We Must Keep Despair At Bay In The Siege Waged By The Forces Of Destruction And Greed!

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Nov. 16, 2017
September 17, 2018

Despair rides in front of our opposition, an invisible wind that blows like plague through our hearts. Here, our stand begins. Moment-by-moment, day-by-day, we must keep despair at bay in the siege waged by the forces of destruction and greed.

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“Be Realistic–Demand the Impossible!”

Che Guevara

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 22, 2013
September 1, 2018

Wishful thinking and random action will not topple the corrupt and powerful collusion of extreme capitalism, the wealthy elite, and military force. For all the courage shown thus far by people across the country in demonstrating, petitioning, even throwing their bodies in the line of danger, I call upon an even greater courage now …

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Liberty and Strategy for All

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Nov. 3, 2013
August 19, 2018

You must believe that pockets of resistance exist. As America plunges into darkness, some people burn with resistance like fires in the night, aglow with respect for the civil liberties that define the modern ideal of freedom. The quiet murmur of their impassioned voices will call to you as they discuss nonviolent strategy and struggle, but you will not be asked to join them until you strike the matchstick of your heart, build a fire of your determination, ignite the blaze of your courage, and reach out to others.

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MFTN: Corporate Demons Possess Our Nation’s Soul

Corporations Are Not People

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 4, 2016
August 7, 2018

Corporate demons possess our nation’s soul. They crept in stealthily, full of trickery and deception, but now they’re lodged in place, as surely as if they had stormed our homes and halls of power with guns and tanks. Perhaps we’d recognize their coup if they had assassinated a flesh-and-blood president instead of merely stealing the souls of all our elected leaders.

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MFTN: Poverty Will Kill More Of Us Than Terrorism

20110928 Class War

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published March 13, 2017
July 27, 2018

Curse the war culture! It leaves us at a loss for words, bereft of metaphors to describe our situation. Our minds become blank slates, unable to recognize dangers at the door unless they carry assault weapons or drop bombs on our heads.

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Where Is Your Loyalty?

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
July 1, 2018

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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The First Thing They Steal Is Courage

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 Nov. 9, 2016
June 15, 2018

When the forces of destruction, hate, bigotry, greed, and violence rise into power, there are three things they steal before they plunder the treasury. Stopping them is where the struggle for life begins.

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Women’s Draft? Sign Me Up To Abolish War by Rivera Sun + Feds Extend Deadline for Public Comments on Future Draft

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

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published June 21, 2016
May 22, 2018

For too long, the women of this nation have been complacent while our brothers, sons, husbands, and fathers are sent to kill, maim, brutalize, destroy and even die in defense of our alleged liberty.

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How to Fight a Tyrant

Fight The Power, Occupy Oakland (17 of 20)

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Dec. 8, 2013
May 17, 2018

It is not enough to hurl your rage at tyranny . . . every bully knows how to dodge a hothead. Anger is the alcohol of emotions. We flush, courageous in its drunken heat, but our blows miss, we flail, and our opponent easily dispatches us.

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Dandelions and Plunder Monkeys by System Humanity

The Roots of Resistance by Rivera Sun

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by System Humanity
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at System Humanity, April 16, 2018
April 18, 2018

What a good read I said to myself when I had finished The Dandelion Insurrection by Rivera Sun. And unusual. A delicious story with nourishing political content spiced with distinctive characters and served on beautiful prose. Love, adventure, struggle and thrills. What’s not to like? For an old grassroots political fox such as myself I wasn’t about to allow the sweetness of the fiction seduce my perception of bitter realities.

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Shifting Systems With Nonviolent Strategy + Think Outside the Protest Box by Rivera Sun

Trouble Maker w Sign

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 28, 2018

The secret to successful nonviolent struggle lies in understanding strategy and systems. All systems require participation and resources to survive. Deny those things, and the system will wither away … or concede to meet your demands.

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The Roots of Resistance: An Intense Journey Into The Vibrant Complexity Of Nonviolent Change by Tom Atlee

The Roots of Resistance by Rivera Sun

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Sent to Dandelion Salad by Rivera Sun

by Tom Atlee
March 17, 2018

Rivera Sun always gifts us with usefully creative fiction in the face of daunting challenges to future generations, to current society, to marginalized communities, and to all of us as citizens of our planet. Her Roots of Resistance – the second novel of her Dandelion Trilogy – offers an inspiring story to help guide love-based strategic change efforts during what promises to be a very messy transition to a better world. The novel imagines deeply human responses to our civilizational predicament and to the challenges we (especially as change agents) will face as we try to put such responses into practice.

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All Must Be Unleashed To Rouse Our Fellow Humanity From Their Stupor As They Sleepwalk Toward The Cliff Edge

Toronto, ON

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 16, 2018

Not every problem we face can be solved by the magic wands of benevolent legislators. In those halls of power, you’re more likely to encounter twisted curses than blessings and cures. Instead, you must study the interconnected web that weaves our world together. There you will find effective pivot points of change. Every piece of the destructive system is tied to people, workers, supplies, knowledge, money, social behaviors, opinions, profits, transportation and more. Each of these sectors offers many places to push for change.

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A Revolution By Any Other Name

Fear Nøt!

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 9, 2018

There are some who mince their steps and words, who hush the bold and outspoken, who advise moderation. But, a revolution by any other name does not smell as sweet. Reform does not cut it. Resistance is not enough. Massive change is vague. Transformation calls to mind change, yet does not invoke the burning urgency, the gritty intensity of the tsunami of change we need. Evolution implies an unrealistic image of our corporate political pawns awakening, growing, evolving.

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Now Is The Time For Revolutionary Change–Reject Greed-Based Destruction

Energy

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

The clock is ticking. Tick. Tick. Tick. Can you hear it? We have only ….
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