Action Alerts from Indian Country

April 17, 2011
Action Alerts from Indian Country

POO HA BAH - Anishinabe Kweag, a group of women indigenous to the area now called Ontario, is calling on Bruce Power to halt its plans to ship 16 decommissioned nuclear steam generators through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

Youth or Nukes – Where Are Our Priorities?

April 15, 2011
Youth or Nukes – Where Are Our Priorities?

ROBERT DODGE, MD - The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2011 the International Year of Youth. This is in recognition of children’s rights throughout the world and to realize the potential of children everywhere. The resolution proclaiming the Year signifies the importance the international community places on integrating youth-related issues into global,...

Top Ten Tax Avoiders

April 13, 2011
Top Ten Tax Avoiders

WORKINGINAMERICA.ORG - Read the following Top Ten Tax Avoiders, and think about the closed schools, struggling students, empty firehouses, and the unemployed workers dreading the day their benefits run out. It doesn’t need to be this way.

I’ll Meet You in Rumi’s Field

April 11, 2011
I’ll Meet You in Rumi’s Field

WINSLOW MYERS - Keeping the biggest possible picture in mind, paradoxically, may give us the best lens through which to focus clearly upon the messy details of our lives at every level — internationally, nationally, locally, even personally. What can this abstract immensity have to do with our own lives? More than we think,...

Libya: Backing the Destructiveness of Military Power Again

April 9, 2011
Libya: Backing the Destructiveness of Military Power Again

IAN HARRIS - People should not be surprised that the United States has put itself in line to dictate the nature of the next head of state in Libya. After all, in 1954 this country replaced an elected leader in Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, who had promised to nationalize the oil in his country....

Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War

April 7, 2011
Attack on Libya May Unleash a Long War

PHYLLIS BENNIS - The United States and its allies launched the war against Libya on the eighth anniversary of the 2003invasion of Iraq. President Barack Obama says the U.S. will transfer command authority very soon, that military action should be over in "days, not weeks," and that he wants no boots on the ground....

Let’s End the War Now!

April 5, 2011
Let’s End the War Now!

CRAIG CLINE - I’m a “baby boomer” -- one of about 76 million American children born during the demographic post-World War II baby boom -- between the years of 1946 and 1964. If you’re a baby boomer, too, this message is especially for you. We have patriotic work to do… again.

Health and the Nuclear Gamble

April 3, 2011
Health and the Nuclear Gamble

ROBERT F. DODGE, MD - The world has anxiously watched the events in Japan unfolding this past few weeks after the horrific earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. The feelings are magnified out of a sense of helplessness in aiding the victims in Japan mixed with concerns for potential effects and implications to our...

Dangerous Plumes of Disinformation Spewing from Meltdowns

April 1, 2011
Dangerous Plumes of Disinformation Spewing from Meltdowns

JOHN LAFORGE - Well-reported plumes of radiation have spread to California and beyond from the wrecked six-reactor complex at Fukushima, Japan. What’s worse in terms of citizen awareness, clouds of disinformation are circling even faster.

Beauty in the Bleakness: A Letter from Sendai

March 31, 2011
Beauty in the Bleakness: A Letter from Sendai

LETTER FROM SENDAI - This inspiring letter was received by an OPW member from a friend in Sendai, Japan.

Is the World Headed Toward Peace?

March 31, 2011
Is the World Headed Toward Peace?

KENT D. SHIFFERD - With the 20th century having been the bloodiest in history, and with bombs falling in Libya, explosions in Iraq, Hamas rockets falling on Israel and a seemingly endless war in Afghanistan, the answer to the question above seems an obvious “No!” However, if you take the long view and...

What Can Afghanistan and Pakistan Teach Us About Nonviolence?

March 28, 2011
What Can Afghanistan and Pakistan Teach Us About Nonviolence?

DAVID SWANSON - I may soon have an opportunity to meet with nonviolent activists in Afghanistan, an area of the world we falsely imagine has earned the name "graveyard of empires" purely through violent resistance. I was educated in the United States and learned in some detail about the lives of several morally...

Actions You Can Take Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World

March 26, 2011
Actions You Can Take Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World

CAMPAIGN FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE WORLD - In 2011 we will push the Obama administration and Congress to shift priorities in the nuclear weapons budget, including: Cutting funding for expensive, unnecessary nuclear bomb production plants. Preserving and increasing spending to dismantle warheads and secure nuclear material around the world.

