Ditch The Draft, Once and For All, by Rivera Sun

Ditch The Draft, Once and For All, by Rivera Sun

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 22, 2021

It’s outdated. It’s dysfunctional. It’s hated by most of the populace. No, we’re not talking about the line at the DMV. We’re talking about the Selective Service and the military draft. For decades, young men have had to register. Now, congress is considering expanding draft registration to women.

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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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Sent to Dandelion Salad by Rivera Sun

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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Maine Farm Girl and Kansas Grain Farmer Talk Climate on The Train, by Rivera Sun

Windmills in Story County, Iowa

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 12, 2021

A young Kansas grain farmer and I were riding on a train through Iowa when the subject of the climate crisis came up. He was a blonde-haired, blue-eyed son of a multigenerational Midwest farming family. I’d grown up on a potato farm in Northern Maine. Both of us spent our teenage years in overalls. We compared tractor models (him, John Deere; me, 1960s FarmAll).

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A Blizzard. A Power Outage. A Failure of the Heart. by Rivera Sun

Texas Winter Storm February 2021

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
February 25, 2021

A continent-wide snow storm swept across the United States last week. From Seattle to Baton Rouge and from Dallas to Minneapolis, people grappled with road closures, shutdowns, power outages, and freezing temperatures.

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The Scale of Loss: 400,000 Dead, by Rivera Sun

The Scale of Loss: 400,000 Dead, by Rivera Sun

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 28, 2021

Four hundred lights stretch along the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. Each represents one thousand people in America who have died of COVID-19. It is only in their absence that we have space to acknowledge the dead–there is not enough space beside the pool for that many people to stand. It is only by symbols that we can understand the enormity of what we’ve lost.

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‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts! + Shopping as an Act of Resistance

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 29, 2020

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

Studland starlings murmuration

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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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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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MFTN: Disrupt! Interrupt! The Ground of Resistance is Ours

Trouble Maker w Sign

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published November 18, 2016
August 11, 2020

A smoothly functioning society is created and maintained by the people. Children go to school, workers show up at their jobs, shipments are made, groceries and purchases are bought, bills are paid, goods and services are delivered; and so on. In times of justice, when the workings of society are fair, respectful, and uphold the rights and dignity of humanity, then the people have every reason to collectively maintain functional workplaces, schools, roads, social events, and so on.

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MFTN: The Sabotage of Division

Solidarity

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Feb. 23, 2014
March 9, 2020

Enough! Enough of this senseless criticizing of one another. A Dandelion Insurrectionist who is imprisoned and beaten by the police is no more revolutionary than the mother who gets up in the morning and feeds her child. We all have tasks that are imperatives of our times and we must do them with humility. Those of us trying to make change through civil resistance are no nobler than the plumber trying to clear the shit out of the pipes.

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Beyond Planting Trees and Changing Light Bulbs: A List of Things You Can Do About The Climate Crisis by Rivera Sun

Trouble Maker w Sign

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rivera Sun’s Website, Dec. 12, 2019
December 13, 2019

Here’s the good news: The debate is over. 75% of US citizens believe climate change is human-caused; more than half say we have to do something and fast.

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Shopping as an Act of Resistance

Consumerism

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published December 1, 2013
December 8, 2019

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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‘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 29, 2019

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 Sleeping Giantess: My Statement Opposing the Expansion of the Military Draft by Rivera Sun

Hands Off - Pink Army - End all wars

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 17, 2019

Rivera Sun on Nov 13, 2019

If you wish to make a comment before Dec 31, 2019, here is where to do so.

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Unplugged For 14 Days by Lo

Unplugged

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by Lo
Editor, Dandelion Salad
October 12, 2019

Had a very unplanned trip to the computer shop and unfortunately it took 2 weeks. I apologize for disappearing so abruptly.

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