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Sign up NOW for FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS so you can make more progress on issues YOU care about

July 25, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

You visited this blog because you care about important issues, such as peace, climate, economics, democracy, social justice, human rights, or ___________. YOU can make MUCH MORE PROGRESS on important issues by strengthening your skills in organizing nonviolent grassroots movements! Let’s set smart goals and devise smart strategies.  Let’s reach out to the public more effectively than we have been doing.  Let’s devise ways to be more effective in how we nonviolently push the people who have the official power to serve the broad public interest. ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can […]

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Nuclear Weapons VIOLATE the “Just War” criteria

July 24, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Typically, people assume that if our government is fighting a war, that war is “just.”  Historically and currently, some institutional churches say they support the “Just War” criteria.  Actually, the “Just War” criteria go back for many centuries, and our wars — and specifically any use of nuclear weapons — violate the “Just War” criteria. These two documents provide solid information: Principles of the Just War Just War criteria and discussion                

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These fresh insights can help us speak more convincingly about the climate — even to conservatives.

July 4, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

These three resources can greatly increase our effectiveness when talking about the climate — including how to reach conservatives:     We can move conservatives to support the climate if we use the right kinds of wording and messaging: We can move conservatives to support the climate if we use the right kinds of wording and messaging.  Banging away on the facts won’t change the minds of people who refuse to support smart climate actions.  For the climate – just as for other issues – we need to “frame” the issue and use the kinds of wording and messaging that […]

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Resolving conflicts nonviolently: Here are several resources.

July 4, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

For many years I have appreciated — and used the methodology of — Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” as a way to resolve conflicts and move forward.  You can learn more by reading his book titled Nonviolent Communication and by searching the web for that title and for his name.  Also see some of his helpful YouTube videos.  Years ago he came to Olympia twice, and I went to hear him each time. Here is a useful quotation from him: “Three factors in why some of us respond violently and some of us compassionately in similar situations: The language we have […]

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We must declare a climate emergency. Some people already have declared one. More entities must do so.

July 3, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The first few items here were posted on July 2, 2021, in my blog post saying we really are experiencing a climate emergency, so we should declare that.  The remaining items are declarations by various entities and statements urging other entities to declare a climate emergency:   In 2020 the United Nations urged world leaders to DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY: https://www.ecowatch.com/virtual-climate-summit-2020-2649465278.html?mc_cid=d65edea624&mc_eid=58bffd4d51   In 2019 Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) urged declaring a climate emergency: https://grist.org/article/bernie-sanders-and-aoc-want-to-declare-a-climate-emergency-does-that-mean-anything/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily AND: https://www.ecowatch.com/aoc-sanders-emergency-resolution-2639138944.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=7aa6bb0ac0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-7aa6bb0ac0-85369701   In 2019 Pope Francis declared a Climate Emergency in a meeting with Big Oil leaders: https://www.ecowatch.com/pope-francis-declares-climate-emergency-2638888796.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=40b456dbde-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-40b456dbde-85369701 AND: https://www.ecowatch.com/pope-francis-declares-climate-emergency-2638888796.html?rebelltitem=3#rebelltitem3 […]

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Climate Emergency: Compelling evidence WE ARE IN an emergency

July 2, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

This short (5-minute) film is worth watching; Greta Thunberg speaks directly to the audience about the links between several serious problems.  It was posted to Common Dreams on May. 24, 2021:  https://www.ecowatch.com/greta-thunberg-film-climate-covid-animals-2653092057.html   Stop climate disruption before these 7 tipping points change earth forever: Yes, we ARE experiencing a CLIMATE EMERGENCY!  Climate disruptions have moved us close to 7 “tipping points” with feedback loops that could change earth forever.  The article I linked below is very informative.  It explains the problems well so anyone can understand.  It has sections on SEA and ICE and LAND. The article is long, but […]

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THURSDAYS JULY 8 + AUGUST 5, 2021: Discuss climate & nuclear weapons: “Warheads to Windmills” booklet

July 1, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Yes!  We can ABOLISH nuclear weapons – and use the savings to fund the Green New Deal!  Warheads to Windmills is a powerfully informative and inspiring (and easy-to-read) booklet just 70 pages long.  It does an EXCELLENT job of linking the movement to abolish nuclear weapons with the movement for a Green New Deal. You can read it online or print it out at this link:  https://www.nuclearban.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Warheads-Windmills-FINAL-single-file.pdf Several Olympia organizations have joined together to schedule a 2-part discussion of this great booklet.  We’ll discuss the nuclear weapons part on Thursday July 8 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and the Green […]

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Smart strategies in the movement to abolish the death penalty

June 27, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

I’m sharing some information from my July TV program, “Empowering the Progressive Movement,” so you can see examples of smart strategies for the movement to abolish the death penalty.  The information I’m linking below is relevant to ANY issue you work on, but you might enjoy seeing the excerpt here about the death penalty:   I summarized a different example of successful grassroots organizing that has been winning victories in a growing number of states and two big victories nationwide.  The death penalty is sharply declining in the U.S.! Since before 1990 I have been organizing strategically toward abolishing the […]

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Empowering the Progressive Movement: Watch Glen’s video. Read transcript and more resources.

