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Countable is both a website and an iOS and Android app (all free) that aims to make it quick and easy to understand which laws and issues Congress is considering. It also streamlines the process of contacting your own senators and representative, enabling you to easily tell them how you want them to vote on bills that are under consideration, and even record a video comment for them. It offers non-partisan summaries of the bills, with both pros and cons, and then allows you to follow up afterward to see how your representatives voted, which helps us keep them accountable the next time they run for re-election. Select the issues you're most interested in following and voting on, and check in on the web or via the app to vote on upcoming bills in those issue areas, and to share the issues via social media... cool video

IssueVoter is a web platform that's described as "politics for busy people," and it has a similar function as Countable, except it's just for representatives, not senators. Sign up, select the issues you care about, and get email alerts about upcoming bills, including a summary, the pros and cons of the bills, and related news. The platform then tracks your rep's votes, and informs you as to how that stacks up against your own votes, again allowing us, the constituents, to hold them accountable for their votes. A sharing function encourages users to help inform their social networks about the bills, and about the actions of their representatives as well... cool video

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Organize and act locally. It is the most effective.

Reject any funding from a group which will potentially limit your ability to speak up.

Primary Resources

Guide to Local Action Groups

The resistance, Tx.
Just south of Wurzbach Pkwy west of 281 78216

Indivisible San Antonio
Stone Oak Pkwy 78258

IndivisibleGuide_2017-01-05_v1.docx in downloads

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Action Network join with others for more impact, clout. This site helps you find others in your vicinity.

Demo of Action Network Toolset!

Our Revolution Started by Bernie.

As Bernie has said, "Campaigns end on election day, but revolutions endure." That's why he launched Our Revolution in August so we could continue doing the work of reclaiming our democracy and creating a government that works for all of us, not just those at the top. Now Our Revolution's Board of Directors has voted in favor of creating the first state affiliate here in Texas. Our Revolution/Texas will operate as a volunteer-based, grassroots political movement and will be structured around nine separate regions across the state.

Our revolution in Texas

Starting in January, we will be holding organizing meetings in all nine regions. At these meetings we will hear from local progressives about how we will build and shape our movement in Texas, and each region will choose a delegate to serve on the Statewide Organizing Committee.

Statement of Our Revolution Board of Directors

The Resistance Party Twitter.

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Read Indivisible Guide online.

The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own MoCs to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism— and they won.

The following chapters offer a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents.

two key strategic components:

A local strategy targeting individual Members of Congress (MoCs).

A defensive approach purely focused on stopping Trump from implementing an agenda built on racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.

How your MoC thinks — reelection, reelection, reelection — and how to use that to save democracy. MoCs want their constituents to think well of them and they want good, local press. They hate surprises, wasted time, and most of all, bad press that makes them look weak, unlikable, and vulnerable. You will use these interests to make them listen and act.

Identify or organize your local group. .. start organizing for action.

Four local advocacy tactics that actually work. Most of you have three MoCs — two Senators and one Representative. Whether you like it or not, they are your voices in Washington. Your job is to make sure they are, in fact, speaking for you. We’ve identified four key opportunity areas that just a handful of local constituents can use to great effect. Always record encounters on video, prepare questions ahead of time, coordinate with your group, and report back to local media:

1. Town halls. MoCs regularly hold public in-district events to show that they are listening to constituents. Make them listen to you, and report out when they '’t.

2. Non-town hall events. MoCs love cutting ribbons and kissing babies back home. '’t let them get photo-ops without questions about racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.

3. District office sit-ins/meetings. Every MoC has one or several district offices. Go there. Demand a meeting with the MoC. Report to the world if they refuse to listen.

4. Coordinated calls. Calls are a light lift but can have an impact. Organize your local group to barrage your MoCs at an opportune moment about and on a specific issue.

IAF: Industrial Areas Foundation the nation's largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations. Their experience is invaluable in developing organizations at the local level to build broad-based organizing projects, which create new capacity in a community for leadership development, citizen-led action and relationships across the lines that often divide our communities. Popular Resistance action page excellent resource

Reference Materials

US Senate [800-826-3688]

Cornyn, John - (R - TX) Class II [up for election 2021]
517 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2934

Cruz, Ted - (R - TX) Class [up for election 2019]
404 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5922

US House

Dist. 21 Smith, Lamar R 2409 RHOB 202-225-4236
on Science, Space, and Technology committee
Tx Legislature

Texas State Senate District 26--Senator José Menéndez
Capitol Office: EXT E1.712
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0126
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
District Address: 4522 Fredericksburg Road, A-3
San Antonio TX 78201
Phone: (210) 733-6604

Texas State House District 123--Representative Diego Bernal
Capitol Office: EXT E1.220
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0532
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
District Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin TX 78768

Texas State Board of Education Member
Texas State SBOE District 3--Ms. Marisa Perez
Marisa B. Perez (D)
P.O. Box 276406
San Antonio, TX 78227
(512) 422-9019

Lamar Smith
San Antonio office
the staffer in D.C in charge of healthcare issues is Scott Fergeson.
His number is 212-225-4236.

The guide talks about identifying local reporters who have written about our Member of Congress, and from what I've seen it looks like Alex Zielinski at the San Antonio Current has covered Lamar Smith quite a bit. Her Twitter handle is @alex_zee. Are there any others locally who have written about Smith who should be on our radar?


Email from DSCC 6/21/17


This week, Senate Democrats held the floor to protest Trumpcare. As Senator Schumer said:

“If Republicans won’t relent and debate their health care bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn’t expect business as usual in the Senate.”

Republicans have made clear why they are drafting this bill in secret — they're ashamed of it, and they should be. The reality is their plan would give the wealthiest a tax break while making middle class families pay more for less health care coverage.

Join the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee)

Flex your political activist muscles with these resources It's going to mean calling our senators and representatives, organizing for collective action, and learning the ways of government, and it's probably going to feel like we're swimming uphill backwards. But fortunately, a whole new crop of guides, web platforms, activist groups, and apps have surfaced, built by people who really know their stuff, all of which can be brought to bear for the sake of environmental justice, climate action, health, and civil rights.

