Visionary Inspiration and Practical Strategies for Direct Democracy: Winds of Change Book Review, by Marissa Mommaerts

Jere I. and The Winds of Change, by Rivera Sun

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by Marissa Mommaerts
Transition US National Network Organizer
Transition US, March 19, 2021
April 13, 2021

Winds of Change, the third part of the trilogy that began with The Dandelion Insurrection, is so rich that I simultaneously want to share it with every visionary changemaker I know, while at the same time rereading it over and over until I absorb every drop of wisdom, hope and strategy into the fabric of my being.

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David Swanson, Bruce Gagnon and Rick Rozoff: Democracy vs Autocracy

end u.s. imperialism

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with David Swanson, Bruce Gagnon and Rick Rozoff
Writers, Dandelion Salad
April 2, 2021

RT on Apr 2, 2021

Historically speaking, the Cold War was a great ideological confrontation. Western liberalism vs Soviet communism. According to Joe Biden the great geopolitical struggle of our time is democracy vs autocracy. For Biden we are in another great ideological struggle. But there is a difference: the west, particularly the U.S. is the only ideological actor.

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Chris Hedges: Michael Ratner’s Memoir, Moving the Bar – My Life as A Radical Lawyer

Michael Ratner at #FreeHammond061

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 30, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Michael Smith, civil rights attorney about Michael Ratner’s recently published memoir, Moving the Bar – My Life as A Radical Lawyer. Smith was a close friend and collaborator of Ratner’s for over three decades.

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Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: The State of the American Empire

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 23, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Professor Noam Chomsky, the pioneering linguist, prolific author of numerous seminal political works, about the state of the American Empire.

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Chris Hedges: How Republicans, Democrats, and the Media Have Weakened US Democracy

Democracy

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with Chris Hedges

New Economic Thinking on Jan 19, 2021

Renowned journalist and author Chris Hedges talks about the many ways traditional media, digital media, and the two political parties have worked to prevent progressive movements and give rise to the growth of the extreme right. Continue reading

The Murmuration + The Winds of Change are Blowing! by Rivera Sun

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Note: The Community Publishing Campaign is over. Please order The Winds of Change directly from Rivera Sun.

by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 20, 2020

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. An early release can be found through the novel’s Community Publishing Campaign here.

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Abby Martin: Will the Supreme Court Overturn the Election for Trump?

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on Nov 10, 2020

Constitutional rights lawyer talks to Abby Martin about the potential for the Supreme Court to overturn the election results in Trump’s favor, and analyzes the basis of voter fraud allegations.

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Don’t Let Up: Fascism Isn’t Dead Yet, by Pete Dolack

smash fascism

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
November 5, 2020

Even if Joe Biden had won the U.S. presidency by the expected landslide, the threat of fascism would remain. And not simply because Trumpites are not going away anytime soon.

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Ralph Nader: What It Takes To Create Social Change Against All Odds

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with Ralph Nader

TEDMED on Oct 23, 2020

It is impossible to think about environmental advocacy today without remembering what brought us here. For decades, Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader has been identifying corporate misdeeds, galvanizing public action, and guiding regulatory action to build a safer and healthier world. From taking on the automobile industry by vying for improved safety features for passengers – like mandatory seat belts – to tobacco regulations, The Clean Air Act, and more, Ralph’s efforts have fundamentally shaped legislature over the past decades.

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We Can Do Better Than Capitalist Formal “Democracy” by Pete Dolack

Vote

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by Pete Dolack
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Systemic Disorder
October 22, 2020

An article I read shortly after Jacinda Ardern’s re-election in New Zealand noted, with a touch of weariness, that Labour’s victory came after a campaign measured in “weeks.” Folks there ought to count themselves lucky — the United States has endured years of campaigning in what has proved, to the surprise of no one, its nastiest presidential contest in memory.

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MFTN: I Call For A Constitution 2.0

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 16, 2018
September 20, 2020

If we, the people, wrote a constitution now, what would go in it? Equal rights for women, men, non-binary, and undefined? Caps on wealth tied to poverty levels? Rights of nature? Reparations for past crimes, wrongs, and thefts? Limits on military spending? A free and open Internet? Abolition of mass incarceration, or the entire prison system; replaced with restorative and community justice? Free healthcare for all? Living wages or universal basic income? Would we keep corporate personhood or the electoral college?

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The Anti-Social Socialist: How Capitalism Controls You

How Capitalism Controls You by The Anti-Social Socialist

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Sept. 12, 2018
September 7, 2020

“Capitalism keeps us in a state of panic. Most of us are just one medical bill away from bankruptcy. It keeps us overworked and underpaid so we don’t have time to question its dominance over our lives. It takes the fruits produced by the many and gives them to the few. Concentrated wealth means concentrated power, concentrated power means less democracy, less democracy means less freedom, and less freedom means you are reduced to a precarious life of servitude.” —

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John Pilger: What Is Going On In The World Is The Struggle For True Freedom

End of Democracy in Detroit

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Dandelion Salad

with John Pilger

goingundergroundRT on Aug 12, 2020

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger.

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Part 3: Freedom from Socioeconomic Oppression, by W.R. Zammichiéli

an injury to one is an injury to all

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by W.R. Zammichiéli
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 7, 2020

(Part Three of an Ongoing Series: The Four Fundamental Freedoms of Libertarian Socialism) [Part 1, Part 2]

Throughout the course of human history, there have been countless individuals inhabiting countless communities who have been directly and indirectly participatory in various movements dedicated to the elimination of specific hierarchical structures present within a given society that exist for the sole purposes of ensuring the systemic oppression of a unique portion of the population. Be it upon the basis of biological factors, or be it upon the basis of cultural characteristics, or be it upon the basis of economic positioning, there have been numerous systems of oppression designated to specifically subjugate an entire portion of the population predicated upon the principle of maintaining the embedded structures of power within a particular society.

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Part 2: Freedom From Statism, by W.R. Zammichiéli

Smash The State

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by W.R. Zammichiéli
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 31, 2020

“Every State is a dictatorship.” — Antonio Gramsci

(Part Two of an Ongoing Series: The Four Fundamental Freedoms of Libertarian Socialism) [Part 1]

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