Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media

Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the MediaDemocracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.

Warriors of the Light: We Are The Revolution

Warriors of the Light: We Are The RevolutionMy literature is totally committed with a new political attitude – human beings in search of their own identity. My books don’t talk about the old and used up process of the right/left but there is a revolution that is slowly rising up...

Understanding Trump By Watching The Apprentice

David/Flickr, CC BY-SADepending on your political persuasion, or, as some are now arguing, depending on the “engagement” metrics that condition your social media “echo chamber”, you will have met the election of Donald Trump to the US’s highest office with either shock or elation.

It's Time to See Clearly and Recommit to Core Values

It's Time to See Clearly and Recommit to Core ValuesFeeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? While the dominant culture encourages dysfunctional denial — pop a pill, go shopping, find your bliss — there’s a more sensible approach: Accept the anxiety, embrace the deeper anguish, and then...

Breaking Through Power Is Easier Than You Think

Breaking Through Power Is Easier Than You Think When I was a student at Princeton University I learned from my anthropology studies that the concentration of power in the hands of the few is common to all cultures, societies, nations, tribes, cities, towns, and villages.

How We Can Choose the Greater Good on Election Day

 How We Can Choose the Greater Good on Election DayThose angry Bernie supporters who are so turned off by Hillary that they plan to vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or even Darn Old Trump may be shooting themselves -- and indeed the entire body politic -- in the head...

What Are The Roots Of The New Corporate Activism?

When the Greensboro Four launched their sit-in protest, companies tended to stay neutral on social issues. Cewatkin via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SATarget recently staked out a position in the culture wars by announcing that it will build private bathrooms in all its locations, after earlier allowing transgender customers to use whichever room corresponds with their gender identity – both actions sparking anger from many conservatives.

What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline ProtestOver the past month, thousands of protesters, including Native Americans from more than 100 tribes across the country, have traveled to North Dakota to help the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe block the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built.

Is The Internet A Help Or Hindrance To Democracy?

Is The Internet A Help Or Hindrance To Democracy?The internet has rewired civil society, propelling collective action into a radically new dimension. Democracy is now not only exercised at the ballot box, but lived and experienced online on a day-to-day basis.

How We Can Break the Cycle of Fear and Violence

Breaking the Cycle of Fear and ViolenceFrom an early age, my parents helped me to look at problems in the world not as monsters to fear but as opportunities for healing. I learned that there aren't really any monsters, just people who have been hurt and then take their hurt out on others. 'However bad things are,' my mom used to tell me, 'is exactly how much better they can be with a change.'

Why Global Populism Is Here To Stay

Why Global Populism Is Here To StayWhen it comes to politics, 2016 has been a very strange year to say the least. Things that aren’t “supposed to happen” – well, they just keep happening.

Bernie Sanders' New Our Revolution Movement Marches On

our revolution 8 4Pramila Jayapal, one of the standard-bearers for Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution movement, won a decisive victory in the primary race for Washington's 7th Congressional District Tuesday night and will advance to the November general election.

Next Step for Humans: Becoming Fully Alive

Next Step for Humans: Becoming Fully AliveThe journey to a new way to be human involves mindful choices. The freedom to nurture, cultivate, and choose is a gift that begins with you. So — what will you do? Who will you be? Your choices and mine matter...

The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big Dreams

The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders’ Big DreamsThe race for the Democratic presidential nomination has pitted a dreamer against a realist, right? Bernie Sanders is the unrealistic one, and Hillary Clinton, the pragmatist, is the candidate who can get things done, right? But...

The Origin of the Original May Day Workers' Holiday

On May Day

It's often forgotten, but the May Day holiday, the original, real, workers' holiday, originated in the U.S. And specifically it originated to honor the memory of labor's four martyrs unjustly sent to the gallows, in an atmosphere of hysteria and anti-worker oppression after the so-called Haymarket "riot" of 130 years ago, on May 4, 1886.

What I Learned From My March With Democracy Spring

Frances Moore LappeYesterday was the most important day of my life. I walked up to the Capitol building and sat on the steps with more than 400 people. When asked to move, we refused and were arrested. We committed nonviolent civil disobedience together to protest the power of money in politics and support the restoration of real democracy.

What Role Were You Born To Play In Social Change?

What Role Were You Born To Play In Social Change?Bill Moyer was a street-wise, working class white boy from rowhouse Philadelphia, who — in the turbulence of the 1960s — went to Chicago to work for an anti-racist housing campaign.

