Woman Describes How Street Abuse Feels

May 25, 2016
Woman Describes How Street Abuse Feels

LAURA FINLEY - It wasn’t the first time. Like most women—84 percent across 22 countries, in fact-- I have been catcalled by random men many times. In a widely shared 2014 experiment, a woman in New York City received 100 catcalls in just ten hours. But last night was definitely the scariest I have...

Yes to Assertive, No to Aggressive

May 23, 2016
Yes to Assertive, No to Aggressive

TOM H. HASTINGS - I teach and write in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, with a special focus on strategic nonviolence. It is a rich field, growing in its scholarship and its widespread usage. I’m so enthused by this—the more we wage our conflicts with nonviolence the lower the costs. Counting the...

Peace, Not Russia, Is Real Threat to US Power

May 21, 2016
Peace, Not Russia, Is Real Threat to US Power

FINIAN CUNNINGHAM - The monstrous US military budget is a classic illustration of the proverb about not seeing the woods for the trees. It is such an overwhelming outgrowth, all too often it is misperceived.

Nuclear Ground Zero Is Everywhere Now

May 19, 2016
Nuclear Ground Zero Is Everywhere Now

WINSLOW MYERS - Torture and rape are unbearable enough, but a nuclear war anywhere could throw billions of people into the misery of worldwide starvation. It is a dangerous illusion to assume that our political leaders and foreign policy experts will magically prevent apocalypse—that the generals on the front lines in Pakistan or anywhere...

The Blue Revolution – How Kuwaiti Women Used Nonviolence to Gain Suffrage

May 17, 2016
The Blue Revolution – How Kuwaiti Women Used Nonviolence to Gain Suffrage

RIVERA SUN - This week in nonviolent history commemorates the successful conclusion of Kuwait's Blue Revolution. On May 17th, 2005, Kuwaiti women gained suffrage after more than 40 years of struggle. The women used a wide variety of approaches to achieve their goals, including lobbying, introducing repeated legislation, protests and demonstration, marches, rallies, and...

Panama Papers Reveal How the 1% Operate

May 15, 2016
Panama Papers Reveal How the 1% Operate

MEL GURTOV - One of the many tools at the disposal of multinational corporations (MNCs) for maximizing profits and undermining state sovereignty is moving operations to low-tax countries. Global companies do not simply “go abroad”; they shift capital, as well as labor and technology, to wherever the advantages are greatest. This reality...

NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

May 13, 2016
NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

CONN HALLINAN - “Aggressive,” “revanchist,” “swaggering”: These are just some of the adjectives the mainstream press and leading U.S. and European political figures are routinely inserting before the words “Russia,” or “Vladimir Putin.” It is a vocabulary most Americans have not seen or heard since the height of the Cold War. The question is,...

Here’s What a U.S. Military “Mistake” Looks Like

May 11, 2016
Here’s What a U.S. Military “Mistake” Looks Like

ROBERT C. KOEHLER - “The people are being reduced to blood and dust. They are in pieces.” The doctor who uttered these words still thought the hospital itself was a safe zone. He was with Doctors Without Borders, working in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where the Taliban and government forces were engaged in hellish fighting and...

Youth > Fossil Fuels

May 9, 2016
Youth > Fossil Fuels

KATIE MCCHESNEY - Something big is unfolding on campuses across the country this spring. In early April, twenty students from Swarthmore College launched a creative theatre action outside their administrator’s office in Philadelphia to call out her shady ties to the fossil fuel industry -- including to oil giant Exxon -- that are clouding...

Pennsylvania Township Legalizes Civil Disobedience

May 7, 2016

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND - Grant Township, Indiana County, PA: Tonight, Grant Township Supervisors passed a first-in-the-nation law that legalizes direct action to stop frack wastewater injection wells within the Township. Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) has sued the Township to overturn a local democratically-enacted law that prohibits injection wells.

North Korea’s New Weapons: Full Speed Ahead

May 5, 2016
North Korea’s New Weapons: Full Speed Ahead

MEL GURTOV - North Korea is on a military tear. How and when any of the weapons the North claims to have might actually be operational is open to speculation. What does seem clear is that Kim Jong-un is pressing his weapons specialists to produce a reliable deterrent that will force the issue of...

Remembering Daniel Berrigan with Gratitude

May 3, 2016
Remembering Daniel Berrigan with Gratitude

KEN BUTIGAN - Daniel Berrigan has died, and so we have lost our great teacher who, flinty and generous and relentlessly persistent, taught us how to live in a culture of death and madness: “Find some people you can pray with and march with.”

Iraq Today: Can We Feel the Heat?

