Thinking About a Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit?

May 7, 2010
Thinking About a Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit?

ROGER VALDEZ -- It’s not often that I actually see an energy efficiency program at work on the ground. But last Friday I got the chance to visit a family in Portland whose home had been retrofitted through the Clean Energy Works Program.

Maryland Prohibits Automatic Release of Student Info to Military

May 5, 2010
Maryland Prohibits Automatic Release of Student Info to Military

JEAN ATHEY -- Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a measure into law on April 14 that prohibits the automatic release of student information to military recruiters gathered as a result of the administration of a military test in the state’s high schools.

2009 Was Record Year for Wind Power

May 3, 2010
2009 Was Record Year for Wind Power

J. MATTHEW RONEY: Even in the face of a worldwide economic downturn, the global wind industry posted another record year in 2009 as cumulative installed wind power capacity grew to 158,000 megawatts. With this 31 percent jump, the global wind fleet is now large enough to satisfy the residential electricity needs of 250 million...

Top Forecaster: Climate ‘Tipping Points’ May Arrive Without Warning

May 1, 2010
Top Forecaster: Climate ‘Tipping Points’ May Arrive Without Warning

PHYSORG.COM: A new University of California, Davis, study by a top ecological forecaster says it is harder than experts thought to predict when sudden shifts in Earth's natural systems will occur -- a worrisome finding for scientists trying to identify the tipping points that could push climate change into an irreparable global disaster.

Three Days That Could Change the World – This Weekend

April 30, 2010
Three Days That Could Change the World – This Weekend

JUDITH LEBLANC AND KEVIN MARTIN -- Barack Obama is undoubtedly the U.S. president most committed to nuclear disarmament since Kennedy. People all over the world have cheered President Obama's commitment to move toward nuclear disarmament.

Give Peace a Dance 2010 Rocked

April 29, 2010
Give Peace a Dance 2010 Rocked

PETER BERGEL: Measured by the satisfaction expressed by attendees during the event and afterwards, Give Peace a Dance 2010 – which took place on April 17 -- was a grand success. It also raised well over four thousand dollars to keep Oregon PeaceWorks’ projects moving forward.

Why Not Ask for More?

April 27, 2010
Why Not Ask for More?

I have been thinking about a verse from Leonard Cohen’s oft-recorded country song Bird on a Wire, a lot recently. Written in 1968, this simple, if depressing, song has been covered by artists as varied as Cohen himself, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, The Bobs, Dave Van Ronk, k.d. laing and the Neville Brothers, to...

Lying About Nuclear Weapons

April 26, 2010
Lying About Nuclear Weapons

One of the most popular muckraking American journalists of the late twentieth century, I.F. Stone, once remarked: "All governments lie." Even a prominent government official -- Andrei Gromyko, the veteran Soviet diplomat -- once admitted, in a weak moment: "Governments are never sincere." This gloomy assessment appears all too true when it comes to...

What the Mayor of One Community Hard Hit by War Spending Is Doing About It

April 25, 2010
What the Mayor of One Community Hard Hit by War Spending Is Doing About It

Matt Ryan, the mayor of Binghamton, New York, is sick and tired of watching people in local communities "squabble over crumbs," as he puts it, while so much local money pours into the Pentagon's coffers and into America's wars. He's so sick and tired of it, in fact, that, urged on by local residents,...

Nuclear Calculus: New Think and Old Weapons

April 24, 2010
Nuclear Calculus: New Think and Old Weapons

NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW: The New York Times' lead editorial on Sunday, February 28, 2010 laid out some of the major nuclear issues very well.

Americans Troubled by Recent Anti-Government Activity

April 23, 2010
Americans Troubled by Recent Anti-Government Activity

MARIO CANSECO: Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, many adults in the United States believe a terrorist attack carried out by Americans is likely to happen over the next 12 months, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found. Most respondents think the Hutaree plot is real and serious, and more than...

On the Ground in the Fifth World

April 22, 2010
On the Ground in the Fifth World

ANDY HARRIS: Former Oregon PeaceWorks Board Chair Dr. Andy Harris is in Sierra Leone on a medical mission of mercy. Here is his fascinating report on the work he’s doing.

