Whatever Happened to the Mass Rallies That Used to Command the Attention of Congress? by Ralph Nader

Single Payer now! tshirt

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Sept. 23, 2022
September 24, 2022

Long before the Covid pandemic, it was important to ask, where are the mass movements to enact in Congress majoritarian-supported changes and reforms? Another question: Whatever happened to the mass rallies that used to command the attention of our 535 members of Congress to whom we have given our sovereign power?

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Chris Hedges and John Shipton: Julian Assange’s Looming Extradition and the Imperative of Mass Resistance

Don't shoot the messenger !

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Sep 23, 2022

A society that prohibits the capacity to speak in truth extinguishes the capacity to live in justice.

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David Swanson, et al: How to Get to a World BEYOND War + Why Abolish War, by David Swanson

War is Never the answer

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 19, 2022
September 20, 2022

Plenary: How to Get to a World BEYOND War

UNITY EARTH on Sep 19, 2022

Why it’s needed, what educational work moves us toward it, and what nonviolent activism can accomplish.

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We Have A Violence Problem — Campaign Nonviolence Strives To Solve It, by Rivera Sun

Campaign Nonviolence Action Days

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 13, 2022

We have a violence problem. It runs through our nation like an invisible road system, touching every front door, cutting through each town and city. Mass shootings kill our children in their schools. Forty-five thousand people will take their own lives this year. An additional 14,000 are likely to be killed by gun violence. Twelve million of our fellow citizens will experience intimate partner violence this year. More than ten million children face violence in the forms of maltreatment, verbal abuse, sexual assault, extreme neglect, and physical abuse.

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Soldiers Without Guns: An Untold Story of Unsung Kiwi Heroes

Soldiers Without Guns: An Untold Story of Unsung Kiwi Heroes

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Will Watson on Dec. 13, 2020

The riveting journey of soldiers as they land unarmed into the heat of a 10 year civil war using only the weapons of Music, Maori Culture and Love to create peace.

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Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train

Howard Zinn

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with Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Feb. 6, 2010
August 28, 2022

S F on Dec 13, 2018

Documentary in which professor Howard Zinn recounts his life as a writer, educator, and leader in nonviolent social protest.

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Doing Nothing While the World Burns and Extinction Looms, by Andy Worthington

Rally against Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby Mountain

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by Andy Worthington
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Andy Worthington website, Aug. 10, 2022
August 14, 2022

Three weeks since the UK experienced its hottest weather ever, with temperatures hitting 40°C, it’s become clear that that was just a spike in a long hot summer in which, for the first time ever in my 37-year history of living in London, the weather has turned hostile.

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The Problem is Civil Obedience, by Howard Zinn + Matt Damon Reads from Howard Zinn’s Speech

DISOBEY

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published on Nov. 25, 2013
August 11, 2022

[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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Roger Waters: War, Peace, and Music, with David Swanson and Todd Pierce + Roger Waters Uncut

Roger Waters in Concert - Rogers Arena - Vancouver - BC - Canada - October 28, 2017

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 9, 2022

WorldBeyondWar.org on Aug 8, 2022

A webinar hosted by World BEYOND War on August 8, 2022, with Todd Pierce and David Swanson moderating.

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Turning Up The Heat, by Rivera Sun

We Are Here For The Next Generations at the Protect the Water, Revoke the Permits! Rally in St Paul, Minnesota

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published July 30, 2021
July 31, 2022

Winds of Change is the third novel in the Dandelion Trilogy by Rivera Sun. It’s a wild tale of resistance and resilience, people-powered democracy movements and the race for climate justice.

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Our Climate Crisis Paralysis: How, in the Face of Unprecedented Signs of Climate Collapse, We’re Still Being Failed by Politicians, the Media and Ourselves, by Andy Worthington

COP26 Sheffield Climate March

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by Andy Worthington
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Andy Worthington website, July 19, 2022
July 20, 2022

Last week, as the mercury started to rise in the UK, and sober weather-watchers warned that, for the first time ever, temperatures might reach 40°C in the UK, the default position of TV’s weathermen and women was to talk of records being broken, as though extreme heat was some kind of Olympic sporting event, and the plucky British weather was some sort of super-athlete, whose ‘achievement’ was to be celebrated.

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Rising Above The Hurt To Enjoy A Day In The Sun, by Tom H. Hastings

Portland Pride Parade June 19, 2022

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by Tom H. Hastings
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 19, 2022

“Get the f__k out of here!” screamed the young woman.

I understood. She was enraged, yelling at a small group of evangelicals with their powerful loudspeaker, at the end of the Pride parade last month.

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Students, Campuses and Dominant Corporate Power, by Ralph Nader

NYPIRG Student Action Meeting Sign

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, July 16, 2022
July 18, 2022

When it comes to corporate power and control over their lives, now and into the future, today’s college students are perilously dormant. When it comes to putting pressure on Congress to counter the various dictates of corporatism, there is little activity other than some stalwarts contacting their lawmakers on climate violence.

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After The Fireworks, by Rivera Sun

Fireworks

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on July 19, 2021
July 6, 2022

Winds of Change is the third novel in the Dandelion Trilogy by Rivera Sun. It’s a wild tale of resistance and resilience, people-powered democracy movements and the race for climate justice.

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Sleepwalking Into Climate Nightmares, by Rivera Sun

Fort McMurray, Alberta - Operation Arctic Shadow

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 8, 2022

How can anyone sleep at night? My first nightmare about environmental crisis occurred in 1990. I was eight years old. In it, acid rain poured from the sky, scalding the skin of humans and stripping holes in the leaves of trees. On either side of a long, ashen-gray street, billowing plumes of smog chugged out of smokestacks. I was running, searching for sanctuary from the toxic waste. Nowhere was safe.

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