and they wanted Bernie Sanders, but the institutional Democratic Party manipulated things in order to cram Hillary Clinton down our throats instead. Hillary thought the status quo was OK with just a little tinkering around the edges, and her “centrism” failed to inspire voters. Voters voted for a radical non-politician named Trump and hoped for the best. Now the institutional Democratic Party is repeating their same mistake by opposing the true progressives (Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) and trying to push Joe Biden or another “centrist” down our throats. 2020 will […]
For EVERY issue you care about (peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, etc.), the REAL SOLUTIONS will come when people organize nonviolently and strategically at the grassroots. ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can STRENGTHEN OUR SKILLS and add resources to our “toolboxes” so we can make more progress in working on our issues. I am offering my excellent series of SIX PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing to occur from mid-October to late November 2019 in the Olympia WA area — and perhaps also in other locations. Six consecutive Saturday […]
A great many issues are important, but neither of the two big political parties is doing nearly enough to solve these problems. While voting has some value, the most progress in solving problems will occur when ordinary people organize nonviolently, strategically, and vigorously from the grassroots. The article I am attaching below fleshes this out briefly. For more information, see resources I’ve posted to this blog’s “Organizing” category. During 2019 The Olympian is publishing five op-eds that I am writing. The one at this link was published in the newspaper on Fri. Sept. 27, 2019: BOC — 2019.09.19 — FINAL […]
Even before the 2016 election many people were recognizing that Trump had serious psychological problems. Since then a growing number of psychologists and psychiatrists have been alerting us that Trump’s psychiatric problems have been getting more serious and now are a very serious threat to the U.S. and to the entire world. His utter incompetence has caused him to fail in many, many ways. When people fail to follow his reckless and ridiculous orders — and when people push back against his dictatorial behaviors — he feels personally “cornered” and his psychiatric problems worsen, so he escalates his dangerous behaviors. […]
Trump is relentlessly, repeatedly attacking TRUTH and attacking DEMOCRACY and other humane values in so many may ways that people are increasingly afraid that our constitutional government will be replaced by Trump’s dictatorship. Congress is not doing nearly enough to protect us. Trump has been stacking the courts with young, right-wing extremists who will continue imposing Trumpism upon us for decades into the future. Media ownership is concentrating in fewer hands, and those are increasingly right-wing, so now fewer Americans know what is really happening. A recent article was titled: “How Democracy Dies: Big Brother is Erasing the Public […]