CC BY 2.0 Drew Stephens: The Swamp


Countable is both a website and an iOS and Android app (all free) that aims to make it quick and easy to understand which laws and issues Congress is considering. It also streamlines the process of contacting your own senators and representative, enabling you to easily tell them how you want them to vote on bills that are under consideration, and even record a video comment for them. It offers non-partisan summaries of the bills, with both pros and cons, and then allows you to follow up afterward to see how your representatives voted, which helps us keep them accountable the next time they run for re-election. Select the issues you're most interested in following and voting on, and check in on the web or via the app to vote on upcoming bills in those issue areas, and to share the issues via social media... cool video


IssueVoter is a web platform that's described as "politics for busy people," and it has a similar function as Countable, except it's just for representatives, not senators. Sign up, select the issues you care about, and get email alerts about upcoming bills, including a summary, the pros and cons of the bills, and related news. The platform then tracks your rep's votes, and informs you as to how that stacks up against your own votes, again allowing us, the constituents, to hold them accountable for their votes. A sharing function encourages users to help inform their social networks about the bills, and about the actions of their representatives as well... cool video

Indivisible Guide

The Indivisible Guide, while being decidedly partisan in its approach (the subtitle is "A practical guide to resisting the Trump agenda"), is applicable no matter which party or political persuasion you lean toward. The Guide is essentially a 'best practices' for community and grassroots organizing in order to get members of Congress to listen to their constituents. It was written by former congressional staffers, based on their experiences, and released originally as a Google document, but now has its own website for reading the document online or downloading it (in both English and Spanish). The guide draws a lot on the tactics used by Tea Party activists to "beat back President Obama's agenda," and offers "a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations" who wish to replicate those successes.

10 Actions / 100 Days

Out of the wildly successful Women's March comes a new campaign, 10 Actions for a 100 Days, which seeks to build on and amplify the voices brought forth the day after the new administration took office. Driven by the website and an email notification system, the campaign aims to garner collective action every ten days on the same, or similar, issues that lead to the initial gatherings on January 21st.

100 Days of Resistance

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and currently the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at US Berkeley, offers an agenda for what he calls 100 Days of Resistance, some of which is general advice (write letters, boycott, etc.) and some of which is specific (call your senators and representatives)... good video

Indivisible Radio

Tune in to Indivisible Radio four nights a week to listen or call in about the issues, brought to you by WNYC. (Not affiliated with the Indivisible Guide.)

Indivisible Radio

"Indivisible is public radio's national show about America in a time of change. For the first 100 days of the new presidential administration, stations around the country are joining to bring you four nights a week of live, participatory conversation. Each night has its own host. Each night has its own theme. The common thread is your participation."

Time Is Already Running Out on Our Democracy, Says Expert By Kali Holloway / AlterNet February 13, 2017

We may have a year or less, and it has happened to countries like us before, says a Yale professor.

Timothy Snyder, a Yale scholar and an authority on European political history, has spent decades studying the rise of fascist movements. With the ascension of 'ald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Snyder sees echoes from history, and warns that the time to save America from autocracy is in short supply.

“I think things have tightened up very fast; we have at most a year to defend the republic, perhaps less,” Snyder stated in an interview with German outlet Süddeutsche Zeitung. “What happens in the next few weeks is very important.”

Post-Fascist Europe Tells Us Exactly How to Defend Our Democracy Have your passports ready, watch your language, and other advice from a Yale history professor.

by Timothy Snyder posted Jan 13, 2017

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are 20 lessons from the 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

1. Do not obey in advance.

Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given... Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.

2. Defend an institution.

Institutions '’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.

3. Recall professional ethics.

When the leaders of state set a negative example, professional commitments to just practice become much more important. It is hard to break a rule-of-law state without lawyers, and it is hard to have show trials without judges.

4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words.

Look out for the expansive use of “terrorism” and “extremism.” Be alive to the fatal notions of “exception” and “emergency.” Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.

5. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives.

When the terrorist attack comes, remember that all authoritarians at all times either await or plan such events in order to consolidate power. .. The sudden disaster that requires the end of the balance of power, the end of opposition parties, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. '’t fall for it.

6. Be kind to our language.

Avoid pronouncing the phrases everyone else does. Think up your own way of speaking, even if only to convey that thing you think everyone is saying. ('’t use the internet before bed. Charge your gadgets away from your bedroom. Read.)

7. Stand out. Someone has to.

It is easy, in words and deeds, to follow along. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But without that unease, there is no freedom. And the moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.

8. Believe in truth.

To aban' facts is to aban' freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.

9. Investigate.

Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you. Learn about sites that investigate foreign propaganda pushes.

10. Practice corporeal politics.

Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Make new friends and march with them.

11. Make eye contact and small talk.

This is not just polite. It is a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, break down unnecessary social barriers, and come to understand whom you should and should not trust. If we enter a culture of denunciation, you will want to know the psychological landscape of your daily life.

12. Take responsibility for the face of the world.

Notice the swastikas and the other signs of hate. Do not look away and do not get used to them. Remove them yourself and set an example for others to do so.

13. Hinder the one-party state.

The parties that took over states were once something else. They exploited a historical moment to make political life impossible for their rivals. Vote in local and state elections while you can.

14. Give regularly to good causes, if you can.

Pick a charity and set up autopay.

15. Establish a private life.

Nastier rulers will use what they know about you to push you around. Scrub your computer of malware. Remember that email is skywriting. Consider using alternative forms of the internet, or simply using it less. Have personal exchanges in person. For the same reason, resolve any legal trouble. Authoritarianism works as a blackmail state, looking for the hook on which to hang you. Try not to have too many hooks.

16. Learn from others in other countries.

Keep up your friendships abroad or make new friends abroad. The present difficulties here are an element of a general trend. And no country is going to find a solution by itself. Make sure you and your family have passports.

17. Watch out for the paramilitaries.

When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a leader, the end is nigh.