It Takes a Movement To Bring About Change

It Takes a Movement To Bring About Change“I wish that we could elect a Democratic president who could wave a magic wand and say, ‘We shall do this, and we shall do that,’” Clinton said recently in response to Bernie Sanders’s proposals.  "That ain’t the real world we’re living in.“

12 People Who Made a Difference (And You Can Too!)

12 People Who Made a Difference (And You Can Too!)Far too many people think not, and thus they sell themselves far too short. A wave of pessimism leads capable people to underestimate the power of their voice and the strength of their ideals. The truth is this: it is the initiatives of deeply caring people that provide the firmament for our democracy.

Managing One's Energy and Learning to Step Away

Managing One's Energy and Learning to Step AwayOur “civilized” societies often direct attention away from the need for an individual to act authentically — that is, driven not by externally motivated desires but from genuine internal impulses. It is time to be open to changing the rigidity of our embedded thoughts, beliefs, and...

By Playing Serious Games,Adults Learn To Solve Thorny Real World Problems

By Playing Serious Games,Adults Learn To Solve Thorny Real World ProblemsIt is never easy for interest groups with conflicting views to resolve public policy disagreements involving complex scientific issues. To successfully formulate complex treaties, such as the recent Paris Climate Change Agreement, countries must find a way to meet the interests of almost 200 national representatives, while simultaneously getting the science right. Lowest common denominator political agreements that don’t actually solve the problem are useless.

Save the Planet By Unleashing Our Dreams

Save the Planet By Unleashing Our DreamsWe need green visions for less carbon and poverty---but also for more fun and joy. At a time when ecological destruction is more dire than ever, the work of  protecting the planet depends on dreamers just as much as of scientists, activists, public officials and business leaders.

Going From Hiding to Caring: What Can I Do?

Going From Hiding to Caring: What Can I Do?Unfortunately, one of the repercussions of modern life with all our TVs and modern conveniences and big cities, is that we have become separated from our neighbors and from the people we see daily. We treat them all as strangers. We have become strangers in a strange land.

How To Persuade Others By Using Their Values

How To Persuade Others By Using Their ValuesIn today’s American politics, it might seem impossible to craft effective political messages that reach across the aisle on hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, national health insurance, and military spending.

A New Mind for a New World: Empowering a New Paradigm

A New Mind for a New World: Empowering a New ParadigmIt is important that we ourselves participate in an effort to shift our thinking patterns, to develop a new mind-set. If a person’s mind-set is rigidly fixed into the old patterns of thinking, then that person will feel threatened by drastic change. The person may even try to...

Support Is Needed, Not Denial and Suppression

Support Is Needed—
Not Denial and SuppressionMake no mistake: we’re in the midst of an evolution of consciousness. We can cocreate a planet that works for everyone. We can redirect success from profit and pollution to true sustainability. We can reactivate an Eden in which our new fertile crescents and restored ecosystems grow and grow while we give back to the Earth rather than take from it.

The Other One Percent

The Other One PercentAs a high school student, I came across an observation by Abraham Lincoln who said that “With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.” Today “public sentiment” would be called “public opinion.”

Will A New Civil Rights Movement Emerge In The Wake Of Police Shootings?

civil rights movementRecent widespread attention to shocking instances of alleged police misconduct – the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and now Walter Scott – have rallied voices across the country in defense of equal protection under the rule of law.

Girls on Fire: Young Adult Dystopia Promotes Social Justice

Girls on Fire: Young Adult Dystopia Promotes Social Justice and Social CritiqueYoung Adult dystopia is having an effect on consumerism and pop culture. The political potential of this literary phenomenon – especially for empowering girls – could ultimately be the genre’s most profound and lasting influence. And though its staying power has yet to be tested, YA dystopia has spurred legions of readers towards promoting social justice.

Inside Story On How One Little City Slew An Oil Dragon

Inside Story On How One Little City Slew An Oil Dragon

A  dragon by the name of Chevron, breathing a fire fueled by Citizens United and $3.1 million in cash, succumbed to the people of the tiny city of Richmond, California last November when similar right-wing dragons were burning and pillaging voters and their towns across the country.

Will Pope Francis' Humanitarian Values Shape Church Policies?

 Will Pope Francis' Humanitarian Values Shape Church Policies?

“Every person ought to have the awareness that ‘purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act’.” Francis wants us to buy as if someone else’s life depended on it.  And he wants us to act not only as individuals but collectively.

