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…

What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking – Lessons The Resistance Needs to Learn

Rutgers historian Jackson Lears has published the most cogent critique yet written of the ongoing Russiagate hysteria in the January 4, 2018 edition of the London Review of Books. Difficult though it will be, we would all be well-served if our citizens among the mainstream corporate press, Congress and the general public who remain sufficiently…

You Have Cosmic Companionship, All Life is Interrelated – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 Christmas Eve Sermon on Peace

Drew Dellinger has written in the New York Times recently on Martin Luther King’s 1967 Christmas Eve Sermon on Peace, and how far ahead of his time King’s vision of the interconnectedness of the struggles for civil rights, and against war, racism, and militarism was. Dr. King was, writes Dellinger, “tying his vision of justice and…

Net Leaders Tell Congress the Effort to End Net Neutrality is an ‘Imminent Threat to the Internet’

According to World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle and a host of other internet pioneers, “The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed Order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create”, they wrote…

FCC’s Mignon Clyburn Offers Helpful Edits to Chair Ajit Pai’s Net Neutrality Proposal

Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has helpfully proposed some simple edits to Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to end Net Neutrality. Pai’s proposal is likely to be approved by the FCC on Thursday, and would be a major gift to the largest telecom providers in the country, including Pai’s former employer, Verizon, at the expense of…

Calls for a National Strike in Honduras, While Authorities Proceed with Electoral Theft

Social Movements in Honduras Call for National Strike Telesur 12/11/17 Honduran democracy on the brink  Al Jazeera 12/11/17 Honduras Election Body Says Partial Vote Recount Shows Same Result Telesur 12/10/17 Honduras opposition requests annulment of election results Deutsche Welle 12/9/17 No Democracy Here: Ousted Honduran Pres. Zelaya Says 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Led to Election Crisis…

It’s Human Rights Day – Celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its 70th Year

An important message from the United Nations on Human Rights Day. The goal – guaranteeing the universality of the human rights of all peoples – seems at first glance more remote and unlikely a possibility as ever. Yet everywhere one cares to look, assuming the willingness to seek information beyond the for-profit corporate media gatekeepers so…

Honduran Opposition, U.S. Senator Leahy Call for a Recount or New Election; Honduran Police Refuse to Crack Down

Yesterday Senator Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont made the statement below for the public record on the situation in Honduras, where the government is attempting to steal the November 26 election. Unfortunately the 2009 decision by the U.S. State Department to support what it initially admitted was a coup d’etat has led to an emboldened…

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…

The Long Roots of Anticommunism in the U.S.

Actually, “anticommunism” had a long and nasty record in American history. The same spirit was expressed decades before the Russian Revolution under a variety of labels. Campaigns and vigilantism were undertaken against those who were called “anarchists,” “aliens,” “terrorists,” and, of course, “communists.” Invariably, these were individuals active in protesting one or another of the…

War is the Health of the State – Woodrow Wilson Led a Reluctant U.S. into World War I – A People’s History of the United States

War is the Health of the State Chapter 14 of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (1980) “War is the health of the state,” the radical writer Randolph Bourne said, in the midst of the First World War. Indeed, as the nations of Europe went to war in 1914, the governments…

Autumn 1917: John Reed and Albert Rhys Williams Report on The October Revolution in Russia

Russia, Autumn 1917. Excerpted from The Dilemmas of Lenin, by Tariq Ali, Verso 2017. Two American journalists, John Reed and Albert Rhys Williams, were observing the events in Russia close-up and summarising the day to each other before sending their reports back to the United States. Reed had arrived in the country later than Williams…

Russia in October 1917 – No Mere Coup, This Was Revolution from Below

Right-wing historians often describe October as a Bolshevik ‘coup’ made possible by the ‘anarchy’ into which Russia had fallen by autumn 1917. The misunderstanding is profound. Their basic error is to view history from above, not below. What looks to them like ‘anarchy’ was, in fact, the leaching away of state authority and the rise…

Chicken Scratch: A Critical Media Reader’s Digest – How to Read the News, Propaganda Made in the USA, When Fake News is Not Fake News

Getting to the News that Matters, via journalist Antonia Juhasz, shared on Facebook: There’s been a lot of breaking news lately about a lot of critically important things. And there’s been a lot of spreading of misinformation. As a writer, I’d like to offer a few friendly reminders to help you steer your way through…