18. Be reflective if you must be armed.

If you carry a weapon in public service, God bless you and keep you. But know that evils of the past involved policemen and soldiers finding themselves, one day, doing irregular things. Be ready to say no.

19. Be as courageous as you can.

If none of us is prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die in unfreedom.

20. Be a patriot.

The incoming president is not. Set a good example of what America means for the generations to come. They will need it.

Building the Institutions for Revolt By Chris Hedges January 16, 2017 "Information Clearing House" - "Truth Dig"

Politics is a game of fear. Those who do not have the ability to make power elites afraid do not succeed. All of the movements that opened up the democratic space in America—the abolitionists, the suffragists, the labor movement, the communists, the socialists, the anarchists and the civil rights movement—developed a critical mass and militancy that forced the centers of power to respond.

The platitudes about justice, equality and democracy are just that. Only when power becomes worried about its survival does it react. Appealing to its better nature is useless. It doesn’t have one.

We once had within our capitalist democracy liberal institutions—the press, labor unions, third political parties, civic and church groups, public broadcasting, well-funded public universities and a liberal wing of the Democratic Party—that were capable of responding to outside pressure from movements.

They provided only enough reforms to save the capitalist system from widespread unrest or, with the breakdown of capitalism in the 1930s, from revolution. They never addressed white supremacy and institutional racism or the cruelty that is endemic to capitalism. But they had the ability to address and ameliorate the suffering of working men and women.

These liberal institutions—I spend 248 pages in my book “Death of the Liberal Class” explaining how this happened—collapsed under sustained assault during the past 40 years of corporate power. They exist now only in name. They are props in the democratic facade.

Liberal nonprofits, from MoveOn to the Sierra Club, are no better. They are pathetic appendages to the Democratic Party. And the Democratic Party, as the community organizer Michael Gecan said, is not a functioning political party but “a permanent mobilization.” It is propped up with corporate money and by a hyperventilating media machine.

There are, as the political philosopher Shel' Wolin reminded us, no institutions left in America that can authentically be called democratic.

But, even more ominously, the militant movements that were the real engines of democratic change have been obliterated by the multi-pronged assault of communist witch hunts and McCarthyism, along with deindustrialization, a slew of anti-labor laws and deregulation, and corporate seizure of our public and private institutions.

The corporate state ignores the suffering of the majority of Americans. It rams through policies that make the suffering worse. This is about to get turbocharged under 'ald Trump.

We will have to build movements and, most importantly, new, parallel institutions that challenge the hegemony of corporate power. It will not be easy. It will take time.

Trusting in the system, and especially the Democratic Party, to carry out reform and wrest back our democracy ensures our enslavement.

“We think the issues are, in a sense, the easy part,” said Gecan, who is the co-director of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the largest network of community-based organizations in the United States. He is also the author of “Going Public: An Organizer’s Guide to Citizen Action.”

We spend the first year, or two, or three, building that. Identifying leaders. Identifying institutions that are actually grounded in those communities. Doing training with leaders. Raising money so that the organization doesn’t run out of money right at the start.”

we begin identifying issues through a real, deliberate process of house meetings, individual meetings, soliciting to people. And not just doing a poll in the community. [We find out] what do you care about? What are you concerned about? By asking people what they are concerned about and are they willing to do something about it.”

Once the ruling ideology, in our case neoliberalism, is understood by the public as a tool for corporate and oligarchic pillage, coercion is all the state has left.

If we are to succeed we will have to make alliances with people and groups whose professed political stances are different from ours and at times unpalatable to us. We will have to shed our ideological purity... Condemning those who support Trump is political suicide. Alinsky detested such moral litmus tests. He insisted that there were “no permanent enemies, no permanent allies, only permanent interests.”

“We have to listen to people unlike ourselves,” Gecan said, observing that this will be achieved not through the internet but through face-to-face relationships. “And once we’ve built a relationship we can agitate them and be willing to be agitated by them.”

The homogenization of culture in the wake of the death of the local press and local civic, church and other groups has played a large part in our disempowerment, Gecan argues. We have lost connection with those around us. We do not fully understand the corporate structures of power that wreak havoc with our lives both nationally and in our communities. And this is by the design of the corporate state.

Gecan concedes that America’s future under a Trump presidency, and amid democratic institutions’ collapse and climate change, is bleak. But he warned against falling into despair or apathy.

The state, he said, has learned how to manipulate familiar protest rituals and render them impotent. He dismisses as meaningless political theater the kind of boutique activism in which demonstrators coordinate and even choreograph protests with the police. Activists spend a few hours, maybe a night, in jail and then assume they have credentials as dissidents. Gecan called these “fake arrests.” “Everyone looks like they’ve had an action,” he said. “They haven’t.” He called the choreographed protests sterile re-enactments of the protests of the 1960s. Genuine protest, he said, has to defy the rules. It cannot be predicable. It has to disrupt power. It has to surprise those in authority. And these kinds of protests are greeted with anger by the state. No movement will survive, he said, unless it is built on the foundation of deep community relationships. Organizers must learn to listen, even to those who do not agree with them. Only then are organization and active resistance possible.

“Three things have to be happening in great organizations: people have to be relating, people have to be learning, people have to be acting,” he said.

Can we take these people on? I know we can. But it will take different tactics. It will take some very unconventional allies that will surprise people.”

When Fear Comes Posted on Jan 8, 2017 By Chris Hedges

The more despotic a regime becomes, the more it creates a climate of fear that transforms into terror. At the same time, it invests tremendous energy and resources in censorship and propaganda to maintain the fiction of the just and free state.

Poor people of color know intimately how these twin mechanisms of fear and false hope function as effective forms of social control in the internal colonies of the United States. They have also grasped, as the rest of us soon will, the fiction of American democracy.

Those who steadfastly defy the state will, if history is any guide, be decapitated one by one. A forlorn hope that the state will ignore us if we comply will cripple many who have already been condemned. “Universal innocence,” Solzhenitsyn writes, “also gave rise to the universal failure to act. Maybe they won’t take you? Maybe it will all blow over.”