Tax Day Penny Polls Reveal Desire for Lower Military Budget

April 21, 2010
Tax Day Penny Polls Reveal Desire for Lower Military Budget

EUGENE'S PENNY POLL: Peace Activists gathered at the Eugene downtown Post Office on Tax Day, April 15th, to call for the re-ordering of federal spending priorities from supporting war to meeting human and environmental needs. One hundred sixteen people took the opportunity of voicing how they would spend their tax dollars when they...

Is START Really a Beginning?

April 20, 2010
Is START Really a Beginning?

LAWRENCE WITTNER: Does the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), signed by U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague on April 8, really provide a beginning toward a nuclear-free world? That's what Obama implied in a statement two weeks earlier. Speaking to reporters at the White House, he...

Irish Depleted Uranium Ban Bill Gets Warm Reception

April 19, 2010
Irish Depleted Uranium Ban Bill Gets Warm Reception

INTERNATIONAL COALITION TO BAN URANIUM WEAPONS: A draft bill that would ban the use of uranium in all non-nuclear weapons in Ireland has received a positive cross-party response from senators during its Second Stage reading in the Irish Senate.

New USDA Rules Establish Strong Organic Standards for Pasture and Livestock

April 18, 2010
New USDA Rules Establish Strong Organic Standards for Pasture and Livestock

MARK KASTEL: After over 10 years of lobbying, family farmers across the country, who produce organic milk, are celebrating the release of strict new USDA regulations that establish distinct benchmarks requiring the grazing and pasturing of dairy cows and other livestock. Many hope that the new rule will put an end to the...

U.N. Chief to Visit Hiroshima on August 6

April 17, 2010
U.N. Chief to Visit Hiroshima on August 6

KYODO NEWS: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has decided to visit Hiroshima on August 6 as the Japanese city marks the 65th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing, according to a senior U.N. official. The plan, expected to be formalized around July, would make Ban the first U.N. chief to attend an annual...

Attacks on Taxing Can Promote Goofed-Up Government

April 16, 2010
Attacks on Taxing Can Promote Goofed-Up Government

BARRY-LEE COYNE: Whether you are a conservative or liberal or lie somewhere in between, I have a challenging question to pose: Do you really want to suffer from the pitfalls of Government-on-the-Cheap?

Nuclear Industry Wants to Relaunch with Public Guarantees

April 15, 2010
Nuclear Industry Wants to Relaunch with Public Guarantees

RALPH NADER: A generation of Americans has grown up without a single nuclear power plant being brought on line since before the near meltdown of the Three Mile Island structure in 1979. They have not been exposed to the enormous costs, risks and national security dangers associated with their operations and the large amount...

Google Becomes a Utility

April 14, 2010
Google Becomes a Utility

ENERGY NEWS: Google Energy is now fully authorized to buy and sell energy at market rates. Are you going to be able to buy power from Google? Not exactly, but…

New Policy Elevates Bicycle Transport

April 13, 2010
New Policy Elevates Bicycle Transport

RAY LAHOOD: Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning.

Active Nonviolence Persists in Palestine and Israel

April 12, 2010
Active Nonviolence Persists in Palestine and Israel

DAVID HARTSOUGH: When people think of Palestine and Israel, they often picture Palestinians as suicide bombers and terrorists while the Israeli military are seen as bombing whole neighborhoods in Palestine. The violence and counter-violence and endless war has created a hopelessness about any peaceful future for the Holy Land.

Uranium Mining Begins Near Grand Canyon

April 11, 2010
Uranium Mining Begins Near Grand Canyon

KLEE BENALLY: In defiance of legal challenges and a U.S. government moratorium, Canadian company Denison Mines has started mining uranium on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. According to the Arizona Daily Sun the mine has been operating since December 2009.

Bennis Peace Strategy Revealed on “Democracy Now”

April 10, 2010
Bennis Peace Strategy Revealed on “Democracy Now”

DEMOCRACY NOW: Amy Goodman: Final question, the antiwar movement — what do you think — and you end your primer, Ending the U.S. War in Afghanistan, with this — what do you think the antiwar movement needs to do?

