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Kevin Zeese is co-chair of Come Home America, www.ComeHomeAmerica.US which seeks to end U.S. militarism and empire. He is also co-director of Its Our Economy, www.ItsOurEconomy.US which seeks to democratize the economy and give people greater control over their economic lives and more influence over the direction of the economy.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2009 Why I Was Among Eight Health Care Advocates to Get Arrested in the Senate Yesterday
The Senate Finance Committee is excluding single payer advocates from their hearings. They only want to hear from the insurance industry, HMO's and pharmaceuticals -- the corporations that caused the health care crisis. As a result, yesterday eight of us protested by telling the truth in the senate. We were all arrested but hopefully, a new phase of the movement for a real national health plan has started.
(40 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2009 BREAKING NEWS: BIG BREAKTHROUGHS FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE
Single payer health care, whose advocates were arrested in the senate a month ago, is now at the table and making progress. At the same time, the multi-payer, pro-insurance bill is faltering with support falling apart. It is time for single payer advocates to increase their activity and put pressure on Congress and the president.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 10, 2009 Max Baucus Should Not Be Deciding Health Care for America
Senator Max Baucus and the Senate Finance Committee are too corrupted by corporate health industry donations to give America the health care policy it needs. The Senate leadership should remove health care reform from the Senate Finance Committee and put it before the Health Committee. They need to start all over so the corruption of Baucus does not affect the outcome.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, September 15, 2008 Election Theft for 2008 Already Underway
The theft of the 2008 election has already begun. The combination of suppressing voters and electronic voting machines will make this an election whose results will be hard to believe unless citizens get mobilized. One thousand eyes watching will make election theft more difficult.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, February 28, 2011 Julian Assange: At the Forefront of 21st Century Journalism
If there were ever a doubt about whether the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is a journalist, recent events erase all those doubts and put him at the forefront of a movement to democratize journalism and empower people.
(37 comments) SHARE Monday, October 31, 2011 A Warning To The Economic And Political Elites: Listen Now
The Occupy Movement is in its early stages and will grow. Plans are being made for next steps. The elites should heed the message: End Corporate Rule, Shift Power to the People. If they fail to do so the demands will become stronger.
(20 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Politically Active Americans Facing Searches and Surveillance
Since the the presidency of George W. Bush and continuing throughout the presidency of Barack Obama more and more Americans who are politically active are finding themselves monitored, harassed and searched. It is a trend that we must stand up to or we all my find ourselves on a government list merely for writing a letter, signing a petition or attending a protest.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, April 10, 2009 Can Senator Webb Lead America Out of the Drug War Quagmire
Sen. Webb is taking drug seriously. He's confronting the intractible war on drugs and the giant prison industry. Can he lead us out of the drug war quagmire? Can he bring sense to senseless prison mess? Only with your help.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 22, 2011 October2011 Movement Urges Solidarity with Oil Pipeline Tar Sands Protesters
The Stop the Pipeline!-The Tar Sands Action ongoing in Washington, DC deserves the support of all of us. The protest has gotten the attention of the White House as they mistreated protesters arrested on the first day. President Obama would have liked to quietly approve the pipeline but climate activists are making that impossible. The October2011 Movement is urging people to join them.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 7, 2011 The Link Between War and Big Finance
Banksterism and militarism go hand and hand. This has been true from the beginning of the American Empire and remains true today. More and more Americans are seeing this. Because of this Veterans for Peace have endorsed the April 15th rally and protest, Sounds of Resistance, being held in Union Square in NYC at 11:00. Join us. For more see http://www.ItsOurEconomy.US
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 10, 2011 Occupy is Not Just About Occupying
As Occupy sites around the country close this should be seen as an opportunity to move to Phase II -- educating, organizing and mobilizing communities across the nation.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Tim DeChristopher's Battle for Justice Is Our Battle
Tim DeChristopher faces 10 years in prison when sentenced next Tuesday. His crime-he used civil disobedience to stop an illegal sale of oil and gas leases. After he stopped the leasing by falsely bidding on the lands, the Interior Department determined what was known before the sale-it was illegal. Yet, the government wants a harsh sentence to send a message to those who would join him in stopping illegal government action.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 24, 2011 If You Supported the No Fly Zone, Time to Reconsider
The Obama administration sold the UN and the Arab League on a "no fly zone." Now the U.S., UK and France are engaged in much more. Thousands of troops are on the ground, civilians are being killed and regime change is in the air. It is time to look at newly reported facts and if you originally supported this attack, time to reconsider your support for this war. It is more than what has been sold the American public.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 20, 2014 US Empire Reaches Breaking Point - Time To End It
The people of the United States must work to end the interventionist violence of the U.S. Empire.
This is Part I of a two part series on American Empire. Part II will focus on the Empire Economy and his it is failing to work for most Americans as well as most people of the world.
(27 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 30, 2010 IRS To Investigate Rove's American Crossroads and Other Corporate Front Groups
Corporate domination of elections has been a long-term problem but in this first post-Citizens United election, abuses are flowing. Concentrated capital is creating front groups to hide their funding. Citizens are pushing back and yesterday a crack in the dike began when Sen. Max Baucus asked the IRS to investigate non-profits improperly being used to influence elections. This is a first step, more are needed, citizen's nee
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, November 11, 2016 The TPP is Dead: The People Defeat Transnational Corporate Power
the defeat of the TPP is a tremendous victory that should propel us forward. It shows organized people have power even in the US oligarchy. We need to build on this power, continue our unity as a movement of movements and demand that the people's agenda becomes the political agenda,
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, February 1, 2010 Does President Obama Really Want a "Better Approach" to Fix Health Care?
Obama keeps saying he wants to hear better ideas on health care, especially ones supported by doctors and nurses. Yet, when Dr. Margaret Flowers tries to do what many have tried all year she is ignored or even arrested. Last Friday, Dr. Flowers and Dr. Paris were arrested outside the Republican Caucus in Baltimore trying to tell the president a better way -- Medicare for All.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, January 25, 2010 The Anti-War Peace Movement Needs a Re-Start
The vast majority of Americans widely opposes war and wants the U.S. to focus its resources at home. But, these views are not reflected in the body politic and certainly not in the DC discourse on war. Rather than anti-war opposition being broad-based, politically independent and constant.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 13, 2011 Manning must be tortured to make an example of him and to intimidate his supporters
Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks are threatening the monopoly of information by the corporate media, threatening the secrecy of criminal actions by the U.S. government and therefore Manning must be tortured to make an example of him and intimdate his supporters. Our response to their intimidation with strength, joy and resolve. We are all Bradley Manning
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 11, 2016 Occupy the Debates
76% Want Four-Person Debates, Why Are Establishment Elites Preventing It; We Are Calling for People to Occupy the Debates
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 25, 2012 Infiltration to Disrupt, Divide and Misdirect Is Widespread in Occupy
Occupy has people working from inside to divide, destroy and manipulate it. Infiltration is the norm in political movements and it is occurring throughout the Occupy. The first step is recognizing it. In Part II we will discuss what can be done to minimize the harm.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 24, 2014 Outrage! FCC Official Says a million people commenting will not make much difference
Join us in Urging Regional FCC Hearings throughout the Country on an Open Internet With No Discrimination
More than a million people have spoken out in favor of real Net Neutrality. More than 3.4 million took some kind of actionbefore the rulemaking began urging Net Neutrality. This has been the biggest public response the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter " but is the FCC listening?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2009 Obama's Drug Czar Nominee Approved a Potential Break from the Past
Obama's drug czar nominee was approved today. Unlike previous drug czars he favors needle exchange, treatment instead of incarceration, easy access to methadone and is innovative and pragmatic. In Seattle, where he was chief, he ushered in a new marijuana law making it the lowest prosecution priority. Are we in for some positive changes in drug policy? Finally?
