Glen Ford: The Black Elite and the Legacy of MLK + Martin Luther King, Jr.: Organized Non-violent Resistance Is The Most Powerful Weapon

Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial

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Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Jan. 21, 2013

“I think it’s just as bad to passively accept evil as it is to inflict it.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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If You Really Love Your Country…

Patriotism

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 20, 2019

If you really love your country, you would not be satisfied with platitudes and flag-waving, national anthems and military parades. A truly patriotic citizen does not sit idle as the land and waters of his country are polluted by extractive industries. A true patriot does not sneer and scorn her fellow citizens who live in poverty or are unhoused. A true patriot does not place higher loyalties with corporations than human beings. A true patriot sees no glory in war, nor security in spending more on military than on peace and justice for all of humankind.

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Chris Hedges: Daniel Berrigan’s Play: The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine

Chris Hedges: Daniel Berrigan's Play: The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 19, 2019

The nature and cost of civil disobedience is explored in the play “The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine,” written by the Catholic priest Dan Berrigan.

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Yellow Vests, Class Struggle and Spontaneous Revolution by Gaither Stewart

Les Gilets Jaunes

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 18, 2019

In What Is To Be Done of 1902 Lenin opposed revolutionary spontaneity because it “strips away the disciplined nature of the Marxists idea of revolution, leaving it arbitrary and ineffective.” True to himself, Lenin then returned to opposition to spontaneous revolution after WWI during the German Revolution of 1918-19 when in a spontaneous uprising against the post-WWI system Rosa Luxemburg and the Spartacist League failed in an attempt to overturn German capitalism.

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The Tools Of Nonviolent Struggle Should Never Lose Their Edge

Trouble Maker w Sign

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 6, 2019

The tools of nonviolent action and the skills of struggle are as vital to these times as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Training to use them is as essential as learning how to use a computer. The ability to boycott and strike is as important as the ability to drive a car. Every citizen who knows how to use email should also know how to protest, walk-out, shut-down, occupy, blockade, and more. This is the only way the power of the people can hold the power of oligarchs in check.

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The Yellow Vests and the Left by Jim Kavanagh + Yellow Vests Shift to the Left

Paris, 08/12/18 - Gilets jaunes "acte 4"

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Dec. 19, 2018
December 21, 2018

Something’s happening here…

Class Act

The “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) movement has upended French politics, at least.

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They Went to Jail for Justice by David Swanson

"No Draft!" rally on Diag -- photo reversed to enhance sign's scrutability. (See adjacent photo for original view.)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 9, 2018
December 12, 2018

C.J. Hinke has produced probably the best collection I’ve read of writings by and about conscientious objectors and war refusers behind bars. It’s called Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison.

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A Christmas Journey to Freedom

"Unwavering Courage in the Pursuit of Freedom" -- Tubman-Garrett Park Wilmington (DE) December 2012

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Dandelion Salad

Originally posted Dec. 23, 2009

Day of Discovery

A Christmas journey unlike any you have ever taken before—the first in a series of special holiday presentations with soloist Wintley Phipps, author and professor Dr. Allen Callahan, and actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand as Harriet Tubman in the dramatic presentation, A Christmas Journey to Freedom.

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MFTN: Shopping as an Act of Resistance

Buy Local!

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published December 1, 2013
December 6, 2018

The holidays are at hand. Boycott Season is in effect. As the snow starts to fall, the commercial war of the season asserts its dominance. Our identities as citizens are quickly buried in a blizzard of advertising that defines us as consumers.

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Your Corporate Overlords Are Delighted To Exploit You

20110928 Class War

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 2, 2018

If you like being a peon, a serf, or a slave, by all means, continue on with business-as-usual. Your corporate overlords are delighted to exploit you. They’re thrilled at the prospect of profiting off your descendants for all eternity. But their hourglass is running out of sand. The planet’s ecosystems are collapsing. We will not last long as underlings. This is a paltry comfort as we slide toward mass extinction.

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MFTN: ‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts!

Commercial Capitalism for Christmas

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published November 24, 2013
November 22, 2018

Boycott Season is now upon us. Let every citizen take careful aim. Your target is the corporate empire. Your weapon is your wallet.

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The Time Is Up–The Time Is Now

Change For the Better

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 18, 2018

The time is up. The time is now. Gather the people to do the work: the healing, transformative, deepening work of building community, solutions, understanding, skills, knowledge, and hope. You must be the one to make a change, to step out of the rutted tracks of the looming train wreck that is our culture. You must have the courage to walk into the wilderness of what you don’t know and embrace the solutions that will save our lives.

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Chris Hedges: The Power of Hope

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Renovatio: The Journal of Zaytuna College on Nov 8, 2018

During an event discussing his latest book, America: The Farewell Tour, Chris Hedges was asked about where he finds hope. His answer points to the power of faith, resistance, and the importance of values. This is from an event at Zaytuna College, America’s first Muslim liberal arts college.

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A Revolution of Democracy

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 8, 2018

What do we do when we finally understand that the elections really are stolen? Or rigged? Or thrust out of our reach by the manipulations of rich and powerful people? Corrupted by corporations? How long does it take before we call the bluff? Another disappointing election cycle? Two? Three? How much more gerrymandering, corporate buying of elections, voter disenfranchisement, and outright fraud can we stand? When will we take seriously the necessity of change?

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Beyond Voting by Howard Zinn + What Else You Can Do: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action by David Swanson

Trouble Maker w Sign

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 6, 2018

Gossip is the opium of the American public. We lie back, close our eyes and happily inhale the stories about Roosevelt’s and Kennedy’s affairs, Lyndon Johnson’s nude swims with unnamed partners and, now, Nixon’s pathetic “final days” in office.

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