Democratic Party on Life Support – Progressives Push for Reform Now

Is there hope for the Democratic Party? I believe so. I certainly hope so, as the alternatives appear terribly insignificant at the moment. Given the prospects, it’s probably smart to prepare alternative courses of action, in the event the Democrats are beyond resuscitation. Though I left the party after Bill Clinton steered it toward the…

All Petaluma Pie Co. Proceeds on Sunday, November 5 Benefit the UndocuFund for Fire Relief

Special thanks to Lina and Angelo for supporting the UndocuFund tomorrow! All day long, your purchase at the Petaluma Pie Co. will benefit the UndocuFund. After your pie, head over to the Aces over Eights tattoo parlor and you’ll be benefiting the UndocuFund as well. For more information about the UndocuFund, visit their website. Here’s…

No Dutra Asphalt Plant – Your Letters to Water Quality Control Board Needed Now

Joan Cooper and David Keller of the Friends of Shollenberger Park have just shared this urgent call to action. Please take a moment to contact the officials below with your concerns over the possible construction of a pollution-spewing asphalt plant at the gateway to Petaluma and the North Bay. The people of Petaluma don’t want…

Gov’t Efforts to Fight Childhood Obesity ‘Inexplicable’ ‘Nutritional Nannying’ According to Trump White House

Last week the Center for Disease Control released the latest data it’s compiled on obesity among the U.S. population. The trends continue upward for both children and adults, though advocates and the food industry had hoped that a plateau of the childhood rate in recent years would begin to turn into a decline. The rates…

Love and Justice 2017 – A Benefit for the Graton Day Labor Center & the UndocuFund for Fire Relief, October 28

Please support the Graton Day Labor Center by attending the Love and Justice 2017 benefit this Saturday at Shone Farm in Forestville. You may purchase your tickets here. The Center supports some of the most vulnerable members of our community, who also happen to be an indispensable part of our labor force. Here’s one of…

Petaluma Bounty Hosting a Harvest Celebration – Sunday, October 22, 1 – 3 pm

The Petaluma Bounty farm has been busy busy busy functioning as a local food hub of late, with staff and a whole bunch of volunteers harvesting produce, collecting food donations from other farmers in the area and distributing it to those who can use it, on top of the farm’s many other activities. They seem…

What Does a Compassionate Community Approach to Crisis Recovery Look Like? Petaluma ER on KPCA

Petaluma residents Ralph Scott & Kendra Murray – both of the Petaluma Radio Players – plus PCA’s John Bertucci, Rob Tomaszewski, Dennis Murphy and a host of volunteers and producers too numerous for the disorganized likes of me to list have put together a remarkable show debuting on Petaluma’s new community radio station, KPCA, Sunday,…

Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Koch Industries Actively Working Against Meaningful Climate Change Policy

  New research from UK think tank InfluenceMap identifies the 50 companies most influential in shaping climate and energy policy around the world. Some of these (like ExxonMobil) are in opposition while others (like Apple and Unilever) are championing ambitious national-level policy to support their decarbonization plans. All, as major corporations, play a major role…

Domestic (Non-Military) Spending in Numerous Key Sectors Creates Far More Jobs Than Military Spending

Study: Military Spending Ineffective for Creating Jobs  Courtesy of The Real News Network. Watch the video here. Read the transcript below. The study by economist Heidi Garrett-Peltier finds that federal spending on domestic programs, such as healthcare, education and clean energy, creates far more American jobs than military spending Heidi Garrett-Peltier holds a Ph.D. in Economics…

The Russians Are Coming, Again

I do appreciate the irony of finding Rob Reiner, a.k.a. “Meathead” on All in the Family, the popular CBS sitcom from the 1970s, now peddling anti-Russian propaganda via the newly-formed Committee to Investigate Russia. Reiner appears determined to fuel a renewed Cold War, enlisting actor Morgan Freeman to lend voice to the fact that “we…

Bernie Sanders Gives the Military Industrial Complex a Heads-Up: The Time for Change Has Arrived

Bernie Sanders Explains What a Progressive Foreign Policy & National Security Strategy Looks Like. The Annual Westminster College Green Foundation Lecture has been the site of many a well-known foreign policy presentation, including Winston Churchill’s 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech and Mikhail Gorbachev’s 1992 lecture on the end of the Cold War. Continue below the transcript…

September 12, 2017 – Leonard Peltier’s Birthday & the 15,194th Day of His Incarceration

