In Times of Rapid Change, Victory Comes to Those Who Train For It

Only social movements can deliver radical change. Mainstream institutions in society back small reforms at most, so they teach the strategy and skills of electioneering. Movements are left to themselves to teach the skills that make for big change, and that’s where training comes in. Leaving the group out of the equation is a denial of human nature, indigenous cultures …

No shortcuts – redirect power from the 1% and large firms to universal programs and well-being for all, with much determined, selfless work educating, building knowledge, and bringing about change for communities, the country and the world

Reiterated by Matthew Fox, June 28, 2020 In the US the richest 1 percent of the country own substantially more wealth than the bottom 90%;  6 in 10 Americans do not have the resources to come up with $1000 for an emergency such as a medical bill or car repair.  World over, 26 billionaires hold personal financial assets greater than …

Tear gas outlawed in Denver and Seattle. Amnesty International reports how tear gas, currently banned in warfare, has been misused by police across the country

June 27, By Esteban L. Hernandez, Denverite, ACLU – Lawsuit Claims The Use Of Force Violated Protester’s First Amendment Rights. Denver – The ACLU of Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter 5280 and other protesters against the City and County of Denver over police use of force during the protests against racism and police violence …

Take back the streets: With people hunkered down at home, cities should act quickly to find a better balance between cars and pedestrians and cyclists

By Justin Gillis and Heather Thompson, NY Times. Ms. Thompson is a transportation planner. June 20, 2020 Since cities came to exist 5,000 years ago, epidemics have shaped their fate. Plagues weakened the Roman Empire and may have helped bring it down. The sewers that cleaned up a filthy London in the 19th century were built in direct response to a cholera outbreak. Many of the great …

Apartisan not Apolitical: the Gilets Jaunes have refused existing organizations, rather focusing on fiscal and social injustices making it difficult to live off low incomes

The Gilets Jaunes sought out a way to articulate a collective voice that could speak out about why it is hard to make a living, social suffering and the social and economic dead-ends that millions of people have run into. The revolt of the Gilets Jaunes is one of the first mobilizations to articulate the question of equality and climate, social justice and climate …

Agency is Always Mediated in the Psychology of Successful Activism

January 13th, 2020, Public Philosophy Journal, Lisa Kretz Abstract: This paper supports the view that a necessary ingredient of public philosophy is a working knowledge of the psychology of successful activism. In particular, emotional dimensions of psychologically successful action are explored. For the last decade my research has centered on the question of the theory-action gap in ethics (Kretz 2012, …

The scope of the protests in over 400 cities is breathtaking

400 years after the start of slavery, five decades after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and six years after the police shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, black Americans are still two and a half times more likely to be killed by police than white people. They are dying of COVID-19 at three times the rate of …

Mauna Kea Isn’t Just About a Telescope, It’s About Who Will Decide the Future

By Winona LaDuke, Truthout, March 29, 2020 “You must remember, never cease to act because you fear you may fail…” –Queen Lili’uokalani “The mountain brought us together,” Luana Busby-Neff tells me. It’s 200 days into the prayer vigil and blockade that brought the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to a stop in Hawaii. The 14th giant telescope in Hawaii has been met …

The Struggle to Keep Justice Central within Extinction Rebellion US

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. March 9, 2020 | PODCAST The Extinction Rebellion is a nonviolent direct action campaign that started in the United Kingdom in the Fall of 2018 to push governments to declare a climate crisis and to take action to rapidly cut net carbon emissions. It quickly spread to more than 50 countries including the …

DOD, FBI, King and the Tremors of History

January 23, 2020 by Common Dreams The FBI—the agency that saw King and the civil rights movement as a communist plot—subjected him to merciless surveillance and may have tried to get him to commit suicide. by Robert C. Koehler This nation’s lack of atonement for its past—combined with the endless wars it is currently waging—make King’s legacy profoundly problematic, by …