SHARE Tuesday, December 14, 2010 War Effects Everything
War is killing us, says Margaret Flowers, we need to join together to end it. Join us in Washington, DC on December 16th at the White House. Visit Veterans for Peace.org for details
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, March 21, 2011 One Year Anniversary: The Incredible Shrinking Obama Health Care Law
The one year anniversary of the Obama health law is March 23rd. While the law is not fully implemented, the indications from its first year are that it is falling far short of its goals and may not result in any increase in health insurance coverage, control of the costs or improvement in health in the U.S. hHealth insurance is becoming less adequate while getting more expensive -- unaffordable insurance will be the norm.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Can the Right and Left Work Together to Oppose War and Empire?
The peace movement has been like a bird with only a left wing, despite a long tradition of anti-war conservatism, their voice is not heard. Perhaps a bird with two wings will fly better and a peace movement that is broad-based will be more effective.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 12, 2009 The Single Payer Fire Has Been Lit
The Baucus Eight, so name because eight of us were arrested protesting the exclusion of single payer health care from the debate in Contress is now the Baucus 13. The single payer movement is growing stronger and threatens to become a populist rebellion against corporate health insurance which is ripping off Americans and making health care unaffordable. Join the effort. Your voice is needed.
(32 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 11, 2010 Time for California to End The Unwinnable Marijuana War
Last week all U.S. DEA heads since 1973 came out against Prop. 19 in California. No surprise that the top marijuana warriors want to keep marijuana illegal, but what about their record. They've led the arrest of more than 15 million Americans on marijuana charges, yet the war continues. Does their nearly 40 years of successful mass arrests for marijuana mean we should keep doing the same thing over and over again? Or, does
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 20, 2011 U.S. Military, State Department and White House Trapped in Bradley Manning Quagmire
The Obama administration is station finally did the right thing and is moving Manning from the abusive Quantico Marine Corps. Brig, but that is just the beginning of their problems with the prosecution of Bradley Manning. This is a trial that could rock U.S. foreign policy and undermine U.S. credibility around the world.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 29, 2017 As US Empire Fails, Trump Enters a Quagmire
A quagmire is defined as a complex or unpleasant position that is difficult to escape. President Trump's recently announced war plans in Afghanistan maintain that quagmire. They come at a time when US Empire is failing and its leadership in the world is weakening. The US will learn what other empires have learned, "Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires."
(38 comments) SHARE Monday, January 10, 2011 Bradley Manning and the Rule of Law
Put aside Bradley Manning's guilt or innocence and ask -- what should Bradley Manning have done when he saw evidence of war crimes, other crimes and constant deception of the American people and others? Should he have hidden the evidence? Taken it up a chain of command that was complicit? Or, expose it? Manning exposed it not because he is a traitor but because he is a patriot that wants to make the United States a more pe
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, March 2, 2020 The US Is Not Prepared For Coronavirus; We Need To Take Action
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is in its very early stages in the United States so it is too early to predict its full impacts. The World Health Organization reports that COVID-19 has stricken more than 86,000 people around the world, killing nearly 3,000 and has spread to at least 60 countries.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 23, 2017 When Empires Fall
In a new book, "In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power," historian Alfred McCoy predicts that US empire is ending and will be over in the next decade. Even now he says the "United States can no longer dictate to the world, or at least much of the world, like we could back in the 1950s." He predicts that by 2030 US empire will be finished.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 18, 2018 Time to Close Our Foreign Military Bases
The United States cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world. The U.S. undermines governments (including democracies), kills millions of people, causes mass migrations of people fleeing their homes, communities and countries and produces vast environmental damage.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 29, 2009 115 arrested so far in 18 cities to demand for health care for all
Dr. Margaret Flowers, former pediatrician and mother of three teenagers: "I am planning to risk arrest,which may have serious consequences for me – up to six months in jail.But it won't be as serious as the suffering and needless deaths that too many face each day in this nation.I hope you will join me in our action.If you can't risk arrest,at least you can stand in solidarity with us during the legal picket."
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 9, 2017 Power Dynamics Changing In World Order
The G-20 summit highlighted a transition in geopolitical power that has been developing for years. The process has escalated in recent months since President Trump took office, but its roots go much deeper than Trump. The United States is losing power, a multi-polar world is taking shape and people power is on the rise.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Cut Social Security? Are the Democrats crazy?
The time is now to begin to organize against the Obama deficit commission. It is poised to urge cuts in basic programs the middle class depends on rather than focusing on the real causes of deficits: weapons and war spending, tax cuts for the wealthy and the economic collapse. Recognize the causes and the solutions become obvious. Take action now and get people involved.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 3, 2011 Wake Up Call for U.S. Empire: Egypt an Opportunity for a Transformational New Beginning
President Obama promised the Arab and Muslim world "A New Beginning" in a June 2009 speech. Egypt demonstrates the urgent need for a new beginning for a U.S. foreign policy that put us on the wrong side of the demand for democracy and justice in the region. It puts in place policies that undermine U.S. national security and the economy. Egypt is a wake-up call and an opportunity for President Obama to fulfill the promises o
(32 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 13, 2014 Message To Democratic Party: It's Time To Face Reality
After getting clobbered on Nov. 4, the Democratic Party needs to ask itself some tough questions and come up with honest answers. If it doesn't, it's going to continue to lose elections because it lacks credibility with its own voter base.