Resisting despotism is often a lonely act. It is carried out by those endowed with what the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr calls “sublime madness.” Rebels will be persecuted, imprisoned or forced to become hunted outcasts, much as Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden are now. A public example will be made of anyone who defies the state. The punishment of those singled out for attack will be used to send a warning to all who are inclined to dissent.

When I returned to the newsroom at The New York Times after being booed off a commencement stage in 2003 for denouncing the invasion of Iraq, reporters and editors lowered their heads or turned away when I was nearby. They did not want to be touched by the same career-killing contagion. They wanted to protect their status at the institution. Retreat into rabbit holes is the most common attempt at self-protection.

The right-wing cable shows were lynching me almost hourly. Soon I was given a written reprimand and public rebuke by the newspaper. I was a leper.

The machinery of the security and surveillance state, the use of special terrorism laws and the stripping of civil liberties become ubiquitous.

Demagogues, Solzhenitsyn reminds us, are stunted and shallow people. “Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty,” he writes.

“The overall life of society comes down to the fact that traitors were advanced and mediocrities triumphed, while everything that was best and most honest was trampled underfoot,” he observes.

This kind of valor--civil valor, he knew as a combat veteran, requires a moral courage that is more difficult than the physical courage encountered on the battlefield.

The coming arrests mean that a wide range of Americans will experience the violations that poor people of color have long endured. Self-interest alone should have generated sweeping protest, should have made the nation as a whole more conscious. We should have understood: Once rights become privileges that the state can revoke, they will eventually be taken away from everyone. Now those who had been spared will get a taste of what complicity in oppression means.

How do we prepare? Solzhenitsyn, after eight years in the gulag, answers this too.

"Rub your eyes and purify your heart—and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it might be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted in their memory!”

How You Can Support Standing Rock This is your pipeline battle too. Whatever you have to offer, we need it. Wherever you are, take one step deeper. Find your voice. Find your own front lines.

I am a settler on this land but have spent the past couple of years supporting indigenous battles against new oil pipelines. These are the front lines of the struggle to end the desecration of Mother Earth, the catastrophes of climate change, and the ongoing genocidal occupation of Indigenous lands that makes that all possible.

Sunrise on the Cannonball River and the Oceti Sakowin camp, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Photo by Thane Maxwell.

Across the continent, Big Oil is pushing a massive new network of oil and gas infrastructure, retooling in a desperate attempt to extract the dirtiest fuels on the planet and squeeze the last few drops of profit out of an era that clearly needs to end. Without exception, these projects threaten tribal lands, and without exception, they face bold Indigenous resistance.

A historic new chapter in this story is now unfolding on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Thousands of people from hundreds of tribes and First Nations have gathered in solidarity to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. I am one of the organizers helping to leverage resources and coordinate the campaign, and every day I hear from allies across the continent asking how to support the movement.

Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years Even as the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in Standing Rock has galvanized Native Americans across the U.S., a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Utah Republican Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz seeks to take 100,000 acres of Ute tribal lands and hand them over to oil and mining companies.

The proposed bill also seeks to remove protection from 18 million acres of land in eastern Utah and prevent President Obama from designating the Bears Ears area a national monument.

Adjoining Canyonlands National Park and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Bears Ears is an unprotected culturally significant region that contains more than 100,000 Native American archeological sites. These sacred sites are subject to continual looting and desecration. More than a dozen serious looting cases were reported between May 2014 and April 2015.

The area has been inhabited for at least 11,000 years. Many Southwestern tribes have longstanding connections to this land, including Navajo, Ute and Paiute peoples. The Navajo Nation and the White Mesa Ute Reservation border Bears Ears. Rock paintings and petroglyphs are found throughout the area.

Breaking Through Power event with Ralph Nader

Whistleblow Wall Street new site for whistleblowers

Could Veganism End World Hunger? The World Health Organization calls malnutrition "the silent emergency", and says it is a factor in at least half the 10.4 million child deaths which occur every year.

If you’re concerned about animal rights, water conservation, clean air and health then you may already be on the road to becoming vegan – so why not take five minutes and find out how veganism could end world hunger?

There is more than enough food being produced to feed everyone in the world twice over.

The problem is, our meat-based diet means that land, water, and other resources that could be used to grow food for human beings are being used to grow crops for farmed animals instead.

70% of U.S. grain production is fed to livestock.

One-third of the world's fish catch is fed directly to livestock.

In cycling our grain through livestock, we waste 90% of its protein and 96% of its calories.

An acre of cereal can produce five times more protein than an acre devoted to meat production. Legumes [beans] can produce ten times as much.

"Those who consume livestock products and fish are competing directly with those who need grain for food." (Lester Brown, president of Worldwatch)

The truth can no longer be dodged. Livestock farming gobbles up agricultural land, water and energy that could be far more efficiently devoted to growing food for people.

The cost of an 8 ounce steak will fill 45 to 50 bowls with cooked cereal grains.

Livestock now outnumber humans by almost three to one. In the last 40 years, the number of cattle has doubled and the fowl population has trebled.

The meat and dairy industry is also putting a huge strain on our water supply.. it is unsustainable.

"The American fast food diet and the meat-eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry" [Dr. Waldo Bello].

It would take just 40 million tons of food to eliminate most world hunger, yet a staggering 760 million tons of grain will be used to feed farmed animals this year.

An individual can make a huge difference. They can stop supporting the meat, fish, egg and dairy industries. They can become vegan.

In the U.S., 64% of cropland produces feed for animals, while only 2% grows fruit and vegetables.

It takes about 300 gallons of water per day to produce food for a vegan, and more than 4,000 gallons of water per day to produce food for a meat-eater.

Fact: You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year.

Veganism is about wanting something better.. for the future of our children and the world as a whole.

Veganism is about making the world we live in a better place for people and animals alike.

