NW Ratepayers Will Save Over $250 Million if Columbia Generating Station Nuclear Power Plant Replaced with Renewables

February 19, 2017

OREGON AND WASHINGTON PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Portland utility economist Robert McCullough’s study indicates savings to Northwest ratepayers of between $261.2 million and $530.7 million over ten years if the Columbia Generating Station nuclear plant is closed and replaced with clean renewable energy alternatives.

Dutch Bank Will Not Pursue Future Business With Energy Transfer Equity due to the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

February 16, 2017
Dutch Bank Will Not Pursue Future Business With Energy Transfer Equity due to the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

WAKINYAN WAANATAN (MATT REMLE - LAKOTA) - ABN AMRO Bank based in Amsterdam released a statement strongly condemning Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), the parent company to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), over the Dakota Access pipeline. While the Dutch based bank is not involved in financing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, and is...

It May Take Only 3.5% of the Population to Topple a Dictator – with Civil Resistance

February 14, 2017
It May Take Only 3.5% of the Population to Topple a Dictator – with Civil Resistance

ERICA CHENOWTH - The United States has a rich history with effective uses of nonviolent resistance. It’s time to become familiar with it.

Cherokee Nation Wins Restraining Order to Prevent Radwaste Disposal Near Local Rivers

February 13, 2017

ANADISGOI, OFFICIAL CHREOKEE NATION NEWSROOM - The Cherokee Nation and state of Oklahoma jointly filed and were granted a restraining order today against Sequoyah Fuels Corporation near Gore to stop the company from disposing radioactive waste near the Arkansas and Illinois rivers. The request was granted by Sequoyah County District Judge Jeff Payton.

The Long Road to Impeach Trump Just Got Shorter

February 11, 2017
The Long Road to Impeach Trump Just Got Shorter

NORMAN SOLOMON - The momentum to impeach President Trump is accelerating.

A 10-point Plan to Stop Trump and Make Gains in Justice and Equality

February 10, 2017

GEORGE LAKEY - I was among the 100,000 who marched in San Francisco’s Women’s March the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. While enthusiasm for the struggle seemed high, an important question was looming: What’s the strategic plan, as we head into the Trump era? Although there’s no simple answer, I offer this 10-point plan...

Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement

February 8, 2017
Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement

JOSHUA HOLLAND - An explosion of new activism offers a ray of hope in these dark political times.

Activists Call for National General Strike in the US to Bring Down Donald Trump

February 7, 2017

ANDREW GRIFFIN - Activists are calling for people to stop working and buying things for a day to bring down Donald Trump.

Nomination of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General Poses Threat to Our Democracy

February 6, 2017

COMMON CAUSE: Karen Hobert Flynn, Paul S. Ryan, Allegra Chapman - The nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as U.S. Attorney General is a threat to many of our nation’s most cherished ideals of democracy. His actions and publicly stated views are out of touch with our nation’s citizens, its laws, and with...

Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?

February 5, 2017
Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?

DAVID SWANSON - Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed? Here's why I ask. Maddow devotes many minutes on MSNBC stirring up hatred of Russia in order to establish that there is a vague possibility that President Donald Trump might be corrupted by a foreign government.

Here’s What’s Psychologically Wrong with Donald Trump

February 3, 2017
Here’s What’s Psychologically Wrong with Donald Trump

KAREN WEHRSTEIN - With all the talk of Donald Trump’s mental health status, I’ve decided to do something I’ve put off for a while: write a diary that shows he is a textbook case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), and spell out what that means in terms of what to expect from him and...

Gorbachev Urges Trump and Putin to Introduce UN Resolution Banning Nuclear War

February 1, 2017

DAVID CAPLAN - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has issued a dire warning: "The world is preparing for war." And with a phone call scheduled on Saturday between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gorbachev is urging the leaders to put a halt to a such a deadly path by spearheading a...

An Inside\Outside Strategy for Defending the US Republic

January 30, 2017
An Inside\Outside Strategy for Defending the US Republic

MARIA STEPHAN - Both the administrative pillar of resistance and the ‘Indivisible’ legislative pillar will be bolstered if linked to a grassroots strategy of cross-issue mobilizing and direct action – the core strategy.

