I just want to go back to work

I am a federal employee in Ogden Utah. I have a lot of backlogged bills and am receiving foreclosure notices. Although the shutdown was not the cause of some of my financial issues, it is making it difficult for me to consider financial options. I am the primary bread winner in my home so removing my income creates multiple struggles. I am having to ask family members and friends for money. Continue reading

General Motors' Factories Should Not Be Closed. They Should Be Turned Over to the Workers

It's become something of a shopworn cliché to say that "for every problem, there's an opportunity." However, I submit that this adage might well apply to General Motors' November 26th announcement that it will be eliminating more than 14,000 jobs and closing seven factories worldwide by the end of next year, including four factories in the U.S. and one in Canada. Continue reading

Yet another win for election integrity!

More great news! We just got a court decision in Wisconsin that we can proceed with a groundbreaking examination of voting machine software, without a gag rule that voting machine corporations had sought. They had hoped to prevent us from making any public disclosure about what we discover. This is a critical victory for everyone concerned with the integrity of our elections, and we accomplished it together. Please help build the momentum for elections we can trust by sharing this great news on Facebook and Twitter! Continue reading

Federal Shutdown Report from Inyo County

I am a Forest Service worker affected by the shut down. While I am a little better off than many of my coworkers because I have a fewer bills to pay I am still affected by the shut down due to not having pay perhaps for another couple or three weeks. If we don't get back to work by Tuesday the eighth then we won't get paid on the 14th. But outside of how it affects me personally the damage that is being done to our national parks especially Yosemite and Joshua Tree is immense. Thankfully here and Inyo county, Death Valley, we have volunteers and we are further away from the centers of population so at the moment I think Death Valley is doing OK. Continue reading

2018: The Year Greens Showed They Can Win

Chris Alders of the Green Party of Canada has compiled a series of successes by Green Parties around the world in 2018 and I added a couple of more. The successes show Greens can win. My sense is that despite the structural obstacles we face in the United States, if we face up to our internal shortcomings and build a serious political party that represents movement issues, the working class, poor and middle class and is diverse by race, gender, and age, and clearly stands as the independent, opposition to the two Wall Street parties, we will start to win. And, once we start, momentum will rapidly grow because people want a viable alternative to two corporate parties they see as corrupt. Continue reading

Murphy wrong on support for Israel

I applaud your publishing Michael Galant's excellent (Nov. 18) essay, "Chris Murphy wants a new foreign policy." As Murphy's constituent, so do I. Still, I couldn't agree more with Galant about Murphy's bellicose attitude toward Palestinians and apparent veneration of a Zionist Israel. Consider a 2015 press release issued on Murphy's becoming a ranking member of the Mideast Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in which he says: Continue reading

Israel: Ethnic Cleansing, Land Theft, Apartheid and Jim Crow

In recent weeks, racism against Palestinian people and the expansion of apartheid-Jim Crow policies have escalated. The Israeli lobby and its supporters attacked freedom of speech in the United States, showing how far they will go to prevent the US public from being aware of their behavior. If more people in the US become aware of the truth about Israel’s genocidal policies, the economic lifeline and political protection of the United States will disappear. Israel could be forced to make significant changes that recognize the human rights and self-determination of Palestinians. Continue reading

We can’t rid ourselves of citizens loyal to tyrants

America’s dearth of leadership, hampering us for 25 years or more, is now an imminent threat to our cherished institutions. Central to that problem is how Democrats and Republicans use a Peter’s Principle for advancing candidates. Intelligence and wisdom are less desirable attributes than abilities to raise money, organize campaigns and win at all costs. With spite and political retribution on the rise, victory today is less about controlling destinies than excluding opposition. That paradigm wouldn’t exist, however, if voters reliably made decisions in their own best interests. Instead, we latch onto tribal images and personalities, support serial failures who take us where we shouldn’t go, and expect some messiah to deliver us from evil and ourselves. Continue reading

The Bolton Speech on Africa: A Case of the Wolf and the Foxes

The Trump administration claims China and Russia are exploiting Africa, but US policy offers nothing but more guns, more bases and more subversion. “Economic relations with China provides African states a modicum of spaceto exercise more effective national sovereignty than had ever been afforded them by the European colonial powers.” Continue reading

Cuomo Should Declare Climate Emergency

Climate activists are urging Governor Cuomo to declare an emergency climate mobilization in New York in response to the recent report by the United Nations that we have only 12 years left to avoid catastrophic climate change. Cuomo is expected to preview his 2019 legislative agenda, including on climate, in a speech on Monday. Continue reading