The Internationale, Song by Billy Bragg Released: 1990


Stand up all victims of oppression
For the tyrants fear your might
''t cling so hard to your possessions
For you have nothing if you have no rights
Let racist ignorance be ended
For respect makes the empires fall
Freedom is merely privilege extended
Unless enjoyed by one and all

So come brothers and sisters
For the struggle carries on
The internationale
Unites the world in song
So comrades come rally
For this is the time and place
The international ideal
Unites the human race

Let no one build walls to divide us
Walls of hatred nor walls of stone
Come greet the dawn and stand beside us
We'll live together or we'll die alone
In our world poisoned by exploitation
Those who have taken now they must give
And end the vanity of nations
We've but one earth on which to live

And so begins the final drama
In the streets and in the fields
We stand unbowed before their armor
We defy their guns and shields
When we fight provoked by their aggression
Let us be inspired by like and love
For though they offer us concessions
Change will not come from above

Written by Stephen William Bragg, Petrus Christianus De Geyter, Eugene Edme Pottier

Diet and Global Warming If one takes the threat of global warming seriously, the most powerful personal step you can take may well be choosing a vegetarian diet.

Two Occupys, and the New Global Language of Protest Ross Perlin ? March 30, 2015

Occupy is serving as an open-source template for dissent, a transparent and adaptable playbook for organizing global movements with diverse aims and values. By turns autonomous and hyperconnected, the template is an uncanny fit for our precarious, plugged-in life.

In Hong Kong, the Occupy template provided a name and an initial strategy. Disrupt and take over a major financial district. Build a mass movement through nonviolence, savvy self-organizing, and radical chutzpah. The parallels multiplied in practice. Both youth-driven movements centered themselves on liberated urban space and drew strength from the authorities’ mistakes, winning mainstream sympathy.

The occupiers mastered forceful, inclusive messaging on the biggest issue of the day: the tyranny of the elites—what Eli Friedman described in The Nation (comparing the two Occupys) as “the inability of anyone except the super-wealthy to have a voice in politics.” Each movement charted a viral trajectory, lasting in its most potent, concentrated form for just under an autumn. Neither “won,” but both reimagined activism in the heartlands of global capital. Both movements now struggle with disarray and disillusionment.

Assaulted with eighty-seven rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets, students and protesters dug in and were joined by an additional 30,000 Hong Kongers, enraged by the violence of the police. Two days later, now attracting widespread local and international solidarity, a reportedly even larger crowd was defiantly blocking major roads, and protesters had erected tents and established occupations in the heart of the city. Direct attacks followed, allegedly by hired goons with ties to the city’s gangs and ultimately to Beijing. A broad base of support, including local political parties, labor unions, religious leaders and other institutions, began to coalesce, though not without opposition. Umbrellas carried against the monsoon rains were soon protecting faces from police tear gas. The Umbrella Movement was born.

The Umbrella Movement represented the largest series of protests on Chinese soil since Tiananmen Square twenty-five years earlier—itself a movement inspired by and linked to the rise of Solidarity and unfolding events in the USSR and Eastern Europe.

“The hard and patient work” it would take to counter the power of Wall Street, or to bring about universal suffrage in Hong Kong, remains to be conceived, let alone accomplished.

Compared with the “color revolutions” of the previous decade, Occupy and Occupy-style protests have been animated by a more radical energy, a greater willingness to confront both Capital and the State—as well as an insistence on establishing largely autonomous physical occupations, supported by online organizing. From Tahrir to Zuccotti to Gezi to Euromaidan to Central, Occupy names a certain energy, a set of practices and strategies now nearly five years young, diversely manifesting in a range of new social movements. In Hong Kong, close to a year after launching, it is living, growing, and adapting.

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National Anthem of France (La Marseillaise, The Song of Marseille) (English subtitles)

"La Marseillaise" (English: "The [Song of] Marseille") is the national anthem of France. It was written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792 and adopted in 1795 as the nation's first anthem. The melody is an adaptation of a theme written in 1781 by Giovan Battista Viotti. It became the rallying call of the French Revolution and received its name because it was first sung on the streets by volunteers (fédérés) from Marseille upon their entry into Paris on 30 July 1792 after a young volunteer from Montpellier called François Mireur had sung it at a patriotic gathering in Marseille and the troops adopted it as the marching song of the National Guard of Marseille. A newly graduated medical doctor, Mireur later became a general under Napoléon Bonaparte and died in Egypt at 28. Only the first verse (and sometimes the fifth and sixth) and the first chorus are sung today in France. Above is the long version of the anthem.

La Marseillaise The Marseillaise was a revolutionary song, an anthem to freedom, a patriotic call to mobilize all the citizens and an exhortation to fight against tyranny and foreign invasion. The French National Convention adopted it as the Republic's anthem in 1795. It acquired its nickname after being sung in Paris by volunteers from Marseille marching on the capital. The song is the first example of the "European march" anthemic style. The anthem's evocative melody and lyrics have led to its widespread use as a song of revolution and its incorporation into many pieces of classical and popular music.

The Marseillais volunteers departing, sculpted on the Arc de Triomphe


Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L'étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

Que veut cette horde d'esclaves,
De traîtres, de rois conjurés?
Pour qui ces ignobles entraves,
Ces fers dès longtemps préparés? (bis)
Français, pour nous, ah! quel outrage
Quels transports il doit exciter!
C'est nous qu'on ose méditer
De rendre à l'antique esclavage!

Aux armes, citoyens...

Quoi! des cohortes étrangères
Feraient la loi dans nos foyers!
Quoi! Ces phalanges mercenaires
Terrasseraient nos fiers guerriers! (bis)
Grand Dieu! Par des mains enchaînées
Nos fronts sous le joug se ploieraient
De vils despotes deviendraient
Les maîtres de nos destinées!

Aux armes, citoyens...

Tremblez, tyrans et vous perfides
L'opprobre de tous les partis,
Tremblez! vos projets parricides
Vont enfin recevoir leurs prix! (bis)
Tout est soldat pour vous combattre,
S'ils tombent, nos jeunes héros,
La terre en produit de nouveaux,
Contre vous tout prêts à se battre!

Aux armes, citoyens...