Reclaiming Our Democracy

January 28, 2017
Reclaiming Our Democracy

ANDREW MOSS - Donald Trump can hardly sustain a movement as a "cure" or unifier. Something much deeper has to be involved, and that something is nothing less than the reclamation of our democracy and the democratic promise of the American experiment.

Breaking Badlands: National Park Service Goes Yugely Rogue, Insists On Pesky Facts

January 26, 2017
Breaking Badlands: National Park Service Goes Yugely Rogue, Insists On Pesky Facts

ABBY ZIMET - Well this is cool: Trumpian efforts to block information on climate change - 'cause who needs science and/or a planet? - have sparked fierce, creative, heart-stirring resistance by the National Park Service and its many friends, suggesting the Revolution may yet be tweeted.

Trump Could Remake U.S.–Russian Relations, but Will He?

January 24, 2017

NICOLAI PETRO - The Trump administration has a unique opportunity to change the American foreign policy debate about Russia and move beyond the outdated policy of containment.

Chinese Billionaire Says US Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street

January 22, 2017
Chinese Billionaire Says US Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street

LAUREN MCCAULEY - "In the past 30 years, America had 13 wars spending $2 trillion," said Alibaba founder Jack Ma. "What if the money was spent on the Midwest of the United States?" Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma accused the United States of spending too...

Six Things We Should Do Better As Everything Gets Worse

January 20, 2017
Six Things We Should Do Better As Everything Gets Worse

DAVID SWANSON - Here I am in occupied DC. The White House looks like a Green Zone. There was a time when you could walk up to it. Caravans of police cars and black SUVs zoom by with sirens blaring and everyone else forced aside. Do people look outraged? No, they grin and admire....

Activist Challenges Supreme Court Over Capital Punishment

January 18, 2017
Activist Challenges Supreme Court Over Capital Punishment

JACK PAYDEN-TRAVERS - “I won’t be able to make that appointment as I’ll be in jail next Tuesday,” I told the nurse who was setting the date for my checkup to remove stiches. She appeared a bit shocked that this aging white middle class male was going to jail. I tried to assure...

What Kind of Nonviolence Training Do You Need?

January 16, 2017
What Kind of Nonviolence Training Do You Need?

RIVERA SUN - Campaign Nonviolence is often contacted by people who are looking for nonviolence trainings. Frequently, they are not sure what type of training they need, or what the catch-phrases are to describe what they're looking for. This guide is offered as a resource in identifying which type of nonviolence training supports the...

Healthcare is a Basic Human Right Not a Political Football

January 15, 2017

WIM LAVEN - On May 4th 2013 I delivered the eulogy for my 33-year-old brother. I’m not sure that our political representatives understand what this feels like when they make decisions to take healthcare away from people.

Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day

January 13, 2017
Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day

DAVID SWANSON - The U.S. government has now generated numerous news stories and released multiple "reports" aimed at persuading us that Vladimir Putin is to blame for Donald Trump becoming president. U.S. media has dutifully informed us that the case has been made. But a closer analysis finds a different reality.

Resolve in 2017: Eternal Hostility to Poverty, Racism and Militarism

January 11, 2017
Resolve in 2017: Eternal Hostility to Poverty, Racism and Militarism

KATHY KELLY - No matter what gang is issuing the orders to kill, whether a massive military power or a smaller group that has acquired weapons, we can all claim our right not to develop, store, sell or use weapons. We can claim our right not to kill and not to live with the...

Family Life Under the Stigma of Undocumented Immigration

January 9, 2017

'REBECCA SCHNEIDER' - There are roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States today. They have children, they work, and they pay taxes that they cannot claim later. They live in constant fear that they will be taken from their children who are citizens of the United States.

Be a Citizen Diplomat in 2017

January 7, 2017
Be a Citizen Diplomat in 2017

SHARON TENNISON - For the whole of 2016, we have been actively deliberating how best to use the Center for Citizen Initiatives' 33-year experience in the US-Russia field––since Russia is increasingly being declared America’s enemy #1––which we totally reject. We’ve concluded that our successful programs of the ’80s are precisely what is needed again...

