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Spirit of MLK Launches Worldwide Wave of Action + Lee Camp: Is A Worldwide Wave Of Action On The Horizon?

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

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Martin King on Jan 4, 2014

This video was created in support of the Anonymous call for a Worldwide Wave of Action. We have set up an organizing site here: waveofaction

Video transcript:

Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism…. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges…. Continue reading

Mothers in White Demand Justice for Slain Teenager Andy Lopez by Shepherd Bliss

2013/11/09 Justice 4 Andy Lopez Rally

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Santa Rosa, California
December 28, 2013

Christmas Eve is when many families gather to celebrate and exchange gifts. But what would you do when a beloved child of your immediate or extended family had been killed two months before?

This Christmas Eve a committee of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez met to plan a peaceful, dignified action to support the family whose 13-year-old son Andy Lopez was killed October 22 in Santa Rosa by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus. They demand a halt to cops killing innocent children and then not being indicted and punished.

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Chris Hedges: Resistance Quickens By Having People Who Remain Steadfast, interviewed by Derrick Jensen

Holding Hands

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with Chris Hedges

Resistance Radio
Dec. 22, 2013

Chris Hedges is a longtime foreign correspondent who was part of a team that won the Pulitzer prize for their coverage. He has been in combat zones more times than he wishes to recount. He is a powerful social critic and critic of capitalism, and is the author of more than ten books, including War is a Force that Gives us Meaning; Death of the Liberal Class; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. Continue reading

The Man From the North: Impossible Courage by Rivera Sun

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 22, 2013

Be realistic. Demand the impossible.

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The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. In spite of severe surveillance and repression, the Man From the North’s banned articles circulate through the American populace, reporting on resistance and fomenting nonviolent revolution. This article is one of a series written by The Man From the North, which are not included in the novel, but can be read here.

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Blessed Are The Destitute, For Theirs Is The Kingdom Of Heaven by Rocket Kirchner (repost)

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
Originally published February 27, 2011
December 16, 2013

Homeless woman with dogs

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In Aristophanes play Plutus, the god of wealth Plutus declares to Poverty and Destitution that they are like two sisters. Right away Poverty makes it crystal clear that they are not the same. Poverty states that Destitution has nothing of its own “nor even a penny to posses”. Poverty goes on to state that at least the poor man works and that there is some manner of dignity, whereas Destitution has no dignity whatsoever. This mentality was very prevelant in the Maria Nostra culture of its time, and shows up time and time again all over in Ancient literature and history. Continue reading

How Absurd Can It Get? US-UK Defending Dictatorships by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
December 9, 2013

Bahrain pro-democracy demo in the capital Manama

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In a breathtaking display of absurdity, US secretary of defense Chuck Hagel and Britain’s Foreign Minister William Hague were among senior Western delegates to address the annual conference on “regional security” held in Bahrain at the weekend.

These officials pontificated about regional threats, conflict, international law, human rights and so on; meanwhile out on the streets of Bahrain, not far from the venue, peaceful protesters calling for democratic freedom were being bludgeoned by regime police thugs.

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Rivera Sun: Non-Violent Insurrection! interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

The Dandelion Insurrection by Rivera Sun

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by Cindy Sheehan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
December 1, 2013

Interviewing Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 2, 2013

Rivera Sun lives in an earthship in the high desert of New Mexico. She gets up before dawn (and the lizards) and starts her day by drinking pu’erh tea and baking bread in her outdoor adobe clay oven. Rivera has written eight theatrical plays, published two books of inspirational poetry, two breathtaking novels, and written/performed many dance theater productions. Her work has received standing ovations from coast to coast and touched the hearts and souls of many.

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The Problem is Civil Obedience by Howard Zinn + Video

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on www.thirdworldtraveler.com
November 25, 2013

Civil Disobedience at the White House to stop Keystone XL

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1970, from the Zinn Reader, Seven Stories Press

[By the latter part of May, 1970, feelings about the war in Vietnam had become almost unbearably intense. In Boston, about a hundred of us decided to sit down at the Boston Army Base and block the road used by buses carrying draftees off to military duty. We were not so daft that we thought we were stopping the flow of soldiers to Vietnam; it was a symbolic act, a statement, a piece of guerrilla the after. We were all arrested and charged, in the quaint language of an old statute, with "sauntering and loitering" in such a way as to obstruct traffic.

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The Man From the North: Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts by Rivera Sun

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 24, 2013

Commercial Capitalism for Christmas

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. In spite of severe surveillance and repression, the Man From the North’s banned articles circulate through the American populace, reporting on resistance and fomenting nonviolent revolution. This article is one of a series written by The Man From the North, which are not included in the novel, but can be read here.

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Justice Coalition for Slain Andy Lopez Founded, by Shepherd Bliss

Posters printed for the protest march in downtown Santa Rosa an noon. Callo g for Justice for Andy Lopez who at 13 became an ancestor too soon after being shot to death by police. Thanks to @muertealpoder who pulled a super long night to get these printed

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Santa Rosa, California
November 22, 2013

A new, powerful coalition of Latino, social justice, green, progressive Democrats, student, civil liberties, peace, and other groups has emerged in Sonoma County, California. The killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22 unites them.

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World of Resistance [WoR] Report, Part 1: The Global Awakening by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally published on Occupy.com
November 20, 2013

Power of the people

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The world today is in the midst of the most monumental social, political and economic upheavals in human history – a state of continual protests, uprisings and what may be considered inevitable revolution on a global scale. Power that had been centralized for roughly 500 years among the Atlantic powers of Western Europe and North America is rapidly shifting to include the rise of the East, as China, India and others operating within established, institutional frameworks of power get wooed by the former Western imperial managers to become colluders in empire, instead of competition.

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COP 19: Activists Demanding Climate Justice

COP19 Climate March

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democracynow on Nov 18, 2013

We are broadcasting all week from Warsaw, Poland, where the U.N. climate summit, known as COP 19, has just entered its second week. On Saturday, thousands of protesters marched in Warsaw calling for climate justice, culminating in a rally outside the National Stadium where the climate summit is being held. Continue reading

Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers: The Path of Positive Resistance + Flash Mob: Ode To Joy

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Dr Margaret Flowers

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Bill Moyers & Company

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Between them, doctors Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers have been arrested nine times. In the face of injustice in America, rather than look the other way and stick to practicing medicine, they decided to do something about it.

Stein and Flowers serve as president and secretary of health, respectively, for the Green Shadow Cabinet, a new organization formed to speak out against dysfunctional government and offer alternative policies. Each fights against political corruption and a host of grievances that that have led many people to cynicism and despair. [...]

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Violent Revolution is Not the Solution by William John Cox

by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
November 12, 2013

Nov 19 March & Re-Occupy Oakland 038

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Two hundred and fifty years ago the people of America were subject to an unrepresentative government controlled by powerful commercial interests. They rebelled and formed their own government, which has now come to be controlled by powerful commercial interests. Once again, “these are the times that try men’s souls.” What lessons can we learn from history to help us through this crisis?

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Connected – A Film for Change

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Christian Aid's Poverty can be eradicated poster

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globaldocumentary on Nov 7, 2013

“‘Connected’ is a film made by Paul and Kate Maple, a UK based family who have made it their lives for the last 4 years. Worried about the future and the seemingly insurmountable mountain of problems in the world, Paul and Kate decided to ditch their busy lives and start working out if there was any way they could help create positive social change…” Continue reading