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Progressives must “lean into” the “culture wars,” not run away from them

April 9, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

What should progressives be doing about our nation’s polarization about “culture wars”? This article was posted to an online source on November 5, 2021, and it is still relevant now and in months (and years) to come.   AMANDA MARCOTTE Democrats Can Win the Culture Wars — But They Have to Take On the Fight Early and Often Liberals are already winning the culture wars, which is why the right is so mad. Why won’t Democrats lean into it? Tuesday’s election, which was shockingly bad for Democrats even in an off-year, was a pandemic election. Sure, at first glance, it […]

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Nonviolent National Defense Would Be Better in Every Way!

April 6, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

For decades I have been researching the exciting possibilities for converting to a NONVIOLENT national defense. Now I have written an article explaining WHY it would be better than a military defense and HOW it could actually work. See the article here: Nonviolent National Defense Would Be Better in Every Way                  

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Nonviolent resistance is effective in Ukraine and elsewhere

March 6, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Military “solutions” only make problems worse!  We need to think and act outside of the militaristic box. Smart nonviolent actions have been PROVEN effective in resisting invasion and occupation. Here are just a few recent examples about Ukraine and elsewhere.  Please contact me at glenanderson@integra.net if you want more information. https://wagingnonviolence.org/2022/02/ukraine-secret-weapon-civilian-resistance/ https://wagingnonviolence.org/2022/02/the-dangerous-assumption-that-violence-keeps-us-safe/ https://wagingnonviolence.org/2022/02/ukraine-doesnt-need-to-match-russias-military-might-to-defend-against-invasion/ https://paceebene.org/blog/2022/2/28/nonviolence-news-peace-in-ukraine-resisting-invasion-stopping-atlantas-cop-city?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=77829c74-a970-4ba2-b3eb-5d0582d42ad1 https://www.juancole.com/2022/03/nonviolent-resistance-aggression.html  

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Bridging the gap between strategic and principled nonviolence

January 17, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Some people think nonviolence is nice and ethical, but not strong enough to win results in the real world. Actually, “people-power” movements that are strictly nonviolent have been proven to be much more effective than movements that include some violence.  Nonviolence is a powerful methodology, especially when the organizers develop savvy nonviolent strategies to activate their principles. See this article about bridging the gap between strategic and principled nonviolence Stellan Vinthagen’s 2015 book “A Theory of Nonviolent Action” develops a new theoretical framework for what nonviolence is. https://wagingnonviolence.org/rs/2019/05/stellan-vinathagen-book-theory-nonviolent-action-review/          

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Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing Creates Light and Progress

December 9, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing Creates Light and Progress Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093 glenanderson@integra.net The January 2022 theme for the Olympia-based publication Works In Progress (www.olywip.org) – “Where do we find light” – is a smart question to ask.  I recommend finding light in two places:  in ourselves and in the world around us. Contrary to the cynical assumption that human beings are inherently competitive and cruel (and contrary to the religious assumption that we’re doomed by “original sin”), powerful research affirms humans inherently want to cooperate and be good to each other.  I read the book Humankind: A Hopeful History written […]

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We need PEACE instead of provoking war with Russia.

November 7, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

As soon as the Russian Revolution occurred in 1917, the U.S. treated that nation as an enemy.  Although the Soviet Union was an ally with the U.S. in opposing Nazi Germany, when Japan was ready to surrender in 1945, the U.S. unnecessarily dropped two atomic bombs on Japan — partly in order to intimidate the Soviet Union.  For many decades from 1945 until the USSR collapsed in 1991, the U.S. kept treating that nation as an enemy with whom we were locked in a Cold War that was ready at any moment to destroy the entire world with nuclear weapons.  […]

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The U.S.’s bullying of NATO is very dangerous for the whole world

September 9, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Michael Klare’s smart article below lays out the context for the dangerous escalation of a new nuclear arms race: Dividing the World Into Opposing Camps Is the Road to Armageddon Washington aims to recast NATO in the image of the US military, with its focus on “great power competition” and a renewed arms race with Russia and China. By Michael T. Klare for The Nation https://www.thenation.com/article/world/new-cold-war-china/

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NPR’s 14-minute program about healing U.S.’s divisions through truth and reconciliation commissions

September 9, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

I have not yet listened to this, but I want to share it with you in case you might find it interesting and useful. I support good “truth and reconciliation commissions,” such as the one that South Africa did. Some other nations have done them too superficially to be useful. Canada did good work regarding their First Nations, and they produced significant accomplishments.   https://www.npr.org/2020/10/11/922849505/healing-u-s-divides-through-truth-and-reconciliation-commissions?emci=61063094-bd0f-eb11-96f5-00155d03affc&emdi=d2d85586-7410-eb11-96f5-00155d03affc&ceid=882844    

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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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Yes, we really can RE-DESIGN public safety away from typical policing! See many resources here!

May 3, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Finally — after many decades of trying to raise the issue — the general public (including a majority of white people) finally understands that our traditional methods of policing are ENDANGERING rather than protecting public safety.  The systemic racial injustices have become so obvious that the public is willing to consider alternatives to the long-standing status quo. Some localities have been experimenting successfully with fresh, humane, sensible, and cost-saving alternatives. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES AND OTHER RESOURCES: This substantive proposal came from the National Urban League: On April 26, 2021, the National Urban League released a comprehensive framework for criminal […]

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National Urban League Unveils “21 Pillars,” A Comprehensive Framework for Redefining Public Safety

April 26, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

NEW YORK (April 26, 2021) — The National Urban League today released a comprehensive framework for criminal justice advocacy that takes a holistic approach to public safety, the restoration of trust between communities and law enforcement, and a path forward for meaningful change. 21 Pillars for Redefining Public Safety and Restoring Community Trust centers on five key themes that are fundamental to the protection and preservation of life, dignity, and trust, while also building safer communities. “For too long the lives, safety, and freedom of communities around the nation, particularly Black communities, have been threatened by discriminatory and violent policing,” National Urban […]