Français, en guerriers magnanimes,
Portez ou retenez vos coups!
Épargnez ces tristes victimes,
À regret s'armant contre nous. (bis)
Mais ces despotes sanguinaires,
Mais ces complices de Bouillé,
Tous ces tigres qui, sans pitié,
Déchirent le sein de leur mère!

Aux armes, citoyens...

Amour sacré de la Patrie,
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs
Liberté, Liberté chérie,
Combats avec tes défenseurs! (bis)
Sous nos drapeaux que la victoire
Accoure à tes mâles accents,
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!

Aux armes, citoyens...

(Couplet des enfants)[13]
Nous entrerons dans la carrière
Quand nos aînés n'y seront plus,
Nous y trouverons leur poussière
Et la trace de leurs vertus (bis)
Bien moins jaloux de leur survivre
Que de partager leur cercueil,
Nous aurons le sublime orgueil
De les venger ou de les suivre

Aux armes, citoyens...

Arise, children of the Fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us tyranny's
Bloody banner is raised, (repeat)
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They're coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons, your women!

To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let's march, let's march!
Let an impure blood
Soak our fields!

What does this horde of slaves,
Of traitors and conspiratorial kings want?
For whom are these vile chains,
These long-prepared irons? (repeat)
Frenchmen, for us, ah! What outrage
What fury it must arouse!
It is us they dare plan
To return to the old slavery!

To arms, citizens...

What! Foreign cohorts
Would make the law in our homes!
What! These mercenary phalanxes
Would strike down our proud warriors! (repeat)
Great God! By chained hands
Our brows would yield under the yoke
Vile despots would have themselves
The masters of our destinies!

To arms, citizens...

Tremble, tyrants and you traitors
The shame of all parties,
Tremble! Your parricidal schemes
Will finally receive their reward! (repeat)
Everyone is a soldier to combat you
If they fall, our young heroes,
The earth will produce new ones,
Ready to fight against you!

To arms, citizens...

Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors,
Bear or hold back your blows!
Spare those sorry victims,
Who arm against us with regret. (repeat)
But not these bloodthirsty despots,
These accomplices of Bouillé,
All these tigers who, mercilessly,
Rip their mother's breast!

To arms, citizens...

Sacred love of the Fatherland,
Lead, support our avenging arms
Liberty, cherished Liberty,
Fight with thy defenders! (repeat)
Under our flags, may victory
Hurry to thy manly accents,
May thy expiring enemies,
See thy triumph and our glory!

To arms, citizens...

(Children's Verse)
We shall enter the (military) career
When our elders are no longer there,
There we shall find their dust
And the trace of their virtues (repeat)
Much less keen to survive them
Than to share their coffins,
We shall have the sublime pride
Of avenging or following them

To arms, citizens...

Rachel Maddow Owl on her blog


Union Pacifiste de France Elle lutte pour une France sans armée, contre toute forme de guerre, contre la production et le commerce des armes et pour une société démilitarisée. [It fights for a France without an army, against all forms of war, against the production and trade of arms and for a demilitarized society.]

Facebook page for Union Pacifiste de France

Reading is Resistance

Lady Parts Justice League recommended in Hightower Lowdown. 2017 is already the worst. The Trump/Pence administration is declaring open warfare on abortion providers, access to women’s healthcare, and Roe v. Wade. People who hate reproductive autonomy, women and fun are ramping up their crazy, violent rhetoric and ready to turn it into laws.

Sanctuary Movement recommended in Hightower Lowdown. A growing movement of immigrant and over 800 faith communities doing what Congress and the Administration refuse to do: protect and stand with immigrants facing deportation.

Islamic Research & Information Center recommended in Hightower Lowdown.

immigrant legal resource center recommended in Hightower Lowdown. work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.

National Immigration Law Center recommended in Hightower Lowdown. Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants... we believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Our Revolution: Transform the Dem. Party recommended in Hightower Lowdown. We are transforming the Democratic Party from the ground up.

Hightower Lowdown, Vol. 18, No. 4, Apr. 2017

"Why bother messing with such a vacuous political entity? Literally, because it is there. Even thought the party has long been run by insiders as a top-down operation, its old, bottom up organizational structure of precinct, city, county, district, state, and national committees is still in place, and all of its members are elected by majority vote. With a focused effort, grassroots people themselves could begin winning these slots and start democratizing the Democratic party."

Take Care of Yourself

"We love this quote from Audre Lorde: 'Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."

Maddow blog on twitter

NPA--National People's Action National People's Action (NPA) is a network of grassroots organizations with a fierce reputation for direct action from across the country that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda.

101 Tools for Tolerance "simple ideas for promoting equity and diversity" - see Hate in the News and Tolerance in the News
Act For Change "allows individuals to speak out on urgent issues of the day found on our news site such as gun violence and environmental degradation. We give you a direct link to the decision-makers who can make a difference on these issues-free of charge"
Alien Tort Claims Act "has been used for more than twenty years to sue individuals responsible for egregious human rights abuses"
Alliance for Justice judicial watchdog and action group

"Indifference is the path to death...
"The indifferent are as if they are dead already."
(Buddhist Dhammapada)

