Creating a Comprehensive Peace Vision and Strategy is Crucial

March 3, 2010
Creating a Comprehensive Peace Vision and Strategy is Crucial

PETER BERGEL: Progressives and peace people are probably missing a bet. We could almost certainly be more effective, wield more influence and play a more powerful role in public policy. What we lack is a unified understanding of what we mean by “peace” and a new peace strategy based on that unified understanding.

MyPeace Project Kicks Off on March 13

March 2, 2010
MyPeace Project Kicks Off on March 13

PETER BERGEL: The progressive movement needs a comprehensive shared vision and Salem’s MyPeace Project is a step in the direction of generating that vision.

Have Americans Given Up?

March 2, 2010
Have Americans Given Up?

PETER BERGEL: In an enormously provocative article entitled “Are Americans a Broken People? Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression” psychologist Bruce E. Levine divines what ails the American body politic.

Finances Force OPW Board to End Printed PeaceWorker

March 1, 2010
Finances Force OPW Board to End Printed PeaceWorker

OPW BOARD OF DIRECTORS: It is with a heavy heart that we tell you today that financial pressures have forced upon us the decision to end printed production of The PeaceWorker, although our award-winning news magazine continues to be available online at www.peaceworker.org.

Howard Zinn and the State of the Union

February 28, 2010
Howard Zinn and the State of the Union

TOM H. HASTINGS: Howard Zinn has crossed over. He was a mensch, a historian and a peace and justice activist. He was not convinced that nonviolence was always the answer, but he often provided expert testimony for nonviolent resisters seeking help in conducting a robust defense of their actions in opposition to militarism and...

Calendar

February 26, 2010
Calendar

CALENDAR: Late February through June. To offer calendar items, post them at www.oregonprogressivenetwork.org or email them to: updates@oregonpeaceworks.org before the 12th of the month for following month's issue.

PeaceWorker Now Offers Daily Releases Online

February 25, 2010
PeaceWorker Now Offers Daily Releases Online

PETER BERGEL: OPW's award-winning publication The PeaceWorker is now available by subscription on the Internet. By entering a free subscription, you will receive a teaser and a link to a PeaceWorker article every day in your email.

Farewell April Wynkoop, Hello Donna Gerry

February 24, 2010
Farewell April Wynkoop, Hello Donna Gerry

PETER BERGEL: The friendly voice you’re most likely to hear when you telephone OPW is that of our Office Manager, April Wynkoop. After almost two years with OPW, during which she made the office hum and handled all the details that make the difference between a smooth functioning organization and one that staggers along,...

Tom Hayden to Speak in Eugene March 5

February 23, 2010
Tom Hayden to Speak in Eugene March 5

TOM HAYDEN: The Lane Peace Center invites readers to this year’s peace symposium entitled “Confronting Militarism: Democracy vs. Empire.” The event will take place March 5 from 6-9 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) in the Center for Meeting & Learning at Lane Community College.

Politicians Must Respond to Climate Tipping Points

February 22, 2010
Politicians Must Respond to Climate Tipping Points

TED GLICK: There’s a famous quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” However, according to Wikipedia, it may be that this concept was first expressed by a U.S. labor leader, Nicholas Klein of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, in 1914.

Dollars for Death, Pennies for Life

February 21, 2010
Dollars for Death, Pennies for Life

NORMAN SOLOMON: When the U.S. military began a major offensive in southern Afghanistan over the Presidents’ Day weekend, the killing of children and other civilians was predictable. Lofty rhetoric aside, such deaths come with the territory of war and occupation.

USDA Establishes Strong Organic Standards for Pasture, Livestock

February 19, 2010
USDA Establishes Strong Organic Standards for Pasture, 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations that establish distinct benchmarks requiring the grazing and pasturing of dairy cows and other livestock.