May 1, 2016

CATHY BREEN - Outwardly everything seemed so normal that at first I forgot I was with people now counted among the hundreds of thousands who are internally displaced in Iraq. In the next couple of hours, though, we would hear many tragic stories that would dispel any thought of “normalcy.”

Voices of Reason vs the Doomsday Lobby

April 29, 2016
Voices of Reason vs the Doomsday Lobby

JOHN LAFORGE - In 2010, three high-ranking military officials including Air Force Colonel B. Chance Saltzman, Chief of the US Air Force’s Strategic Plans and Policy Division who had worked directly for the Secretary of the Air Force, published a major policy paper suggesting that the US should unilaterally cut its nuclear arsenal by...

30 Ways Chernobyl and the Dying Nuke Industry Threaten Our Survival

April 27, 2016
30 Ways Chernobyl and the Dying Nuke Industry Threaten Our Survival

HARVEY WASSERMAN - The on-going radiation releases from jalopy nuclear reactors impact our health and undermine our eco-systems every day, threatening our future on this planet, and standing in the way of the Solartopian Revolution in renewables and efficiency that must ultimately save our planet from ecological and economic ruin.

President Obama Should Go to Hiroshima, But Not Empty-Handed

April 25, 2016
President Obama Should Go to Hiroshima, But Not Empty-Handed

KEVIN MARTIN - There couldn’t be a better audience, the Hibakusha, atomic bomb survivors, nor a better time for a president whose days in office are dwindling, for Obama to announce concrete steps toward the goal he enunciated in his Prague speech in 2009, the security of a world free of nuclear weapons.

An Earth Day Pledge: Commit to the Great Turning

April 23, 2016
An Earth Day Pledge: Commit to the Great Turning

RIVERA SUN - In an era of climate crisis, Earth Day reminds us of the urgency and importance of transforming our way of life . . . today! One resource for this is to re-imagine these times as an epochal period of great change, one that many people are calling the Great Turning.

Did the Vatican Just Throw Out Its Just War Doctrine?

April 21, 2016
Did the Vatican Just Throw Out Its Just War Doctrine?

ERICA CHENOWETH - Last week, the Vatican hosted a conference on the theme of “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence,” organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace along with the global Catholic peace network Pax Christi International. In their concluding appeal to Pope Francis,...

“Modernizing” the Opportunities for Nuclear War

April 19, 2016
“Modernizing” the Opportunities for Nuclear War

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world. The fight, as a recent New York Times article indicates, concerns a variety of nuclear weapons that the U.S. military is currently in the process...

Nonviolence is the Key to Bloodless Occupations

April 17, 2016
Nonviolence is the Key to Bloodless Occupations

TOM HASTINGS - Video footage of the Oregon State Police shooting of armed occupier LaVoy Finicum following a vehicular chase is so very sad to watch. Finicum may have been quite stupid in his belief that American public lands should belong to private ranchers, but he did not deserve to die. Sadly, he arranged...

Tax Day Actions Include Protests and Refusal to Pay

April 15, 2016

PRESS RELEASE - From traditional Tax Day, April 15, 2016, through the final day to file in Maine and Massachusetts on April 19, hundreds of people in communities across the United States will take public action to call for a change federal budget priorities away from military spending and to human and environmental needs....

What Should We Conclude From the Sanders and Trump Victories?

April 13, 2016
What Should We Conclude From the Sanders and Trump Victories?

WINSLOW MYERS - Trump and Sanders in their stark difference both from each other and from establishment candidates exemplify our national duality: fear-mongering and oversimplification from Trump, idealism and authenticity from Sanders. Every four years we have a fresh chance to look both for the real America and for the best possible America. Fifty-seven...

Repeal of the Death Penalty is a Step Toward Peace

April 11, 2016

RON STEINER - Antonyms for “peace” could be any of the following: War, disagreement, hate, discord, agitation, disharmony, distress, frustration, upset, worry, disturbance. We can add the “death penalty” as an antonym to “peace.”

Dragging Our Feet Toward Nuclear Disaster

April 9, 2016
Dragging Our Feet Toward Nuclear Disaster

IRA HELFAND - A United Nations meeting in Geneva could have enormous implications for United States national security, but it is being ignored by most of the media and by America’s political leaders. It deserves serious attention. A new policy-making body called the Open Ended Working Group consider...

Stifling Academic Freedom the NRA Way

April 7, 2016
Stifling Academic Freedom the NRA Way

LAURA FINLEY - That conservative forces have long sought to squash dissent and curtail rigorous academic debate on campuses is far from a secret. From the militarization of many campuses, academic repression of faculty, excessive and difficult-to-navigate bureaucracies, limitations on free speech and more, college students, staff and faculty members today face many...

