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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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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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A few short quotations about religious/spiritual matters

August 29, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Mohandas K. Gandhi (the Mahatma) said this:  “I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.”   Thich Nhat Hanh, the great Zen Buddhist mystic, said this:  What we need is not another doctrine, but an awakening that can restore our spiritual strength. What made Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle a great success was not a doctrine—not even the doctrine of nonviolence—but Gandhi himself, his way of being. A lot is written today about the doctrine of nonviolence and people everywhere are trying to apply […]

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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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Watch and/or read TV: “Debunk the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Phony Climate Remedies”

August 28, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

The September 2021 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” provides fresh information and insights into some aspects of the climate crisis that most people do not adequately understand.  Our expert guest, Jim Walsh, explained some problems and some scams that the fossil fuel companies want to fool us into accepting.  Before we ended our interview, Jim proposed some real solutions. For decades the big businesses that sell oil, natural gas and coal have been denying that they were causing the climate crisis.  The scientific proof is so overwhelming that they can’t be “climate deniers” any longer, so recently the fossil fuel […]

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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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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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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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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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Respect science. Base public policies on honest science. And envision more boldly than that too.

June 3, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Trump’s war on science has hurt our nation and our public institutions:  https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-attacks-on-science-have-scarred-our-public-institutions/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=abae6ed1-a9a4-41f5-a9d3-2d3f636cbbbe   Trump Officials Tried To ‘Cripple’ The CDC’s COVID-19 Response, House Panel Says.  Trump appointees sought to change reports “in a misguided effort to achieve herd immunity,” House investigators found.  SEE THIS:  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-cdc-covid-19-response_n_5fe0d20dc5b60d416344a7d0?ncid=newsltushpmgpolitics   In 4 years Trump escalated his corruption over the CDC. Trump’s biases increasingly overruled scientists and medical professionals.  This article does not mention the urgent need for Biden to restore honest science instead of Trumpian corruption at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Trump corrupted EVERY federal agency.  Voters must demand that Biden […]