TV: “How to Talk Politics with People Different from You”

November 17, 2017 GlenAnderson 0

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s September 2015 TV program deals constructively with our na-tion’s political polarization. We explore practical ways to communicate across the political divide, so we can all move forward. When Americans have such sharply different values and worldviews, we lack a common starting point about what is real and true. This makes it hard to have rational conversations about controversial issues – and hard to solve public policy problems. Are we stuck with escalating polarization? Or can we find better ways to respect the basic humanity even of people with whom we disagree? Of course, when we […]

TV: “Reform Elections! Restore Democracy!”

November 16, 2017 GlenAnderson 0

Watch a 1-hour interview about how to improve democracy by reforming several aspects of our electoral systems. The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s July 2017 TV program explores how our nation conducts elections. We identify several kinds of problems and propose solutions that would increase democracy and fairness. The U.S. officially brags about being the world’s greatest democracy, but: • Voter turnout in the U.S. is low compared to other nations. • Rich people and big business fund campaigns that result in governmental corruption. • Most Americans express disgust that the people we elect do not represent us well. • People […]

TV: “Political Despair or Empowerment: It’s Your Choice!”

November 15, 2017 GlenAnderson 0

Watch a 1-hour interview about how to cope with the political despair so many people are feeling after the November 2016 election. This month we’ll discuss the anxiety, fear and despair that many Americans are feeling about our nation’s current political crisis – and what we can do about that.  Many people have been alarmed by the cruel attacks coming from the federal government and other right-wing sources. As a result, some people feel overwhelmed with anxiety, fear and despair. Besides doing things to take care of ourselves, many Americans also are choosing to empower ourselves, work together, and use […]

TV: “Better Strategies about Democracy, Fossil Fuels, etc.”

November 15, 2017 GlenAnderson 0

Watch a 1-hour interview with two guests from the Seattle-based non-profit organization, the Sightline Institute (www.sightline.org), who share their expertise about preventing fossil fuels’ damage to our environment and climate, organizing opposition to fossil fuels at local levels, reforming several aspects of our electoral systems in order to protect democracy from big money and partisan manipulation, etc.  Our guests are Tarika Powell and Margaret Morales.  They offer smart insights into the issues and how to reach out to the public and engage the public to help us work on the issues. This was Olympia FOR’s October 2017 TV program. To […]

TV: “Healing from Political Blame, Shame, and Trauma”

November 13, 2017 GlenAnderson 0

Watch 1-hour interview about November 2016 election.  This was Olympia FOR’s December 2016 TV program. The Olympia FOR’s December 2016 TV program helps us understand the social and political trauma that has been hurting us – especially during the 2016 election campaign season. The 2016 election season has exposed much fear, anger and divisiveness that was already existing in American society. People who were already hurting in various ways have been further antagonized and traumatized. This interview is not intended to support or oppose any political candidate or any political party. Rather, we want to explore and understand the human […]

Our Current Political Crisis

September 23, 2017 GlenAnderson 0

Our Nation’s Political Crisis: How We Got Into It – And How to Get Out by Glen Anderson Thoughtful people know that the U.S. is facing one of the most serious political crises in our nation’s history. A narcissistic, grossly ignorant, and psychologically unstable huckster has gained enormous political power. People worldwide are worrying how to get out of this mess. The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation posted a much more thorough version of this article onto the “Nonviolence” part of www.olympiafor.org. That article answers three questions: (1) How did we get into this mess? (2) What’s going on? (3) How […]