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,…

Global hunger rising again, driven by conflict and climate change – UN report

via the UN News Service: 15 September 2017 – The number of people hungry around the world is up for the first time in more than a decade, says a new United Nations report issued today, pointing to violent conflicts and climate change as the major drivers. “This has set off alarm bells we cannot…

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…

September 26, 1945: OSS Officer Lt. Colonel A. Peter Dewey Becomes First American to Die in Vietnam

Dewey’s last 1945 report to his superiors concluded “the French and British are finished here, and we ought to clear out of Southeast Asia” The U.S. was busy in Vietnam long before the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident led to a Congressional blank check for war. Nearly a decade prior to the defeat of the…

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…

Trump, Arpaio and Human Rights

He’d been in the office and the news headlines so long, it’s easy to forget just how reprehensible and inhumane was the man’s treatment of the detainees and inmates in his charge over the years, but former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona Joe Arpaio has now become the recipient of a presidential pardon from Donald…

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…

No U.S. Warplanes over Syria – It’s Illegal, Immoral, Unwinnable & Risks War with Russia

On August 8, 2017 a coalition of six organizations held a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to call on the U.S. to remove all military aircraft from Syrian airspace. This presentation is not to be missed for those interested in preventing a wider war in the Middle East and a…

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…

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at Jerry Knight’s River Theater, Friday August 18, with Danny Montana

I’ve never had the pleasure of hearing Ramblin’ Jack live, but with Danny Montana opening up for him tomorrow night, this suddenly became a show I could not miss. A few tickets still available. Join us! Here’s a link to a Bohemian piece on Danny and this show: Big Sky Country Danny Montana takes it…

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: Billy Bragg at the Library of Congress, 4 pm pst Friday July 21, 2017

The roots of skiffle as a musical genre and its influence on popular music is discussed in this book talk presented by singer and guitarist Billy Bragg at the Library of Congress in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. In his…

Building Community Food Security and Recognizing the Value of Food – Petaluma Bounty’s Suzi Grady, Interviewed for Delicious Revolution

“Over 90% of farmworkers here in Sonoma County are food insecure. That’s a staggering statistic that demonstrates that our food system is not working, right? The people who are pouring their sweat into it are not able to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” – Suzi Grady, Program Director, Petaluma Bounty  I was first inspired by Petaluma…

July 16, 1877: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 Begins – First Nationwide Strike in U.S. History

July 16, 1877: Firemen and brakemen for the Pennsylvania and Baltimore & Ohio Railroads refused to work, and refused to let replacements take their jobs. They managed to halt all railroad traffic at the Camden Junction just outside of Baltimore. The railroad companies had cut wages and shortened the workweek. After a second pay cut…

Barbara Lee’s Amendment to Repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force Passed by House Appropriations Committee

According to Politico, “Congress may finally be getting fed up with war on autopilot.”

While that opener may be wildly optimistic at this point, writers Bryan Bender and Jennifer Scholtes continued:

A powerful House committee voted unexpectedly Thursday to require Congress to debate and approve U.S. military action in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other far-flung countries — in a surprise victory for a longtime Democratic critic of the nearly two-decade-old war on terrorism.

The amendment from Rep. Barbara Lee of California — one of countless she has offered in recent years — is only a modest first step in getting Congress to update the authorization of military force that lawmakers adopted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But Thursday’s voice vote in the GOP-controlled Appropriations Committee is a symbolic move forward.

Even Republicans with military experience embraced Lee’s defense spending bill amendment, which would repeal the 2001 authorization. They noted that the anti-terror struggle has evolved markedly since the days when U.S. troops hunted Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan, yet Congress has never debated and authorized the fight against newer extremist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Members of the military “notice that we don’t have the courage to debate this and to give them the authority to go do this,” said Chris Stewart (R-Utah), who served in the Air Force and comes from a family of soldiers. “And I know that from my friends who are in the military right now.”

Continue reading at the source.

Progressive CA Democratic Leaders Denounce Anthony Rendon & Jerry Brown for Blocking Single-Payer

via Roots Action: CA Dem Party Progressive Caucus Officers Denounce Speaker Rendon & Gov Brown for Blocking Single-Payer by California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus on June 28, 2017 The Executive Board of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party denounces the “eleventh hour” decision of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, beholden to Governor Brown, to hold S.B. 562,…

Regulators Should Block Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods

From the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR): FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday June 16, 2017 Contact: Nick Stumo-Langer, [email protected], 612-844-1330 In response to Amazon’s announced acquisition of Whole Foods, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, made the following statement: “Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods raises significant anti-competitive issues that should be deeply…

Make Friends!

World’s Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal

Writes Carol Kuruvilla for the Huffington Post,

Religion is often viewed as a force that sows divisions between people. But the world’s most prominent religious leaders have come together to present a different vision of how faith can work in the world.

In a rare move, major religious leaders ― from Pope Francis to the Dalai Lama ― issued a joint appeal Wednesday asking people to follow a simple bit of advice: Make friends with people of other faiths.

“Our advice is to make friends to followers of all religions,” Ayatollah Sayyid Fadhel Al-Milani, one of the U.K.’s most senior Shia Muslim clerics, said in a video recording.

“Personal contact, personal friendship, then we can exchange a deeper level of experience,” the Dalai Lama said.

Continue reading at the source. Be patient – the video begins with 15 seconds of silence. For more information on the group behind the Make Friends video, visit the Elijah Interfaith Institute. – RR

David Swanson: A Report from Russia on the New Cold War

All of David Swanson’s reports from his recent trip to Russia are worth reading. You can find them all via links found in Why You Should Visit Russia. The list of differences in arms control between Russia and the USA given Swanson during a meeting with Vladimir Kozonov I found to be of particular interest,…

Wall St. Democrats vs Working Class Democrats – a Discussion with Paul Jay & Nina Turner

Paul Jay: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m at the People’s Summit in Chicago, and now joining us is the host of our new show, The Nina Turner Show, Nina Turner. Thanks for joining us. Nina Turner: Thank you Paul Jay. Paul Jay: So you launched your show; your first interview was with Senator…

Please Call Your Senators on Monday – We Can Stop the Saudi Arms Deal & Prevent the Saudi-Imposed Famine in Yemen

Here’s an urgent message from Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy: I need you to make a plan to call your Senators at 1-855-68-NO-WAR. [1-855-686-6927]. With the Senate, it’s always hard to know for sure when a vote will be. We now believe that a Senate vote on Trump’s Saudi arms deal is expected by Tuesday…

Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know

We’ve written quite recently about FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s plan to dismantle Net Neutrality principles and end the open internet as we know it, a tremendously valuable potential gift to Pai’s former employer, Verizon, and other wireless, telecom, and cable corporations. Below is a backgrounder on Net Neutrality from Free Press. Support for Net Neutrality…