We need a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to vote

January 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Many Republican-dominated states and local jurisdictions have been using various ways to reduce the ability of Democratic-leaning demographic groups (minorities, poor people, young people, etc.) to vote. Most Americans do NOT know that there is NO constitutionally protected right to vote! We MUST AMEND THE CONSTITUTION to GUARANTEE the right to vote! See this article: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/01/01/opinion/think-constitution-guarantees-your-right-vote-think-again/?utm_source=Demos&utm_campaign=4e20bed514-EMAIL__2020_01_08_the-WI-voter-purge_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e07d7f6936-4e20bed514-66872317      

THESE should be Articles of Impeachment to remove Trump!

December 29, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Trump has committed MANY, MANY violations of the Constitution and MANY, MANY violations of federal law. But the House Democrats have given him a FREE RIDE — negligently EXONERATED him — for NEARLY ALL of those violations, which REALLY ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES! THESE ITEMS IDENTIFY SOME TRULY IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.  The House should create Articles of Impeachment for these:   Ted Rall, who — besides being a skilled cartoonist — is also a savvy political analyst, urges these impeachable offenses:   https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Articles-of-Impeachmen-by-Ted-Rall-Articles-Of-Impeachment_Bipartisan_Conviction_Senate-191228-892.html   Paul Blumenthal urged impeaching Trump for these reasons:  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-impeachment-impeachable-act_n_5de6edb3e4b0913e6f872731?ncid=newsltushpmgpolitics   One of the strongest, most consistent non-profit organizations urging […]

“State and Local Efforts to Protect Immigrants’ Rights”

December 23, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The January 2020 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series (also watchable anytime through Glen Anderson’s blog — SEE BELOW) brings you up to date on what has been happening to immigrants – and what people at the state and local levels are doing to solve the problems. If you are a little fuzzy on understanding the problems and solutions, this program is for you. And if you are already well informed people will learn more. Also, everyone will be inspired and encouraged by the positive work that’s being done statewide and here in our local community. Two knowledgeable guests […]

Trump and the right wing have built him a cult of fanatic “true believers” who reject truth and democracy — and might become violent anarchists if he loses in 2020

December 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Since 2017 I have posted a number of items to this blog explaining the amazing rise of Trumpism and his fanatic “true believers” in the extreme right wing and the Religious Right. The Republican Party has purged its moderates and replaced them with grossly ignorant and cruel people who reject truth and reject democracy in order to blindly, ignorantly support the Great Leader who trusts his “gut” about the climate instead of respecting honest science. The list goes on and on.  Who could have imagined such extremism just a few years ago? Kidnapping thousands of immigrant children and imprisoning them […]

The Democratic Party ALSO suppresses voters, but unwittingly and in different ways.

December 8, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Many people denounce the Republican Party for DELIBERATELY INTERFERING WITH PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO VOTE. State and local governments that are dominated by Republicans pass laws and regulations that make it hard for the “wrong” kinds of people (people likely to vote for Democrats) to vote.  Republicans DELIBERATELY remove polling places in minority neighborhoods, purge voting rolls, limit early voting, require excessive ID, prevent returned felons from voting, etc., etc., etc.  Republicans DELIBERATELY SUPPRESS voters because Republicans’ overall policies are so cruel and unjust that they cannot win on the issues, so they resort to restricting voting rights so their true […]

Worldwide and in the U.S. the public has turned against the death penalty, but Trump insists on more federal executions.

