How We Got into Our Current Crisis — and How to Get Out

March 16, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

This essay is long (29 pages) but worth reading because it is smart, insightful, and profound. Click either the Word version (the first link) or the .pdf version (the second link). How We Got into Our Current Crisis – And How to Get Out — THOROUGH article How We Got into Our Current Crisis – And How to Get Out — THOROUGH article

Updates: Protect the 2020 census from Trump’s anti-immigrant bias

March 9, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Four times before I had posted information about Trump’s scheme to pervert the 2020 census in order to hurt immigrants and the communities where immigrants live now.  Those previous posts provide background, for today’s post, which provides newer information, including a way for Congress to fix the problem. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: On January 3, 2019, I posted this update on my previous posts:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/federal-judge-blocks-trumps-immigration-question-on-2020-census On November 13, 2018, I posted this:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/trumps-anti-immigrant-2020-census-question-is-going-to-court Previously, on July 22, 2018, I posted this:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/more-about-trumps-blatantly-racist-xenophobic-partisan-citizenship-question-in-2020-census Initially, on July 17, 2018, I posted this:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/urgent-info-and-action-alert-protect-the-2020-census-from-trumps-abuse   NEW INFORMATION and ACTIONS: From February 2019 here are FOUR […]

Remove Washington State’s death penalty law altogether.

January 31, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In October 2018, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled our state’s death penalty unconstitutional because of pervasive, systemic racial bias.  Now in February 2019 the State Senate is considering Senate Bill 5339 to remove the law altogether. I will testify to the State Senate’s Committee on Law and Justice at 10:00 a.m. February 5, 2019. Here is a longer version of what I will say.  The time for each person’s testimony is short, so I will mention only the main points, but the document at this link includes supporting information.  I hope you will find it useful. TESTIMONY 2019.02.05   […]

Insights and strategies for opposing right-wing extremists, fascists, etc.

January 25, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

We know that NONVIOLENCE is MORE POWERFUL than violence. We know that DIPLOMACY WORKS BETTER than war. These truths are very well documented.  See the “Nonviolence” and “Peace” parts of my blog, www.parallaxperspectives.org   Here are some insights and strategies for opposing right-wing extremists, fascists, etc.: The “white nationalism” that has become popular lately really is a form of racism:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/15/1826385/-Why-White-Nationalism-is-Bigoted-A-Primer-for-Congressional-Representatives-from-Iowa-Others?detail=emaildkre Nazis design their rallies and rhetoric to fool mainstream journalists into thinking Nazis are reasonable folks:  https://truthout.org/articles/those-nazi-rallies-are-not-for-the-left-theyre-for-centrist-journalists/ George Lakey wrote this article, “How to take on fascism without getting played” — https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/how-to-take-on-fascism-without-getting-played/ Use these eight lessons of history to help […]

Why the U.S. House must push for VERY BOLD changes, not merely bi-partisan deals

January 25, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Moderates want House Democrats to settle for bi-partisan deals with the Republican-dominated Senate. If the House Democrats do that, they will be rebuffing the voters who gave them a mandate for VERY BOLD changes. They also will FAIL TO IDENTIFY how progressive Democrats are much better than conservative Republicans. Even if the Senate fails to pass VERY BOLD House legislation, the points will be made, and 2020’s voters will see who is really on their side, vs. who is on the side of the oppressors. https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-congress-fundamental-reforms/?link_id=7&can_id=1d662460c0abb8939c5044c82927552b&source=email-pledge-update-for-bold-reforms-naacp-protest-yemen-vote-populism-wins-roma&email_referrer=email_468235&email_subject=pledge-update-for-bold-reforms-naacp-protest-yemen-vote-populism-wins-roma

Read George Lakey’s books and articles about nonviolence and grassroots organizing

January 25, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Recently I heard George Lakey speak in Olympia, and I bought his latest book.  I’ve known George for decades, heard him speak many times, and took a weekend of nonviolence training from him several decades ago.  He is one of the whole world’s most highly respected organizers and writers about very savvy grassroots organizing. I encourage you to read the articles George Lakey writes about nonviolent grassroots organizing, strategizing, movement-building, social justice, and more.  He writes articles for www.wagingnonviolence.org, which posts many other people’s articles, too. You can subscribe at that link and have new articles sent to you. You […]

SIGN UP NOW for 6 workshops on Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing, Saturday mornings 10 am in Olympia

January 18, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Yes, YOU can make significant progress on the issues you care about if you gain more insights into Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing. I’m offering my excellent series of 6 workshops on “Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing” on 6 consecutive Saturday mornings (February 9 through March 16) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in one participant’s home at a convenient location about a mile east of downtown Olympia. Please sign up now. Phone me at (360) 491-9093 or e-mail me at glenanderson@integra.net. I am donating my time for FREE and invite voluntary sliding-scale donations to cover the cost of printing the many excellent handouts. […]

Our systems are not “broken.” They’re working as intended. They are DELIBERATELY UNFAIR.