Nuclear Industry May Not Give Up on Yucca Mountain

February 19, 2010
Nuclear Industry May Not Give Up on Yucca Mountain

STEVE TETREAULT: The nuclear industry’s trade group is signaling it might not go along with the Obama administration’s plan to withdraw from Yucca Mountain and make it difficult, if not impossible, to revive the proposed nuclear waste repository ever again.

Nuclear Power: Still a Bad Idea

February 18, 2010
Nuclear Power: Still a Bad Idea

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...

Peacebuilding for Conservatives

February 17, 2010
Peacebuilding for Conservatives

WINSLOW MYERS: There is big money in polarization, as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and other media kingpins understand all too well. But one of the many tragic by-products of our polarized political culture is the demonization of conservatives by progressives.

Paying Extra for Green Power and Getting Ads Instead

February 16, 2010
Paying Extra for Green Power and Getting Ads Instead

KATE GALBRAITH: The solicitations have been flooding people’s mailboxes lately: pay a bit more on your electricity bill for 100 percent clean wind power. Or, the fliers say, buy “green power certificates” to offset your global warming emissions.

Obama’s Afghan “Strategy” ­ Another American Tragedy

February 15, 2010
Obama’s Afghan “Strategy” ­ Another American Tragedy

JOSEPH GERSON: Shortly after President Obama’s Afghanistan War escalation speech, I was contacted by the Voice of America’s Russian Language Service. They wanted to interview me. These are the questions they asked: What do you think about Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan? Were you surprised by it? Do you think it would be possible...

International Criminal Court Complaint Filed Against Bush & Co.

February 14, 2010
International Criminal Court Complaint Filed Against Bush & Co.

FRANCIS A. BOYLE: Champaign, U.S.A./The Hague, Netherlands -- Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, U.S.A. has filed a complaint with the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) in The Hague against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, and...

Brief-ings

February 13, 2010
Brief-ings

BRIEF INSIGHTS: 1) Postwar Deformities; 2) Kaufman Bill to Hold U.S. Contractors Overseas Accountable; 3) Stunning Statistics About the War That Everyone Should Know, by Jeremy Scahill; and 4) NRC Looks to Technology to Cut Energy Use.

Western Shoshone Prevail on Mt. Tenabo – Open Pit Gold Mine Enjoined

February 12, 2010
Western Shoshone Prevail on Mt. Tenabo – Open Pit Gold Mine Enjoined

CORTEZ HILLS GOLD MINE: On December 3, 2009, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling enjoining the construction and operation of the Cortez Hills gold mine, proposed by Barrick Gold Corporation. The Ninth Circuit reversed the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, which had denied the...

WRL Activist Gets Jail Time for “Blood Money”

February 11, 2010
WRL Activist Gets Jail Time for “Blood Money”

MATT DALOISIO: Three Washington DC-area peace proponents interrupted a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy last May 21, calling out "No more blood money for wars!" and "End the wars now."

Climate Change Ups and Downs in 2009

February 10, 2010
Climate Change Ups and Downs in 2009

PHIL CARVER: While the outcome of Copenhagen negotiations on limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was disappointing, 2009 saw good progress on restricting emissions.

Democrats Boosting Right-Wing Populism

February 9, 2010
Democrats Boosting Right-Wing Populism

NORMAN SOLOMON: In his triumphant speech on election night, the next senator from Massachusetts should have thanked top Democrats in Washington for all they did to make his victory possible.

PSR Announces Greenfield Peace Writing Contest

February 9, 2010
PSR Announces Greenfield Peace Writing Contest

KELLY CAMPBELL: With great pleasure, I announce the second annual Greenfield Peace Writing Contest, sponsored by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, and named for Del Greenfield, our first executive director. Any 11th or 12th grade student in Oregon may enter by submitting an original piece of fiction, poem, or essay (maximum 600 words) reflecting...