People Power – The Unconquerable Authority

March 24, 2011
People Power – The Unconquerable Authority

WINSLOW MYERS - Muhammar Khaddafy’s brutal reaction to the aspirations of his own people is becoming a textbook case in the futility of opposing the citizens from whose consent a leader’s political authority derives, however illegitimately. Instead, his stubborn egotism has led to absurd violence, even civil war. At moments like this, the world...

Must See Chart: This Is What Class War Looks Like

March 22, 2011
Must See Chart: This Is What Class War Looks Like

GREYWOLFE359 - This chart puts the class war in simple, visual terms. On the left you have the "shared sacrifices" and "painful cuts" that the Republicans claim we must make to get our fiscal house in order. On the right, you can plainly see why these cuts are "necessary." The reason? Because...

Defending Democracy 101

March 20, 2011
Defending Democracy 101

DAVID D. LEEPER - Main Street Wisconsin—harbinger for the nation—is becoming aware that our democracy is being threatened by some very rich, powerful people. The super-wealthy are threatening the very core of our democracy as they consolidate more and more wealth and power.

Nuclear Power Madness

March 18, 2011
Nuclear Power Madness

NORMON SOLOMON - Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever.

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Stokes Fear in Europe

March 16, 2011
Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Stokes Fear in Europe

JUDY DEMPSEY - The nuclear power emergency that began unfolding at a Japanese atomic power plant during the weekend could lead to a major reassessment in European countries that are already building such plants or are considering a shift from fossil fuels to nuclear energy to combat climate change.

Congressional Ds Need to Learn from Wisconsin

March 14, 2011
Congressional Ds Need to Learn from Wisconsin

BECKY BOND - The contrast between the Democratic state senators from Wisconsin and the Democratic senators in Washington, D.C. couldn't be starker. In the face of extreme overreach by Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in the state house, 14 Wisconsin state senators stood up and fought for almost a month — forcing Governor Walker...

The People vs. the U.S. Government

March 12, 2011
The People vs. the U.S. Government

DAVID SWANSON - Statistically speaking, virtually nobody in the United States of America knows that we spend more on the military than the rest of the world combined, that we could eliminate most of our military and still have the world's largest, that over half of the money our government raises from income taxes...

As Climate Crime Continues, Who’s Going to Jail? Tim DeChristopher?

March 10, 2011
As Climate Crime Continues, Who’s Going to Jail? Tim DeChristopher?

BILL MCKIBBEN - Let's consider for a moment the targets the federal government chooses to make an example of. So far, no bankers have been charged, despite the unmitigated greed that nearly brought the world economy down. No coal or oil execs have been charged, despite fouling the entire atmosphere and putting civilization as...

Wise Investment: Save the U.S. Institute of Peace

March 8, 2011
Wise Investment: Save the U.S. Institute of Peace

BETTY A. REARDON AND TONY JENKINS - The New York Times recently featured significant articles highlighting the important role of non-formal civilian education and training contributing to the nonviolent toppling of dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt (Feb 13: A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History; Feb 16: Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used...

Idealism is the New Realism

March 6, 2011
Idealism is the New Realism

PETER BERGEL - I was among the 800 or so who turned out in Salem, OR on Feb. 26 to support preservation of Wisconsin public employees’ collective bargaining rights and protest the increasing domination by corporations of our political and economic system. It was one of those heady moments when ordinary people scent the...

Bradley Manning Charged With 22 New Counts, Including Capital Offense

March 4, 2011
Bradley Manning Charged With 22 New Counts, Including Capital Offense

KIM ZETTER - The Army has filed 22 new counts against suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, among them a capital offense for which the government said it would not seek the death penalty. The charges, filed Tuesday but disclosed only Wednesday, are one charge of aiding the enemy, five counts of theft of public property...

‘Mad as Hell’ in Madison

March 2, 2011
‘Mad as Hell’ in Madison

RALPH NADER - The large demonstrations at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin are driven by a middle class awakening to the spectre of its destruction by the corporate reactionaries and their toady Governor Scott Walker. For years the middle class has watched the plutocrats stomp on the poor while listening to the two parties...

What Kind of Society Do We Want?

February 28, 2011
What Kind of Society Do We Want?

ROBERT WEISSMAN - We are now having a major dispute about what kind of society America should be. Right now, the flashpoint in this controversy is Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of people are demonstrating every day in an effort to block Governor Scott Walker’s plan to all but end collective bargaining rights for...