How to Counter Recruitment and De-Militarize Schools

April 5, 2016
How to Counter Recruitment and De-Militarize Schools

DAVID SWANSON - U.S. military recruiters are teaching in public school classrooms, making presentations at school career days, coordinating with JROTC units in high schools and middle schools, volunteering as sports coaches and tutors and lunch buddies in high, middle, and elementary schools, showing up in humvees with $9,000 stereos, bringing fifth-graders to military...

The Trillion Dollar Question

April 3, 2016
The Trillion Dollar Question

LAWRENCWE WITTNER - Isn’t it rather odd that America’s largest single public expenditure scheduled for the coming decades has received no attention in the 2015-2016 presidential debates? The expenditure is for a thirty-year program to “modernize” the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production facilities. Although President Obama began his administration with a dramatic public commitment...

For First Time, Majority in U.S. Oppose Nuclear Energy

April 1, 2016
For First Time, Majority in U.S. Oppose Nuclear Energy

REBECCA RIFFKIN - For the first time since Gallup first asked the question in 1994, a majority of Americans say they oppose nuclear energy. The 54% opposing it is up significantly from 43% a year ago, while the 44% who favor using nuclear energy is down from 51%.

33,480 Americans Dead After 70 Years of Atomic Weaponry

March 30, 2016

NUKEWATCH QUARTERLY - The U.S. government has compensated over 52,000 nuclear workers for illnesses related to radiation exposure, but the process is complicated. Deaths resulting from exposure while working at the factories and the compensation process for survivors begs the question: How much is a life worth? As the death toll mounts, nuclear weapons...

Building New “Nonviolent Cities”

March 29, 2016
Building New “Nonviolent Cities”

JOHN DEAR - If Carbondale, Illinois can seek to become a nonviolent city, any city can seek to become a nonviolent city. This is an idea whose time has come. This is an organizing strategy that should be tried around the nation and the world. The only way it can happen is through bottom-up,...

Residents Demand No New Offshore Oil Leases in Gulf of Mexico

March 26, 2016

KATE COLWELL - For the first time ever, hundreds of Gulf Coast residents are joining forces with local and national environmental and social justice groups to oppose a federal offshore fossil fuel lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed lease of 43 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to develop as...

Zero-Sum in Brussels: the Savage Vision Driving a Terror-Ridden World

March 24, 2016
Zero-Sum in Brussels: the Savage Vision Driving a Terror-Ridden World

CHRIS FLOYD - The atrocities in Brussels — and they are horrific, criminal atrocities — are not occurring in a vacuum. They are not springing from some unfathomable abyss of motiveless malevolence. They are a response, in kind, to the atrocious violence being committed by Western powers on a regular basis in many countries...

#NuclearIsDirty Campaign Kicks Off

March 22, 2016
#NuclearIsDirty Campaign Kicks Off

MICHAEL MARRIOTTE - Last week we launched a new campaign to put an end to the myth of "clean nuclear power," and we are off to a great start. We are rolling out the #NuclearIsDirty campaign with a series of online and social media events over 12 weeks. During that time, we will take...

10 Things To Know About Nonviolent Struggle

March 20, 2016
10 Things To Know About Nonviolent Struggle

RIVERA SUN - Learning the meaning and practices of nonviolent struggle makes it accessible to everyone.

Open Request to Secretary Kerry Regarding the Murder of Berta Cáceres

March 18, 2016

The tragic assassination of Berta Cáceres, a leading voice for Honduran Indigenous rights and tireless advocate for justice, has resulted from the inability of governments to provide security to environmentalists and makes it increasingly dangerous and difficult for communities to protect their rights and environments. The letter clarifies the details.

Huge Victory! FERC Denies Jordan Cove Project

March 16, 2016
Huge Victory! FERC Denies Jordan Cove Project

ROGUE RIVERKEEPERS - Today - March 11 - we received amazing news that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay and its associated Pacific Connector Pipeline! This is a huge victory for our Rogue Basin and all who would have been impacted by this project.

Nonviolent Peaceforce Nominated for 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

March 14, 2016

ALEXIS MOORE - Nonviolent Peaceforce, an unarmed, paid civilian protection force which fosters dialogue among parties in conflict and provides a protective presence for threatened civilians, has been nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).

7 Top NRC Experts Break Ranks to Warn of Critical Danger at Aging Nuke Plants

March 12, 2016
7 Top NRC Experts Break Ranks to Warn of Critical Danger at Aging Nuke Plants

HARVEY WASSERMAN - Seven top Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) experts have taken the brave rare step of publicly filing an independent finding warning that nearly every U.S. atomic reactor has a generic safety flaw that could spark a disaster. The warning mocks the latest industry push to keep America’s remaining 99 nukes from being...