Middle East Conflict: Fighting to Improve the Past

February 8, 2010
Middle East Conflict: Fighting to Improve the Past

VALERIE SATUREN: With the rising power of Hamas and a rightward shift in Israeli politics, a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians appears farther out of reach than it has in decades. Meanwhile, the window of opportunity is closing on a two-state solution to the conflict.

Lowering the Bar: How Young is Too Young to Recruit?

February 7, 2010
Lowering the Bar: How Young is Too Young to Recruit?

JON LETMAN: How old is old enough for students to be approached by military recruiters? High school? Junior high? Fourth grade? How about ten weeks into kindergarten?

Privatizing the Military: Full Speed Ahead Under Obama

February 6, 2010
Privatizing the Military: Full Speed Ahead Under Obama

JEREMY SCAHILL: A hearing in Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Contract Oversight subcommittee on contracting in Afghanistan has highlighted some important statistics that provide a window into the extent to which the Obama administration has picked up the Bush-era war privatization baton and sprinted with it.

Our Security is Threatened and We Don’t Have Time for War

February 5, 2010
Our Security is Threatened and We Don’t Have Time for War

PETER BERGEL: The government and the Pentagon are right. Our national security is definitely at risk. Afghanistan? Iraq? Al Qaeda? Small potatoes. Yemen? Iran? Even smaller. Nope, the big threats are not military. Nor can they be addressed by the military.

Government Hinders Gaza Freedom March

February 4, 2010
Government Hinders Gaza Freedom March

JEAN ATHEY: We are in the Middle East, seeking a nonviolent solution to the blockade of Gaza. Free Gaza actions are occurring all over Cairo, and so the police, who are often in riot gear, have had a busy day — they show up wherever we go. They are incredibly young, maybe 18 or...

J Street Comes to Eugene

February 3, 2010
J Street Comes to Eugene

COMING TO EUGENE OREGON: J Street, the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, is setting up shop in Eugene. Its official opening will be celebrated Thursday, February 4th at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E. 29th Ave.

Unique Peace Video

February 3, 2010
Unique Peace Video

KSIYA SIMONOVA: The winner of "Ukraine’s Got Talent,” Kseniya Simonova, 24, draws a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her unusual talent is mesmeric to watch.

Nuclear Terrorism: How It Can Be Prevented

February 2, 2010
Nuclear Terrorism: How It Can Be Prevented

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER: The recent furor over an unsuccessful terrorist attempt to blow up an airliner is distracting us from considering the possibility of a vastly more destructive terrorist act: exploding a nuclear weapon in a heavily-populated area.

Native Nations Respond to Climate Change Threats

February 1, 2010
Native Nations Respond to Climate Change Threats

VALERIE TALIMAN: Nearly 400 Native leaders, scholars, elders and Tribal College students from across the country, joined by scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), came together at a watershed gathering, the Native Peoples Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop II, to formulate a collective...

Solarize Portland Makes Solar More Affordable

January 30, 2010
Solarize Portland Makes Solar More Affordable

SOLAR POWER: Homeowners in a Southeast Portland neighborhood have banded together to buy and install solar panels, knocking significant chunks off the price through high-volume purchasing. The 6-month-old Solarize Portland program has wildly exceeded expectations.

Where’s the Money?

January 29, 2010
Where’s the Money?

CRAIG CLINE: On January 4th, the Statesman Journal ran an Associated Press article entitled: “Most state budgets on path to even leaner times.” The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that state budgets are likely to fall $180 billion short for the new fiscal year. According to the Pew Center on the...

Youth Empowered Action Camp

January 28, 2010
Youth Empowered Action Camp

NORA KRAMER: Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is training the next generation of leaders and activists who will work for the environment, peace, animal rights, justice, gay rights, etc. We will be having three sessions next summer -- two at last year’s beautiful venue near Santa Cruz, CA, and one just outside Portland, Oregon....

Global Warming Caused by Global Warring

January 27, 2010
Global Warming Caused by Global Warring

CLIMATE CHANGE: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will more than wipe out any reduction in carbon from the government's proposed climate measures ...

