On May 12, 2018, Mother’s Day, members of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action blocked the road leading into the Trident Nuclear Submarine base at Bangor in Kitsap County WA. (They were on the county’s side of the line, not on the federal side.) On Friday July 27 the defendants had their mitigation hearings. Larry Kerschner, a Vietnam veteran who is now a pacifist living in Centralia WA presented his statement to Judge Jeffrey J. Jahns. Larry was pleased and surprised when the judge responded to Larry’s statement by reducing his $68 fine to zero. The judge reduced all the […]
On July 27, 2018, Larry Mosqueda published at CounterPunch his new article about the current immigration “crisis.” His article corrects the misunderstandings that are widespread throughout the U.S. government, mainstream media, and the general public. He invites us to share it with other people, so I’m sharing it with you through my blog, www.parallaxperspectives.org. You will be able to read it in the August 2018 issue of Works in Progress, Olympia’s progressive monthly newspaper. See a paper copy or www.olywip.org Here is the link to read it at CounterPunch: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/27/on-the-origins-of-the-current-immigration-crisis-at-the-border/
This link — http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=26386 — provides enough compelling information and a sample e-mail you can send to STOP the world’s largest nuclear waste dump. Please do this by Monday July 30, 2018. Nuclear power and nuclear weapons cause nuclear waste. There is no realistic solution, but the government and giant corporations keep pretending they can deal with it. We must STOP nuclear power and nuclear weapons too. Thank you!
Experts now rank the U.S. among the world’s DECLINING DEMOCRACIES. This article provides information: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/7/1778307/-Experts-now-rank-the-United-States-among-the-world-s-declining-democracies?detail=emaildkre Here is another article about this, drawing from the same original information: https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/07/03/one-third-of-the-worlds-population-lives-in-a-declining-democracy-that-includes-americans/ A former intelligence officer says we’re in serious danger of losing American constitutional republic forever. Putin manipulated the US’s 2016 election. Trump is Putin’s tool. This is very scary! Many Americans are tired of hearing about Russia, but this is the real story. Read the article at this link: https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/former-intelligence-officer-malcolm-nance-were-cusp-losing-american-constitutional?src=newsletter1094168 A constitutional law professor wrote this strong article about the constitutional crisis Trump has been causing. Read the article […]
Recently I posted several news items — and action alerts — about Trump’s decision to add a question on the 2020 census asking about each person’s citizenship. That post explained why it is blatantly racist, xenophobic and partisan. See that post at this link: http://parallaxperspectives.org/urgent-info-and-action-alert-protect-the-2020-census-from-trumps-abuse Now here are two more news items: #1: A lawsuit was filed to stop the “citizenship” question. A judge said the case can move ahead because there is enough evidence that the “citizenship question” could illegally discriminate. Here is the link to an article about this progress in that lawsuit: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/census-citizenship-question-lawsuit_us_5b59efa5e4b0b15aba96689f?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__Politics_072618&utm_content=__Politics_072618+Version+A+CID_e1b9fde71c1a334ec6b1d6600b7ccca6&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=A%20judge%20said%20a%20lawsuit%20challenging%20a%20citizenship%20question%20on%20the%202020%20census%20can%20advance&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__Politics_072618 #2: A […]
Mainstream media and the official Democratic Party want us to think that Russia is the main threat to American democracy. The actual threats are different and much more deep-seated. While Russia clearly did bad things to American democracy during the 2016 election — and before and since — focusing on Russia is a clever distraction promoted by people who want us to ignore the much more serious threats. Trump won in 2016 largely because so many Americans were disgusted with the status quo. Over the years, public opinion polls kept showing increasing numbers of people saying the U.S. is on […]
For decades the Cold War allowed our nation’s militarists — and the weapons manufacturing corporations that fund them — to stampede the U.S. media and politicians and public into decades of recklessly wasteful military spending, including several wars and proxy wars and thousands of nuclear weapons. They said that this is Priority #1, so we could not afford bold efforts to end poverty, take care of the environment, or do other crucial work. When the Cold War ended, those same vested interests — our nation’s militarists and the weapons manufacturers — and conservative elements that opposed solving our nation’s social […]