Diplomacy Needed in Dealing with North Korea

March 10, 2016
Diplomacy Needed in Dealing with North Korea

MEL GURTOV - The longstanding US approach to North Korea’s nuclear weapons is way off the mark. The Obama administration’s strategy of “strategic patience” shows little attention to North Korean motivations. The US insistence that no change in policy is conceivable unless and until North Korea agrees to denuclearize ensures continuing tension, the...

More U.S. Troops Killed by Halliburton than by Iraqis

March 8, 2016
More U.S. Troops Killed by Halliburton than by Iraqis

DAVID SWANSON - The geniuses running the U.S. military set up U.S. bases in Iraq at the sites of old chemical weapons piles, dug giant burn pits into the ground, and began burning the military's trash -- monumental quantities of trash, something like The Story of Stuff on steroids. They burned hundreds of tons...

We Must Confront Our Toxic Legacy

March 6, 2016
We Must Confront Our Toxic Legacy

ROBERT C. kOEHLER - Maybe if we declared “war” on poison water, we’d find a way to invest money in its “defeat.” David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz make this point: “The price tag for replacing the lead pipes that contaminated its drinking water, thanks to the corrosive toxins found in the Flint River, is...

Oregon Legislature Passes Historic Coal Transition Bill

March 4, 2016

HEALTHY CLIMATE PARTNERSHIP - The Oregon Legislative Assembly yesterday approved a landmark bill that will commit the state to eliminate its use of coal power by 2035 and double the amount of clean, renewable energy serving Oregonians to 50 percent by 2040. Otherwise known as the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan, Senate Bill...

Future of Draft for Men and Women Goes to Court and Congress

March 2, 2016

EDWARD HASBROUCK - On Friday the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that had dismissed the complaint in National Coalition for Men v. Selective Service System. The Court of Appeals reinstated the complaint, and remanded the case to the U.S. District Court for consideration...

Fukushima in Deep Nuclear Trouble

February 29, 2016

ROBERT HUNZIKER - The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster may go down as one of history’s boundless tragedies and not just because of a nuclear meltdown, but rather the tragic loss of a nation’s soul.

For the First Time Ever, China May Put Its Nuclear Arsenal on High Alert

February 27, 2016
For the First Time Ever, China May Put Its Nuclear Arsenal on High Alert

ELLIOT NEGIN - China's military wants to put its relatively small nuclear arsenal on hair-trigger alert for the first time, according to newly translated documents. That's not good. Such a radical departure from the country's longtime nuclear policy could pose a threat not only to the United States, but to China itself.

Why Brother Bernie Is Better for Black People Than Sister Hillary

February 25, 2016
Why Brother Bernie Is Better for Black People Than Sister Hillary

CORNELL WEST - The future of American democracy depends on our response to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. And that legacy is not just about defending civil rights; it’s also about fighting to fix our rigged economy, which yields grotesque wealth inequality; our narcissistic culture, which unleashes obscene greed; our market-driven media,...

Salem’s Pringle Creek Community is now a B Corp

February 23, 2016
Salem’s Pringle Creek Community is now a B Corp

PRINGLE CREEK COMMUNITY - Pringle Creek Community is now a B Corporation, part of the global business community inspiring businesses to compete not only to be the best in the world but to also be the best FOR the world, a community that is working to use the power of commerce as a...

It’s Time to Stop Tinkering with Broken Social Systems

February 21, 2016
It’s Time to Stop Tinkering with Broken Social Systems

LAURA FINLEY. PHD. - I wish only that the U.S. would be brave enough, strong enough, creative enough…all those qualities on which we pride ourselves, which are viewed as quintessentially American…to stop messing around with deeply broken systems and to pursue radical transformations that will make the U.S. a better country.

What Republicans Risk By Obstructing Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination

February 19, 2016
What Republicans Risk By Obstructing Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination

BILL SCHER - Seeing the madness that is the Republican presidential primary, one could see why the Republican Party’s first instinct is to reflexively obstruct. But after making a cold calculation, clear-headed Republicans will see that the logical move is to make a deal. The only question remains: How many clear-headed Republicans are left...

Put the Threat of Nuclear War Back on Your Radar

February 17, 2016
Put the Threat of Nuclear War Back on Your Radar

IRA HELFAND - Recently, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced it was keeping its famous Doomsday Clock at three minutes to midnight. In making this decision, their panel of experts, including 16 Nobel Laureates, cited the growing danger of nuclear war. The danger of nuclear war? For most people today, the threat...