From Pseudo-Democracy to Real Participation by Graham Peebles

Democracy Spring March Arrives In DC 20

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 15, 2017

Imagine a country run along truly democratic lines. In such a mythical land, what would be the role of the politician, and the nature of his or her relationship with that amorphous group paraded under the banner: ‘the people’?

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Abby Martin: World Ignores Opposition Violence at Venezuela Protests + Abby Martin on Death Threats Against Her

Abby Martin Venezuela

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with Abby Martin

TheRealNews on Jun 10, 2017

Empire Files host Abby Martin just returned from Venezuela where she saw first hand how violent opposition protesters attempt to intimidate reporters and thereby give a false impression of what is happening.

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Michael Hudson: The Capitalist Way: Cheat, Lie and Steal

Occupy Wall St Sept 27, 2011

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Michael Hudson
May 4, 2017

The Laura Flanders Show on Mar 28, 2017

We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, author of J is for Junk Economics.

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The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Occupy May Day 2012

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Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 1, 2015

Republished with permission from IWW

by Eric Chase
IWW, 1993
May 1, 2017

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

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No More Wars for Oil by David Swanson + 200,000 Rally For Climate Justice in DC + Avi Lewis

People's Climate March DC 2017

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 30, 2017

What I Said at the Peace Hub of the Climate March:

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them.

Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military.

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Federal Government Squeezes Workers, Bloats Pentagon by Carl Lewis + May Day: Struggle For A Mass Strike!

Mural of workers holding placards

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by Carl Lewis
Workers World
March 23, 2017

A recent hiring freeze for federal employees is one of a barrage of anti-worker laws and executive orders recently put forth by the Trump administration. These serve as a cover-up for gutting the people’s social safety net, on the way to implementing brutal capitalist austerity.

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Poverty Will Kill More Of Us Than Terrorism

Fight The Power, Occupy Oakland (17 of 20)

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 13, 2017

Curse the war culture! It leaves us at a loss for words, bereft of metaphors to describe our situation. Our minds become blank slates, unable to recognize dangers at the door unless they carry assault weapons or drop bombs on our heads.

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If This Is The Last Century Of Capitalism, What Will Replace It? by Pete Dolack

Capitalism isn't working

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by Pete Dolack
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
March 9, 2017

Politely walking into pens set up by police, shaking our signs and gently dispersing will not build a movement serious about root-and-branch change. Even the more militant demonstrations, in which people — gasp! — actually take the streets in defiance of authorities, both legal and NGO, are far from sufficient.

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Polite and Apolitical? Repression By Another Name

Dissent is patriotic

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 5, 2017

There are those who would have us fold up our banners and take down our protest signs. They urge us to be reasonable and polite. They expect us to cram our dissent into narrow boxes of occasional grumbling comments and take our frustration out at the election box once every few years. These people write letters to the editor of small town newspapers claiming that the visible signs of dissatisfaction – pickets, protesters, political signs – are bad for business and distasteful.

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Chris Hedges: Resistance in the Age of Trump

Trump Inaugural

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 4, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses successful strategies for resistance in the age of Trump with activist and attorney, Kevin Zeese. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at how Republican lawmakers are attempting to quell demonstrations across the US.

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From Peaceful Protest to Armed Uprising by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
February 16, 2017

What began as a regional protest movement in November 2015, is in danger of becoming a fully-fledged armed uprising in Ethiopia.

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A Crackdown On Our Right To Stand Up by Nicole Colson

Moving In, Occupy Oakland Move In Day (5 of 31)

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by Nicole Colson
Socialist Worker
February 10, 2017

Nicole Colson explains how Republican-led legislatures are trying to push through laws to criminalize dissent–in the hopes of stopping the growing fight against the right.

LESS THAN three weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump is clearly what George W. Bush once claimed to be: “a uniter, not a divider.” Only he’s been uniting many hundreds of thousands of people in protest and many millions in outrage at his bigoted, right-wing actions since taking office.

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The Problem is Civil Obedience by Howard Zinn

Resist sign at SFO #noban Protest -Jan 29, 2016

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published on November 25, 2013
Originally published on www.thirdworldtraveler.com
1970, from the Zinn Reader, Seven Stories Press
February 7, 2017

[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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President Trump: The Final Assault on Cooperation and the Environment by Graham Peebles

2017/01/28 SFO Airport #NoBan #NoWall #RefugeesWelcome Protest

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
February 2, 2017

A silver lining of action and fury is bubbling inside the prevailing gloom that is the election of Donald Trump.

His presidency may prove to be the final straw in the decades long assault on brotherhood, human kindness, cooperation and society inculcated during the Thatcher/Reagan era; the ultimate action that triggers an unstoppable popular uprising, uniting people in common cause against the abhorrent ideals that are causing despair and anger amongst millions of people. A global campaign, based on and calling for unity, tolerance, cooperation and social responsibility.

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Tariq Ali: The Basis For Trump’s Victory Was Laid By Obama’s Policies

Resist sign, Supreme Court news conference to call for the reversal of President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and immigrants from several Middle East countries

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teleSUR English on Feb 1, 2017

Tariq Ali discusses the first few days of Trump’s presidency and provides an analysis of the state of politics in countries around the world.

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