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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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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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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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Nuclear Weapons VIOLATE the “Just War” criteria

July 24, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Typically, people assume that if our government is fighting a war, that war is “just.”  Historically and currently, some institutional churches say they support the “Just War” criteria.  Actually, the “Just War” criteria go back for many centuries, and our wars — and specifically any use of nuclear weapons — violate the “Just War” criteria. These two documents provide solid information: Principles of the Just War Just War criteria and discussion                

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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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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 […]

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April 14, 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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Click to urge President Biden to take these actions …

April 13, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Many non-profit organizations are urging President Biden to take smart actions.  I have collected some recent ones here.  You might want to provide your own name and contact information and click to send.  For a few of these you may remove my name and contact information and substitute your own. Also, you can contact President Biden through the White House website — www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ — or through the White House phone switchboard — (202) 456-1414  Grassroots pressure has produced positive governmental actions on some issues.  Let’s keep it going!   Human rights, democracy, and peace for Myanmar (traditionally known as Burma): On […]

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February 15, 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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January 14, 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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Convicted Anti-Nuclear Activists Speak Out: “Pentagon Has Brainwashed People”

December 15, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Courageous nonviolent activists keep risking arrest and prison in order to put their bodies on the line to witness against nuclear weapons.  This happens in various parts of our nation, including the Trident nuclear submarine base in Kitsap County WA and at the Trident base at Kings Bay GA. The federal court system’s procedures are always rigged by prosecutors and judges to prevent defendants from making an effective defense about the dangers of nuclear weapons, international law, and the “necessity defense.” People with any strong feelings about nuclear weapons are excluded from serving on the jury.  At a recent trial […]

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Powerfully informative resources prove Trump’s horrible corruption, incompetence, etc.

December 15, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

We keep seeing various articles documenting various ways in which Trump is cruel, corrupt, incompetent, etc.  Recently two reputable national magazines focused entire issues on compiling such articles.  They are powerful resources.  I recommend them highly.   The July-August 2020 issue of Mother Jones focused especially on Trump’s extreme mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The front cover says:  “PLAGUED:  Grift, Greed, Gaslighting:  A Special Report on Trump’s COVID Corruption.”  Read it here:  https://www.motherjones.com/mag/2020/07/toc/   The October-November 2020 issue of The Progressive contains many articles on a wide variety of Trump’s terrible public policies and other actions.  It documents his cruelty, corruption, and […]

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International Declaration of Human Rights passed the U.N. General Assembly December 10, 1948

December 7, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

I’m posting this to my blog a few days before International Human Rights Day, December 10.  This day celebrates when the U.N. General Assembly passed the International Declaration on Human Rights on December 10, 1948.  It’s good to re-read the International Declaration on Human Rights every few years. Information and the text are at this link: https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ A .pdf with a simple, readable font is at this link: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Documents/UDHR_Translations/eng.pdf Thanks to Eleanor Roosevelt who had worked skillfully to create and pass this landmark document. Bonus questions:  (1) How many of these internationally recognized human rights has the U.S. (and/or states […]

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November 6, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

How are the issues YOU care about doing nowadays? Many people feel frustrated that peace, social and economic justice, the environment and climate, and other vital goals are left behind by “politics-as-usual.” When “the system” keeps failing to solve the real problems, YOU can work with other people to ORGANIZE NONVIOLENT GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS to make progress on issues YOU care about! Sign up now for 6 FREE online workshops to empower you and provide insights, strategies and resources to help you win! Governments, big businesses, mainstream media, and other entrenched entities will do what we want ONLY WHEN a strong nonviolent […]