(17 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 5, 2014 Hong Kong Protests: Now The Hard Part, Kick Out The US, Build National Consensus
Now that the US has been exposed, it needs to be removed. US goals are very different than the people in Hong Kong. The US is in the process of encircling China militarily and economically. It sees China as a competitor, a nation that can undermine the US as the single world superpower. Conflict between Hong Kong and Beijing would serve US interests but undermine the Hong Kong economy which is tied to China.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 30, 2019 "Ukrainegate" Teaches Us More About Ourselves Than Trump Or Biden
Ukrainegate' has opened the floodgates of impeachment in Washington, DC. President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky provided such an opportunity that Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who resisted pressure for impeachment, is now on board along with a majority of the party.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 22, 2011 The Health Care Crisis Grows While the 2010 Health Reform Shrinks
The requirement for a waiver is relatively simple; the applicant must show HHS "a significant increase in premiums or a decrease in access to benefits." Ninety-four percent of requests for waivers have been granted, the largest area where waivers have been denied has been for unions. Republicans have asked HHS for in-depth details about every waiver decision and request.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 3, 2014 Demand That Clapper and Brennan Be Fired
Unacceptable Culture Of Lying in US Intelligence Leadership Gets Obama's "Full Support"
Heads of Both the CIA and NSA Have Been Caught Lying To Congress and the American People, They Are Not Prosecuted for Perjury and They Keep Their Jobs
(18 comments) SHARE Monday, May 18, 2009 Using a Law License to Facilitate Torture Should Result in Disbarment
Today, I signed and filed complaints against 12 Bush-Cheney torture lawyers on behalf of VotersForPeace.US and VelvetRevolution.US. We are seeking the disbarment of this cadre of torture lawyers for facilitating war crimes. If bar associations do no see justifying war crimes as a violation of legal ethics, what is left of ethical standards? Application of the rule of law to torture is a critical step in healing the nation.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 9, 2018 We Can No Longer Afford A Fossil Fuel Economy
The Global #RiseForClimate actions are just one example of many that the climate justice movement is building the power needed to transform the economy and put in place policies to confront climate change. The ingredients exist for the climate justice movement to rapidly succeed. A challenge is not knowing how much time we have.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 24, 2019 US and Puppet Guaido Implicated In Terrorism Plot Against Venezuela
This week the US was caught seeking to create violent chaos with imported mercenaries disguised as Venezuelan military, funded by assets seized from Venezuela as part of the US economic war. Telesur reports the government unveiled telephone conversations and other evidence between leaders of the right planning violence against the country that came from a Guaidó aide.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 11, 2009 The Case for Disbarment of Lawyers Who Facilitated Torture Grows
Lawyers were the lynchpin if they had given real legal advice: torture is illegal under domestic and international law; there would have been no torture program. Now two generals and an x-general have called for torture accountability. And, DOJ emails have implicated President Bush and Vice President Cheney. All we need now is for an enraged citizenry to demand accountability for torturers and their facilitators
SHARE Saturday, March 17, 2012 The American Spring: A Time for Occupy To Blossom
Join us for the American Spring in the nation's capital, the National Occupation of Washington, NOWDC.org.Highlights: NOW DC Social Forum, Occufest concert and protest against the DC power structure.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 12, 2012 Cracks in the Pillars of Power
We're beginning to see cracks in the power structure -- Wall Street banksters are criticizing each other and acknowledging their misbehavior has made them untrustworthy to most of the public. Occupy pressure has been one reason why. We need to keep the pressure on and break these cracks open further by a combination of protest and building a new economy.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 22, 2010 We Can Handle the Truth -" Stop Trying to Hide the Truth from Us
Private Bradley Manning, who leaked the Collateral Damage video showing the killing of civilians in Iraq by the U.S. military, is a hero not a criminal. The peace movement needs to stand with him and call for his release and oppose his prosecution. The government needs to stop hiding war crimes from Americans. As voters we are in charge and need to know the truth.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 21, 2011 The Security Budget vs. the Necessities of Americans
President Obama has taken 66% of discretionary spending in the federal budget off the table -- the Security Budget -- while proposing a freeze to the rest of the budget and deep cuts to some programs that provide necessities for the people. His budget crystalizes a choice that U.S. presidents have been making since Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex -- investment in the military vs. the civilian economy.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 1, 2009 Baucus to Meet with Single Payer Advocates
Senator Baucus, in reaction to political pressure, will meet with a delegation of single payer advocates this Wednesday. This does not mean single payer is "on the table" or really being considered. It is an effort to reduce political pressure. But, it should be a signal to activists that they should escalate the pressure because it's working.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 17, 2014 TPP Toxicity Grows, We Can Stop It
The White House is calling Janaury “TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) Month” and has made it their task to pass Fast Track. President Obama needs Fast Track to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). When Congress returned this month, a bill was quickly introduced after delays of more than a year. The lies begin with title of the bill: “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014.” Bi-partisan?
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 17, 2011 President Obama Step In to Protect the Constitutional Rights of Veterans and Citizens
President Obama needs to take responsibility and command the Quantico Marine Base to allow a veteran led flower laying ceremony this Sunday at the end of a non-violent Bradley Manning support event. Further he needs to remove Pfc Manning from Quantico, where they have shown they cannot stop themselves from torturing him, and put him more normal conditions of confinement. The case needs to be reviewed and charges dropped.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 19, 2010 Dems Lose Massachusetts: Obama Needs a Major Course Correction
The Dems lost the Mass senate race. That's three in a row after the VA and NJ gubernatorial races. Obama needs a major course correction away from corporate elites and in favor of the people. Ending crony capitalism needs to be the election issue of 2010. He should begin by re-making the White House starting with replacing his first appointment, Rahm Emanuel. It's the people vs.the elites and the Dems are on the wrong side.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, February 2, 2018 Which Path to National Improved Medicare for All?
We need to connect our fights to other struggles to protect public insurances such as Medicaid and Medicare. The solution to preserving our social health systems is to make them universal. Then we have the social solidarity, everybody in and nobody out, to protect and strengthen them. We win when there is a loud and clear public demand for National Improved Medicare for All.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 1, 2011 As the Race to the Bottom Picks Up Speed, Are Americans Finally Fed-Up?
The race to the bottom has picked up its pace. As state and federal governments face budget deficits, they are cutting critical programs with austerity budgets that will weaken education, health care, essential services and the economy. Does Wisconsin show a tipping point has been reached and are Americans ready to stand up for a fair economy and challenge concentrated wealth and corporate power?
(36 comments) SHARE Friday, February 8, 2008 Is Dennis Kucinich Getting McKinney'd
Kucinich has been a thorn in the side of the Democratic Party leadership. He's challenged them on impeachment, the war and big business controll of government.
Now they are becoming a thorn in his re-election to Congress. The McKinney Treatment is being applied to Kucinich. It's a tough challenge at home. Will the peace and impeachment movements come to his aid?
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Is the Iraq War Over? Are U.S. Troops Still Fighting and Dying in Iraq?
Soldiers are still dying and being deployed to Iraq. They are still fighting in combat. The name of the brigades have changed and the name of the "Operarion" has changed but too much remains the same. Tell President Obama to level with the American people in his upcoming speech on Iraq.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 3, 2010 Declare Your Independence
On this Independence Day weekend, Americans need to declare their independence. We need independent media, independent political movements and independent electoral movements. Throughout history this has been a key ingredient to paradigm shifting change. Corporatism is the issue of the day, to defeat it -- Declare Your Independence!
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Mistrial Is Another Blow To U.S. Coup In Venezuela; Our Work Continues
We hope the Trump administration sees that prosecuting us again will be viewed by the world as further proof of US injustice. Another prosecution raises the stakes for the US as an acquittal or second failed prosecution will be further evidence of the failed coup.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Here We Go Again – Democrats Turning off Their Voting Base
The Obama administration is saying they are ignoring the peace movement and that for Afghanistan, all options are on the table except leaving. When political party's ignore their voting and activist base the result is inevitable -- they lose.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 13, 2011 The President Misses an Opportunity to Get the Country on the Right Course
President Obama put forward a center-right deficit plan that does not cut the military --only moderately slows its growth, cuts essential services for working Americans who are already under financial stress, does not adequately tax the economic elite and fails to address the driving force of deficits, health care. Join us April 15th in New York for a concert and protest, Sounds of Resistance, in Union Square Park at 11:00 AM.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 10, 2020 Keep War, Environmental Degradation And Profit Out Of Space
The 21st Century nuclear arms and developing outer space arms races, which began under Obama and are increasing under Trump, are going to be something the world has never seen before. They are a bonanza for weapons makers, the Pentagon budget and capitalists in space. They will create a less secure world, a greater wealth divide, a tattered safety net and new, more dangerous forms of war.
SHARE Saturday, September 15, 2007 Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice to Deceive
The war has been based on lies and continued on lies. The way to end the war is to break the web of lies with the truth and for those who oppose the war to not fear their power. We have the power to end this war and to end all wars, making war an embarrassment of history.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Voter Beware Concentrated Corporate Power is Creating Deceptive Elections
The RNC is irrelevant as a Karl Rove coup replaces it with American Crossroads avoiding limits on donations and allowing anonymous donors. Concentrated corporate power is set to flood the midterms with hundreds of millions. The Obama Justice Department and the FEC need to take action to avoid the further corruption of U.S. elections.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 11, 2011 The Abusive Detention of Bradley Manning
The Quantico Marine Commander denied Bradley Manning's request for better conditions of confinement. The appeal of that decision lays out his strong case and provides a glimpse in the inhumane and abusive conditions Manning is suffering.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 26, 2008 The Real Cost of the "Bailout": Are We Getting Our Money's Worth?
The American taxpayer is on the hook for $7.7 trillion so far and the bottom of the economic collapse is not yet in site. You'd think for $7.7 trillion we'd get health care for all, tax relief or free college education! But Americans got none of that. Is this a wise use of tax dollars? Are there better ways to use this money? Will this trickle down approach work this time, even though it has failed in the past?