Your 1040 Tax Form Lies to You

February 26, 2011
Your 1040 Tax Form Lies to You

DAVID SWANSON - Pick up a copy of a 1040EZ US income tax form with all the instructions, particularly pages 36-37. Here are those two pages in a PDF. You'll discover that the U.S. government only spends 22% of its money on "National defense, veterans, and foreign affairs." The form admits that you could...

Global Warming: The United Nations Courts Tinseltown

February 24, 2011
Global Warming: The United Nations Courts Tinseltown

MARGOT ROOSEVELT - The United Nations has long courted celebrities for its peace-keeping and anti-poverty efforts, from Mia Farrow and Ricky Martin to George Clooney and Angelina Jolie. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement. Hollywood stars grasp at gravitas; the U.N. pushes for publicity. Now the beleaguered multi-national agency, fresh from a disappointing round of climate...

Trading Self-Destructive Activism for Nonviolence

February 22, 2011
Trading Self-Destructive Activism for Nonviolence

ALEX DOHERTY - [It gives me especial pleasure to present this article to PeaceWorker readers because I recall hearing Mark Rudd speak at a rally on the U of California campus in 1968, just after the occupation he refers to below. I thought his rhetoric was wrong-headed at the time and am delighted that...

Egypt-Like Outrage in Wisconsin

February 20, 2011
Egypt-Like Outrage in Wisconsin

AMERICAN RIGHTS AT WORK ACTION TEAM - Have you heard? 30,000 protesters flooded the Wisconsin state house, and a group of state senators have literally fled the state to fight against the worst union-busting state bill in recent memory. Governor Scott Walker has proposed a draconian bill of cuts targeted at public workers who...

NPP Analyses Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Request

February 18, 2011
NPP Analyses  Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Request

JOE COMERFORD - On February 14, the White House released the Obama Administration's budget request for Fiscal Year 2012, which begins on October 1, 2011. As expected, the estimated $3.7 trillion FY2012 request contains a number of critical policy and fiscal goals, including: Reducing the government's annual deficit by placing a five-year freeze on so-called...

Breaking the Chain of Command

February 16, 2011
Breaking the Chain of Command

MICHAEL NAGLER - When is a whistleblower not a whistleblower? When he’s a scapegoat. Pfc. Bradley Manning is an unfortunate – and a challenging – case in point, and to understand why we need to see it in context.

A Strong Wind Blows Mubarak Into History

February 15, 2011
A Strong Wind Blows Mubarak Into History

URI AVNERY - We are in the middle of a geological event. An earthquake of epoch-making dimensions is changing the landscape of our region. Mountains turn into valleys, islands emerge from the sea, volcanoes cover the land with lava. People are afraid of change. When it happens, they tend to deny, ignore, pretend that...

Public Says Cut Pentagon, Obama Says Increase It

February 14, 2011
Public Says Cut Pentagon, Obama Says Increase It

DAVID SWANSON - Did you know that the U.S. public wants military spending cut? Did you know that President Barack Obama wants to increase it for his third year in a row? Actually I already know that most of you didn't know either of these things.

PATRIOT Act Extension Blocked… For Now

February 13, 2011
PATRIOT Act Extension Blocked… For Now

REP. JOHN CONYERS, JR - On February 8, we were able to vote down the House Republican Leadership's effort to extend the PATRIOT Act surveillance law. It was a bipartisan victory, as most House Democrats and 26 brave Republicans voted to stop the bill under the special rules the Republicans invoked. I...

Blind Faith in Militarism Serves U.S. Poorly

February 12, 2011
Blind Faith in Militarism Serves U.S. Poorly

MICHAEL TRUE - Blind faith -- adhering to a proposition with no reasonable justification of its truth -- is more dangerous for politicians than it is for religionists. True believers may acknowledge their blind faith in religious dogma, while foreign policy wonks seldom acknowledge their blind faith in political dogma. Yet many legislators and...

ReVisioning Value 2011 Conference Set to Take Center Stage March 7th & 8th

February 11, 2011
ReVisioning Value 2011 Conference Set to Take Center Stage March 7th & 8th

DAVID BALL - Those who have followed Oregon PeaceWorks peace visioning will find this event to be a natural tie-in. Often when proponents of social change are asked if they are succeeding, the answer is ambiguous. Identifying a problem is easy…finding a tangible working solution becomes the trick. Amy Pearl, executive director...

Why I May Run for Congress

February 10, 2011
Why I May Run for Congress

NORMAN SOLOMON - Norman Solomon has been a regular PeaceWorker columnist since the PeaceWorker began in 1988. By then he was already a widely published author, but I had met him more than a decade earlier as an activist in the struggle to stop nuclear power development in Oregon. From that time to this...