100 Ways You Can Help Stop Violence

January 26, 2010
100 Ways You Can Help Stop Violence

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Practical ideas for living and teaching peace.

Letters to the Editor

January 25, 2010
Letters to the Editor

LETTERS: 1) "Lack of Draft Leads to Apathy" from Carla Mikkelson; and 2) A poetic letter, "Where Does the President Go?" from Virginia Bailey or Portland, OR.

New Afghan War Cost Analysis

January 24, 2010
New Afghan War Cost Analysis

JO COMERFORD: The president’s $30 billion figure for getting those 30,000-plus new surge troops into Afghanistan is going to prove a “through-the-basement estimate.” As for the dates for getting them in and beginning to get them out? Well, it’s grain-of-salt time there, too. According to Steven Mufson and Walter Pincus of the...

Traumatized Soldiers Bring the War Home

January 23, 2010
Traumatized Soldiers Bring the War Home

ROBERT C. KOEHLER: There’s no armor, it turns out, for conscience. So our men and women are coming home from the killing fields wounded in their heads, used up, greeted only by the military’s own meat grinder of inadequate health care and intolerance for “weakness.”

Are Americans a Broken People?

January 22, 2010
Are Americans a Broken People?

BRUCE E. LEVINE: Can people become so broken that truths of how they are being screwed do not "set them free" but instead further demoralize them? Has such a demoralization happened in the United States?

In War, Winners Can Be Losers

January 22, 2010
In War, Winners Can Be Losers

LAWRENCE S. WITTNER: Thus far, most of the supporters and opponents of escalating the U.S. war in Afghanistan have focused on whether or not it is possible to secure a military victory in that conflict. But they neglect to consider that, in war, even a winner can be a loser.

It’s Time to Escalate the Peace

January 21, 2010
It’s Time to Escalate the Peace

RANDALL AMSTER: What if they held a war and no one came? No one was out in the streets, no one paid the "big speech" much mind, no one asked for permission to protest, no one wrote an open letter to the President. No one enlisted for it, no one paid for it, and...

PGE to Close Boardman Coal Plant

January 20, 2010
PGE to Close Boardman Coal Plant

BOB JENKS: Portland General Electric (PGE) announced January 14, 2010 that, rather than attempt to upgrade its Boardman coal fired power plant and operate it until 2040 or longer, it now wants retire the plant in 2020. A number of folks in the Northwest have been working to stop PGE from investing $500 million...

Where There is No Vision, the People Perish

November 30, 2009
Where There is No Vision, the People Perish

PETER BERGEL: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” says the King James Bible in Proverbs 29:18. Certainly the people are in danger of perishing today. If not from wars and nuclear weapons, then from global warming. If not from that, then from a series of other threats. Could vision be what rescues...

Biggest State Party to Obama: Get Out of Afghanistan

November 30, 2009
Biggest State Party to Obama: Get Out of Afghanistan

NORMAN SOLOMON: There's a significant new straw in the political wind for President Obama to consider. The California Democratic Party has just sent him a formal and clear message: Stop making war in Afghanistan.

How Patriotism Can Save America

November 30, 2009
How Patriotism Can Save America

PAUL K CHAPPELL: As a soldier in the United States army, I have often pondered what it means to be patriotic, what it means to serve our country, and what it means to love America. In Will War Ever End? I described a dangerous misconception of patriotism that I witnessed while deployed in Baghdad.

How Television Affects Our Lives

November 30, 2009
How Television Affects Our Lives

A C NIELSEN: Approximate number of studies examining TV's effects on children: 4,000 Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 3.5 Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680 Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70 Percentage of parents who would...

Opium, Rape and the American Way in Afghanistan

November 30, 2009
Opium, Rape and the American Way in Afghanistan

CHRIS HEDGES: The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban. The moral lines we draw between us and our adversaries are fictional. The uplifting narratives used to justify the war in Afghanistan...