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 7, 2010 Want To Strike Back Against Politicians? Here's How.
Criminal laws against marijuana are a bankrupt, failed approach that does more harm than good. Polls in California and nationally show the people get it. But, the politicians do not. They keep urging more marijuana enforcement. The experts get it and have been telling the politicians for years -- end marijuana prohibition. Now it is time for the people to send a clear message by voting Yes on California's Proposition 19.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, September 2, 2019 Linking Popular Movements And Unions Is A Winning Strategy For Workers
Labor Day is a time to reflect on the potential of workers building power. The people are on the path to build a powerful political movement against both corporate-controlled parties to fight for a government that represents the interests of workers and puts people and planet before profits.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 26, 2014 The Empire Economy Does Not Serve The Economy Or People; As US Empire fades, we must choose our path forward
World history is filled with empires, e.g. the Roman and Byzantine empires, the European colonial empires, various ancient Iranian empires, the Arab Caliphate and Ottoman Empire, the Soviet Union to name a few. These historic empires have one thing in common: they no longer exist. As the lifecycle of empire wanes, rather than being a benefit to the home country, sustaining empire becomes more expensive than it is worth.
SHARE Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Climate Crisis Offers Chance for Radical Transformation
The United States is experiencing a wide range of climate impacts from major hurricanes in the South to unprecedented numbers of wildfires in the West to crop-destroying drought in the Mid-West. We are past the time to make a major commitment to the transformation we need to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 7, 2011 Bradley Manning Is Punished for Seeking a More Perfect Union
Bradley Manning is accused of leaking documents that described serious flaws in U.S. foreign policy in an effort to start a debate that would lead to a more perfect union. This patriotism for America has resulted in him being denied due process and treated inhumanely -- virtual solitary confinement for ten months and now forced nudity. The actions of the government are inconsistent with the rhetoric of President Oba
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, March 13, 2020 Chelsea Manning Is Free From Jail, Faces Exorbitant Fines
Prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia ended the grand jury of Julian Assange and Wikileaks in which Chelsea Manning refused to testify. As a result, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the immediate release of Chelsea Manning.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 10, 2014 The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) "Dismantles Democracy": Stop The Secrecy, Release The Texts
The movement of movements bringing together people concerned about the environment, labor, food and water, Internet freedom, energy policy, banking regulation and so many other issues has been able to stop the rigged corporate trade agreement being pushed by the Obama administration. A critical test will come in the coming months when the new Congress is put in place.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Getting Crazier about Bradley Manning
On March 20, Americans, in a vet-led assembly, gathered to support PFC Bradley Manning who is accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks and who has been held in solitary confinement at the Quantico Marine Base for seven months. We worked successfully with the Prince William County Police in Virginia for a safe and peaceful event, but one aspect of the event was in dispute -- a veteran-led flower laying ceremony.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 4, 2018 Ensuring Justice in an Era of Transformation
For many of the issues the popular movement has been raising, the government has failed to act or take counterproductive actions, putting the profits and interests of campaign donors ahead of the necessities of people and protection of the planet. The environment is being destroyed, the food supply is being poisoned by pesticides and the wealth divide is widening.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 20, 2019 Beyond NATO: Time To Break The Silence, End NATO's Militarism
On this holiday weekend, we reflect on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. who urged us to "re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world." Protest to end NATO will be a step toward ending what King called "the deadly western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long." It is time for peace to "take precedence over the pursuit of war."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 19, 2020 We're in a Recession, and It's Likely to Get Worse
The coronavirus epidemic is creating an ongoing teachable moment that could be used to transform the US economy. COVID-19 and the oil war are triggers leading to a recession that has its roots in record corporate and personal debt, long-term low wages and an artificially-inflated stockmarket.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 21, 2018 War Preparations Against Venezuela As Election Nears
The Trump administration has failed in its attempts to instigate war with North Korea and Iran. The terrible diplomatic performance of Vice President Pence at the Olympic games, where the two Koreas began to make progress toward peace and unification, puts the US in a weaker position to threaten North Korea. Let's stop this next war before it begins!
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 17, 2013 The Obama Apology That Is Needed
I apologize for the results of my efforts in reforming US healthcare. It is now evident from the roll-out and the technical problems that have been exposed that we have created a complex system in which these types of problems will exist, not just at the beginning in the setting up of a website to sell health insurance, but as the law takes full effect.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, March 19, 2018 US Empire In Decline
Just as Freedom Caucus Tea Party representatives hold power in the Republican Party, the military-intelligence officials will become the powerhouse for Democrats. This takeover will make the Democrats even more militarist at a dangerous time when threats of war are on the rise and the country needs an opposition party that says "no" to war.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 16, 2017 Corbyn Teaches to Embrace Change We Need
Corbyn teaches that we should embrace the radical transformational change that is needed, whether in elections or as a movement, to inspire people to take action and shift the realm of the possible. The people thirst for change as their economic situation becomes more insecure. There needs to be a movement that addresses that insecurity through a human rights lens, or insecurity will be channeled towards hatred and violence.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2009 Time to Look Past Obama's Words and Face-up to His Actions
While Obama's words are often musical, he now has a record for people to judge. When it comes to foreign policy the music is not pretty. And, the response of the peace movement choir has not been loud enough. It is time for the peace movement to take action, escalate its protests and hold Obama and the Democrats responsible.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Has U.S. Foreign Policy Ever Been Such a Mess?
Obama has made a foreign policy mess. He has the U.S. in multiple war-quagmires that are unwinnable and that he cannot escape. It is a symptom of a failing empire that the American people need to put an end to.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, September 4, 2017 Climate Breakdown
People have experienced a series of extreme storms -- Hurricanes Harvey, Katrina and Sandy being the most notable this century -- droughts, fires and other physical evidence that make it hard to deny climate catastrophe. Climate denialism requires shutting one's eyes to obvious realities when the truth is the Earth is warmer than it has been in 120,000 years.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, October 19, 2009 Can the Democrats Avoid a Populist Health Care Rebellion?
Americans are mobilizing at MobilizeForHealthCare.org against insurance industry denials and abuses. They know private insurance is the problem, not the solution. But, Congressional leaders are planning a massive giveaway to the insurance industry. The seeds of a populist revolt are sprouting. Democratic leaders should heed the warning and change course.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 25, 2017 Is Health Care A Commodity Or Right?
Currently, in the United States, health care is a commodity, and the profiteers are going wild. Since passage of the ACA, major health insurance company stock values have quadrupled. And they are never satisfied.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, June 25, 2018 Assange Is A Journalist, Should Not Be Persecuted For Publishing The Truth
The threats to Julian Assange are occurring when dissent is under attack, particularly media dissent; the FBI has a task force to monitor social media. The attack on net neutrality, Google using algorithms to prevent searches for alternative media and Facebook controlling what people see are all part of the attack on the democratized media...
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 15, 2009 The Democrats Put the Health Insurance Industry Ahead of the Economy and Health Care
The Democrats are so determined to provide hundreds of billions in new revenue to their campaign donors in the insurance industry, that they are willing to risk the economy. Single payer would boost the economy with new jobs and new revenue, while the Dems health care plan will reduce jobs, tax small businesses and weaken the economy.
SHARE Friday, March 30, 2018 Defendants Acquitted Based On Climate Necessity Defense
The result in this case is an important part of building power to fight the fossil fuel industry. Climate justice advocates told their story not just in court but from the way they created their protest, which included "Digging Mass Graves" to highlight the dangers of climate change. Climate change will kill millions of people and cause immense environmental damage.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Snowden Should Refuse to Play "Alice in Wonderland"
Edward Snowden submitting to prosecution in the United States, would be like Alice going into the courtroom in Wonderland.
