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.

Normalizing fascists

December 11, 2016 10.41pm EST by John Broich, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University How to report on a fascist? How to cover the rise of a political leader who’s left a paper trail of anti-constitutionalism, racism and the encouragement…

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War – Live Stream Dec. 1 & 2

Code Pink:

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War: After 14 years of costly war based on lies, it’s time for truth and accountability. The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War will unify the global anti-war/peace movements with other justice movements by uplifting testimonies of the costs of this war—and war itself. The Tribunal will bring the lies that created the war on Iraq into public awareness, while demanding Obama act on them. It will build and inspire the anti-war movement that we will need after the inauguration of the next administration in 2017. It will be a tool that all groups can use to build, inspire, and enliven their organizations and communities. Testifiers Day One and Two.

Visit Code Pink’s Iraq Tribunal website at IraqTribunal.org

The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa – Democracy Now!

Published on Dec 11, 2013

As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cuban “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.” Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.

Welcome to the Resistance

Here’s a message from that venerable institution of the alternative press, In These Times: With Donald Trump’s election, we’re now facing four years under a president who used fear, hate and xenophobia to take power — and who’s threatening women,…

Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock

From filmmaker Lucian Read, creator of America Divided, comes this primer on the stand at Standing Rock.

Published on Nov 14, 2016.
Mni Wiconi features water protectors from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies trying to stop the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline – DAPL. Interviews in the film include Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman Dave Archambault II; Jodi Gillette, former White House advisor for Native American Affairs; Ladonna Allard, founder of Sacred Stone Camp; Winona LaDuke, founder of Honor the Earth; and Cody Hall, Red Warrior Camp spokesperson. Created by Divided Films with support from the WK Kellogg Foundation.


Read about this short film at Mother Jones.


STOP The War Supplemental Bill

STOP The War Supplemental Bill Sign the Roots Action petition. President Obama waited until after the election to ask Congress for $11.6 billion extra — outside the huge existing military budget — for wars. This massive pile of money, equivalent…

Gerry Spence: Fighting for the People

Published on Nov 11, 2016
Renowned trial lawyer Gerry Spence reflects on justice in a powerful personal retrospective.

Gerry Spence has been called the greatest trial lawyer of a generation. Decades of excellence in the courtroom give him an unparalleled vision and continued voice. In fact, the courtrooms of America serve as muse and inspiration for his books, poems, award winning photography and visual art. He continues his journey in fighting injustice through the foundation of his Trial Lawyer’s College, begun in 1994, which educated thousands of warriors dedicated to the pursuit of justice on behalf of real people.

The End of the Press’s Love Affair with Ronald Reagan – November 19, 1986 Press Conference

Ronald Reagan had saved by far his best work as an actor for the latter days of his life and the greatest role of all – President of the United States. He earned “The Great Communicator” moniker with folksy, genial anecdotes, and inspired a remarkable deference from an openly admiring press. That began to change with this press conference on November 19, 1986, as for the first time many saw Reagan struggle to answer the questions of an unusually aggressive White House press corps regarding the secret sale of weapons to Iran in exchange for the release of U.S. hostages, and openly questioned his credibility.

Courtesy of the Reagan Library, where you may also read a full transcript.

Excerpt on this press conference from On Bended Knee, The Press and the Reagan Presidency, by Mark Hertsgaard:

In a country where politics had increasingly become a contest of images rather than ideas, there was a certain bizarre inevitability about a B-grade movie star finally being elected President. Administration officials usually played down Reagan’s acting abilities, conceding at most that his personality was what made him such a good salesman. But in a not-for-attribution interview, one former White House aide made a rare admission: “He’s an actor. He’s used to being directed and produced. He stands where he is supposed to and delivers his lines, he reads beautifully, he knows how to wait for the applause line. You know how some guys are good salesmen but can’t ask the customers to give them the order? This guy is good for asking for the order, and getting it.”

If Reagan was the star, Mike Deaver was the director who knew just what it took to inspire the best possible performance from his man. Such relationships, at their best, are a product of a certain delicate chemistry between the two individuals involved, and thus are virtually impossible to replicate. After leaving the White House, Deaver noticed the difference in Reagan’s public persona, particularly during his disastrous November 19, 1986, press conference about the administration’s arms sales to Iran. “He wasn’t well prepared for that,” he remarked. “Particularly on an issue like that, the last thing you want to do is brief him or cram him full of answers, because the answers were all there. Reagan is basically a performer. What you really need to do is what a director would do, and that is set the stage and get his mind in the right position. He should have bounced into that press conference. [Instead] he walked down that hall. Somebody probably told him, ‘Now, be serious tonight.’ Absolutely wrong coaching!”