My generation has failed you, but we can still fix it

Dear young people, My generation owes your generation an apology. We have failed to make urgently needed changes to an economic system that ravages the planet we all depend upon for life. Many of us have been actively involved with, or at least silently complicit in damaging the ecosystem. Continue reading

Sometimes we can make our own hope

Running for Office in the Age of Donald Trump and Climate Change  NEW LONDON, Ct – “YES!” he yelled, thrusting his fist in the air. “We get to live in the mayor’s house!” My son’s reaction when I told his two sisters and him that I was running for mayor of our town became the laugh line of my campaign. But in real time, I had to burst his bubble. “Oh Seamus,” I said, smiling, “the mayor just lives in his own house. There is no ‘mayor’s house.’ If we win, we’ll keep living in our house and it will become the mayor’s house.” Continue reading

Every state is a battleground: Howie Hawkins’ response to “An open letter to the Green Party about 2020 election strategy”

By Howie HawkinsJanuary 27, 2020 I was just completing a response to the first version of Michael Albert’s “An Open Letter to the Green Party About 2020 Election Strategy” (Michael Albert, “Dear Howie Hawkins: Green Sense and Nonsense,” January 5, 2020) when “An Open Letter to the Green Party for 2020,” reached me. So I will respond to the group version. Continue reading

The co-opting of Martin Luther King's legacy

By Tom Siracuse In a speech given on Aug. 31, 1967, Martin Luther King brought up the existential problem of European/American "civilization": Racism, Materialism and Militarism. In America the problem is especially acute. America professes Democracy, Equality and Peace but hypocritically has practiced the opposite since the founding of this nation. Durng the 1960's, Dr King was part of the emerging anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights/Black Liberation movement. At first Dr King thought that the system could be reformed but he progressively realized that what was needed would be a moral and political revolution. In the March on Washington, on Aug 28, 1963, Dr King made his "I Have A Dream" speech and this speech has been used by his co-opters as an example of King's peaceful philosophy ever since. Despite the moderate tone of the speech, Pres. Kennedy did not support the march. Continue reading

Cemeteries being underutilized for providing wildlife with needed safe space

Coyotes are among the wildlife in Providence’s North Burial Ground that Greg Gerritt has photographed and videotaped. PROVIDENCE, RI — I started hanging out in cemeteries when I was in graduate school, sort of a reasonable place for an anthropology major, but also a reasonable destination for someone who needs to be around trees. I returned to spending much time in cemeteries when I moved to Providence more than 20 years ago, walking in Swan Point Cemetery within four days of moving here. Continue reading

Propaganda Inversion: How American War Propaganda Has Undermined Foreign Policy

By Haig Hovaness In the early 20th century, the development of mass communications propaganda enhanced the ability of governments to secure public support for waging war. In America, WWI was “sold” to the public by a carefully planned public relations campaign directed by early pioneers of opinion manipulation, such as Edward Bernays. In 1928 Bernays published a definitive book, “Propaganda,” on the new science of influencing the public. In this book, he declares the purpose of this science bluntly: Continue reading

No war on Iran! End illegal U.S. intervention!

By Madelyn HoffmanJanuary 4, 2020 The Recent Action of the U.S. Military in Iraq must be the “Line in the Sand” for Those who Value Peace!  It was way back in 2001 when I heard these words spoken by Robert Jensen, “The world cannot afford any more U.S. patriotism.” I took those words to include notions of so-called “American exceptionalism.”  On Thursday, January 2nd, as the world ushers in a new year, the world saw yet another example as to why.  Continue reading

Stop the US war on Iran! US out of the Middle East now!

By Howie HawkinsJanuary 3, 2020 We all need to take to the streets tomorrow, Saturday, January 4, to demand that the US stop its war on Iran and that the US military get out of the Middle East now – out of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. Demonstrations are planned for dozens of cities. If you don’t find a protest near you on the Popular Resistance website, organize one. Continue reading

Hoffman calls out both Bookers for silence on the NDAA

By Madelyn HoffmanDecember 23, 2019 On December 17th, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 86-8, passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill increases the military budget to an obscene $738 billion. Senator Cory Booker did not vote. Neither did Senators Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders or Warren. How can presidential candidate Booker speak out in a national interview exactly one month ago today about the need to contain military spending and executive power in declaring war and then not vote on the NDAA which both increases military spending and fails to rein in executive power? This is unacceptable -- New Jersey is the loser here. Continue reading

Green New Deal can slow destruction

How do you respond if you believe that the likely outcome of climate change is the collapse of civilization as we know it? This is the existential question that many climate activists and scientists increasingly face. How do you speak the truth without paralyzing people with a sense of hopelessness? Continue reading