Alice stood before the King and Queen of Hearts who served as the judges.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 3, 2008 Urge Media to Archive All Exit Poll Results - Easy Action - Protect Vote
Voters should be provided with the unadjusted exit polls and if adjustments are made to the final polls they should be explained publicly. Major media outlets are urged to archive all of the interim exit poll results to allow independent analysis later. Election integrity advocates must push for greater transparency since large-sample exit polls can and should be used be used to audit vote totals.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, October 18, 2010 Is Eric Holder Serious About Enforcing the Marijuana Laws?
Attorney General Holder's promise to escalate enforcement of the marijuana laws if Proposition 19 passes is leading the country in the wrong direction. The marijuana laws will have no legitimacy if a majority of Californians vote to legalize marijuana. The U.S. needs law enforcement leadership toward a sensible marijuana policy, not more of the failed marijuana policy.
(48 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 1, 2015 To Understand the Presidential Primaries, Recognize the Impact of Movements
The independent nature of U.S. voters is not reflected in elections, which makes it very difficult for alternatives to the duopoly to participate. At the same time, elections are funded by a shrinking group of the extremely wealthy. The U.S. is now widely recognized as an oligarchy, where big business and moneyed interests rule, and where democracy is a mirage.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 13, 2015 Not Over Yet, Some Tough Votes Ahead On Fast Track
it is not over. Speaker Boehner called for reconsideration of TAA and a re-vote is supposed to happen within two legislative days so there may be another vote as early as Monday afternoon. We need to hold the line on TAA to prevent any form of TAA from passing the House and prepare for a vote in the Senate if a new form of TAA passes or if the TPA bill passed in the House goes back to the Senate without TAA.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 23, 2019 New Republic Gives Green Party Credit For The Green New Deal
I write how the Democrats two marquee issues -- the Green New Deal and Medicare for All -- came from the Green Party. The article is a response to the New Republic thesis that the Green Party is no longer needed because the Democrats are supporting the Green New Deal and becoming socialist. This is a very false thesis.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Military Parade Cancelled, How Does Peace Movement Build On This Victory?
This week, the Trump military parade, planned for November 10, was canceled for 2018. In February, a coalition of groups went public, announcing we would organize to stop the military parade and, if it went forward, to mobilize more people at the parade calling for peace and an end to war than supporting militarism. The coalition called for "ending the wars at home and abroad."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 17, 2010 Save American Democracy, or What's Left of It
In this first election after Citizens United corporations are spending massively through front groups. Leading the way is Karl Rove's American Crossroads, working closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here is how you can help combat concentrated corporate power in the mid-term elections.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 2, 2010 To Fix America's Fiscal Crisis Go to those Who Profited from Deficit Spending and Look at It's Real Causes
The United States can be fiscally responsible and meet the urgent necessities of the American people by stopping corporate welfare to concentrated industries, taxing the wealthiest that profited from three decades of tax breaks and reigning in weapons and war spending. Expanding Medicare to cover all Americans will save money and improve health. And, Social Security is essential to most Americans and is a contract between t
SHARE Monday, December 6, 2010 Massey Energy CEO Resigns
A victory for corporate accountability, Massey Energy CEO resigns and the company still faces criminal and civil investigations for the deaths of 29 miners. People can make a difference if they are organized and persistent.
SHARE Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Nationwide Protests: Pro-Immigrant Or Anti-Trump?
It is time to end the failed policies of abusive immigration policy, militarized law enforcement and a militarized border and build a positive approach to immigration that protects human rights and builds the economy from the foundation up by using the best of each person who comes to the United States or who already live here.
(13 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 4, 2008 Do You Want the Military Industrial Complex Counting Your Votes?
The military industrial complex counting your vote! If United Technologies has its way and buys Diebold then that will be the reality in U.S. elections. It is time to return vote counting to government and remove corporations from controlling the tabulaiton of votes.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 6, 2011 Is a Broader Peace Movement Here? One That Can Really Stop U.S. Militarism?
For too long Americans who oppose war have been unable to stop or end wars. A new way forward is showing itself with an alliance between people on the right, left, progressive, conservative, liberal and libertarian who oppose war. Not since before World War II has there been a peace movement that all Americans can fit in. Join now.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Ensuring Justice In The Era Of Transformation
For many of the issues the popular movement has been raising, the government has failed to act or taken counterproductive actions, putting the profits and interests of campaign donors ahead of the necessities of people and protection of the planet. The environment is being destroyed, the food supply is being poisoned by pesticides and the wealth divide is widening.
SHARE Wednesday, February 7, 2018 A New Defense Strategy
The Pentagon announced its Nuclear Posture Review on February 2, 2018. The review calls for updating and expanding the nuclear arsenal in order to respond to perceived threats, in particular by "great powers," e.g., Russia and China, as well North Korea and others.
(17 comments) SHARE Monday, May 7, 2018 For His 200th Birthday, Honoring Marx As An Activist
Marx's vision of socialism had nothing in common with one-party dictatorships like the former Soviet Union that declared themselves to be socialist or communist. For Marx, the key question was not whether the economy was controlled by the state, but which class controlled the state. A society can only be socialist if power is in the hands of workers themselves.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 11, 2015 The 'US Way of War' from Columbus to Kunduz
The confluence of Columbus Day Weekend and the Kunduz hospital bombing has us thinking about the deep levels of cultural violence in the United States and what can be done to change it. How does the US move from a country dominated by war culture to one dominated by a humanitarian culture?
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 18, 2017 Creating The 21st Century Internet
More than 1.2 million calls and 12.5 million emails went into Congress through the coalition site, Battle For the Net, and more than 700 protests were held across the country for net neutrality on December 7. The Internet is important to all of us and politicians who do not side with the people will pay a heavy political price.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, October 17, 2008 Now the Cost of War Really Matters
The U.S. must choose -- continued massive military spending or rebuild the U.S. economy. The country cannot afford to do both. Decades of mass military spending have hollowed out the civilian economy. Now we much change course. The cost of two war-quagmires and the biggest military in the world can no longer be ignored.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 21, 2009 Baucus Flees Single Payer Questions, Conducts Business of Health Care in Secret
The corrupt Senator Baucus, who has taken millions from health care profiteers, fled this morning when single payer advocates tried to question him. And, now he is marking up the health care bill in private -- invitation only. What is he afraid of? He's afraid that the public knows he is corrupt and writing a health insurance welfare bill rather than a health care bill.
SHARE Thursday, December 9, 2010 Assange in the Grasp of U.S. Empire
The attack on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is an attack on independent media that criticizes the government. It is the John Peter Zenger case of the digital age and Americans need to get organized to defend him. Visit WikiLeaks Is Democracy to get involved.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 26, 2018 Next Stage of Net Neutrality Fight Begins
This movement intends to make net neutrality an issue in the 2018 election. Republicans, in particular, are worried about a Trump-caused election against them, resulting in large numbers of retirements. Voters across the political spectrum support net neutrality. Republicans need to join the national consensus or pay a political price.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, October 10, 2008 Time to Create the Economy We Want
The multiple crisis the U.S. is facing is an opportunity to create the economy we want - one that serves our interests, i.e. a democratized economy where profit is broadly shared, a new energy economy that is clean, sustainable and decentralized -- an economy that serves the peoples needs not mega-corporate profits.
SHARE Friday, October 30, 2020 Why I'm Voting Green in 2020
It is important to realize we have had two parties of the millionaires governing the United States since its founding. People have always had to pick between which of the millionaire parties we should choose from when neither put the people's interests first. Some people have found a successful third way that builds people's power.