December 8, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Worldwide, the trend has been against the death penalty.  More and more nations have abolished it.  Some nations that still retain their laws allowing the death penalty have stopped using it. The UK’s Amnesty International published a report at the end of 2017 that death sentences and actual executions are both DECLINING in the world:   https://www.amnesty.org.uk/report-executions-death-penalty-2017?utm_campaign=MEMA1645_UPD_DPEN_Death%20penalty%20report&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Campaigns&utm_content=1097     American public opinion is turning against the death penalty!  More states have abolished the death penalty — or have stopped using it without repealing their laws. A 2017 public opinion poll showed U.S. support for the death penalty is the lowest since […]

After a man who threatened Rep. Ilhan Omar pleaded guilty, she asks for compassion in his sentencing

November 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar came to the U.S. at the age of 10 as a refugee from Somalia.  She is Muslim and African.  She is one of the most progressive and humane members of Congress, but Trump and the right wing have been relentlessly attacking her. A man threatened to shoot her to death.  He was convicted of his crime, and she practiced Restorative Justice by asking for compassion when the judge was sentencing him. Read these articles: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/11/19/1900598/-After-a-man-who-threatened-Rep-Ilhan-Omar-pleaded-guilty-she-asks-for-compassion-in-his-sentencing?detail=emaildkre https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/19/rep-ilhan-omar-asks-judge-show-compassion-hateful-man-who-threatened-put-bullet-her?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email        

Texas stays the execution of an INNOCENT man

November 16, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

On Friday November 15, 2019, the Court of Criminal Appeals in Texas indefinitely stayed Rodney Reed’s execution. Now his case will go back to the trial court where the false testimony and innocence claims will be considered before any further action is taken. Massive public pressure forced the State of Texas to stay the execution of Rodney Reed, who is ALMOST CERTAINLY INNOCENT.  His case will go back to court for further consideration.  This good news occurred ONLY because MILLIONS OF PEOPLE signed petitions and THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE phoned Texas’s decision-makers and HUNDREDS OF EVENTS AND VIGILS called for the […]

The Climate Crisis is ALSO a SOCIAL JUSTICE issue!

November 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Some people think of issues as if each was in a separate “silo” unrelated to other issues.  Actually, issues are very deeply and strongly interrelated.  For example, the Climate Crisis is ALSO a SOCIAL JUSTICE issue. This insight should not only broaden our understanding of the climate crisis, but it should also help us strategize more insightfully to reach out and connect the climate crisis with other issues.  We should bring various kinds of people into the climate movement AND bring climate organizers into the movements working on other social justice issues.     This November 21, 2017, article at […]

This article explains the story that right-wing extremists worldwide are telling — so they keep gaining power

November 5, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Near the beginning of this article it says this: The radical right has developed a global narrative that, by uniting virulent racists and commonplace conservatives, mass shooters and populist politicians, is already injecting fringe ideas into mainstream culture. A paragraph soon after says this: The radical right’s story is rooted in the most basic plot of all: us versus them. Its main nemesis is determined, so the tale goes, to storm the battlements of the “civilized world” and, in what’s called a “great replacement,” oust its innocent inhabitants. Soon after, it says this: The idea of “the great replacement” is […]

Facebook supports right-wing extremism, hate groups, etc.

November 5, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The National Whistleblower Center (www.whistleblowers.org) reported in May 2019 — and updated its report in September 2019 — that Facebook “was not only hosting terror and hate content, but in fact auto-generating its own.”  A whistleblower provided information that you can see here:  https://apnews.com/f97c24dab4f34bd0b48b36f2988952a4?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=39a0cee3-f401-4489-b49a-d930eb9bc78e The National Whistleblower Center wrote, “The whistleblower filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in January 2019 alleging Facebook has repeatedly deceived shareholders and the public about its efforts to address terror and hate speech on its social media platform. By doing so, the whistleblower claims Facebook is violating securities laws that prohibit […]

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, […]

Why is “national security” defined ONLY in ways that assume MILITARISM?

October 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The term “national security” is almost always ASSUMED to imply the need for more militarism, more fear of people in other countries, more willingness to fight wars, more military weapons, more military spending, and more nuclear weapons. That is a VERY NARROW channeling of our vision and our thinking. Really, our nation is NOT SECURE in many other ways.  Our nation is NOT SECURE when: Many people are poor Many people are homeless Many people lack decent health care Many people feel alienated from society Many people are very angry Many people own guns that endanger themselves, their families and […]