Author Archives: Peter Crownfield

Trump’s New Travel Ban

The wording of the new ban is designed to slip past some of the problems that made the first ban so clearly unconstitutional. But it’s still stupid.  Just look at this recap: Note: This was published online, and I have … more

Posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Democracy, Diversity & Heritage, Immigrants' Rights |

Extending voting rights to non-citizens

Yes! Magazine reports that San Francisco recently joined the list of jurisdictions where non-citizens can vote: … San Francisco is one of the latest jurisdictions to expand voting rights to noncitizens. Others include Chicago, which grants all parents the right … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Ballot Access & Voting, Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Democracy, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning |

Standing Rock: attacks by ‘law enforcement’ are shameful

Law enforcement officers swear an oath to uphold the law, which includes the Constitution, aka ‘the Supreme Law of the Land’. Why then are they so willing to break the law by attacking people exercising their Constitutional rights? According to … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Civil Liberties, Climate, Climate, Community Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Human Rights, Indigenous People, Minority Rights, Pipelines, Policing & law enforcement, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health |

What Are Your Rights if Border Agents Want to Search Your Phone?

A recap of rights with ICE/Border Patrol agents: New York Times What Are Your Rights if Border Agents Want to Search Your Phone? by Daniel Victor 14 February 2017—Haisam Elsharkawi was about to travel from Los Angeles to Saudi Arabia last week … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Community – Empowerment, Immigrants' Rights, Minority Rights, Students' Rights, Women's Rights |

Thank you, 9th Circuit Court!

I applaud the District Court in Washington State for restraining the trump administration and all federal employees from enforcing their discriminatory and offensive travel ban. Equally important, this restraining order was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Civil Liberties, Diversity & Heritage, Immigrants' Rights, Justice System, Minority Rights, Social Justice, Students' Rights |

Resist the Trump administration’s war on truth

One thing you can do to slow down the war against science and truth is to encourage any teachers you know — all subjects, all ages — to integrate climate change into their classes. If you know parents who have … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Air, Arts & Culture, Biodiversity, Civil Liberties, Climate, Climate, Climate & Sustainability Education, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, School Food, Schools & Learning, Shale gas, Social Justice, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Unsustainable Energy, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

The war on science has begun

Trump’s teams are now taking on the various executive departments, and the “War on Science” has begun. Some departments, including USDA, have already been order not to publish scientific data — even data from publicly-funded research. The Environmental Protection Agency, … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Capitalism, Climate, Climate, Climate & Sustainability Education, Community Rights, Democracy, Democratic Education, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Justice, Food, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Health, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Top-down decision-making, Unsustainable Energy, Water & Watersheds |

ALERT: Trump administration deleting climate info

ALERT: The Trump administration has started deleting climate & clean energy info from the whitehouse.gov site — and has said it will be deleted from other government websites as well.  (This could include EPA, NASA, NOAA, and other important sources!)  I suggest … more

Posted in Alternative, Climate, Climate, Climate & Sustainability Education, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Demand Reduction, Democracy, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Justice, Fuels, Renewable Energy, Unsustainable Energy |

Education and Democracy

Education and Democracy A few thoughts on education for a democracy, by some of our greatest thinkers on education: “The proper education of the young does not consist of stuffing their heads with a mass of words, sentences, and ideas … more

Posted in Civil Liberties, Democracy, Democratic Education, Human Rights, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning, Social Justice |

Peter’s Blog: ‘Vicious police attack at Standing Rock’

Last night, with temperatures below freezing, police attacked water protectors at Standing Rock with water cannons and stun grenades. Law enforcement officers are supposed to uphold the law — not commit crimes on behalf of a pipeline company that is … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Civil Liberties, Climate, Diversity & Heritage, Human Rights, Indigenous People, Minority Rights, Policing & law enforcement, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Water & Watersheds |