Patagonia: Building A Strong Brand Out Of Old Clothes

October 24, 2011
Patagonia: Building A Strong Brand Out Of Old Clothes

MARC STOIBER - Every once in a while, a completely counterintuitive idea comes along, shakes up our assumptions, and becomes the new normal. I believe Patagonia Clothing’s Common Threads initiative is an idea like that. If you follow green business news, you’ll recall Common Threads making headlines a few weeks ago.

How Gas Cars Use More Electricity Than Electric Ones

October 22, 2011
How Gas Cars Use More Electricity Than Electric Ones

SEBASTIAN BLANCO - EVangelist Peder Norby, who has been having more fun driving and writing about his Mini E than anyone at BMW probably thought possible, recently wrote a most interesting post comparing electricity usage to produce gasoline to the electricity needed to drive an electric car. The short version: "It takes more electricity...

A Movement Too Big to Fail

October 20, 2011
A Movement Too Big to Fail

CHRIS HEDGES - There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn. The faux liberal reformers, whose abject failure to stand up for the rights of the poor and...

Does ‘Political Disobedience’ Describe the Occupy Movement?

October 18, 2011
Does ‘Political Disobedience’ Describe the Occupy Movement?

BERNARD E. HARCOURT - Our language has not yet caught up with the political phenomenon that is emerging in Zuccotti Park and spreading across the nation, though it is clear that a political paradigm shift is taking place before our very eyes. It’s time to begin to name and in naming, to better understand...

5 Facts You Should Know About the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans

October 16, 2011
5 Facts You Should Know About the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans

ZAID JILANI - It may shock you to learn exactly how wealthy this top 1 percent of Americans is. As the ongoing occupation of Wall Street by hundreds of protesters enters its third week — and as protests spread to other cities such as Boston and Los Angeles — demonstrators have endorsed a new slogan:...

Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now

October 14, 2011
Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now

NAOMI KLEIN - I was honored to be invited to speak at Occupy Wall Street on Thursday night. Since amplification is (disgracefully) banned, and everything I say will have to be repeated by hundreds of people so others can hear (a k a “the human microphone”), what I actually say at Liberty Plaza will have to...

Americans Finally Join the Wave of Healthy Global Protest

October 12, 2011
Americans Finally Join the Wave of Healthy Global Protest

RANDALL AMSTER - “Hello, you’ve reached the people of the United States of America. We’re away from our desks right now, and perhaps for good — so instead of leaving a message for us, we encourage you to take your messages directly to the halls of power for their consideration. If you require immediate...

Green Transition is on the Global Agenda

October 10, 2011
Green Transition is on the Global Agenda

HAZEL HENDERSON - Every country in the world is actively participating in preparations for Rio+20, the follow-up Earth Summit in Brazil, June 2012, to stimulate the transition to a green economy. The powerful 34 countries of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) have a Green Growth Strategy; the EU views "a transition...

World Divided on New Plan to Combat Global Warming

October 8, 2011
World Divided on New Plan to Combat Global Warming

DAVID FOGARTY - A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact.

Peace Lecturer Will Be Famed Palestinian Journalist

October 6, 2011
Peace Lecturer Will Be Famed Palestinian Journalist

PETER BERGEL - Rami Khouri will deliver Salem’s annual Peace Lecture on October 19th at 7:30 p.m. at Willamette University’s Hudson Hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. As this year’s Peace Lecturer, Khouri becomes the 22nd speaker in a series which has featured such luminaries as Daniel Ellsberg, Philip Berrigan, Helen Caldicott,...

What Needs Changing?

October 4, 2011
What Needs Changing?

JONATHAN WILLIAMS - How do we win? How do we get our demands met? We need power. But what is power? How do we get it? Simply put, power is the ability to act; the ability to end the wars, the ability to convert our economy, the ability to change the world. But how...

10 Myths That Keep Us From Creating The World We Want

October 2, 2011
10 Myths That Keep Us From Creating The World We Want

FRANCES MOORE LAPPE - From Diet for a Small Planet exactly 40 years ago, it dawned on me that humans are actively creating the scarcity we say we are trying to escape. Whoa! Why would our bright species do such a thing? Researching my new book, EcoMind, Changing the Way We Think to Create...

Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant

September 30, 2011
Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER - Should the U.S. government be building more nuclear weapons? Residents of Kansas City, Missouri don’t appear to think so, for they are engaged in a bitter fight against the construction of a new nuclear weapons plant in their community.

