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Info and legislation about de-criminalizing drugs

September 11, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

A few days ago I sent this message to Congress about smart ways to deal with the drug problems.  We must DE-CRIMINALIZE drug use and use public health strategies to help people.   Nixon’s “War on Drugs” was DESIGNED TO BE RACIST AND CRUEL — a way to score political points for DEMONIZING “THE OTHER.” The “War on Drugs” has been going on for HALF A CENTURY.  It has NOT solved problems.  Instead, it has – Seriously disrupted millions of people’s lives – Broken families apart – Promoted racial injustices – Filled our jails and prisons with people who need […]

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This woman exposed a shocking irony …

September 11, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Betty Bowers publicly stated: “Texas doesn’t have a hotline if you see a man go into a kindergarten with an AR-15, but it does have a hotline if you see a woman go into a Planned Parenthood parking lot with her car.”   The Republican-dominated government of Texas does not seem to understand the irony — or appreciate women’s rights.                    

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Life sentences are horribly cruel and unjust in many ways

September 11, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The “conventional wisdom” wants you to think that long prison sentences make the rest of us safe.  That is NOT true.  Long prison sentences — especially life sentences — are horribly cruel and unjust in many ways. An excellent source of information is The Sentencing Project, www.sentencingproject.org.  They conduct excellent quality research and advocacy to reduce and eliminate the gross injustices in criminal justice sentencing.  I have read their materials and donated financial support for many years. In April 2021 they reported this:  “One in seven people in prison — over 200,000 individuals — are serving a sentence of life […]

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Right-wing extremists have radically changed U.S. politics. Now our democracy is in serious danger.

September 9, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

This article’s headline and sub-head are these: Go Ahead, Worry! A Worst-Case Scenario for American Democracy The American far right has transformed politics in unprecedented ways. Can this be reversed? This article’s author says why he wrote it:  “I offer here a tentative map of the multiple and interlocking dimensions of the threat from the contemporary far right.”  His article lists ten serious factors.  Read the article here: https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/right-coup-danger/  

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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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Government-sponsored prayers

September 9, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Some governmental bodies (legislatures, local governments, etc.) begin with official prayers. Often those are required by conservative politicians. Those conservatives typically oppose “Big Government.” Ironically, they want “Big Government” to force us to pray in certain ways. Not only does that blatantly contradict their opposition to “Big Government” oppressing us, but it also blatantly undermines legitimate religion.   Prayer should be personal and truly spiritual, but when “Big Government” imposes any prayer upon us, prayer is perverted and trivialized into just a meaningless ritual — a contemptible abuse by “Big Government.” Jesus told people to pray privately instead of in […]

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Death penalty action alerts

August 29, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Richard Glossip is an innocent man on Oklahoma’s death row inmate.  We need to prove his innocence before he is executed. Richard’s legal team has been hard at work uncovering new evidence that casts serious doubt on his conviction. Richard’s execution date could be scheduled any day now. To save Richard, we need your help again. Will you join the 8,000+ people who have signed our new petition urging Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and the state Pardon and Parole Board to call for an independent investigation into the new evidence in Richard Glossip’s case? Executing Richard Glossip in the face […]

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The U.S. must stop arming dictators and human rights abusers

August 29, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The U.S. has a very long history of arming dictators and human rights abusers. This was already going on long before the U.S. and Britain overthrew Iran’s democracy and installed the extremely brutal Shah of Iran in 1953.  The U.S. armed that brutal dictator throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.  After the Shah’s demise, the U.S. armed Iraq’s Saddam Hussein so he could fight his war against Iran.  Then the U.S. violently overthrew him and armed many sides in the chaos that arose directly because of the U.S.’s war there.  In recent years the U.S. has armed MANY different factions […]

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Brief insights here: See these issues from fresh perspectives!

August 29, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

#1:  In the 1940s my Dad built a SOLAR clothes dryer. Mom operated it for decades. In the 1950s when I was growing up, I remember at home we had a SOLAR and WIND clothes dryer.  It used no fossil fuels and no electricity. Dad built it in the 1940s.  Mom operated it for decades. It was called a “clothesline.”  Every home’s back yard had one.  It was an upright metal pole with a smaller horizontal metal crossbar at the top.  30 to 40 feet away was another one with the same design.  Stretched between them were four long metal […]

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Marshall Islanders Still Suffer from U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing (1946-1958)

August 14, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The August 2021 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” provides the public with information and insights about something that almost no Americans know much about.  We discuss the U.S.’s testing of nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean from 1946 to 1958. Below you see the links so you can WATCH THE VIDEO and/or READ THE THOROUGH SUMMARY that I typed up.  We explain the facts clearly so the viewers of the video — and the readers of the typed summary — will clear understand what happened.  We especially explain how the U.S.’s 67 nuclear tests affected the […]

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News from Myanmar (Burma), where the military overthrew democracy and is oppressing and killing people

August 3, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

A friend of our family is a citizen of Myanmar (traditionally known as Burma) and has been suffering — along with most people in her country — ever since February 1, 2021, when their nation’s military overthrew their democracy and has been violently oppressing the population.  The military has killed many people. Here are a few updates in the past few months:     Many years ago I started subscribing to The New Internationalist.  It is a large (82-page) periodical based in the UK that covers the entire world in very smart on-the-ground ways.  You can read feature articles from […]

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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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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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Myanmar’s coup — much info before and after — and insights into other issues

June 13, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

On February 1, 2021, the military of Myanmar (previously known as Burma) overthrew democracy and installed an extremely brutal military dictatorship.  The population has been protesting against that, so the military has been using extreme violence to suppress the resistance.  Most of the public’s resistance has been nonviolent, but — out of frustration — some people have been resorting to violence. Of course, this nation had been colonized by a European nation, so that background plays into the current crisis.  The nation exists in the context of other nations in that region.  Mainstream news media in the U.S. have been […]

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The “War on Terror” keeps provoking more violence and terrorism.

June 3, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The “War on Terror” has provoked violent extremism in Africa:   https://fpif.org/u-s-counterterrorism-in-africa-has-failed-whats-the-alternative/?emci=74038a8b-dca2-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&emdi=bb38c43a-8ea3-eb11-85aa-0050f237abef&ceid=3993183     Endless War Is A Feature of Our National Programming: On Pulling the Plug on the War Machine.  William J. Astore posted this on May 10, 2021:  https://www.juancole.com/2021/05/endless-national-programming.html     Biden is training an African military in “counter-insurgency” warfare:  The U.S. military has begun training Mozambican security forces to combat an insurgency in their country. It seems twenty years of failure of the military-first “counterterrorism” strategy won’t stop us from exporting it to others.  SEE THIS:  https://www.africanews.com/2021/03/15/us-forces-to-train-mozambique-s-marines-to-fight-jihadist-insurgency//     The U.S.’s “war on terror” slaughters innocent people.  […]