January 3, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

People keep saying that our nation’s systems are “broken.”  That is misleading.  They are NOT “broken.”  They are WORKING AS INTENDED!  They are DELIBERATELY UNFAIR! On issue after issue, politicians, mainstream media, and the general public keep saying that our systems are “broken.”  But if you look at how they are actually functioning — WHAT THEY ACTUALLY DO — and WHAT THEY ARE PREVENTING — and WHO HAS THE POWER and WHO BENEFITS from the status quo — you’ll see that these systems are NOT really “broken.”  They are serving the rich and the powerful and preventing the changes that […]

Protect Immigrant Rights: Video interview and summary of what we said

December 23, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

I thought I had posted this more than a year ago, but I can’t find it, so here it is now. The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s May 2017 TV program “Protect Immigrant Rights” featured an interview with three local persons who are volunteering with local efforts. To watch the video, CLICK THIS LINK:  WATCH VIDEO HERE To read a thorough summary of what we said, CLICK THIS LINK:  READ THE SUMMARY   On Sunday December 23, 2018, the Olympian newspaper published an editorial strongly supporting the work of Olympia’s Strengthening Sanctuary group, the group through which our TV guests volunteer:  […]

16-year-old girl gets 51 years in prison for self-defense against attempted rapist/murderer

December 17, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Cyntoia Brown, a 16-year-old girl, was afraid that a man who was going to rape her was also going to kill her, so she killed him in self-defense.  See this information: https://www.freedomunited.org/news/calls-for-clemency-as-cyntoia-brown-given-51-years-in-jail/?trk_msg=G3JDM722QIFK56BHJIIIH18Q50&trk_contact=K0U2405KL0NSNF0DMJQ6KVTNEC&trk_sid=7H71ASV2V8BDKPMJ28IG9A6O90&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Calls+for+Clemency+as+Cyntoia+Brown+Given+51+Years+in+Jail&utm_campaign=News+Digest&utm_content=News+Digest_12162018 MORE INFORMATION from a non-profit organization urging Tennessee’s government to grant clemency:: Cyntoia Brown is a girl who our justice system failed. A sex trafficking victim who after days of being abused and drugged by her captors, was sold to a 43 year-old armed child predator. She feared for her life. She defended her life. The system failed to protect her.  Cyntoia Brown has been locked away in […]

California is still planning to execute an innocent man.

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Kevin Cooper, who is almost certainly innocent, has been imprisoned on California’s death row for 33 years. His cell is smaller than a typical American bathroom. The State of California refuses to conduct modern DNA testing. A federal judge on the 9th Circuit says Mr. Cooper is innocent, and that “the San Bernardino sheriff’s department framed him.” The evidence does not point to him at all. The same federal appeals judge also said, ““the state failed to provide Cooper a fair hearing,” that “the state obstructed and impeded Cooper and his lawyers in almost every way imaginable in denying his […]

A psychiatrist thinks we should treat alt-right bigotry like a disease.

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

This psychiatrist thinks we should treat alt-right bigotry like a disease. There could be a public health solution. He says alt-right bigotry is not technically a discrete medical disease, but that “there are good reasons to treat bigotry as a public health problem.” He says, “some of the approaches we take toward controlling the spread of disease may be applicable to pathological bigotry: for example, by promoting self-awareness of bigotry and its adverse health consequences.” “[W]hat if, in an important sense, bigotry is both virulent and contagious – that is, capable of both causing damage and spreading from person to […]

TV Programs: PART 2 of “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World”

November 30, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Our nation and world are in a horrible mess.  The December 2018 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series examines how to solve the problems. A person or an entire society has a “worldview” — a way of seeing reality — that strongly directs their behavior and public policy.  The worldview that currently dominates the U.S. government and society has caused escalating greed, corruption, cruelty, oppression, war, and other bad things.  Instead, we need to replace that worldview with its opposite — a worldview that is humane, compassionate, peaceful, fair to everyone, and environmentally sustainable. An unjust society seeks to […]

A psychiatrist thinks we should treat alt-right bigotry like a disease.

November 25, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The psychiatrist in the article linked at the end of this blog post thinks we should treat alt-right bigotry like a disease.  This would help us understand how to use public health methodologies for a solution to alt-right bigotry.. He says alt-right bigotry is not technically a discrete medical disease, but that “there are good reasons to treat bigotry as a public health problem.”  He says, “some of the approaches we take toward controlling the spread of disease may be applicable to pathological bigotry: for example, by promoting self-awareness of bigotry and its adverse health consequences.” “[W]hat if, in an […]

Stop Hurting Other Nations. Accept All Refugees Caused by Our Violence.

November 25, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Parents teach children to clean up their messes. We must teach our government the same lesson. The U.S. keeps attacking other nations, making it impossible for victims to live there, but the U.S. refuses to accept those refugees.  Survivors in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen and many other nations cannot live safely in their home countries . The U.S. has a moral obligation to invite our wars’ refugees to settle here. The U.S. arms dictators and other abusive governments that abuse and kill their people.  The U.S. abuses other nations in many ways, causing those populations to flee for safety.  […]