The Real Revolution: Follow Your Dreams

The Real Revolution: Follow Your Dream

Hermann Hesse predicted that when enough individuals begin to listen to na­ture’s voice and pay heed to their own dreams — including their visions, in­tuitions, and instinctive promptings — the greatest revolution in all history will unfold. This is not an ending, but rather a beginning.

Help Them Anyway: Becoming A Public Citizen and Volunteer

Help Them Anyway: Becoming Public Citizens and Volunteers

by Kent M. Keith. The world will change when more and more people carve out time from their busy schedules to raise questions, challenge assumptions, set high standards, and pitch in to help each other. The meaning that people find in their work and families will be.....

Fast Food Workers Plan Civil Disobedience As Employers Freak Out

Fast Food Workers Plan Civil Disobedience As Employers Freak Out Over NLRB Ruling

On the heels of what many are calling a historic convention of over 1,200 fast food workers held in the Chicago suburbs last weekend, the campaign for "$15 and a union" won a major National Labor Relations Board decision that, if upheld, could have significant repercussions throughout the industry...

Environmentalism's Benefits On Display

How Grassroots Organizing Came To The Rescue In West Virginia’s Water Crisis

An estimated 10,000 gallons of the coal-processing chemical MCHM, along with an unknown amount of a second substance called PPH, spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River — just upstream from a municipal water intake that serves nine counties. While government and industry have been slow to respond, some remarkable community organizing has taken place...

Cooperation and Collaboration: Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone

Cooperation And Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone

Is it climate change, which makes droughts more severe and more likely to persist? Is it the labor policies that allowed the worker's wages to be cut? Or is it that NAFTA has flooded the Mexican market with cheap, U.S.-grown corn since 1996, forcing him to leave his family’s farm and migrate to California in the first place?

You Don't Have to Be a Karate Champ to Prevent Street Crime

You Don't Have to Be a Karate Champ to Prevent Street Crime

While crime rates have dropped dramatically in most US cities over the past two decades, there has been a recent uptick in robberies of cell phones and laptops, which can be easily sold over the Internet. What we can to do to deter criminals, who rob of us of our peace of mind as well as possessions?

Living on the Edge of Civilization -- Like The Wild Grapes

Living On the Edge Like The Wild Grapes

There’s a country path I walk often, near where I live, that borders the edge of a vineyard. There’s a place along this path where some grapevines have escaped under and over the barbed wire vineyard fence and now grow wild.

Being a Better World Shopper: Supporting The Good Guys

Being a Better World Shopper: The Good Guys & the Bad Guys

After surviving near financial meltdown, devastating oil spills, and enormous bank bailouts, we're finally beginning to understand the deep connection between our economic and our political lives. To bring about real change, we'll need some powerful tools...

It Is Time to Unlearn What We Learned in School

It Is Time to Unlearn What We Learned in School

A lot of community education involves unlearning what we've learned in the school system, things that undermine our faith in our own ability to think for ourselves, undermine the development of our unique abilities, undermine our ability to be happy...

Women of the World Call for Urgent Action on Climate & Sustainability

Women of the World Call for Urgent Action on Climate & Sustainability

by the Women of the World. This is a time for collaboration at a global level as never before required. We can and must join together as women to take action with common but differentiated responsibilities for achieving sustainability. We must act now for ourselves, for future generations, for all living things on Mother Earth...

The Journey: From Black Exhaust Smoke to Green Sustainability

The Journey: From Black Exhaust Smoke to Green Products & Sustainability

One of my first memories of taking an environmental stance was in the late 60s. I was about ten years old, and I refused to ride in my dad's Opal that was burning some serious motor oil. I do not remember why I was so concerned about the gray-blue smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe, but...

Working With Faith Leaders For Environmental Justice

Working With Faith Leaders For Environmental Justice

My own vision for the coming decade places communities at the center of dialogue, planning, action and change. My hope is to educate community members and congregations so they can better...

How To Make Social Movements Matter

Veteran activist and organizer Marshall Ganz, joins Bill to discuss the power of social movements to effect meaningful social change.

Teachers Protest and Win Against Standardized Testing

Teachers Protest And Win Against Standardized Testing

After months of protest, teachers, students and parents in Seattle, Washington, have won their campaign to reject standardized tests in reading and math. In January, teachers at Garfield High School began a boycott of the test, saying it was wasteful and...