SHARE Thursday, October 19, 2017 NAFTA Talks Falter, Time To Increase Pressure
NAFTA was the start of a long line of disastrous trade deals that put the interests of large corporations ahead of the necessities of people and planet. Now that people see the results of this model of trade such as a race to the bottom in wages and worker's rights, environmental destruction and an erosion of democracy, there is widespread opposition to "free trade."
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 29, 2010 Criminal Investigations of Massey Energy Go Forward as Citizen Pressure Builds for Prosecution
StopTheChamber.com, is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Massey Energy officials. The reward seeks to encourage whistleblowers to come forward and report on the potential criminality of executives. More than fines are needed and that means personal responsibility - jail time - for Don Blankenship and other executives.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 11, 2010 WE have to save OUR Economy -- Congress Won't
Last week the Senate voted down an amendment to shrink the too big to fail banks. Sen. Sanders compromised on the audit the Fed amendment so it is too weak. There is nothing on derivatives, usury credit card and pay day loans, nor a strong consumer agency. "Reform" is more protection of the status quo. WE have to save OUR economy. Join http://www.forOUReconomy.org to make a difference.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Unreported News: Tacoma Police Aggressively Attack Peace Demonstrators
Tacoma police became violent against Tacoma, Washington peace demonstrations. The video linked to this article should have been played on national news over and over so there could have been a discussion about the militarization of American society, but instead it was ignored. Here's the story . . .
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Climate Crisis Made Worse
Throughout this century, even though the climate science was clear, presidential leadership has escalated the dependence on oil and gas, built infrastructure for pipelines and compressor stations, encouraged fracking in the US and around the world and prevented a global response to reducing carbon gas emissions.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 20, 2008 Corporate-Government On Display and ther Taxpayers Will Pay
The "Bailout" wil be on the backs of taxpayers rather than on those who profited from high risk speculation. It will cost every American $16,000 not counting the interest which our children and grand children will pay. The two corporate parties are representing the corporate interests knowing the voters have nowhere to go. Maybe, this will wake up the voters and one party will pay the price.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 8, 2010 We Need a New Language to Provide a Vision for a New Economy
The death of historian Tony Judt is discussed by reviewing his last book "Ill Fares the Land." The book urged a new language to create a vision for a new economy. He saw the need for less concentrated wealth and an economy that worked for more than the top 1%.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 9, 2008 Obama Needs to the Peace Vote:
Obama is now behind McCain. He made the mistake of taking the peace vote for granted -- the vote that helped him win the nomination against Clinton. Now he needs them. Does he deserve the peace vote? Can he get it? What should peace voters do?
SHARE Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Israel: Ethnic Cleansing, Land Theft, Apartheid and Jim Crow
Israel knows that without the support of the United States, it could not continue these crimes against the Palestinian people. The lesson for US activists: keep telling the truth about Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine. Israel could be forced to make significant changes that recognize the human rights and self-determination of Palestinians.
SHARE Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Venezuela: US Pursuing Humanitarian Aid Path To War
The United States has been working with oligarchs in Venezuela to remove President Maduro since he came to office in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez and was re-elected that year. After he won re-election to another six-year term in 2018, the regime change planners sought new strategies to remove Maduro, including an assassination attempt last August.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Time To Stand Up To The NYPD
Stop the NYPD Coup and Create the Police-Community Relationship We Want to See
Do the police serve the city or are they a law unto themselves? This is an issue of concern throughout the country but it has come into crisp focus in New York.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 14, 2010 CEO of Massey Energy, Don Blankenship Should Be Criminally Charged
The West Virginia coal mine accident could have been prevented and was predicted. Massey coal workers have died previously at that and other mines. And, Massey has already paid the largest criminal and civil fines for previous deaths. This repeat offender needs to be held criminally liable.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Greens say "no to NATO" while war parties give standing ovations to NATO
Many Greens, working with other peace and anti-imperialist activists, helped to organize the week of actions and many other Greens participated. The Green Party showed itself to be the alternative to the two-winged War Party of the Democrats and Republicans, a party that stands for an end to militarism and imperialism.
SHARE Monday, August 13, 2018 Our Opponents' Actions Show We're Winning
Transformation is on the horizon if we remain clear in our vision for economic, racial and environmental justice, pull people to the movement from the power structure and undermine the tactics of those trying to co-opt, mislead and divide. Together, we can create transformational change. We are closer than we realize.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 22, 2012 The People Must Lead the Way to Save the Planet
For decades the U.S. has been the leader in producing more carbon emissions per capita than any other country. But it denies historical responsibility and refuses to provide assistance to poor countries struggling with the impact of climate change or take the necessary steps to protect the people and planet, instead it seeks to blame China.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 4, 2008 Obama: "I want to end the mindset that got us into war in the first place."
Sen. Obama says he wants to end the "mindset" of war. Does he mean it? Is it consistent with his voting record? With his call for expanding the military by 100,000 troops?
And, even if he does -- can he? It will take a well organized citizenry to challenge the military industrial complex. 2008 is a year to organize and 2009 is a year to pressure the new president.
SHARE Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Rove's Money Tramples Democracy
political operatives, such as Karl Rove, are misusing the tax laws by creating organizations, like American Crossroads, that use anonymous and unlimited donations from corporations and the super-rich to overwhelm the political process with attack ads against disfavored candidates.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 17, 2008 G-20 Meets, Dines in DC, Does Nothing to Save the World Economy
The G-20 feasted on quail and $500 bottles of wine, but did nothing while the world economy worsened. The Federal Reserve and Treasury are acting without transparence and with little positive impact as all the economic measures got worse. The people need to get organized to Break the Bailout and build a new economy for the 21st Century.
SHARE Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Oil-enriched Arab Investors Turning Away from U..S Dollar & U.S. Investments
The economic cost of the war may be greater than we think. The oil rich nations are investing in Asia and Europe rather than the U.S. because of possible future attacks in the U.S, massive trade deficits and the realization that our markets are not as open as claimed. The U.S. is getting poorer as Asia and the Middle East are getting wealthier.
(16 comments) SHARE Monday, September 28, 2015 The Revolution Of Values
The visit of Pope Francis to the United States, speaking to both the US Congress and the UN General Assembly, placed the moral foundation of policy front and center in the public dialogue. It is important for the social movement to be based on values that show our moral and ethical character to put forward a positive vision for the future that will have widespread support.
SHARE Wednesday, February 9, 2011 The False Narrative of the Corporate Media: Obama Becoming Business Friendly
Summary: The unrelenting narrative from the corporate media -- that Obama must mend fences with American business -- is disconnected from the reality of Obama's policies and appointments. For those who hope an Obama second term will be an improvement, lower your expectations. Obama laid out a corporate agenda for the next term that will not serve the peoples interest or reignate the economy.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 25, 2015 Spread The Word: TPP Is Toxic Political Poison That Politicians Should Avoid
Since the TPP is "Toxic Political Poison," an election year is not when they wanted to consider it. The corporate traders were required to compromise to pass fast track. One key compromise was making the text of the agreement public for 60 days before Congress considers it. This is a tremendous opportunity to educate and mobilize people.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 16, 2007 Marine Mom Arrested at Speaker Pelosi's Washington, DC Office
A Marine Mom whose son has served two tours in Iraq and is 80% disabled was arrested outside of Speaker Pelosi's office today (video available). Just as George Bush refused to meet with Cindy Sheehan, Nancy Pelosi seems unwilling to meet with a Marine Mom. A request for a meeting was delivered by a "Women's Delegation for Peace."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Fiscal Cliff Over, Now the Attack on the People Begins
Budget debates are how government sets its priorities and the fiscal cliff package shows where government's priorities are: low taxes on the wealthy and corporations, giveaways to business and take-aways from the American people. People can expect much worse in the months to come unless they get organized and mobilize against austerity in a big way.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 3, 2015 The Movement Can Begin the Year With a Major Victory Over Corporate Power
We have an immediate challenge in 2015 that threatens our progress. Obama and Congress are pushing to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If we don't stop it, our struggles will be set back and social, economic and environmental justice will be more difficult to achieve. But we can defeat the corporate powers that exploit our communities if we unite and work together and doing so will strengthen us greatly.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, January 21, 2008 Peace Mirage Makes Iraq a Non-Issue in Democratic Primary
The top Democratic nominees are sounding like peace candidates but in reality will be leaving tens of thousands of troops in Iraq. The peace mirage may be fooling some peace voters, but will it keep most peace voters in the Democratic fold?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 12, 2014 Defending Our 'Right To Know' With Courage
Yesterday in Berlin, a new international organization was announced whose purpose is to (1) defend whistleblowers when they are facing prosecution; and (2)
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Role Of Youth In The Coming Transformation
The next decade has the potential to be transformative. To make it so, we must not only develop national consensus that issues are being mishandled, that policies need to change and that we can change them, but we must also educate ourselves on issues and how to be effective. We have the power to create the change we want to see.