Small Town Makes Bold Demand: Bring Our War Money Home

April 9, 2010
Small Town Makes Bold Demand: Bring Our War Money Home

DUD HENDRICK: Two thirds of those at the March 1 Deer Isle Town Hall Meeting on this picturesque Maine island of 2,400 lobstermen, artists, tradesmen, and “from-awayers” voted to approve an article on the town warrant calling on Congressman Mike Michaud not to fund the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan and to take...

We Can’t Afford Afghanistan

April 8, 2010
We Can’t Afford Afghanistan

PETER G. COHEN: While Moody’s is saying that the U.S. could lose its gold-plated AAA credit rating if the budget deficit is not reduced, President Obama is requesting $33,000,000,000 FY 2010 supplemental to fund the troop buildup in Afghanistan. This is in addition to the war-funding budget for 2011 of $159,300,000,000.

Sustainable Bank Coming to Oregon

April 7, 2010
Sustainable Bank Coming to Oregon

RANDY JONES: Looking for a bank that benefits everyone, not just a few? Common Good Banks will distribute all profits beyond basic operation costs, to local, national, and global projects aimed at those most disadvantaged.

Congressman Obey’s Path to Peace

April 6, 2010
Congressman Obey’s Path to Peace

DAVID SWANSON: Congressman David Obey (D., Wis.) is the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He's in charge of spending our money. For years he spent it on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq without any resistance. Until last October, Obey maintained that spending hundreds of billions of our dollars on wars was something...

Beltway Bulletin: Campaign Finance Reform

April 5, 2010
Beltway Bulletin: Campaign Finance Reform

PHIL CARVER: On Feb. 11, two key Democrats, Sen. Charles Schumer (NY) and House member Chris Van Hollen (MD), outlined a bill to reform spending on elections. The bill will seek to undo the worst effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Jan 21 in the case of Citizens United v. the Federal...

Kremlin Source: New Arms Treaty Ready for Signing

April 4, 2010
Kremlin Source: New Arms Treaty Ready for Signing

LYNN BERRY: A senior Kremlin official says the United States and Russia have reached an agreement on "all documents" necessary to sign a new nuclear arms treaty.

War in a Box

April 3, 2010
War in a Box

NORMAN SOLOMON: The event on the House floor on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, was monumental -- the first major congressional debate about U.S. military operations in Afghanistan...

Rest in Peace, Granny D

April 2, 2010
Rest in Peace, Granny D

RIP: Legendary campaign finance activist Doris "Granny D" Haddock died peacefully in her Dublin, New Hampshire family home at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was 100 years old.

Attend Give Peace a Dance April 17

April 1, 2010
Attend Give Peace a Dance April 17

GIVE PEACE A DANCE: Oregon PeaceWorks is proud to announce that it will again sponsor Oregon’s best peace party for the 26th straight year. Give Peace a Dance will take place April 17 at the First Congregational Church of Salem (not the Grand Ballroom this year), 700 Marion St. NE, from 6-11 p.m.

Preserving the Golden Rule as a Piece of Anti-Nuclear History

March 31, 2010
Preserving the Golden Rule as a Piece of Anti-Nuclear History

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER: The Golden Rule is in danger. No, not the famed ethical code -- though proponents of selfishness certainly have ignored it -- but a thirty-foot sailing ship of the same name that rose to prominence about half a century ago.

Breif-ings

March 29, 2010
Breif-ings

BRIEF INSIGHTS ON: 1) Yucca Mountain eyed for nuclear reprocessing; 2) PBS to cancel "NOW" and retire Bill Moyers' "Journal", 3) Be more persuasive; and 4) 2 out of 3 Americans ready to drop "don't ask, don't tell.

Howard Zinn and Other Heroes Transformed History

March 28, 2010
Howard Zinn and Other Heroes Transformed History

WILLIAM LOREN KATZ: In less than a year the battle for truth has lost three of its most innovative and stalwart voices, historians John Hope Franklin, Ivan Van Sertima and Howard Zinn. Each challenged aspects of the cheerfully bigoted narrative that has passed for history in schools, colleges, texts and the media. Each created...

Glimpsing the Depth of U.S. Polarization

March 26, 2010
Glimpsing the Depth of U.S. Polarization

DAILY KOS: From January 20 through January 31, 2010, the Daily Kos website commissioned a poll of self-identified Republicans which was conducted by Research 2000. A total of 2003 self-identified Republicans were interviewed nationally by telephone. The results will be, to say the least, startling to progressives.

