David Swanson: Welcome to #NoWar2017: War and the Environment with Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein

David Swanson: Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment with Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 15, 2017

Remarks at #NoWar2017 conference on September 22, 2017.
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Welcome to No War 2017: War and the Environment. Thank you all for being here. I’m David Swanson. I’m going to speak briefly and introduce Tim DeChristopher and Jill Stein to also speak briefly. We hope to also have time for some questions as we hope to have in every part of this conference.

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You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace by David Swanson + Desmond Tutu on #NoWar

Veterans for Peace Banner Drop: "How is the War Economy Working for You?" (Pittsburgh, PA)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 9, 2017

Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017

Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and ships and missiles and sanctions and nuclear threats and hostility make up the filter through which much of the other 96% of humanity experiences this 4%. The U.S. Congress chooses how to spend a great deal of money each year, and chooses to put 54% of it into war and preparations for war. The wars demonstrably increase rather than reduce or eliminate anti-U.S. sentiment and violence. They endanger us rather than protect us. The wars are a top cause of death and injury in the world, and a top cause of famines and disease epidemics and refugee crises that cause massive additional suffering. But war kills most by diverting resources. Small fractions of U.S. military spending could end starvation, provide clean water, end diseases, even end the use of fossil fuels worldwide. Military spending also reduces jobs in comparison to other spending or not taxing working people in the first place.

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The Poison of Commercialization Where Everything Is Regarded As A Commodity by Graham Peebles + Kate Tempest: Tunnel Vision

"People over profit!"

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 30, 2017

In cities and towns from New Delhi to New York the socio-political policies that led to the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London are being repeated; redevelopment and gentrification, the influx of corporate money and the expelling of the poor, including families that have lived in an area for generations. To this, add austerity, the privatization of public services and the annihilation of social housing and a cocktail of interconnected causes takes shape. Communities break up, independent businesses gradually close down, diversity disappears and another neighbourhood is absorbed within the expensive homogenized collective.

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Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins

World War 1 - War of destruction

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by Henry Hagins
Workers World, Dec. 16, 2014
Originally published Dec. 24, 2015
December 25, 2016

The “Christmas Truce of 1914” was a short-lived, unofficial lull in combat between two antagonistic rival forces, determined to exercise military, political and economic supremacy over each other in Europe and in the colonized world, to which these imperial powers lay arrogant false claim. One of the bloodiest episodes in human history, World War I was largely played out on the battle-scarred lands of France and Belgium, starting in August of 1914.

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Six13: Chanukah (Shake It Off) + Jewish Voice for Peace: End the Occupation of Palestine

Woman holding placard - Freedom for Palestine

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Happy Chanukah!

Six13Sings on Dec 11, 2014

CHAG SAMEACH! Life got you down? You should be thinking about the miracle of light. Just shake it off… it’s Chanukah! Continue reading

Prophets of Rage: Tom Morello, Chuck D: “End Poverty” March Against Trump At RNC + CODEPINK Protesting with Tennis Balls

2016 Trump At AIPAC 1

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Updated: July 20, 2016

Democracy Now! on Jul 19, 2016

http://democracynow.org – As the Republican National Convention began on Monday, thousands rallied outside to protest Donald Trump’s candidacy. In the largest protest of the day thousands took part in the “End Poverty Now, March for Economic Justice.” Democracy Now! spoke with activists and organizers who took to the streets after a concert by Prophets of Rage, a new project of Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello.

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Remembrance Day: Why I’ll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Red Poppy

Dandelion

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Stop the War Coalition on May 24, 2016

“Dandelions” written and sung by Steve O’Donoghue

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The Molotov: Dum Dum (Me Down) XXX

Occupy Sydney - Turn off TV

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Sometimes we need to hear from a punk rocker. The obscenity is not the words used in the music video but the capitalist society in which we live. Capitalism kills. ~ Lo

Apr 25, 2012 by

WARNING: Contains Profanity.
Early solo project by SCART of The MOLOTOV (http://www.facebook.com/themolotov). Song & vid were written & created in 6 hours.

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Chris Hedges and Josh Fox: What Climate Can’t Change

Josh Fox

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Apr 18, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews documentary filmmaker Josh Fox, who directed the new film “How to Let Go of the World”. The two discuss the catastrophe of climate change, and the role of art and culture in helping us embrace what climate can’t change.

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John Michael Talbot: He Is Risen + Pope Francis: Use ‘Weapons of Love’ to Fight Evil of Terrorism

Risen

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Happy Easter!

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. — Mark 16:6

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Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + John McCutcheon: Christmas in the Trenches

World War 1 - War of destruction

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by Henry Hagins
Workers.org, Dec. 16, 2014
December 24, 2015

The “Christmas Truce of 1914” was a short-lived, unofficial lull in combat between two antagonistic rival forces, determined to exercise military, political and economic supremacy over each other in Europe and in the colonized world, to which these imperial powers lay arrogant false claim. One of the bloodiest episodes in human history, World War I was largely played out on the battle-scarred lands of France and Belgium, starting in August of 1914.

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New Year’s Concert 2015: Vienna Philharmonic: Radetzky March + Explosions + The Blue Danube

Fireworks

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Happy New Year!
Love, Lo

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Concierto de Año Nuevo 2015 Orquesta Filarmónica de Viena – Johann Strauss – Marcha Radetzky

El Coleccionista de Instantes on Jan 1, 2015

Concierto de Año Nuevo 2015 Orquesta Filarmónica de Viena – Johann Strauss – Marcha Radetzky/op.228 – Director : Zubin Meht

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Six13: Chanukah (Shake It Off) + Jewish Voice for Peace: Chanukah 2014

Hanukkah 18th century

Chanukah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Updated: Dec. 7, 2015

Happy Chanukah!

Six13Sings on Dec 11, 2014

CHAG SAMEACH! Life got you down? You should be thinking about the miracle of light. Just shake it off… it’s Chanukah! Continue reading

L’Shana Tova – Happy New Year! + Six13 – High Holiday Mashup + Avinu Malkeinu

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L’Shana Tova Umetuka Tikatevu

May you be inscribed in the book of a Good and Sweet Year.

L’Shana Tova Umetuka Tikatevu

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There Is A Deeper Wave Than This by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
March 26, 2014

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

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A wave of action is coming on April 4th, the date they killed MLK, the date Cindy Sheehan lost her son, the date cherry blossoms and resisters to fascism begin to show after an endless winter of many, many years. Take a look at waveofaction.org.

Electing a different president six years ago was not a partial step, a failed attempt, a warm-up round. It was a halftime show of circus clowns and cheerleaders. The partial step, the failed attempt, the warm up, the ground work, the base of experience and training and testing was Occupy. Continue reading