Collaboration: A New Era of Empowerment

Collaboration: A New Era of Empowerment

Collaborative groups are everywhere. They might be a group of neighbors coming together to plan how their town can make a transition to a more energy efficient economy or a church group planning a bake sale. They could be a group of anarchist forest defenders...

Creating a Future That Works For All of Us

Recapturing the American Spirit: Creating a Future That Works For All of Us by Tim Ryan

We intuitively know that if we are going to recapture the American spirit, it will be because millions of our citizens will begin to see the power of being connected and moving in the same basic direction, regardless of our inevitable and necessary differences...

Revolution! The First Principle of Aquarius & The Aquarian Age

Revolution! The First Principle of Aquarius

As revolution is a highly charged word that stirs fear in many quarters, it's useful to get clear here about what it does and does not mean in the Age of Aquarius. It simply means a "turning back," and implies that power has somehow been...

Stainless Steel Mouse: The Leader of a New Revolution

Stainless Steel Mouse: The Leader of a New Revolution

It's plain to all freedom-loving people that the Internet is either the battleground for freedom, or the means by which love workers will achieve freedom without battle. One way or the other, some of us, at least, must know how to use the most powerful instrument of freedom since the printing press...

The 2012 Agreement: Bringing Forth A New World

The 2012 Agreement: Bringing Forth A New World

From the level of our soul, we all made agreements to be here at this time. Our job is to usher in a new way of life, an entirely new reality. Like midwives, we are here to help in giving birth to a golden age of manifestation upon the Earth...

10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden

 

10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden by Peter Ladner

Community gardens deliver their biggest added value when they're sited in places like parking lots and abandoned industrial sites. However, two neighbors in Vancouver have put together a new kind of commu­nity garden. It's made up of the backyards of residents in two city blocks...

Student Loans Interest Rates to Double: Pres Obama Says No!

Student Loans Interest Rates to Double: Pres Obama Says No!

Student Loan interest rates are set to double on July 1st unless the Congress steps in... Sign the petition to send to your representative in Congress and then watch the video of President Obama as he visits Jimmy Fallon on Late Night to slow-jam his plea for the students...

Making Your Community a Better Place to Bike: Grassroots Bicycle Advocacy

Making Your Community a Better Place to Bike: Grassroots Bicycle Advocacy

If you’re interested in making your community a better place to bike, you can make a difference. First, make a list of the obstacles and opportunities you see. What is in the way of a safe ride for you, or anyone, where you live? What is your vision for a bicycle-friendly neighborhood or town?

Ted Turner Shares His Voluntary Initiatives

Ted Turner Shares His Voluntary Initiatives

Ted Turner has conquered the business world. Now he wants to help save the world. Watch as he shares a list of voluntary initiatives he believes would help conserve valuable natural resources and restore peace and harmony to earth. Be inspired to make a difference.

Who is Locking Up Who?

Did you hear the one about the police officers who went to arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters in Springfield, Missouri? Well turns out after they did round up the protesters but the police officers are not the ones who had the last laugh!

OWS's March To The C

OWS Marches To The C

Continuously updated during the march (Nov. 9-23) updated Nov. 22, 2:43 p.m. EasternTwo more days of marching before arriving in DC in time for the super committee meeting on the 23rd. Leaving Occupy Baltimore today and heading to Laurel, MD.

Marianne Williamson: We Are Stewards for Democracy

we are stewards for democracy
Marianne Williamson, a long-time proponent of spirituality and transformation, speaks at a Unity Church in Berkeley and sheds light on why political transformation is also part of our stewardship of the Earth. She begins with some historical info: William Penn and his Quaker tenets of "everyone is created equal", slavery, abolition...

Best Persons: Dorli Rainey

Eighty-four-year-old activist Dorli Rainey on the need to take action and spread the word of the Occupy movement and her experience getting pepper-sprayed by the police during an Occupy Seattle demonstration.

Occupy Movement Displays New Military Urbanism

Occupy Movement RaidsPolice Crackdowns on Occupy Protests from Oakland to New York herald the "New Military Urbanism" as police forces violently crack down on protests across the United States and Europe. A look at the increasing influence of military technology on domestic police forces.

Why Occupy Wall Street Needs Michael Bloomberg

In a Special Comment, Keith contextualizes Mayor Bloomberg’s actions against Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park and how they have – unintentionally – vaulted the movement from a local nuisance to a global platform for the disenfranchised.

