Is There Hope for the Future?

by Alex Fischer Conducting one’s life to end exploitation and injustice is moral and dignified. The twin threats of nuclear war and climate change forecast a bleak future. While we cannot know whether or not people and their societies can … more

Posted in Democracy, Economy, Business, & Money, Political Economy, System Change/Revolution, Voices of the Valley |

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 |

Social Research Social Justice: The Wide Variety of Presentations in 2016

By Molly Majewicz The Social Research Social Justice Annual Conference, held this year on April 8th, began in 2003 at Muhlenberg College in a collaborative effort between the faculty and students. The goal, as Muhlenberg’s website states, is to “create … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Asia, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Democracy, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Human Rights, Media & Communication |

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, Voices of the Valley, 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, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, 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 | 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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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 |

It’s Symbiosis, Stupid

by Tom Church & Sheila Gallagher We, the people, get it. Why not our “Leaders”? We are just back from the February DC rally—Forward on Climate—attended with 40,000+ of our friends and neighbors. Marching past the White House. Past the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Democracy, Political Economy, Resilience, Voices of the Valley |

Sustainability and the Rights of Future Generations

by Leah Boecker “Unsustainable actions have affected the ecological processes and functions that keep our planet stable… violating the human rights of younger and future generations by taking away their opportunity to live in a healthy, stable living environment.” Human … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Ballot Access & Voting, Building Community, Community Rights, Democracy, Diversity & Heritage, Education for Sustainability, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Human Rights, Precautionary Principle, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Voices of the Valley |