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Society and politicians need to recognize the SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS that cause homelessness

November 22, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Too often we hear ordinary people and politicians blame the victims of our economic system.  Trump specialized in this.  He kept calling people “losers.”  He did not mean that they were losing because capitalism is unfair – or that they were being hurt by systemic social injustice and discrimination.  No, Trump’s accusation of “loser” was personal blame against the individuals who have been victimized by cruel systems in our society and our economy. In order to solve the problems, we must recognize that OUR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS cause the problems and make people poor. Also, OUR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC […]

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Divest from fossil fuels! Let’s organize a strategically savvy grassroots movement!

September 13, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Let’s organize a savvy grassroots movement to divest from fossil fuels and protect the climate!   Divesting from fossil fuels is a powerful strategy for protecting the climate. More and more governments, pension funds, colleges, religious organizations, investment funds, and so forth are selling their fossil fuel investments. We can significantly strengthen this positive trend by organizing a bigger, more strategically savvy grassroots movement.  Let’s educate the public and various public and private entities.  Let’s build a grassroots movement to convince them to sell their fossil fuel investments. I’m offering a series of 6 FREE online workshops providing practical ways […]

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Let’s organize a savvy grassroots movement to significantly reform the Port of Olympia!

August 30, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

For many years local folks have been frustrated that the Port of Olympia has been hurting the environment, violating principles of honest democracy, and abusing Thurston County’s taxpayers. We can solve problems if we organize a strategically savvy grassroots movement to educate the public and elect good Port Commissioners.   I’m offering a series of 6 FREE online workshops providing practical ways to strategize and reach out effectively to the voting public and various constituencies so we can build a strong, grassroots movement to significantly reform the Port of Olympia. The workshops will help you make better progress on other […]

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We can devise smart strategies to protect local communities from real estate developers’ abuses, etc.

July 3, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Local communities in many parts of our nation — including the Olympia WA area where I live — are being hurt in several ways by real estate developers and other entities that cut down trees and build on lands that should not be built upon (including areas with toxic waste buried underground, areas on dangerous slopes, and so forth).  Those wealthy financial entities have corrupted local governments to let them do that.  In some cases they even are allowed to avoid having to pay taxes that they should be paying — and are subsidized in various ways by local governments […]

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Sign up NOW for FREE, PRACTICAL ONLINE WORKSHOPS to help you make more progress on issues YOU care about

May 23, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Sign up NOW for FREE, PRACTICAL ONLINE WORKSHOPS to help you make more progress on issues YOU care about ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can STRENGTHEN OUR SKILLS and add resources to our “toolboxes” so we can make more progress in working on our issues. That’s why I’m offering my 6 FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS. Please see information on the flyer I posted at this link – and SIGN UP NOW! 6 practical workshops on Grassroots Organizing — 2022 JUNE-JULY — FLYER Let’s build strong nonviolent grassroots movements that will significantly move public opinion — […]

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Let’s use this clever strategy to oppose the housing development at the Sundberg Gravel Pit site.

May 22, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

We keep seeing new housing developments named after the environmental reality that had been existing at that site before the housing development was built.  So, for example, a forest of cedar trees is clear-cut and replaced by a housing development called “Cedar Park.”  This happens a lot. So, we can use that strategy to oppose the housing development that is planned for the NW Olympia location where the Sundberg Gravel Pit, a Weyerhaeuser log yard, and a toxic waste site have existed.  Let’s start now to publicly – and repeatedly – refer to the proposed housing development as “Toxic Waste […]

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How YOU can make more progress on issues YOU care about

April 1, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

We are always the underdogs in working for the issues we care about.   These FREE online workshops really can strengthen our skills and strategies so we can make truly significant progress on ALL of the issues you care about! 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 resources to our “toolboxes” so we can […]

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Olympia City Council passed proclamation supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

January 21, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Thanks to Bob Zeigler, Bob Delastrada, and other members of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons who helped this effort succeed. Thanks to Olympia City Council member Clark Gilman who shepherded this proclamation through the City’s process and helped pass it at the City Council’s meeting on Tuesday January 18, 2022. They passed this proclamation: Proclamation re Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons                  

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Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve: Yes, Olympia’s peace vigils occur as usual both Fridays!

December 23, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Olympia’s weekly peace vigils occur all year around, regardless of holidays and regardless of weather!   We warmly (!) invite you to join us FRI DEC 24 and FRI DEC 31 (and every Friday) from 4:30 to 6:00 (or as much of that time as you can spare) at the SW corner of 4th & Water downtown (across the street south from the Kissing Statue).  (This is for 2021, and our vigils will continue every week in the future too.) I’ll bring a good, varied selections of signs, or you may bring your own.  We support peace, human rights, nonviolence, […]

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Sign up NOW for FREE, PRACTICAL ONLINE WORKSHOPS to help you make more progress on issues YOU care about

December 18, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can STRENGTHEN OUR SKILLS and add resources to our “toolboxes” so we can make more progress in working on our issues. That’s why I’m offering my 6 FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS. Please see information on the flyer I posted at this link – and SIGN UP NOW! 6 practical workshops on Grassroots Organizing — 2022 JAN-FEB — FLYER.docx Let’s build strong nonviolent grassroots movements that will significantly move public opinion — and change the dominant paradigms — and push governments, big businesses, mainstream media, and other entrenched entities to do […]

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Understanding Environmental Water Quality Problems and Solutions

November 27, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The December 2021 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” helps people understand how water quality in Puget Sound (and bodies of water elsewhere) has been seriously hurt.  We also explain — in easy-to-understand ways — the damage to the the rivers and streams that flow into these salt waters.  Besides examining problems we also propose solutions. Glen Anderson interviewed Harry Branch, who has a solid educational background and extensive professional expertise that includes a variety of hands-on experience in fisheries, skippering boats, conducting marine science research, and more.  Harry explains the science and the practicalities — and the public policies — […]

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OCTOBER events and online opportunities

October 8, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Here is a list of many coming events and opportunities on a wide variety of in October 2021. I created the attached document today. It informs you about many events and opportunities on a wide variety of issues that are coming up in the next few weeks.  Many are online, so people EVERYWHERE can participate. The attached document includes live links to connect you with more information about these events and opportunities. CALENDAR — October 8 2021 and beyond