American Civil Liberties Union covers civil liberties; lots of information on issues of criminal justice, cyber-liberties, the death penalty, disability rights, drugs, free speech, AIDS, immigrant rights, gay rights, national security, police practices, prisons, privacy and technology, racial equality, religious liberty, reproductive rights, rights of the poor, student rights, voting rights, womens rights, workplace rights, and much more
Americans For Fair Taxation "National polls show that more than two thirds of Americans say they want fundamental tax reform. For nearly 100 years, we have carried the burden of an oppressive and counterproductive tax system that has punished work and achievement, savings and investment. The current tax code has been grossly manipulated to reward elite political interests; it hurts the average American"
ANARCHISM page of links
Anarchy Online revolutionary unionism and anarchism links
The Appalling Case of Bernard Baran this "free Baran" site details the hysterical accusations that got Baran jailed, and the continuing refusal to free him
Ban Cruel Farms "Animals exploited for meat, milk and eggs are increasingly subjected to inexcusable abuse on industrialized farms... genetically altered, crowded and confined in cages where they can barely move, and subjected to cruel mutilations, harsh handling, and inhumane slaughter"
Behind the Label "the labor issues and working conditions of those people who make many of the clothes sold by major retailers" (Scout Report) - quite a lot on sweatshop activism
Big Noise Films dedicated to producing beautiful political and cultural films which challenge the corporate media monopoly
Boycott News and Updates from Coop America
Center for Third World Organizing a national racial justice movement hub
Centre for Alternative Technology (European Eco-Center)
CIMAC (Comunicacion e informacion de la mujer A.C. -- en espanol -- links women and media in Mexico and Latin America)
Citizen Works "People-powered democracy, not corporate rule, is the only way to create a sustainable and just society"; founded by Ralph Nader
Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting
Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras for students this is an opportunity to do a service learning project
Committee to Protect Journalists (deals with violations of freedom worldwide)
Commodity Fetish Times a clear explanation of the Marxist theory of commodity as spectacle; also has updates on transnational corporate globalization and worker resistance
Common Cause "Common Cause ... has been an uncommonly successful lobby ... in terms of the depth and breadth of its efforts - in the Congress and state legislatures - there probably has never been a reform movement so active and with such a record of accomplishment." - Christian Science Monitor
Comm-Org papers and other resources on the history and current process of community organizing, development, planning, and related topics
Conflict Diamonds from the United Nations, this short, informative site cautions against conflict diamonds, which are defined as "diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments."
Co-op America practical steps for using your consumer and investor power for social change
Council for a Livable World "The Council for a Livable World is among the nation's preeminent arms control organizations and focuses on halting the spread of weapons of mass destruction, opposing a national missile defense system, cutting Pentagon waste and reducing excessive arms exports. The Council is also a political lobby which endorses political candidates"
The Daughters Sisters Project to educate, inspire, and empower young women
Debs Quote, Eugene
Democracy Means You satire, buttons and stickers (the stickers are particularly good)
Democracy Rising "founded by Ralph Nader as a means to educate and empower citizens" - focus is on grassroots politics
Dems--Why Not Woo the Young? quotes from article by Thomas Geoghegan
Devvy Kid's homepage home of the Wallace Institute - articles about taxation, the IRS, and constitutional issues
Digital "The charities [listed] allow you to 'ate money just by visiting their web sites, without spending any of your own money. The charities get paid from sponsors who pay a fee for each banner advertisement that is displayed. Every time you visit the site, a 'ation is automatically made to that charity"
Digital Freedom Network (human rights)
Disinformation "designed to be the search service of choice for individuals looking for information on current affairs, politics, new science and the 'hidden information,' that seldom seems to slip through the cracks of the corporate-owned media conglomerates"
Do Something NOW! activism advice, guidelines
Earth Island Institute (environmental)
Erratic Impact Philosophy Research Base. See the subject index for links to many current issues.
Food First action guide for ending world hunger and poverty
For Mother Earth
Free Lori Berenson held prisoner in Peru
Freedom Clearinghouse Our Mission is to use the Olmstead decision to free all law abiding people with disabilities from institutions to live in the community
Freedom House, a nonpartisan organization, "is working to advance the remarkable worldwide expansion of political and economic freedom
Global Advocacy Network (rights of oppressed people)
Global Water Partnership (water forum)
Green Party of Texas source for alternative news
Homeowner Taxpayer Association of San Antonio
How to Fight Corporate decision making article by Dave Henson
Human Rights Education Associates
Human Rights Net
Idealist organizations, volunteer opportunities, resources, campaigns, events, much more
Independent Media Center "collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth"
Independent Progressive Politics Network
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) monthly newspaper of the Wobblies; contains news of the world-labor struggles, and analysis of the labor movement and economy from the Wobbly perspective info on the divide in income, "the great unmentionable"
International A.N.S.W.E.R. Act Now to Stop War and End Racism -- answers to current war propaganda
International Campaign to Ban Landmines
International Peace Bureau (IPB)
International Water and Sanitation Centre
Kill 'Em With Kindness alternative thinking about our response to the crisis
Labor Notes news and information for workplace activists
Labour Activists, Cyber Resources and Links for
Love and Dissent "We cannot find money to educate our children, we cannot find money for health care for our elders, we cannot find the 1.9 billion dollars that the veterans administration needs to care for the veterans of past wars. No, there is no money for that. But we can find 80 billion dollars to fight an unnecessary war in Iraq. This is wrong"
MADRE (International Women's Right advocacy)
Marches Can Change American Politics article - "At a time when commercial media and big money dominate national politics, the act of marching on Washington is more important than ever – for individuals and the nation"
Media Reform
Meetup "a free service that organizes local gatherings about anything, anywhere"
My Vote Is My Voice "We must work together to change the Democratic Party from within so we can bring progressive change to America"
National Lawyers Guild "an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be more sacred than property interests"
Network for Good "'ate, volunteer and speak out on the issues you care about" pacifist perspective
PEACE page of links
Peace Action
PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - latest news and information
The Petition Site create or sign a petition; many causes represented, much information on issues
PROTEST NET the latest news on protests be held and being planned
Protest Records play protest songs on MP3
Reclaim the Streets (European Conveners of PGA)
Stop the NRA "The NRA wants to put AK-47s, Uzis and other illegal assault weapons back on our streets.."
Students Against Testing campaign to stop standardized testing all about sweatshops and child labor and how to combat them and make purchases without supporting them
TERRORISM page of links
Terrorism Project: CDI Center for Defense Information - "designed to provide insights, in-depth analysis and facts on the military, security and foreign policy challenges as the United States, and the world, faces terrorism"
Texas Civil Rights Project includes anti-profiling training and procedures.. police misconduct litigation - involved in numerous human rights cases in Texas
This Is What Democracy Looks Like a film which deals with gloablization and the tumultuous demontrations in Seattle against the WTO; powerful and enlightening
Toward Freedom progressive international news; opposes all forms of domination
True Majority TrueMajority was founded by Ben Cohen, Co-founder, Ben and Jerry’s. It is a grassroots education and advocacy project; Once you register, you can go to our "Take Action" section and send faxes on on the issues we all care about to members of Congress and national leaders
Urgent Action Network urgent calls for action from Amnesty International
United for a Fair Economy (UFE) raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. We support and help build social movements for greater equality
Volunteer Match find or post opportunities for volunteer work new issues several times a week to read about and vote on
Wellstone Action trains people in progressive politics; focuses on universal healthcare, economic justice issues, and ending domestic violence
Words Can Heal "a new national effort to reduce verbal violence and gossip" ...take the pledge, buy the workbook, read the newsletter, watch the video, lots more
Working For Change "resources for people with progressive values"
WTO History Project focuses on the 1999 protests in Seattle - collection of interviews with protest leaders and participants
Zapatistas (en Espanol)