UN General Assembly Approves Historic Resolution

January 6, 2017
UN General Assembly Approves Historic Resolution

TONY ROBINSON - On December 23, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly approved an historic resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The vote follows a decision on 27 October, 2016, by the General Assembly’s First Committee – which deals with disarmament and international security matters – to begin...

Obama Signs Momentous “Star Wars II” Defense Bill

January 4, 2017

TYLER DURDEN - The mainstream media has lambasted the president-elect for "endangering the world" and "starting another nuclear arms race." However, that same mainstream media appears mute in their response to what President Obama just did.

We’re There! Renewables Now Cheapest Unsubsidized Electricity in U.S.

January 2, 2017
We’re There! Renewables Now Cheapest Unsubsidized Electricity in U.S.

STEPHEN EDELSTEIN - Over the past few years, the cost of electricity generation from renewable-energy sources has decreased dramatically. So much so, that renewable energy may have just hit an important milestone, according to one study. In the U.S., wind and solar power are now cheaper sources of electricity than natural gas—even without subsidies.

Preparing for the Storm

January 1, 2017
Preparing for the Storm

DAVID CORTRIGHT - It is time for resistance, for acts of radical, even revolutionary, patriotism. We need to re-think our priorities and put our bodies and souls on the line. Business as usual is no longer an option.

Introducing the New Pledge of Allegiance

December 30, 2016

ROBERT kOEHLER - The challenge presented by Trump requires something more than resistance. I believe it requires reaching for, and pledging our allegiance to, a much larger, more compassionate and peace-oriented country than the one we have now. It requires pledging allegiance to the planet and the future.

Yes, Dubya, Now I Miss You

December 28, 2016
Yes, Dubya, Now I Miss You

DAVID SWANSON - When George W. Bush made the case for attacking and destroying the nation of Iraq, he made claims that, if true, would have justified nothing. And he proposed as evidence for those claims fraudulent, implausible, and even ridiculous pieces of information. But he was expected to produce evidence. There was no...

Climate-Change Effects Happening Faster Than Expected

December 26, 2016
Climate-Change Effects Happening Faster Than Expected

ERIC TEGETHOFF - Many of the effects of climate change scientists did not expect to happen for decades into the future are happening now. According to a new study in the journal Science, researchers found that every ecosystem on Earth is being impacted by a warming globe, from the genetic level up.

Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

December 24, 2016
Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

NORMAN SOLOMON - Many big factors affect any presidential race, and the Russian government may have tried to be one of them for the 2016 election—though it’s hardly the slam dunk that agencies like the CIA and U.S. mass media are now claiming. But in any event, this month it has become routine for...

A Visit to Russia for “Life Extension” of the Planet

December 22, 2016
A Visit to Russia for “Life Extension” of the Planet

BRIAN TERRELL - The life extension of our planet needs to be a universal goal. To speak of, let alone pour a nation’s wealth into a program of “life extension programs for weapon systems” is nothing short of madness. Our Russian friends’ confidence in our collective sanity and the steadiness of our leadership, especially...

How to Scrap the Electoral College

December 20, 2016
How to Scrap the Electoral College

JOHN LAFORGE - The Electoral College is based on state law, so when enough additional states pass the National Popular Vote bill -- enough to add up to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House -- then the “electors” would be legally bound to vote for the popular vote winner and...

People Are in the Streets Protesting Donald Trump. But When Does Protest Actually Work?

December 18, 2016
People Are in the Streets Protesting Donald Trump. But When Does Protest Actually Work?

ERICA CHENOWETH - The politics of dissent is back in the United States. Since 2011, the country has witnessed the resurgence of popular action — from Occupy Wall Street to Flood Wall Street to Black Lives Matter to Standing Rock. Since Nov. 8, many Americans have participated in protests and marches in nearly every...

Détente Now: A New Call for Peace, Security, and Cooperation

December 16, 2016

GILBERT DOCTOROW, UTE FINCKH-KRAMER, LUDGER VOLMER, ROLF EKEUS and NOAM CHOMSKY - A transatlantic appeal for a new policy of détente with Russia has been launched. The declaration’s authors invite the general public to join leading political figures and social activists who have publicly rallied to support the call.