Among the greatest disappointments with the presidency of Barack Obama – there are so many – none are greater than the last, his failure to grant clemency to or pardon the United States’ most famous political prisoner, Leonard Peltier. Peltier turns 73 today, September 12, the 15,194th day of his incarceration. Here’s the latest message…

Petaluma on the March in Support of Its Immigrant Community

Hundreds of people from Petaluma and beyond turned out for a march and a vigil in support of its immigrant community last weekend, days after President Donald Trump announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These images come from Saturday’s We Love Our Neighbors – Petaluma Support Dreamers, Support DACA…

U.S. Nuclear Modernization Has Pentagon Dreaming of a Winnable Nuclear War with Russia

Mainstream, Corporate Media in U.S. Yet to Cover Alarming Change in Nuclear Balance U.S. policy “creates exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike” Asked in the June 2017 edition of…

Equifax Data Breach – Corporate Incompetence & Criminal Misbehavior – A TRNN Interview with Bill Black

Transcript AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Mate. The consumer credit reporting giant Equifax is in hot water after one of the largest data breaches in years. Equifax says hackers have gained access to the personal information of more than 143 million people. That’s just under half the entire U.S. population. The compromised…

How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis

Courtesy of Yes! Magazine. Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system, from saving seeds to curbing food waste. Raj Patel & Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz Sep 08, 2017 Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is…

What ExxonMobil Didn’t Say About Climate Change

Exxon Misled the Public on Climate Change, Study Says As ExxonMobil responded to news reports in 2015 that said that the company had spread doubt about the risks of climate change despite its own extensive research in the field, it urged the public to “read the documents” for themselves. Now two Harvard researchers have done just that, reviewing nearly 200…

Like Farting in a Lift: Raj Patel on the Impoliteness of Poverty, Inequality and the Need to End Food Marketing to Children

From The Inquiring Mind archives, here’s a worthy example of the work that appeared in that Buddhist journal over the course of its thirty-one year run. This is an extended excerpt of an interview with Raj Patel that was first published in their Fall 2014 edition. It has lost none of its relevance or clarity.…

Mainstream Media Misrepresents Hurricane Harvey’s Climate Change Connection

DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris for The Real News. Tropical Storm Harvey has brought catastrophic flooding and killed at least 14 people. The death toll regrettably will certainly climb, and perhaps dramatically. Most of Houston, the fourth populous city in the United States, is submerged in flood water, and tens of thousands have been…

Negotiate, Don’t Escalate on the Korean Peninsula

via the War Resisters League: Yesterday North Korea fired a ballistic missile at Hokkaido Island– the first missile of its kind to fly over Japan amidst rising global tensions. Meanwhile, US and South Korean military exercises continue while Trump renews threats of escalation, fueling an all too costly arms race. As the international community calls for diplomatic…

Organic Farmer Albert Straus & Crew Fight Climate Change and Promote Sustainable Practices

First Full-Scale Electric Truck—Powered By Cow Manure from Straus Family Creamery on Vimeo. Special thanks to Albert Straus and crew for a lifetime of organic and sustainable agriculture innovation. Now they’ve created a marvelous new use for cow poop – powering a brand-new feed truck. Thanks also to Haven B Media and Shereen Mahnami for the…

Grant Funding Available to Reduce Dairy Methane Emissions – CalCAN

Reposting this important piece by Jeanne Merrill, of the California Climate and Action Network. Read at the source. Please share with any dairy and other livestock producers who might benefit from this program. – RR New Climate Change Program Launches   This week, California launched an innovative new program aimed at lessening the climate change impact…

Full Remarks of Heather Heyer’s Mother at Her Memorial: Make It Count

Transcript below and video above courtesy of Democracy Now! SUSAN BRO: My child’s famous Facebook post was: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” She paid attention. She made a lot of us pay attention. Oh, my gosh, dinner with her, we knew, was going to be an ordeal of listening. And conversation. And perhaps disagreement,…

Petaluma Vigil: Love is Stronger than the KKK (and Nazis) – Saturday, August 19

Vigil: Love is Stronger than the KKK (and Nazis) When:  Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm Where: EAST side of Petaluma at the corner of North McDowell and East Washington We gather to resist Trump and our nation’s creep toward fascism. We gather in honor of peaceful protestor Heather Heyer, and all who have been murdered, raped…