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How could we frame our international peace message to avoid a rhetorical pitfall?

January 27, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

We want peace worldwide.  We need to help people understand international issues with a worldwide vision and values that reach all around the globe. However, the right wing — and ultra-nationalists — have been promoting rhetoric AGAINST this worldwide view.  They denounce “globalism” (and often hatefully claim Jews are behind it).  Unfortunately, the right-wing media and many Americans — including some members of Congress — fall into the trap. This irrational mania interferes with our legitimate organizing for peace and international problem-solving (including global environmental, climate, disease, economic, and other problems). Actually, part of the problem is global CAPITALISM, but […]

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Urge WA Legislature to repeal Tim Eyman’s anti-tax propaganda on our ballots

January 27, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

The 2023 Washington State Legislature has an opportunity to do something good for democracy. For many years, Tim Eyman has CLUTTERED OUR BALLOTS WITH MEANINGLESS “ADVISORY VOTES” that are really ANTI-TAX PROPAGANDA! Some years ago he fooled voters into approving a statewide initiative to put these on the ballot.  They have NO LEGITIMATE PURPOSE.  They merely rile up voters with anti-tax hysteria.  Every time the legislature increases tax on anybody in any way — even by finally making certain kinds of businesses pay their fair share — and even by closing a stupid loophole — Tim Eyman’s stupid initiative triggers […]

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The “debt ceiling” is a Republican scam to prevent funding programs we need.

January 25, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

The media are currently obsessed with the “debt ceiling” and are grossly distorting the realities! The “debt ceiling” is NOT in the Constitution.  It’s just a law — a law that has been changed many times. Republicans keep using it to bully Democrats into cutting Social Security, Medicare, and other important programs that people really need.  Republicans NEVER call for cutting the Pentagon budget. Spending is one side of the ledger.  The other side is TAXES.  Republican who are worried about deficits and the public debt NEVER call for raising taxes on RICH PEOPLE or BIG BUSINESSES.  They want to […]

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Nuclear weapons “Doomsday Clock” is the closest to midnight it’s EVER been!!!

January 25, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

On January 24, 2023, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that they have moved the Doomsday Clock even closer to midnight.  Now it’s at 90 seconds.  This is the closest it has EVER been – closer than the peak of the Cold War and closer than 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. See their announcement here:  https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/current-time/   I’m providing more information below about the Doomsday Clock.  But FIRST WE MUST RECOGNIZE that the world needs us to strengthen our organizing to ABOLISH nuclear weapons!  Here are two resources: (1) I’m attaching a list I created of excellent sources of information […]

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Help young people resist pressures by military recruiters

January 24, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

Every year the U.S. military spends BILLIONS OF DOLLARS trying to recruit young people to join the military.  Some of their methods are VERY INTRUSIVE.  Some are VERY DECEPTIVE. A few organizations help young people with “consumer protection” information to help them resist the pressures.  I recommend the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (nnomy.org).   Also, the guests I interviewed on my September 2022 TV program mentioned counter-recruitment efforts.  You can WATCH the video and/or READ the thorough summary I typed up (with links to additional information) at this link:  https://parallaxperspectives.org/some-people-in-the-military-refuse-orders               […]

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Congress still wants to oppress women along with men in the military draft

January 18, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

See the article that BEGINS ON PAGE 6 and CONTINUES ON PAGE 4 of this publication: Click to access ccw-newsletter-Winter-2022-2023-web-opt.pdf It’s published by the Center on Conscience and War.  I’ve been reading their materials and providing financial support since 1972 — more than half a century now.   A few years ago women were authorized to perform the same kinds of combat duties in war zones along with men, so a men’s organization sued the federal government and argued that the male-only military draft discriminated against men.  The federal court agreed.  Now Congress has been trying for several years to […]

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Conscientious Objectors and other War Resisters in Ukraine and Russia

January 18, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

Here is the lead article from the publication I’ve been reading (and financially supporting) for more than half a century (since 1972).  The Center on Conscience and War (www.centeronconscience.org) has supported conscientious objectors to war since the very beginning of World War II. Their Winter 2022-2023 issue features this lead article, titled “Love Your Neighbor.  No Exceptions.”  It provides information for people in Russia and Ukraine who are refusing to fight the war. Click to access ccw-newsletter-Winter-2022-2023-web-opt.pdf      

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Click to tell Congress: Cut the Pentagon Budget! Fund human needs!