New Database of Nonviolent Campaigns Now Available

September 28, 2011
New Database of Nonviolent Campaigns Now Available

GEORGE LAKEY - I am happy to announce that a four-year project is now ready for release to you: 430 cases (and growing) of campaigns from around the world that used nonviolent direct action.

Coral Reefs ‘Will Be Gone By End of the Century’

September 26, 2011
Coral Reefs ‘Will Be Gone By End of the Century’

ANDREW MARSZAL - Coral reefs are on course to become the first ecosystem that human activity will eliminate entirely from the Earth, a leading United Nations scientist claims. He says this event will occur before the end of the present century, which means that there are children already born who will live to see...

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult

September 24, 2011
Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult

MIKE LOFGREN - Both parties are rotten - how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot.

Progressives Propose to Challenge Obama in Primaries

September 22, 2011
Progressives Propose to Challenge Obama in Primaries

SINGLE PAYER ACTION BLOG - Progressive leaders, led by Ralph Nader and Cornel West unveiled a proposal this week to challenge President Obama in the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries in 2012.

Don’t Cut International Humanitarian Assistance

September 20, 2011
Don’t Cut International Humanitarian Assistance

CORY MCMAHON & RICHARD CLARK - Genocide expert Daniel Goldhagen has shown that genocide — which includes deliberate famine and other silent killing campaigns — has occurred more than 70 times since 1900 with a death toll of at least 127 million, outnumbering the casualties of all of mankind’s 20th century wars. It is...

Do We Have Our Priorities Straight?

September 18, 2011
Do We Have Our Priorities Straight?

BETSY CRITES - What do Durham and Afghanistan have in common? We are worlds apart, but we both have people who need jobs, health care, schools, transportation and sewers, and help for our homeless, elderly and hungry. Neither of us is getting our critical needs met in part because a war neither of us...

Our Future Is Not Being Televised

September 16, 2011
Our Future Is Not Being Televised

PETER BERGEL - On Tuesday night a reported 100,000 Americans joined Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for a national conversation about breaking the partisan gridlock in Washington DC. It was another great example of the growing willingness of ordinary people to reclaim their power from those to whom they have delegated it, only to see...

North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle” – It’s Not Oil

September 14, 2011
North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle” – It’s Not Oil

ELLEN BROWN - The state-owned Bank of North Dakota is credited with the state's relatively healthy economy.

Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

September 12, 2011
Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

CHRIS HEDGES - News personalities, politicians, self-appointed experts on the Muslim world, and law enforcement and intelligence officials, as well as the Christian right, have successfully demonized Muslims in the United States since the attacks of 2001. It is acceptable to say things openly about Muslims that could never be said about any other...

Ten Years After 9/11: The Dollars and Sense of War

September 10, 2011
Ten Years After 9/11: The Dollars and Sense of War

NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT - Friday, October 7, 2011 will mark ten years since the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. In light of an already increasing level of interest, the National Priorities Project (NPP) has released new numbers, analysis and tools around the costs of a decade at war.

Green Sectors Top $2.4 Trillion at Midyear

September 8, 2011
Green Sectors Top $2.4 Trillion at Midyear

ETHICAL MARKETS MEDIA - Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) has released its August 2011 update of the Green Transition Scoreboard® which tracks private sector investments since 2007 in green companies and technologies globally. These investments now totalmore than $2.4 trillion.

Fund Our Communities – Bring Our War Dollars Home

September 6, 2011
Fund Our Communities – Bring Our War Dollars Home

PEACE ACTION - U.S. military spending is higher than it has been since World War II, at a level difficult to justify by any threats to the American people. A close look at U.S. military spending shows that it is directed toward threats posed by conventional opponents such as the Soviet Union. That is,...

Eight Alternatives to Hitting Children

September 4, 2011
Eight Alternatives to Hitting Children

KERBY T. ALVY - Another tragic example of parental corporal punishment that spiraled out of control occurred recently in Phoenix, AZ, when a six-year-old boy named Jacob was beaten severely by his parents. Because of the extent of his injuries (which were likely caused by a belt buckle and possibly a wire hanger according...

