Christopher Fisher

‘Now is the time to resist’ – A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority First Published 53 Years Ago

Fifty-three years ago, the October 12, 1967 edition of the New York Review of Books published “A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority” as part of antiwar activists’ efforts to support draft resistance in opposition to the war in Vietnam. Over 20,000 people signed it, including academics, clergymen, and writers. It urged “that every free man…

Vote Trump Out – Message from Noam Chomsky to Swing State Voters

Here is the A Message to the Swing States video from Noam Chomsky and the Roots Action gang, which concluded yesterday’s Raucous Rooster PSA, The Perils of Low-Information Voters & Garbage People – A Raucous Rooster Public Service Announcement. It can also be viewed here. The embedded video failed to appear in the post email sent to subscribers. We apologize for the error, which was entirely editorial’s fault. – RR

The Perils of Low-Information Voters and Garbage People – A Raucous Rooster Public Service Announcement

Campaign 2020 – Vote Trump Out Petaluma, Sonoma County, California This message is addressed to Biden Harris voters, but may be of interest to anyone with a stake in the November 3, 2020 election. First, thank you so much for committing to vote Biden Harris! That is huge! I have never seen so many people…

Petaluma City Council Campaign 2020: First of Two Petaluma City Council Debates Online, Tuesday September 15 @ 5:30 pm

The Petaluma Community Relations Council (PCRC) is hosting the first of two debates amongst the candidates for Petaluma City Council, at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. According to a PCRC press release, this event will “focus on the General Plan, including Climate and Equity in Planning; and Housing, including Affordable Housing, Planning, and…

We Had Ho Chi Minh on a Silver Platter in 1945 – How Truman Admin Anticommunism Led the U.S. to Ignore its own Intel and Embark on the Disastrous Indochina Wars

U.S. concluded Ho Chi Minh was a Vietnamese nationalist first and foremost, who used the U.S. Declaration of Independence as a model. Ho did not yet see the Soviet Union as a willing or able ally U.S. assurances to the Philippines that it would gain its independence after the end of WW2 encouraged the Vietnamese…

75th Anniversary of the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence

“All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on the earth…

Pat Buchanan’s Speech Sounded Better in the Original German – Molly Ivins on the 1992 G.O.P. Convention

Still regularly seeking refuge from the present in the past, I found myself thinking about the roots of today’s GOP again, and a time when it seemed that Republicans were already beginning to get a little wacky and out of touch with the American people, the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas. Who better…

America Never Was America to Me – Langston Hughes Saw Trump Coming in 1936

Hughes – the Promise of America was Meaningless Unless Universal Langston Hughes saw Trump coming at least as early as 1936, with the publication of his poem, Let America Be America again. I have journalist Paul Rosenberg to thank for reminding me. As the racist, overgrown child and tv con man who currently occupies the…

In a Time of Criminal Power, Daniel Berrigan Was Branded a Peace Criminal by War Criminals – August 4, 1970 Sermon

Fifty years ago, on Sunday, August 3, 1970, the Reverend Daniel J. Berrigan stepped up to the pulpit of the United Methodist Church of Germantown, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and gave the sermon below. Berrigan, a Jesuit, pacifist, and dedicated anti-Vietnam War activist, was also a fugitive at the time as a member of the Catonsville…