January 18, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

It’s the 62nd anniversary of Pres. Eisenhower’s warning against the “military industrial complex.” Now marks an urgent moment to act. Right now, we’re hearing calls to CUT government spending, but too many in Congress think social programs should face the ax, NOT hundreds of billions for weapons and war. We cannot accept this as our fate. Let’s break this cycle and redirect resources towards programs that truly benefit ALL people.  Now is the time for action. To curb the military industrial complex’s influence in our government, tell Congress to cut the Pentagon budget, NOT funding for social programs.     […]

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Nonviolent National Defense would be BETTER than what the U.S. uses now! Watch Glen Anderson’s informative explanation.

January 14, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

I spoke to a nationwide Zoom audience about how NONVIOLENT NATIONAL DEFENSE is PRACTICAL and would provide BETTER NATIONAL SECURITY than the military and nuclear weapons.  Participants enjoyed good Q&A too.   We taped the program linked below on Wednesday January 11, 2023. The host did a little editing and posted it in two ways, so you can watch it at your convenience: The host’s website link is at https://www.theworldismycountry.com/club The Youtube link is at https://youtu.be/0zEbNmbiMuQ     What I said in this program is a shortened version of my TV program series episode from May 2022 titled, “Nonviolent National […]

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FREE online workshops will strengthen your skills for ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS

January 13, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

Sign up now for FREE online workshops: Strengthen your skills for ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. We are always the underdogs in working for peace, but these FREE online workshops really can strengthen our skills and strategies so we can make truly significant progress toward abolishing nuclear weapons! Nonviolent grassroots organizing has been proven to be effective, but people – even experienced activists – could make much more progress by strengthening our skills.  This series of workshops (“Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing”) really can help! ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can STRENGTHEN OUR SKILLS and add […]

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Use humor to deal with Trump

January 8, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

One of the effective — and under-used — strategies of nonviolent resistance to bullies is to use humor and satire.  Donald Trump’s exaggerated ego and his cruel and criminal behaviors have made him a perfect object for humor and satire.  Consider these:   In 2 ½ minutes, this rewrite of the decades-old song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” nails Trump!  Click here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkU1ob_lHCw     Here is a 4 ½ minute video of Trump and The Simpsons.  This really does need to be watched.  It is hilarious, true, and sometimes scary:  https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7zfso2     A new card for Trump:  A new […]

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Watch out for these 15 fallacies among the massive amounts of baloney circulating

January 8, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

A huge amount of baloney circulates throughout society, not just on social media. Let’s help other people and ourselves avoid getting fooled or misled. Here is a list of 15 fallacies to watch out for:   Ad Hominem:  Attacking the person instead of dealing rationally with what the person is saying Straw-man Argument:  Distorting what the other person is saying, and arguing against that instead of what the person has really said Appeal to Ignorance:  Promoting gullibility and saying something must be true if it has not been explicitly disproven False Dilemma:  Disregarding the complexity of an issue, and boiling […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr., said these things about various issues

January 8, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

When people refer to MLK as the “Reverend Dr.,” they are recognizing that he did indeed earn a Ph.D. in philosophy in addition to completing formal theological studies and being ordained.  He thought clearly and wisely.  Below I’m sharing with you some things he said about several different issues — and always grounded in humane ethics.     On April 4, 1967, King spoke about the Vietnam war and overall U.S. foreign policy to an audience at Riverside Church in New York City.  Many of the things he said there have been quoted widely.  He explicitly denounced the injustices and […]

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Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW): 2nd anniversary of going into effect is Jan. 22, 2023

January 8, 2023 GlenAnderson 0

Yes, it REALLY IS POSSIBLE to abolish nuclear weapons!!! In July 2017, nearly 2/3 of the nations in the U.N. General Assembly (122 of 193 nations) approved the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) so it could go out to the world’s nations for ratification. By early January 2023, a total of 68 (one-third of the nations in the United Nations General Assembly) had RATIFIED a treaty to TOTALLY ABOLISH ALL nuclear weapons, so this treaty is in their national laws!!! It went into effect for those 68 nations on January 22, 2021.   Now the world is […]