June 27, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The July 2021 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series helps you and other people make more progress when we work on issues you care about. Many of the issues we care about are HUGE issues in which WE are the UNDERDOGS.  Powerful forces created the unjust status quo — and powerful forces sustain the injustices we are trying to eliminate. Because we are the underdogs in these big issues, we need to empower ourselves and bring many people together so we can organize large nonviolent grassroots movements to solve the problems and create peaceful and just societies at the […]

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Nuclear weapons: Sign up now for FREE ONLINE COURSE in JULY.

June 21, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

We are offering this popular FREE ONLINE course again in JULY. People who have taken this course have learned a lot and felt empowered to work to abolish nuclear weapons. We are offering it again in JULY.  You may choose either TUESDAYS or SATURDAYS. THIS DOCUMENT provides information about the course – and how you can sign up: OCANW nuclear weapons course — JULY 2021 If you have questions, please e-mail me at glenanderson@integra.net or phone me at (360) 491-9093.   Thanks!    

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The PR industry aims to demobilize environmental movements. Here’s what organizers can do about it.

June 19, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Besides reading the article linked shortly below here, also see my further examples below that link: Public relations poses distinct threats to environmental movements, but activists are becoming more savvy and developing new forms of resistance. https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/04/22/the-pr-industry-aims-to-demobilize-environmental-movements-heres-what-organizers-can-do-about-it/ More information: Decades ago – when the beverage industry wanted to replace refillable bottles (for soda pop, beer, milk, etc.) with disposable containers – the beverage industry DECEIVED THE PUBLIC by shifting responsibility for the waste problem onto the public.  While the beverage industry VASTLY INCREASED disposable containers that people would throw away as litter in public places, the beverage industry invested in […]

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Thursdays July 8 and August 5, 2021: Discuss “Warheads to Windmills.” Abolish nuclear weapons. Use the savings to fund the Green New Deal.

June 19, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Yes!  We can ABOLISH nuclear weapons – and use the savings to fund the Green New Deal! Warheads to Windmills is a powerfully informative and inspiring (and easy-to-read) booklet just 70 pages long.  It does an EXCELLENT job of linking the movement to abolish nuclear weapons with the movement for a Green New Deal. You can read it online or print it out at this link:  https://www.nuclearban.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Warheads-Windmills-FINAL-single-file.pdf   Several Olympia organizations have joined together to schedule a 2-part discussion of this great booklet for the summer of 2021.  We’ll discuss the nuclear weapons part on Thursday July 8 from 6:30 […]

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People wrongly assume nuclear weapons “deter” attacks on us. Let’s help people let go of the “deterrence” assumption.

June 19, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The general public, politicians and mainstream media all WRONGLY ASSUME that nuclear weapons “deter” attacks on the U.S.  This wrong assumption is nearly unanimous.  It is a HUGE BARRIER to moving them to reduce and abolish nuclear weapons.  In order to make progress toward peace, we absolutely must help the public, politicians and media LET GO OF the “deterrence” assumption. The “deterrence” assumption locks people into insisting that we must continue having nuclear weapons.  The “deterrence” assumption PREVENTS THEM FROM HEARING our messages about reducing and abolishing them.   The people who are working to abolish nuclear weapons do recognize […]

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These articles support a clean “green” energy future

June 13, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Yes, We Can Electrify Almost Everything. Here’s What That Looks Like. National lab wraps up groundbreaking project on electrifying the economy:  https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03062021/inside-clean-energy-electrification-report/?utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=adfa20848a-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-adfa20848a-327502737   These two items support a clean energy future: Mark Jacobson (from Stanford) succinctly makes the point that we already have the technology we need to displace all fossil fuel use, so we do not have to wait for technological revolutions to move ahead.  This article takes less than five minutes to read:  https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/554605-no-we-dont-need-miracle-technologies-to-slash-emissions-we-already Amory Lovins (from the Rocky Mountain Institute) spoke to Congress.  He explained that nuclear power is NOT the solution.  It costs more and takes […]