Coalition Applauds Final Denial of Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline

December 14, 2016

NEWS RELEASE FROM ROGUE CLIMATE (SENT BY HANNAH SOHL) - Late Friday, December 9, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied a request from Canadian oil and gas companies for rehearing of the case surrounding the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline, finalizing the commission's rejection of the...

The Road Ahead in Saving the Climate

December 12, 2016
The Road Ahead in Saving the Climate

HUNTER CUTTING - Saving the climate and reaping the power of renewable energy is a vision that can help power the climate/sustainability movement as we go back to work. We will get no help from the Republican Congress or the Trump presidency in this effort. But the economics of the ongoing revolution in the...

What Being a Refugee in Afghanistan Means

December 10, 2016
What Being a Refugee in Afghanistan Means

KATHY KELLY - December 10th marks the U.N. Human Rights Day, celebrating and upholding the indispensable and crucial declaration of universal human rights. On the eve of this event, I visited a refugee camp housing 700 families in Kabul. Conditions in refugee camps can be deplorable, intolerable. Here, the situation is best described as...

Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites

December 8, 2016
Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites

NORMAN SOLOMON - We still don’t have any sort of apology or retraction from the Washington Post for promoting “The List” -- the highly dangerous blacklist that got a huge boost from the newspaper’s fawning coverage on November 24. The project of smearing 200 websites with one broad brush wouldn’t have gotten far without...

Congress Must Drain the Swamp, Not Clog the Drain

December 6, 2016

PRESS RELEASE, PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY - Congress must take the shackles off of federal agencies trying to drain the Washington swamp and fix government, nine newly elected members of Congress told their future colleagues in a letter circulated November 28..

Trump’s Possible Path out of Ukraine Crisis

December 4, 2016
Trump’s Possible Path out of Ukraine Crisis

JONATHAN MARSHALL - If Donald Trump wants to make a decisive and constructive mark on U.S. foreign policy early in his presidency, there’s no better place to start than by helping to end the brutal war in Ukraine that has claimed some 10,000 lives.

Focus on the Silver Lining

December 2, 2016
Focus on the Silver Lining

PETER BERGEL - The election is over and Trump won. In a country with a sane election system, he would not have, but we have the Electoral College, so he did. In Joe Hill’s immortal words, “Don’t mourn; organize!”

Standing Rock: Determining President Obama’s Legacy to All Americans

November 30, 2016
Standing Rock: Determining President Obama’s Legacy to All Americans

ELLEN LINDEEN - What the president does next will determine Obama’s legacy with Native Americans. He has protected and provided for many Americans who were ignored until his presidency. However, the First People on this land, who know the past in a way descendants of immigrants and colonists cannot, are uniting to protect the...

Please Stop Thinking You’re Better Than Trump Supporters

November 28, 2016
Please Stop Thinking You’re Better Than Trump Supporters

CHARLES EISENSTEIN - Normal is coming unhinged. For the past eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything from ecology to economy is a temporary deviation...

Another $11.6 Billion for Obama/Trump Wars? Hell No!

November 26, 2016
Another $11.6 Billion for Obama/Trump Wars? Hell No!

DAVID SWANSON - President Obama waited until after the election last week to propose an unpopular idea. He asked Congress for $11.6 billion extra — outside the huge existing military budget — for wars. Here’s his letter including all the gory details. Please read it yourself when you begin to hope that I’m making...

Jury is Still Out on Trump’s Foreign Policy Agenda

November 24, 2016
Jury is Still Out on Trump’s Foreign Policy Agenda

ROBERT PARRY - By inviting in Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat hostile to “regime change” wars, President-elect Trump may be signaling a major break with Republican neocon orthodoxy and a big shake-up of the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

Governor Kate Brown, West Coast Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Climate Action

November 22, 2016

NEWS RELEASE, OFFICE OF GOVERNOR KATE BROWN - Oregon Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark issue a statement that strongly supports their continuing lead on Climate Change.

Democracy is Not Demonization

November 20, 2016
Democracy is Not Demonization

SAADIA AHMAD - I am a Muslim-American and a peacebuilder. In the aftermath of a polarizing election season, the victory of President-elect Donald Trump, and an onslaught of violent hate crimes and proposed policies threatening human rights, I am struggling to simultaneously maintain my commitment to both roles and identities.