SHARE Monday, October 27, 2008 Messy Elections: Can They Be Trusted?
Early voting is like watching an election meltdown in slow motion. Long lines, machine breakdowns, machines switching votes, machines not counting ballots, voter deception, registration fraud, challenges to voters . . . The U.S. democracy has a long way to go before it achieves its objectives of being the greatest on earth. You can take action now and after the election join in a democracy movement to make democracy work.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 25, 2012 Real Health Care Advocates Should Support Repeal of the Insurance Mandate
Real health care reform advocates should oppose the Obama-law insurance mandate. It is unconstitutional and bad policy to force Americans to buy a corporate product, especially flawed health insurance. If the president and Congress dropped to words from the Medicare law "over 65" we would have had health care for all and controlled costs.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 7, 2007 Iraq Occupation Coming to a Head Over Oil
The congress and president are pressuring Iraq to pass an oil law. The Iraqi parliament is resisting. The Iraqi oil workers are striking and being threatened with an "iron fist" by the Iraqi prime minister. The parliament passed a law calling for withdrawal, while Bush is saying we'll be there for 50 years. The occupation is coming to a head over who controls the oil -- Iraq or U.S. oil companies.
SHARE Friday, October 8, 2010 The Political Cost (to Dems) of Ongoing Wars
The mid-term elections have shown a large enthusiasm gap among Democratic voters. If Obama thinks its bad now, wait until he sees 2012 and seeks re-election. If the wars continue, the peace movement will find somewhere else to go and the Democrats will be in electoral trouble. The Dems need to energize their base by changing course on weapons and war.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 31, 2008 What is a Peace Voter to Do?
Peace advocates should stay focused on our demands for an end to Iraq and a shift from a militarist foreign policy. We should not let the elections divide us as we will need to be united to end the Iraq occupation no matter who is nominated.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 6, 2008 The Republican Masquerade Is Over, Time to Remove The Masks
Time to lift the veil of deceipt presented by the Republicans at the convention. They claim to run from the Republican Party -- but they are the Republican Party! They claim to be reformers and change agents but really are the agents of the status quo. Of course, they are not alone, the Democrats where their maskes as well.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 7, 2013 Obama should seek legal prosecution, not illegal war
An attack by the United States on Syria would almost certainly result in civilian casualties with great potential of a wider war and unpredictable consequences. Aerial bombardment is a diffuse tool not targeted on stopping the alleged use of chemical weapons, but a blunt act of war that will cause widespread harm.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 21, 2008 Have Progressives Been Foooled?
Obama has promised 'change' to a new kind of politics, but his campaign is developing into an old school, big business funded campaign -- with advocacy for corporate-militarist interests. Why are progressives silent?
SHARE Wednesday, September 24, 2008 The Bailout Can Be Stopped
The people can stop the massive bailout which will be a theft of middle class funds to pay for the wealthy elite's bad investments. There are alternatives to the bailout -- build from the bottom up. Trickle down does not work especially when it is debt that is trickling down. Take action now -- we tell you how.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, July 13, 2009 Torture Accountability Requires the People to Demand It
The Attorney General is considering a special prosecutor to investigate torture. People who want torture accountability need to increase their activity. A full investigation that excludes no one including policy makers in the White House is needed. The Department of Justice must follow the law and appoint a independent prosecutor to ensure the rule of law is followed. Anything less further undermines DOJ's credibility.
SHARE Wednesday, January 26, 2011 The State of the Union: Not a Time for Saccharin and Gimmicks
Obama's State of the Union does not match reality. Rather than offering real solutions to the economic and other crisis facing the nation he offered saccharin and gimmicks. The solutions are in our history if only the corporate duopoly was not set on repeating mistakes rather than learning from history.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2009 No More Pretense for Health Reform
The fraud of Democratic Party health care proposals is evident now that the CBO has reported that ten years from now, under the most robust Democratic proposal, 36 million Americans will not have insurance. The only people that will profit from these proposals are the insurance industry. The necessities of the people will not be met. Does Obama have any political courage?
SHARE Tuesday, January 2, 2007 Supporting US Troops by Putting the Iraq War on Trial
An interview of the organizers of the Citizens' Hearing on the Leaglity of U.S. Actions in Iraq. They describe how the purpose of this effort is to put forward the information that Lt. Ehren Watada would put forward in his courts martial if he were allowed to present a full defense.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 2, 2010 Watchdogs call for pre-recess vote on Disclose Act
The Disclose Act is a minimum legislative effort to correct the impact of Citizen United by requiring transparency in elections. Join us in urging the senate not to leave on vacation until the Disclose Act is passed.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 29, 2007 Senator Chuck Hagel's Comments Should Be a Wake-Up Call to Congress
Senator Hagel's strongly pro-military voting record, Vietnam experience and potential presidential run make him a voice that is being heard. His run for the presidency cut turn the election upside down with a very strong anti-war Republican challenging a wishy-washy on the war Democrat.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 29, 2008 "Senator McCain is absolutely right"
Obama expressed agreement with McCain a dozen times in the first debate. This conciliatory approach served him well according to the polls. But, is this the debate Americans needed? Do we need to candidates that agree to such a large degree on all the key issues facing the country from the bailout to militarism?
SHARE Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Specter Switch to Dems Follows Voters
Senator Specter's switch to the Dems gives them one more year of one-party rule that should be cemented in 2010. But, it also presents challenges as now the people will expect the Dems to deliver. There is no more Republican excuse for them. If they put in place programs for the people rather than their funders their rule will continue. If not, it ends in 2012.
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 3, 2008 Is It Time for the Peace Movement to Start Protesting Senator Obama?
Obama recently said he would leave the 140,000 private contractors aka mercenaries in Iraq, have strike forces in the region, leave tens of thousands of non-combat troops and keep the U.S. Embassy and long-term bases. This is not withdrawal from Iraq. Is it time for the peace movement to protest Obama to stop his rightward drift?
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 19, 2008 2008 A Year of Opportunity for Peace Advocates
The hawkish candidacy of John McCain offers an opportunity for peace advocates. War vs. peace, militarism vs. diplomacy, investment in military vs. investment in the civilian economy.
