I was at Occupy Santa Rosa today and was amazed at the number of tents! There must have been 100. The encampment seems well organized and the energy is really positive. That so many people are committed to staying there, I find very moving. The determination and focus is inspiring.
Many locals come out during . . . → Read More: Occupy SR 11/5/11
A great day at Occupy Santa Rosa! Protesters have not been able to sleep at the encampment without the possibility of being awakened and cited during the night. Sleep deprivation and stress have been serious issues as a result. But Occupiers had decided on Friday to set up tents today after a 2:00 march, knowing . . . → Read More: Occupy Santa Rosa 10/29/11
I have been following the Occupy Movement with excitement and a sense of hope that’s been missing for a long time. The breadth of the Movement is reminiscent of the 1930’s when so many Americans were affected by the Depression that huge numbers of citizens were mobilized. And change happened.
The commitment to non-violence and . . . → Read More: Occupy All Streets
The execution yesterday of Troy Davis despite the serious doubts about his guilt leaves me saddened. More blood spilled. What it is it about the United States that leaves us committing legalized murder along with countries like China, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The discrepancy between our rhetoric and our reality is stark. For example, . . . → Read More: Davis and the Death Penalty
Tim DeChristopher has been sentenced to two years in prison and is now in Herlong Federal Correctional Institution. Tim had the brass to walk into an auction in Utah where federal lands were being bid for by various extractive industries and to bid himself. Talk about criminal behavior! Many of the parcels were in environmentally . . . → Read More: Tim DeChristopher
Troy Davis has been scheduled for execution again. His case has drawn worldwide attention because it looks like yet another miscarriage of justice that may lead to the killing of an innocent man. Many of the witnesses against him have recanted their testimony, reporting that they felt coerced by police to testify against him. There . . . → Read More: Troy Davis
It’s the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and we are less secure now than before. The trauma of the attacks, the painful loss of human life, the grief of those who lost loved ones and our own heightened sense of vulnerability have changed the way we feel about our world. Many who lost loved . . . → Read More: 9/11
I spent the last week reading Dahr Jamail’s books about the occupation of Iraq and soldier’s resistance to it. I began to consider the various wars and interventions that form the backdrop for so much of the current chaos: the Cold War, the Korean War (not really a war but a police action since wars . . . → Read More: That war thing
The Keystone XL project to pipe tar sands oil from Alberta Canada to the Gulf Coast for refining and shipping is another disastrous proposition put forth by oil companies and their minions. It would cross the entire United States! This project is another crazy example of an environmental boondoggle designed to perpetuate our addiction to . . . → Read More: Keystone XL
Here’s a copy of a letter I wrote to the Press Democrat regarding a photo in a recent PD article showing kids handling an assault rifle at a family event at which the police department had a table. The letter was printed in the PD 8/23/11.
I found the photo of kids handling an . . . → Read More: Cops, kids and guns