‘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 24, 2022

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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Culture-Jamming the War Machine, by Rivera Sun

Military Counter-Recruitment

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 17, 2022

In the drizzling rain, I yank up the military recruitment sign and throw it into the tall grasses on the side of the road. If anyone asks, I didn’t “destroy” government property. I merely relocated it. Think of me like a windstorm. A peace-loving, nonviolent windstorm countering military recruitment.

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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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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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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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Where Is Your Loyalty? by The Man From the North

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published May 1, 2017
June 27, 2022

For all the avowed patriots who demand my Pledge of Allegiance and salutes on Loyalty Day, Fourth of July, and other patriotic, militarized holidays, I fling this question to your hearts: how deep and far does your loyalty to your country run?

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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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End the Occupation of the Corporate State, by The Man From the North

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on Jan. 31, 2018
May 18, 2022

It happened so subtly, we missed the corporate coup. Like shadows, corporations surrounded our country and slowly strangled it. They crept into Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, the FDA, the military, the Department of the Interior: everywhere you look, a corporation controls the decisions of this nation. We have become the occupied territory of brand names, corporate logos, monopolistic power, and corporate greed.

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Mother’s Day Proclamation: Divest From War! by Rivera Sun

Mothers Say no more WARS!! Stop the war games with Iran!

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Happy Mother’s Day

by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted on May 12, 2019
May 8, 2022

Instead of flowers, give us peace. Instead of brunch, end the wars. Let no more mothers raise their children to kill other mothers’ children. Give us, instead, the abolition of war, the promotion of peace, and the care of people and planet.

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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
April 27, 2022

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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How Nonviolent Action Is Protecting the Earth, by Rivera Sun

Climate protest

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 30, 2022

In our efforts to build a culture of active nonviolence, Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence has always urged people to practice nonviolence toward oneself, all others (including socially, culturally, economically and politically) and toward the Earth.

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4 Big Reasons Not To Go To War In Ukraine, by Rivera Sun

No War

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 26, 2022

The last thing any of us need is a war with Russia over the Ukraine. You don’t need to know much about foreign policy to know that. Let the pundits and talking heads argue about the nuances of NATO and war maneuvers at the border of Russia. For most Americans, there are at least four sensible reasons (beyond the basic horror that is war) to oppose escalating this conflict with Russia.

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Seasonal Insomniacs In Times of Climate Chaos, by Rivera Sun

New Mexico - Desert Snow 1, January 1, 2020

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 30, 2021

It snowed, finally. We’ve been waiting for months, restless and agitated. Have you ever seen your child settle more deeply into slumber after you tuck them under the blanket? That’s how it feels here. I live in the high-altitude desert of Northern New Mexico. Deserts often invoke images of Saharan sands, but this desert sprawls atop black, volcanic basalt. Perched at 7,000 feet, it snows here in the winter. Or, it used to.

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Journey Through Snow and Dreams, an excerpt from The Crown of Light, by Rivera Sun

Jere I. and Josiah with Rivera Sun's book, The Crown of Light

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 21, 2021

This is an excerpt from The Crown of Light, the fourth novel in the award-winning Ari Ara Series.

You can get the book here.

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

Commercial Capitalism for Christmas

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published November 24, 2013
November 25, 2021

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

Continue reading