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.”

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...