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead [American cultural anthropologist (1901-1978)]

"Truth: the most deadly weapon ever discovered by humanity. Capable of destroying entire perceptual sets, cultures, and realities. Outlawed by all governments everywhere. Possession is normally punishable by death." - John Gilmore (1935- ) Author [John "Jonathan" Gilmore is an American author and gonzo journalist known for iconoclastic Hollywood memoirs, true crime literature and hard-boiled fiction.]

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little" - Edmund Burke [British statesman, parliamentary orator and political thinker (1729-1797)]

"The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis" - Edmund Burke

Margaret Mead ~ John Gilmore ~ Edmund Burke

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." -Robert F. Kennedy US Attorney General 1961-64, assassinated in Los Angeles while campaigning

"Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change." - Robert F. Kennedy

"What is the great Amercican sin? Extravagance? Vice? Graft? No; it is a kind of half-humorous, good-natured indifference, a lack of "concentrated indignation" as my English friend calls it, which allows extravagance and vice to flourish. Trace most of our ills to their source, and it is found that they exist by virtue of an easy-going, fatalistic indifference which dislikes to have its comfort disturbed....The most shameless greed, the most sickening industrial atrocities, the most appalling public scandals are exposed, but a half-cynical and wholly indifferent public passes them by with hardly a shrug of the shoulders; and they are lost in the medley of events. This is the great American sin." -Joseph Fort Newman, Atlantic Monthly, October 1922

"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government" -Thomas Jefferson

"The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government." -Thomas Jefferson

Robert F. Kenney ~ Joseph Fort Newman ~ Thomas Jefferson

"Our heads are round so thought can change direction" -Allen Ginsberg (on an Anthony Bourdain TV show)

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" -Buddha [563 BC - 483 BC]

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting." - Buddha

"As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless." -U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 - (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)

Allen Ginsberg ~ Buddha ~ Abraham Lincoln

"We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots, and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering, and shame. In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard-heartedness, all indifference, all contempt is nothing else than killing" - Hermann Hesse [German poet and novelist(1877-1962)]

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." -George Washington

"I want to live in a world where people become famous because of their work for peace and justice and care. I want the famous to be inspiring; their lives an example of what every human being has it in them to do - act from love!" - - Patch Adams [Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams (born May 28, 1945) is an American physician, comedian, social activist, clown, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1971. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns in an effort to bring humor to orphans, patients, and other people.]

Hermann Hesse ~ George Washington ~ Hunter Doherty "Patch" Adams

"Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity. But silence is impossible. Silence screams. Silence is a message, just as doing nothing is an act. Let who you are ring out & resonate in every word & every deed. Yes, become who you are. There's no sidestepping your own being or your own responsibility. What you do is who you are. You are your own comeuppance. You become your own message. You are the message. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" - Leonard Peltier [ (born September 12, 1944) is a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In 1977 he was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first degree murder in the shooting of two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.]

"A great revolution in just one single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a society and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind." - Daisaku Ikeda [a Japanese Buddhist philosopher, educator, author, and anti-nuclear activist (1928- )]

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - Samuel Adams [American statesman, political philosopher, Governor of Massachusetts, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States (1722-1803)]

Leonard Peltier ~ Daisaku Ikeda [Rt.] with Arnold Toynbee ~ Samuel Adams

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism]

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." -Leo Tolstoy [Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 – 20 November [O.S. 7 November] 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.. a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist.. had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mohandas Gandhi,[2] Martin Luther King, Jr.,[3] and James Bevel]

"The path out of darkness begins with those exasperatingly persistent individuals who are constitutionally incapable of capitulation." -Winston Churchill

George Orwell ~ Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy ~ Winston Churchill

"If we ''t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we ''t really stand for them" - Paul Wellstone

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." (Mark Twain)

"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Paul Wellstone ~ Mark Twain ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act." Albert Einstein

"Americans cannot escape a certain responsibility for what is 'e in our name around the world. In a democracy, even one as corrupted as ours, ultimate authority rests with the people. We empower the government with our votes, finance it with our taxes, bolster it with our silent acquiescence. If we are passive in the face of America's official actions overseas, we in effect endorse them." - Mark Hertzgaard [(born 1956) is an American journalist who is environmental correspondent for The Nation]

"Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you." — H. Jackson Brown, Jr. [an American author best known for his inspirational book, Life's Little Instruction Book (1940- )]

Albert Einstein ~ Mark Hertzgaard ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"The dissenter is every human being at those times of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself." - Archibald Macleish [(1892-1982) Poet, playwright, Librarian of Congress, & Assistant Secretary of State under Franklin Roosevelt - Source: 4 December 1937]

"Little drops of water wear down big stones." — Russian Proverb

"We have it in our power to begin the world over again." - Thomas Paine - American revolutionary

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela [a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa (1918-2013)]

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu [(born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid; won Nobel Peace Prize]

Archibald Macleish ~ Nelson Mandela ~ Desmond Tutu

"The United States spends over $87 billion conducting a war in Iraq while the United Nations estimates that for less than half that amount we could provide clean water, adequate diets, sanitations services and basic education to every person on the planet. And we wonder why terrorists attack us." - John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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