Sociopolitical Movements

Sonoma County Chicken Farmer Joe Rapoport on the War & Revolution That Led Him to Petaluma

This is another post in the Raucous Rooster’s series on war and revolution in the early 20th century, and how the extremely consequential events of 1914 – 1918 helped shape the world we live in today. The excerpt below is from Kenneth Kann’s oral history of the life of labor organizer and radical Sonoma County…

Urgently Needed Poor People’s Campaign Returns Today – A National Call for Moral Revival

The Poor People’s Campaign first announced on December 4, 1967 by Martin Luther King, Jr., resumes today, exactly fifty years later, with an event at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Watch the official launch video below. Visit The Poor People’s Campaign website for more information and to join the movement. It’s time to tackle…

Wendell Berry and Eric Schlosser: Protect What’s Worth Keeping & Develop Strategies Built Upon Love

This conversation between novelist, poet & farmer Wendell Berry (The Unsettling of America) and author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) is worth viewing in its entirety.

Our focus, notes Berry, must be on far more than fear, guilt and anger over climate change. We must develop strategies built on love.

“We need a broad-fronted economic movement to protect everything that’s worth protecting, to stop damage to everything that’s worth keeping,” said Berry.

“We’ve been talked out of love, mercy, kindness. We’ve got to take those things back.”

Instead of using fear and guilt as motivators, “We all need to find things we love to do, and do them.”

Published on Dec 15, 2016

Author, poet, writer and farmer Wendell Berry, in a public conversation with journalist Eric Schlosser, discusses his influences as a writer, his influences as a spiritual person, his connection to Kentucky, the land and more. He begins the conversation with Schlosser by talking about a term he’s coined—industrial fundamentalism—and continues to talk about the agrarian way of life and how to proceed in this new political era.

The light from Standing Rock: beautiful struggle shows the power of protest – Rebecca Solnit

Tuesday December 6 No one saw it coming. But on a Sunday, word came that the US Army Corps of Engineers was withdrawing permission to build the Dakota Access pipeline under the Missouri river, just above the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. What do you do with a victory? Many on social media cautioned that this…

Black Panther Party Leader Fred Hampton Assassinated by Chicago PD & Nixon Admin 47 Years Ago Today

Forty seven years ago, on December 4, 1969, Black Panther party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were assassinated by Chicago Police officers with cooperation from the FBI. Hampton was 21 years old at the time. Hampton had founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party at the age of 20. He led in…