Articles + videos: Greta Thunberg, Swedish teenager, speaks boldly to world leaders about climate crisis

April 29, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

An amazing 16-year-old from Sweden has spoken many times to groups of powerful leaders in many countries, including international gatherings.  Greta Thunberg has impressed people with her bold critique of the problems that led to the climate crisis — and her bold critique of powerful people and bodies that fail to take necessary actions. Her speeches have been videotaped and can be watched.  Some copies of her texts are also available.  Here are some links.   Greta Thunberg continues speaking boldly to world leaders. In April 2019 she spoke to some members of the UK’s House of Commons. The text […]

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 […]

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 […]

Here’s how charter schools are scamming the U.S. government and ripping off taxpayers

April 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Conservatives keep wanting to “privatize” everything so businesses can make a lot of money by providing services that governments have been doing.  The experience has been that “privatized” services end up costing more and providing worse service.  Also, governments are accountable to voters, but businesses are not accountable. This is true in our nation’s educational system too.  Vouchers and “charter schools” are vigorously promoted not only because they support capitalism instead of democracy, but also because they allow religious schools to grab taxpayers’ money without having to be fair to the students.  Some of these privately owned schools skim off […]

The Southern Poverty Law Center identified 28 hate groups in Washington State

April 13, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

People who live in Washington State tend to think we are more enlightened than the rest of the nation.  But the Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcentner.org) has identified 28 hate groups in Washington State. Sure, some might be small.  But they can be dangerous.  Decent people need to figure out various ways to make our local communities more welcoming and to discourage the kind of mean-spiritedness, bias, etc., that can cause some people to join up with hate groups. Here is the SPLC’s article: https://www.splcenter.org/states/washington    

Worldwide Student Climate Strike on March 15 2019 — Article + Photos

April 13, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

ARTICLE AND PHOTOS: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/15/global-climate-strike-pictures-millions-students-walk-out-demand-planetary?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=Global%20Climate%20Strike%20in%20Pictures%3A%20Millions%20of%20Students%20Walk%20Out%20in%20Name%20of%20Planetary%20Transformation&utm_campaign=In%20Pictures%3A%20Millions%20Strike%20for%20Climate%20Worldwide%20%7C%20News%20%2526%20Views&utm_content=email&utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-In%20Pictures%3A%20Millions%20Strike%20for%20Climate%20Worldwide%20%7C%20News%20%2526%20Views-_-Global%20Climate%20Strike%20in%20Pictures%3A%20Millions%20of%20Students%20Walk%20Out%20in%20Name%20of%20Planetary%20Transformation   MORE PHOTOS from around the world: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/3/15/18267156/youth-climate-strike-march-15-photos?fbclid=IwAR1RMzASm4E7gFPwKlRbYta36QQQ3cy5ZE5jEx__._,_.___      

NEWS — DANGER — OPPORTUNITY re: Military Draft

March 1, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

A federal judge rules it’s unconstitutional to register ONLY men for the military draft. For a long time before that decision, the federal government had been studying what to do about the draft: — Register women too — Require mandatory “national service” in military or civilian jobs — Abolish the draft altogether. I’ve been following this closely, and there is no indication yet what decision the federal inquiry will propose. Now that a federal judge has ruled it unconstitutional to register only men, this forces the issue into one of the options listed above. See this article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/24/military-draft-judge-rules-male-only-registration-unconstitutional/2968872002/   MORE […]

Sharply reduce militarism and guns. Schools should teach PEACE and NONVIOLENCE instead of Junior ROTC.

February 6, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

A few days ago I posted to my blog this information about the fact that the mass-murderer at the high school in Parkland, Florida, had learned how to become an expert marksman because he actually attended that same high school and was enrolled in its Junior ROTC program:  http://parallaxperspectives.org/the-mass-murderer-at-parkland-florida-was-trained-by-junior-rotc-at-that-school   This tragedy shows that BOTH militarism AND guns are out of control. Schools with Junior ROTC programs are training their students to commit mass murder — in the military against people in other countries — and perhaps also in their own local schools. WE MUST STOP THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE! […]

The mass-murderer at Parkland, Florida, was trained by Junior ROTC at that school

January 30, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

The Establishment keeps telling us that militarism and military training will make us safe. The gun lobby and some politicians keep telling us that more guns in schools will make us safe. Those are lies! Here is the truth: The February 2018 a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, was a former student who had been enrolled in the school’s Junior ROTC (JROTC) program, including its marksmanship program. The military-school partnership trained him to shoot and to be an expert marksman. The JROTC’s curriculum teaches that military violence solves problems. The mass-murderer was wearing his JROTC shirt […]

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. […]

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 […]

A 15-year-old Swedish girl calls for worldwide climate strike

December 16, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Nations meeting in Poland (and the fossil fuel companies lobbying them) for the COP 24 global climate meeting has failed to take strong action. Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swede attended the global event and – frustrated that governmental leaders are failing to act responsibly – calls for a worldwide strike to demand serious actions to protect the climate. Read the article – and watch her 1-minute video (in perfect English) at this link: https://www.ecowatch.com/greta-thunberg-climate-strike-2623294546.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=8359602284-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-8359602284-85369701 Recently she was interviewed on Democracy Now!  See this link:  https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/13/you_are_stealing_our_future_greta            

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.  […]

Kids’ federal lawsuit against U.S. gov’t is repeatedly blocked and allowed to proceed.

November 13, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

The “Climate” and “Young People” parts of this blog have previously reported that a number of children and teenagers have sued the federal government for failing to take strong actions to protect the climate, thereby depriving them of a good future.  This lawsuit has persisted for several years.  First the Obama Administration fought against it.  Now the Trump regime is fighting very hard against it.  For several years this lawsuit has suffered roadblocks, rulings allowing it to proceed, more roadblocks, more rulings allowing it to proceed, and so forth — off and on, off and on, off and on. Here […]