This is an election year for the peace movement to floursh and educate Americans that war is not the answer -- that war should be seen as an obsolete tool of foreign policy.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 13, 2007 While Bush Grey Washes Iraq Claiming Progress, Vets Get Out the Truth
Iraq war vets who can tell Americans what is really happening in the U.S. occupation of Iraq are becoming increasingly important in the debate and the truths they are telling are brutal and make it clear: Every day we are in Iraq the U.S. creates new enemies. Our national interest demands an immediate withdrawal
SHARE Friday, May 11, 2007 THIS WEEK IN IRAQ
A review of the week in Iraq -- key votes by the Iraqi Parlament, and U.S. House; Casualties in Iraq Approach 55,000; U.S. Soldiers Admit Abusing Iraqi Civilians; Both Parties Agree on Shifting Blame to Iraq Rather than Taking Responsibility and more. . .
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 16, 2008 Revitalizing Urban America with the New Energy Economy
Baltimore, the city made infamous by the Wire, has started on the path toward a new energy economy -- Green Baltimore -- it is a path that will become the norm for urban America; and which may be its savior.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 15, 2008 You Can't Tell a Magazine by Its Cover Or A Candidate by His Rhetoric
Obama's political birth in Chicago politics shows he has been someone planning a political career from the outset and made decisions along the way to achieve his goals. Nothing unusual -- knocking allies off the ballot who ran against him, redistricting in the fashion of Tom Delay and saying one thing in a campaign and doing another. Politics as usual, not politics of change.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 15, 2007 House Appropriations Committee Passes Iraq War Supplemental
The House appropriations committee passed the Iraq War supplemental totaling $124.1 billion, $95 billion for the war in Iraq. Protesters were kept out of the hearing and 10 were arrested. Next step for the bill is the House floor where it currently looks like no amendments will be allowed.
SHARE Wednesday, February 14, 2007 House Debates Iraq Surge as Their Popularity Drops
Article reviews the House debate on the troop increase in Iraq. The Republicans are trapped by the Democrats and the Democrats are trapped by their own divisions. The article urges the Democrats to represent the voters or risk losing their majority status.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Democrats Beginning to Pay a Political Price for Failing to End the War
The Democrats need to understand -- if they pay for the war it is theirs. Sen. Barbara Mikulski is the senior senator for Maryland and a Democratic Party leader. She is a critic of the war and President Bush but has been voting to fund it. She has been the focus of protesters occupying her office. This is the beginning of Democrats being held responsible for the Iraq War. They have the power to end it.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 3, 2007 Air Force Claims Anti-war Minister is a National Security Threat!
As part of a coordinated effort to intimidate leaders of the anti-war movement, the U.S. Air Force is threatening to discharge Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. on the basis of being a national security threat. This shows the absurdity of the military -- accusing an African American anti-war activist of being a security threat. The real threat to U.S. security is U.S. policy in the Middle East.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Democrats Buy War From Bush and Use it to Fund Projects for their Constituents
The Democrats are not only ready to fund the Iraq War, but they plan to use it to give billions in tax dollars to their friends and constitutents. Speaker Pelosi is planning to give more than $1 billion to her home state avocado growers as part of the Iraq funding bill. Is this why voters put the Democrats in power? No, but it may be why they throw them out. The Democrats War may be even uglier than the Republican version!
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 1, 2007 Durbin Gives Edwards More to Apologize For
Sen. Durbin announced that the before the war the Senate Intelligence Committee was given information diametrically opposed to Bush administration statements. There were sixteen members of that committee that remained silent. Including Senator John Edwards and former Senator Fred Thompson. They have some explaining to do.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 29, 2007 A Different Kind of Peace Candidate for President
A peace candidate who will work to end the Iraq War as he runs for president. Dal LaMagana, an independently wealthy businessman, will be bringing the voices of Iraqis to the U.S. as part of his unique presidential camapaign
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Support the Troops By Sending Them to War!
The Democrats are claiming they must vote for Iraq War funding to support the troops. How is sending people to kill and be killed supporting the troops? Like the American people a majority of troops oppose the war. If the Democrats really wanted to support the troops they would put forward an exit strategy that really supported the troops and brought stability to Iraq.
SHARE Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Since Nov. 7th Support for Iraq War Dropping
A series of polls published this month finds little confidence in Bush or Democrats. Voters want Democrats to stop the "surge" by withholding funding. Majority favors withdrawal and wants a time table to exit.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 12, 2007 "You cannot oppose the war and fund this war."
A conversation between Anthony Arnove, author of "Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal," and Kevin Zeese. They discuss how to end the war and the arguments used by opponents of ending the war among other issues.
SHARE Monday, June 25, 2007 Bush Talks Long-Term Stay in Iraq and More Troops Die
There has been a spike in U.S. soldier deaths coinciding with President Bush telling the world that the South Korea model, i.e. a multi-decade long stay, might be best for Iraq. Once again the commander in chief is killing U.S. troops with his words.
SHARE Monday, April 14, 2008 Paper Ballots and Audits in Time for Election Day 2008!
Election integrity is critical for the November 2008 election. Please act TODAY to ensure that a House vote on Tuesday on an emergency election reform bill strongly favors a trustworthy election system. The bill could bring the U.S. a paper-based voting system and mandatory audits in time for this November's vote. ACT NOW.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 3, 2007 The Democrats Cave To Bush The Peace Movement Must Stand Up
The Democrats rapidly backed down to President Bush's veto reinvigorating a lame duck president. The peace movement must react strongly. Anti-war groups are joining together in a "Summer of Action" in Washington, DC beginning with a Mother of a March, called by Cindy Sheehan, on May 14th. Join us and be part of history.
SHARE Monday, September 10, 2007 JOIN IRAQ VETS IN THE HISTORIC MARCH AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR ON SEPTEMBER 15th
The reaction of the government to the September 15th should convince anti-war activists that we have the power to end the war and the establishement fears us. Join this unique opportunity to stand with Iraq vets who oppose the war. This will be a historic event you should not miss and it comes at the key time in the Iraq occupation debate.
SHARE Friday, March 2, 2007 A Coalition Covering the Political Spectrum Joins Together to Oppose War with Iran
Below is a letter to Congress signed A broad coalition of organizations covering the political spectrum have joined together to oppose a military attack on Iran. The coalition lists the numerous likely negative consequences to such a war and urges Congress to take action including the use of the appropriations process to prevent an attack on Iran.
SHARE Friday, February 2, 2007 Republicans Poised to Hang Themselves on Iraq
The Republican leadership is putting loyalty to Bush ahead of representing the voters. Sen. John Warner is poised to be the next 'Macaca' -- a former Senator. The only thing that can save the Republicans from their mistaken leadership, is the Democrats!
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Listen to the Voices of Iraqi's
An interview with businessman and progressive advocate Dal LaMagna regarding his recent trips to the Middle East. The video of the interview can be viewed at DemocracyRising.US
SHARE Friday, January 5, 2007 Americans Voted for Peace
The failure of the Bush Administration and the Democratic Congress to represent the wishes of Americans to end the Iraq War as shown at the ballot box on November 7 makes the peace issue a democracy issue. And, it is a call to action for anti-war voters to get more organized. Begin by signing the voters pledge at VotersForPeace.US
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 21, 2007 Peace Activists Must Use All the Tools in Their Tool Box
An interview with the National Coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, Leslie Cagan, about what peace activists should be doing to end the war.
Includes information about the upcoming Washington,DC demonstration on January 27th and lobby day on January 29th.
SHARE Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Time To Break The Silence Once Again
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech in 1967 "Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break the Silence" proivides lessons for the United States today. He connects the history of U.S. repression in Vietnam to the war, demonstrates how the war undermines domestic necessities, and how a paradigm shift in values is needed. Ending the Vietnam War was not enough, just as ending the Iraq War is not enough today.
SHARE Thursday, January 11, 2007 "What's a Peace Voter to Do?"
Interviews with Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson -- the first two in a series with leaders of the anti-war movement.