The Future of Food – The Global South Shows the Way

September 2, 2011
The Future of Food – The Global South Shows the Way

JAMES O'NIONS - Last week in the town of Krems in Austria, 400 people met to discuss the future of our food system. Delegates from around 40 countries met to discuss how to progress towards "food sovereignty" in Europe. Food sovereignty is a radical proposal for the production and distribution of food that is...

Who’s Really Writing States’ Legislation?

August 31, 2011
Who’s Really Writing States’ Legislation?

David Ball - Republican legislators picked up 680 seats in state house and senate chambers in the 2010 elections. "They now hold more state legislative seats than at any time since 1928, the year that Herbert Hoover came to the presidency," says reporter John Nichols. "They control 25 states both houses of...

Libya and Beyond: How Did We Get There and What Happens Next?

August 29, 2011
Libya and Beyond:  How Did We Get There and What Happens Next?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH - Libyan rebels have entered Tripoli. As gun battles break out across the city, it is timely to enter into a discussion as to how the rebels arrived there. It is time to review the curious role of NATO and the future of U.S. interventionism.

Are We On the Brink of a New Great Awakening?

August 27, 2011
Are We On the Brink of a New Great Awakening?

WINSLOW MYERS - The brilliance of the “Mad Men” television series lies in the crackerjack acting and script, but even more in the way the series dramatizes the paradigm shift of American women from gross subjugation to rough equality.

The Post-Western World is Coming On Fast

August 25, 2011
The Post-Western World is Coming On Fast

KENNETH RAPOZA - The economic crisis in advanced economies is accelerating the timeline in which big emerging nations like China rule the global economy. Instead of the market focusing on American shopping habits, they’ll be focused on consumers in Shanghai and Mumbai. Unless the US can recover the 8.5 million jobs it lost in...

The Middle East and the Debt Ceiling Conflict — The Similarities and Challenges of Ideological Conflicts

August 23, 2011
The Middle East and the Debt Ceiling Conflict — The Similarities and Challenges of Ideological Conflicts

DOUGLAS E. NOLL - Those of us outside of Washington D.C. are faced with potential disaster if our elected representatives cannot compromise on debt ceiling limits. The conflict has spiraled into pure ideology. As a mediator and peacemaker, I deal with this type of conflict frequently.

Our Biggest Security Threat Is Global Warming-Induced Extreme Weather

August 21, 2011
Our Biggest Security Threat Is Global Warming-Induced Extreme Weather

SCOTT THILL - Scientists have been predicting for years that global warming would produce record-breaking extremes on either side of the thermometer. This past winter, America survived its so-called snowpocalypse, and now that summer has arrived, we've got a heat dome.

Climate Change Movement Initiates Civil Resistance

August 19, 2011
Climate Change Movement Initiates Civil Resistance

BILL MCKIBBEN - Ain’t eBay grand? For $10 you can buy a sack of 50 assorted Obama ’08 buttons, and that’s what I’ve been doing. If you look closely, you might see them this weekend on the lapels of some of the global warming protesters holding a sit-in outside the White House.

Want to Slash the Debt? Here’s a Quarter Trillion

August 17, 2011
Want to Slash the Debt? Here’s a Quarter Trillion

LAWRENCE WITTNER - In the midst of the current stampede to slash federal spending, Congress might want to take a look at two unnecessary (and dangerous) "national security" programs that, if cut, would save the United States over a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade.

UCS Scientist Separates Electric Car Fact from Hype

August 15, 2011
UCS Scientist Separates Electric Car Fact from Hype

DAVID FRIEDMAN - With the battery-electric Nissan Leaf and the gas-electric, plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt now on the showroom floor, and with plans by most major car companies to offer at least one model driven partially or completely by batteries or fuel cells in the next few years, we stand at the cusp of...

Debt Deal Will Increase Economic Inequality, Devastate American Workers, Communities

August 13, 2011
Debt Deal Will Increase Economic Inequality, Devastate American Workers, Communities

BRIAN J. TRAUTMAN - The debt deal cuts roughly $2.4 trillion in federal spending over the next decade without any new revenue streams. It slashes social services like education and health, and threatens to weaken the vital entitlement programs of our frayed social safety net. It is far from representing the shared sacrifice that...

Rioting for ‘Justice’ in London

August 11, 2011
Rioting for ‘Justice’ in London

JESSE STRAUSS - On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered outside the Tottenham police station, peacefully calling for "justice" for Mark Duggan, a man killed by officers three days prior. Police stood in formation, separating the community members from the station they were guarding, until a 16-year-old woman reportedly approached an officer to find out...