Israel Attacks Under Cover of Egypt

February 9, 2011
Israel Attacks Under Cover of Egypt

PAM RASMUSSEN BAILEY - I am living right now in northern Gaza. Israeli F-16s struck early this morning (1 a.m. Feb. 9). These were the closest I have ever been and the blasts were so loud and close I felt them in my bones. The child who was killed lived just a couple of...

Backstory of the New START Treaty Revealed

February 8, 2011
Backstory of the New START Treaty Revealed

JOHN LAFORGE - Last May the Obama administration promised $80 billion to the nuclear weapons establishment for “modernizing” the arsenal. Three large H-bomb laboratories will share about $10 billion annually to “upgrade” U.S. warheads, and they will get equal sums for the next 10 years. The funds are for a new $4.5 billion “Chemistry...

FBI, Police Call Peace Center Presence “a Misunderstanding”

February 6, 2011
FBI, Police Call Peace Center Presence “a Misunderstanding”

JACKIE OROZCO - It's just a "misunderstanding." That's the F.B.I. explanation about what happened at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center in Memphis, TN last week. Agents went to the center and the Memphis Police Tactical Squad surrounded the place last night for what they are calling "safety" reasons. F.B.I. agents said they showed...

Rep. Kurt Schrader Shares National Security Views with OPW

February 4, 2011
Rep. Kurt Schrader Shares National Security Views with OPW

PETER BERGEL - On January 31 I met with Representative Kurt Schrader to find out what his attitudes were on several of Oregon PeaceWorks’ issues. Here are the questions I asked him followed by my notes on his answers.

Beyond the Arizona Shooting: Personal Responsibility

February 2, 2011
Beyond the Arizona Shooting: Personal Responsibility

DORIS MORRIS - I needed a way to express my feelings about the recent shooting involving our representative, Gabrielle Giffords, so began writing this reflection a few days ago. I am open to comments.

Act to Prevent Honey Bee Extinction

January 31, 2011
Act to Prevent Honey Bee Extinction

ADAM KLAUS - Since 2006, U.S. honey bee populations have been in precipitous decline, with some estimates suggesting losses as high as 30% per year.1 While that's terrible, the problem is far greater than just the loss of a species. Without bees, a big piece of our food supply is in serious danger. Pollination...

A Time for Action — Not Servility

January 29, 2011
A Time for Action — Not Servility

JEFF COHEN AND NORMAN SOLOMON - While Washington pundits are talking up a new civility, many progressives are bracing for the old servility -- a bipartisanship that is servile to a corporate elite that is unquenchably greedy and more powerful than ever. But this is not a time for despair. It’s a time...

It’s Still the Same Old Story — from Guns to Nukes

January 27, 2011
It’s Still the Same Old Story — from Guns to Nukes

LAWRENCE A. WITTNER - The discussion of the Tucson tragedy should be familiar, as we witness similar massacres in U.S. schools, shopping centers, and other public places played out periodically. Each time, the NRA and other gun apologists tell us that the easy accessibility of firearms, including assault weapons, had nothing to do...

Red Alert for U.S. Residents: Dollar Fades in International Oil Trading

January 25, 2011
Red Alert for U.S. Residents: Dollar Fades in International Oil Trading

ROBERT FISK - In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading. Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars.

The Third Force Idea: Creating a New Political Voice

January 23, 2011
The Third Force Idea: Creating a New Political Voice

TED GLICK - “Those who take the meat from the table teach contentment. Those for whom the taxes are destined demand sacrifice. Those who eat their fill speak to the hungry of wonderful times to come. Those who lead the country into the abyss call ruling too difficult for ordinary men and women.” - Bertolt Brecht ...

12 Honor MLK with Arrests at Trident Protest

January 21, 2011
12 Honor MLK with Arrests at Trident Protest

LEONARD EIGER - Last Saturday, January 15, the Seattle Raging Grannies set the mood for honoring Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Washington. Eighty three people from the Center participated in a vigil at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale with the help of a full...

5% Solution Take Personal Action: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

January 19, 2011
5% Solution  Take Personal Action: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

CLIFF BOYER - A great New Year’s resolution would be to take the 5% Solution pledge to reduce your carbon footprint 5% in 2011. Scientists say that 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the safe limit to support human life on earth. Right now we are at 388 parts...