This Community Affirmation was affirmed at the June 1982 International Religious Convocation for the Second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament. It remains timely today. Community Affirmation We who live in the shadow of the mushroom cloud and the dangers of bullets on our streets Today declare our hope in the future. From the diversity of our religious traditions We have come to renew our belief in the holiness of the earth and the sanctity of all life. We declare we are at peace with all people of good will. We need no leader to define […]
This document was created in 1985 and is still an important and positive alternative to our current crisis. May we all join in! Dozens of persons (including me) signed this document on Fourth of July weekend of 1985 in a ceremony outside the Trident Nuclear Submarine base at Bangor in Kitsap County WA. Ten years later dozens more signed it in a renewal of the original ceremony. MAY WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER IN AFFIRMING IT NOW, decades later! Declaration of Independence from Nuclear Weapons We are people living in the shadow of nuclear annihilation. We recognize that our present way […]
While the American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org) works hard in court rooms and in Congress and state legislatures, they also are increasingly organizing and supporting people to volunteer effectively at the local grassroots level. I encourage you to consider working with their People Power campaign (www.peoplepower.org). They can help you work on voting rights, immigrant rights, racial justice, and many other areas of concern.
In almost every state, the voters elect their local prosecuting attorneys. For many years prosecutors were elected and re-elected by being “tough-on-crime,” and public opinion seemed to support “lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key” policies. Mainstream media kept reinforcing that stereotype, and both of the big political parties bought into it. We were very stuck. But finally people are paying attention to the RESEARCH that PROVES those “tough-on-crime” laws and policies DO NOT WORK. Also, voters want to replace those with fair and just reforms. Besides being seriously biased by race and economic class, they are grossly unjust and they waste taxpayers’ money. Now the […]
Meet & hear Peace Walkers against nuclear weapons July 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PDT Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, Olympia Meet and hear the people who are walking from Eugene, Oregon, to Bangor, Washington, when they pass through Olympia on Monday July 30. This is the 14th year that members of the community at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolence (www.gzcenter.org) have walked for peace and nuclear disarmament. Olympia’s people enjoy connecting with them when they walk through our town. Join us this evening to celebrate the wonderful history of disarmament activities in western Washington. We […]
I enjoy sharing with people a story I heard about 40 years ago. We need to internalize this story’s message, let it inspire us to persist in organizing nonviolent grassroots movements for peace, human rights, the climate, and so forth — and share this story with other people. Here is the story: Two birds were enjoying a conversation while perched on a branch. One of them mentioned that each individual snowflake weighs practically nothing. A snowflake can land on a branch, and the branch does not move at all. Another snowflake can land without the branch noticing it. And another […]
Many issues demand our attention and action. Right now, THREE stand out as EXISTENTIAL CRISES. We must solve these in order to protect human civilization from destruction: #1: Nuclear weapons are increasingly likely to destroy the world: Decades after the Cold War ended, nuclear weapons still persist. Giant corporations and the politicians they own have convinced Obama and Trump to BUILD ALL NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS to replace the U.S.’s ENTIRE ARSENAL with new bombs, missiles, submarines, bombers, etc. They are projected to cost $1.7 TRILLION cost over the next 30 years, so to pay for this, Congress will be slashing […]
In January 2018 when Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as “shithole” countries, he said he’d be OK with having immigrants come from [white countries such as] Norway. Immediately Norway’s Prime Minister rebuffed Trump’s racist ignorance by saying more people are going from the U.S. to Norway than from there to here. Here is an article about that: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/24/1735614/-A-quick-message-from-Norway-s-Prime-Minister?detail=emaildkre Trump pretends to like Norway. Wouldn’t he be surprised to find out what Norway really has? A peaceful foreign policy! Health care for everyone! High taxes for rich people and corporations! A huge social safety net! A truly humane and […]