Congress Needs Basic Reform

August 9, 2011
Congress Needs Basic Reform

DAVID BALL - I am writing to you today to pass on some information that I came upon recently that I thought you at Oregon PeaceWorks might be interested in. This is bipartisan in nature and is aimed at both Democrats and Republicans.

University Offers Leadership for Sustainable Change Certificate

August 7, 2011
University Offers Leadership for Sustainable Change Certificate

VERNICE SOLIMAR, PHD - Over the years, students and faculty at John F. Kennedy University have expressed a desire to apply principles of psychology, human development and human potential to social action, diversity and systems approaches to planetary issues...a major need for the 21st century was a new paradigm of leadership that would solve...

Schrader Requests Obama to Withdraw from Iraq Now

August 5, 2011
Schrader Requests Obama to Withdraw from Iraq Now

REP. KURT SCHRADER - Rep. Kurt Schrader joined 94 other members of the House in sending the following letter to President Barack Obama urging him to remove all U.S. troops by this year’s end. – Ed.

ALEC – a Big Reason Why We Can’t Tackle Climate Change

August 3, 2011
ALEC – a Big Reason Why We Can’t Tackle Climate Change

JILL RICHARDSON - As the U.S. suffers through catastrophic tornadoes, heat waves, and other climate extremes - no doubt just a small taste of what the climate crisis will bring in the future - polluting industries and the politicians that serve them want to convince you that excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is...

Kucinich to Holder:Stop FBI Repression of Anti-war Activists

August 1, 2011
Kucinich to Holder:Stop FBI Repression of Anti-war Activists

COMMITTEE TO STOP FBI REPRESSION - The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is pleased to circulate the following letter from Congressman Kucinich, addressed to Attorney General Holder. Rep. Kucinich is the tenth Congressional representative to raise concerns about the FBI's repression of anti-war and solidarity activists.

This September 11, Love Your Enemy to Restore Dignity

July 30, 2011
This September 11, Love Your Enemy to Restore Dignity

TODD DIEHL - As September 11, 2001 reaches its 10th anniversary, I would like to propose an alternative: Love Your Enemy. We have all witnessed the actions of a nation focused on hate and revenge. Now it is time to move our hearts and turn our focus to actions based on love, reconciliation, and...

American Public Shows How it Would Cut the Budget Deficit

July 28, 2011
American Public Shows How it Would Cut the Budget Deficit

WORLD PUBLIC OPINION.ORG - An innovative study has found that when a representative sample of the American public was presented the federal budget, they proposed changes far different from those the Obama administration or the Republican-led House have proposed.

Deconstructing the “Federal Debt Crisis”

July 26, 2011
Deconstructing the “Federal Debt Crisis”

SAM PIZZIGATI - Once upon a time in America, back a century ago, our nation's rich paid virtually nothing in taxes to the federal government. And that same federal government did virtually nothing to better the lives of average Americans.

The Real Significance of the Debt Ceiling Debate

July 24, 2011
The Real Significance of the Debt Ceiling Debate

DAVE COHEN - It is mid-July, and the debt ceiling hysteria is peaking. What is the significance of this debate? What is its real meaning for ordinary Americans? These questions can be answered at two different levels, from inside the consensual reality box and from outside that box (and see here).

Conventional Wisdom Challenged: Technology is NOT Neutral

July 22, 2011
Conventional Wisdom Challenged: Technology is NOT Neutral

MICKEY Z - “The truth has to be repeated,” wrote Pakistani scholar Eqbal Ahmad. “It doesn’t become stale just because it has been told once. So keep repeating it. Don’t bother about who has listened, who not listened… the media and the other institutions of power are so powerful that telling the truth once...

Wouldn’t It Be Nice: The “There’s Plenty of Money Act”of 2012

July 20, 2011
Wouldn’t It Be Nice: The “There’s Plenty of Money Act”of 2012

DAVID SWANSON - To highly resolve that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the United States of America. This Act may be cited as the Start Doing Our Damn Jobs...

Students Must Rally Against Global Warming

July 18, 2011
Students Must Rally Against Global Warming

MARTY ESSEN - As a professional speaker, I’ve spent much of the past four years performing at colleges across the country. While the subject of my show is rare and interesting wildlife on all seven continents, I also address the effects of global warming.