Torture In Service to Empire

by Gary Olson Last August, our Nobel Peace Prize laureate, President Barack Obama, admitted that “we tortured some folks,” but then added, this is “not who we are.” At best, his statement was a half-truth. First, it’s not “some” folks … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Collaborative Efforts, Democracy, Human Rights, Militarism, The World, US Foreign Policy, War & Peace |

It’s capitalism, stupid!

by Faramarz Farbod Global capitalism is the 800-pound gorilla. The twin ecological and economic crises, militarism, the rise of the surveillance state, and a dysfunctional political system can all be traced to its normal operations. We need a transformative politics … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Banking & Financial, Biodiversity, Capitalism, Carrying Capacity, Climate, Climate, Corporations, Demand Reduction, Democracy, Economic Classes, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Globalization, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Unsustainable Energy, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Riddle: How is Capitalism Like an Elephant?

The system is broken. Everyone knows that. But do you know that no one knows what the hell the system is? We may be missing the obvious, like the proverbial elephant in the room, that we’re blanking out to, as … more

Posted in Capitalism, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Corporations, Democracy, Rethinking…, Systemic Approaches, Top-down decision-making | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Your Voting Scorecard

Voting, Elections, and You! We’ve heard enough about the winners and losers, haven’t we? What we need to know is how you rate. The measuring tool in the attachment is designed to rate your involvement in our political system. yourvotingscorecard3

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Creating a Local Climate for Community Conversation and Action

By Diane Husic The first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990) led to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 195 countries that signed this 1992 treaty, including the U.S., are obligated to … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Community – Government & Rights, Democracy, Economic Justice, Law & Legislation, People Power v. State Power, Social Justice, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches |

Climate Action, Structure, Power

By Martin Boksenbaum Two lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men” meant little to me until thinking about how to talk about what needs to be done, what we need to do, to address the climate crisis. Although certainly … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Climate, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Democracy, Environmental Justice, Quality of Life, Rethinking…, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Systemic Approaches, The Commons, Transitions |

Environmental Justice Public Participation Guidelines

The Pennsylvania DEP provides guidelines on the type of outreach that is needed for effective community engagement. The following is a plain-English version of their guidelines. Community Outreach Effective outreach requires multiple efforts, including open dialogue early in the planning … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Democracy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Justice |

PA Judge: Corporations Are Not “Persons”

A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control Pennsylvania judge holds that corporations are not “persons” under the Pennsylvania Constitution By Thomas Alan Linzey, Esq., Executive Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund March 28, 2013—To protect small … more

Posted in Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Corporate Personhood, Democracy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Justice System, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Water & Watersheds | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Waste Incineration

Note: Much of this material was originally posted as a call to action regarding the City of Allentown’s proposal to contract with Delta Thermo Energy to build a ‘Waste to energy’ plant in downtown Allentown. That proposal was approved and … more

Posted in Air, Democracy, Economy, Business, & Money, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Place & Infrastructure, Privatization, Unsustainable Energy, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

The Importance of Being Radical

I attended the memorial service of a dear friend recently, a friend who had been very active during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s. A college friend of his spoke at the service about attending protests and marches together, … more

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