CHERI MOSSBURG and AMIR VERA – The San Jose, California, city council voted Tuesday night (January 25) to adopt a first-in-the-nation ordinance requiring most gun owners to pay a fee and carry liability insurance, measures aimed at reducing the risk of gun harm by incentivizing safer behavior and easing taxpayers of the financial burden of gun violence.
RIVERA SUN – How many reasons do we need toÂ notÂ go to war with Russia over the Ukraine? Instead of a foolhardy plunge into yet another military conflict, letâ€™s look closer to home and take care of the many crises we face in the United States. Be sure toÂ tell your elected officialsÂ this – they may not have gotten the memo.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – The speech, â€œBeyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,â€ is remembered and celebrated (or not) as MLKâ€™s official condemnation of LBJâ€™s war, inappropriately â€œmixing peace and civil rightsâ€ and shattering ties with the countryâ€™s pro-war liberals. My takeaway after reading it: The speech is a lot more than that.
ROBERT REICH – The tsunami of money now flowing from corporations into the swamp of American politics is larger than ever. And this money â€“ bankrolling almost all politicians and financing attacks on their opponents â€“ is undermining American democracy as much as did the 147 seditionist members of Congress. Maybe more.
PETER BERGEL – We must build a movement strong enough to abolish nuclear weapons altogether. It will take a lot of work and will not happen overnight, but if we want to survive, it is up to the citizens of the nuclear-armed nations to demand that their governments conclude the nuclear disarmament agreements necessary to enable all of them to sign the nuclear ban treaty.
DEBORAH NICHOLLS-LEE – The Netherlands has reduced its prison population to such a degree that itâ€™s now turning old prisons into socially useful buildings, such as schools and refugee centres. What went right?
MELINDA BURRELL – Weâ€™re hearing more about ourÂ â€œexhausted majorityâ€Â â€“ the two-thirds of Americans who are tired of the polarization and anger that surround us, are flexible in their attitudes, and want a way out of the divide.
ANISH R M – In the face of another crackdown by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), anti-pipeline Wetâ€™suwetâ€™en protesters have retreated from Coyote Camp. In an announcement on January 4, the activists of the Indigenous Wetâ€™suwetâ€™en tribe in British Columbia, Canada, have stated they are staging a â€œstrategic retreat.â€ Water protectors who have been resisting the construction of the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline and staging an occupation and blockade at the drill site near Camp Coyote have retreated to evade arrests and another violent police crackdown.
GEORGE LAKEY – Activists throughout history have put social movement work on hold for the electoral arena. Determining whether to do so is a matter of strategy and calling.
RALPH CHAMI, SENA OZTOSUN, THOMAS COSIMANO, CONNEL FULLENKAMP – A strategy to protect whales can limit greenhouse gases and global warming.
DR. GREG JACZKO, PROF. WOLFGANG RENNEBERG, DR. BERNARD LAPONCHE, DR. PAUL DORFMAN – Nuclear is neither clean, safe or smart; but a very complex technology with the potential to cause significant harm. Nuclear isn’t cheap, but extremely costly. Perhaps most importantly nuclear is just not part of any feasible strategy that could counter climate change. To make a relevant contribution to global power generation, up to more than ten thousand new reactors would be required, depending on reactor design.
RAY MCGOVERN – As senior U.S. and Russian negotiators begin talks early next week in Geneva, the makings of a first-step-in-the-right-direction deal are already at hand. And for this we can thank Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin for serious, attentive, one-to-one conversations in the past several weeks.
JOHN MIKSAD – Many of us make resolutions at this time of year. These are some of the New Yearâ€™s Resolutions John Miksad would like to see his country make.
TSVETANA PARASKOVA – Europeâ€™s energy crisis just got worse.
RIVERA SUN – For the trees, snakes, and toads, these winter times are times of rest and dreaming. For humanity, these must be times of reckoning and change.Â