Occupy Oakland Encampment Raided for Second Time

Occupy OaklandDemocracy Now! correspondent John Hamilton says, unlike the first police raid which used tear gas and rubber bullet projectiles, this time police have massed in large numbers: as many as 1,000 officers are on the scene.

Occupy Portland Confrontation Mostly Peaceful

A day after Portland police cleared Occupy Portland protesters from three downtown parks, Mayor Sam Adams says the overall Occupy Wall Street movement needs to refocus.

David Crosby: America About To Wake Up

David Crosby and Graham Nash At Occupy Wall StreetUpdated November 10, 2011 - David Crosby and Graham Nash, two key voices of the Woodstock generation, performed at Occupy Wall Street. They also appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss their visit to Occupy Wall Street. Comparisons were made between today's movement and those of the past.

Participating For Sense of Community

According to Bishop Gene Robinson, people are mourning that our society has become one of every man, woman, and child for themselves. Instead our discussion should be about our responsibility to each other. We need to be reconnected so my well being is dependent on your well being.

Grannys and Pappys Show Younguns How at Occupy Chicago

Seniors showed up at Occupy Chicago rally to protest cuts to safety net programs. Police issued citations to 43 of the protesters and one was said to be 100 and several in wheel chairs. About fifty members of the group Jane Addams Senior Caucus sat in the intersection

Ten economic protests that changed history

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and tea party rallies are the latest of more than 200 years of economic protest that have brought down governments and changed the course of nations.

Jesse Jackson lends support to Occupy Atlanta

The Occupy Atlanta movement got a boost Thursday from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who told protesters at a homeless shelter that their efforts are an extension of the struggle he helped lead for civil rights in America.

Bonus Army Fiasco Like Occupy Oakland

The Bonus Army consisted of 17,000 World War I veterans and their families who occupied Washington, D.C. in 1932. They requested early payment of their bonuses because of the dire straights of many due to the depression. Congress had originally promised the bonus be paid in 1945.

Becoming A Participant: Realizing Our Higher Purpose

Becoming A ParticipantAs the Hopis say: “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” The next few years represent the greatest call to humanity in the history of the Earth. This is a global Clarion Call to take positive, peaceful action and become a beacon of light for the world.

Republic: Once Was Lost, Now is Found? Occuping Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street movement needs to find an outlet. The energy that has been regrouped in this growing movement needs to find a constructive and active outlet. In Cairo, the Arab Spring movement resorted to throwing rocks at the police. What will the Occupy Wall Street movement do?

Occupy Wall Street Spreading Across The Earth

Being disappointed in the results of the 2008 election victory, the Occupy Wall Street movement is the disappointed taking matters in their own hands. Acknowledging that this protest is spreading across the earth, Naomi Klein, Dylan Ratigan, and panel discuss what is different...

Wall Street Occupiers and the Democratic Party

If Occupy Wall Street coalesces into something like a real movement, the Democratic Party may have more difficulty digesting it than the GOP has had with the Tea Party. After all, a big share of both parties’ campaign funds comes from the Street and corporate board rooms, the Koch Brothers and Dick Armey’s and Karl Rove’s SuperPACs.

Occupying Wall Street, Peacefully

October 2nd was Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. As we write this, on October 2nd, it is the "International Day of Non-Violence ". And it is also the beginning of the third week of Occupy Wall Street whose first official release states: "We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right..."

Death by Medicine

It’s official. The leading cause of death in America is not heart disease, not cancer -- but medicine itself! A new book co-authored by nutritionist Gary Null called -- appropriately enough -- Death by Medicine claims that over 700,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical treatment.

Fighting the Madness...

by Beth V. Hate and ignorance will never be solved by more hate and ignorance. Tolerance and respect need to be taught early in life and incorporated into home life, as well as part of school training. Actions speak louder than words, and if our children hear us say one thing, but we do otherwise...

Let Me Sing You A Song, And Then

In 1962, when I was seventeen, I did not feel that it was a good year. In October of 1962, the joy of my seniorhood was broken by the rumble of military machines making their way through my hometown to South Florida during the Cuban missile crisis. We were at the height of the Cold War.

Activism Begins at Home

"The way I'm an activist, if I'm an activist at all, is try to be a good person, do what I believe in, in every way. Activism can start very small -- helping our neighbor, being less materialistic, not being mass consumers. All these things are active. If I can just be a good citizen and a good example that will radiate to other people."

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