Group Proposes Free Speech for People Amendment

March 24, 2010
Group Proposes Free Speech for People Amendment

FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE AMENDMENT: The group has written a resolution in support of the “Free Speech for People Amendment” and is collecting signatures on it at its website.

Haiti Disaster Highlights Need for International Law on “Looting”

March 23, 2010
Haiti Disaster Highlights Need for International Law on “Looting”

BECKEY SUKOVATY: When desperate Haitian earthquake victims tried to save themselves or rescue others by looking for resources needed to survive in the collapsed buildings of Port-au-Prince, they were often branded “looters.” New Orleans residents in dire need after Hurricane Katrina were similarly condemned.

Beltway Bulletin

March 22, 2010
Beltway Bulletin

BRIEFING REPORTS ON: 1) Federal Debt vs. the Current Deficit; 2) Social Security; 3) The Federal Debt; 4) Obama's Energy and Global Warming Plans; and 5) Tethered Wind - Emerging but Ignored by the Feds.

Give Peace a Dance Slated for April 1

March 21, 2010
Give Peace a Dance Slated for April 1

PETER BERGEL: Oregon’s best peace party and Oregon PeaceWorks’ largest fund raiser is the annual Give Peace a Dance extravaganza, now scheduled for April 17 at the First Congregational Church of Salem, 700 Marion St. NE. from 6-11 p.m.

Army to Strip Jailed Hip-Hop Soldier of Due Process with Iraq Transfer

March 18, 2010
Army to Strip Jailed Hip-Hop Soldier of Due Process with Iraq Transfer

COURAGE TO RESIST: Fort Stewart, Georgia officials confirmed in early February that the Army will attempt to separate Spc. Marc A. Hall from both his civilian legal team and his established military defender, Capt. Anthony Schiavetti, by immediately sending him to Iraq to face court martial.

Households Enter Voluntary Carbon Market

March 17, 2010
Households Enter Voluntary Carbon Market

LIZ GALST: Last month, Tami and Randy Wilson of Harrisburg, Pa., may well have become the first homeowners to ever sell a carbon credit they’d generated at home. The family saved one metric ton of carbon by reducing their energy use and installing solar panels on their roof.

Don’t Call It a “Defense” Budget

March 15, 2010
Don’t Call It a “Defense” Budget

NORMAN SOLOMON: The new budget from the White House will push U.S. military spending well above $2 billion a day. This isn’t “defense.” Foreclosing the future of our country should not be confused with defending it.

Army Vet Speaks Out on Resisting Killer Drones

March 14, 2010
Army Vet Speaks Out on Resisting Killer Drones

ROLLEAN: The April 19th witness at the Boeing/Insitu military drone factory near Hood River will seek to remind us all that we were raised on the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. U.S. Policy Violates Golden Rule

First Robotic War Conference to Feature Sheehan & Roos

March 11, 2010
First Robotic War Conference to Feature Sheehan & Roos

UPCOMING CONFERENCE: The first conference ever organized to challenge robotic warfare will be held here in Oregon, April 16 through April 19, near Boeing's Insitu military drone factory in Hood River.

National Priorities Project Releases FY2011 Budget Analysis

March 10, 2010
National Priorities Project Releases FY2011 Budget Analysis

NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT: President Obama issued his Fiscal Year 2011 budget on February 1, 2010 – a 2,585-page proposed blueprint for addressing the social agonies caused by record-high job loss, a continued sluggish economy and state deficits.

Resources for Peace Visioning

March 9, 2010
Resources for Peace Visioning

PETER BERGEL: Here, in no particular order, are websites (both articles and organizations) and books that I and others have found helpful in researching peace visioning.

Pressing the Peace Reset Button

March 7, 2010
Pressing the Peace Reset Button

WINSLOW MYERS: The hopeful energy that resulted in the election of President Obama has run smack into the depressing reality of the largest military budget ever submitted in the history of the planet. But effective strategizing for peace can only emerge from an accurate perception of where we are.

Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning

March 5, 2010
Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning

NATIONAL PEACE ACADEMY: The National Peace Academy’s understanding of peace is shaped by the definition contained in the Earth Charter: “…peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.”