Support Sustainable Ag Solutions to Climate Change – Call Your State Senator and Assemblymember Today

Here’s an important message from CalCAN, the California Climate and Agriculture Network. Please make an investment in California’s climate change-mitigating ag programs with a phone call to your state representatives. – RR Please call your state Senator and Assemblymember: Support sustainable agricultural solutions to climate change Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators are debating the…

How Woodrow Wilson’s propaganda machine changed American journalism

April 27, 2017 9.51pm EDT Christopher B. Daly Professor of Journalism, Boston University When the United States declared war on Germany 100 years ago, the impact on the news business was swift and dramatic. In its crusade to “make the world safe for democracy,” the Wilson administration took immediate steps at home to curtail one…

Number One or Number Two

Mr. Fish is not inclined to cut Hillary Clinton any slack, as last week she simultaneously took “absolute personal responsibility” for her loss at the ballot box to Donald J. Trump, followed moments later by her blaming both FBI Director James “Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks.”

Petaluma Needs Affordable Housing & Public Open Spaces, Not Davidon’s Luxury Development

The official public comment period for the Davidon project DEIR has now passed, but you may certainly still contact your Petaluma City Council members to provide them with your thoughts on this project. Visit Petalumans for Responsible Planning for more information. This item will be on the agenda of the June 19, 2017 Petaluma City…

Historian Peter Linebaugh on “The Incomplete, True, Authentic & Wonderful History of May Day” – Democracy Now!

Happy May Day, folks. Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! discussion of the history of May Day with historian Peter Linebaugh begins around the 29 min. mark of this video. Enjoy! Transcript of this April 29, 2016 show. That’s right, Sunday is May Day, or International Workers’ Day. Organizers and activists across the United States are planning…

Petaluma Federation of Teachers’ May Day Rally in Walnut Park, 3 pm

The resistance continues as labor and immigrant groups across the country organize rallies and marches in celebration of May Day, the International Workers Day. They’re marching right now in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Oakland and other communities across the Bay Area. Here in Petaluma, teachers will be standing for fair and just working conditions for…

Bolivian UN Rep Sacha Llorenti Blasts U.S. for Attacking Syria, Educates Nikki Haley on Iraq, UN & U.S. History

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley – president of the UN Security Council for the month of April – denied Bolivia’s urgent, early morning request for a closed session of the UNSC on Friday, April 7, and did so in a spectacularly public fashion, tweeting her reply:   pic.twitter.com/Tbch23H79T — Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) April…

Time to Cut the Military Budget – Congressman John Conyers


This week, longtime civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis and more than 50 Members of Congress joined me to introduce my new resolution, H.Res. 246, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the April 4, 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” sermon given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Riverside Church in Harlem, New York.

In the sermon, Dr. King declared his opposition to the U.S. war in Vietnam. He also gave an important warning to our nation, one that still rings true today. Dr. King said: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Since I recorded this message, President Trump unilaterally decided, without approval from Congress or the United Nations, to bomb a sovereign nation. Those 59 Tomahawk missiles alone cost taxpayers more than $50 million. I will continue do to everything in my power to stop Trump from wasting our tax money bombing people abroad, when we have so much important nation-building to do right here at home. There is no question that the United States must do more to relieve the suffering of the civilians trapped in Syria’s civil war. If President Trump wants to help the Syrian people, he should start by welcoming those seeking refuge from this terrible civil war.

Trump, TV & Tomahawks: Corporate Media Become State Media as the Cruise Missiles Fly

In times of war, U.S. corporate media often find themselves tripping over their own feet in their rush to show how patriotic they can be. Sadly, this remains true in the Trump era, as much of the corporate press has rushed to breathlessly embrace the awesome spectacle and firepower of the U.S. military in action,…

More Open Space for Petaluma or 63 Luxury Mansions at the Scott Ranch Property? Aqus Meeting 5:15 pm Today

The rolling hills of the Scott Ranch property at Windsor Drive and D Street could soon be home to dozens of mansions valued in the millions of dollars, if luxury home builder Davidon has its way. Petalumans for Responsible Planning would like to remind us that the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed…

Basin Street’s Riverfront Courtyard by Marriott – Ugly, 1960s Soviet – Style Edifice to Dominate View of Petaluma from 101

The Courtyard by Marriott hotel coming to Petaluma as part of Basin St. Properties’ Riverfront project, is back on the Petaluma Planning Commission’s agenda for its upcoming March 28 meeting. Their current proposal for the hotel’s architecture is remarkably unattractive, and has been (accurately, in our view) described as befitting a 1960s Soviet style edifice.…

Huge Interest in Single Payer at Jared Huffman’s Petaluma Town Hall on Health Care

The one single subject which repeatedly caused the crowd to break into spontaneous applause – and a standing ovation – at Jared Huffman’s Town Hall meeting on healthcare, Monday, March 6, 2017, was single payer healthcare. There seems to be no doubt that the more information people find out about single payer, be it Medicare for…

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

“Our outdated policies on marijuana are having devastating ripple effects on individuals and communities across the country,” said Rep. Gabbard. “They have turned everyday Americans into criminals, torn apart families and wasted huge amounts of taxpayer dollars to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate people for non-violent marijuana charges. Differences in state and federal law have also…

March 22 Meeting of It Won’t Happen Here – the Sonoma County Resistance to the Trump Agenda

The folks behind the civil and human rights resolution recently passed by the Petaluma City Council have posted an update and notice of an upcoming meeting on March 22 at the Peace and Justice Center in Santa Rosa. There’s no guaranteeing it won’t happen here without you. Read on – RR.   MAR 8, 2017 — …

NYT Mocks Putin’s Russia for Ignoring Its History, Neglecting to Mention U.S. Efforts to Strangle Bolshevik State At Birth

Long a servant to the grand cause of U.S. imperialism, it should come as no surprise that the New York Times would make light of the lack of celebration in Russia of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, generally agreed to have begun one hundred years ago on March 12, 1917. The NYT’s bit…

A Russo Reader for the Skeptics of Corporate Media and the Intelligence Community

This post has been repeatedly updated since its original publication as more information related to Trump, Russia and the media accumulates. – RR While I sometimes appreciate the work of Rachel Maddow and her colleagues at MSNBC, I’m more than a little uncomfortable with their current, breathless promotion of a borderline hysterical anti-Russia meme. On…

Richard D. Wolff- Bankruptcy Protection, Debt Jubilee, Student Debt and the Credit System

Published on Mar 10, 2017 by acTVism Munich. We are a cooperative, non-profit and independent media organization that relies only on you to continue. Donate today: https://www.betterplace.org/en/projec… In this interview with Professor of Economics Emeritus (University of Massachusetts), Marxist economist and founder of Democracy at Work, Richard D. Wolff, we talk to him about bankruptcy…

The Project Censored lecture series at Aqus Cafe continues with author Linda Sartor, Tuesday March 14

Hosted by Professor Mickey Huff of Project Censored and Diablo Valley College, the next event in this continuing series features Linda Sartor, author of Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman’s Journey Confronting the War on Terror. Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 – 8 pm at Aqus Cafe,189 H St Petaluma. From Project Censored: It’s Women’s History Month…

WikiLeaks Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed casts fresh doubt upon Russian ‘hacking’

Here at our little Petaluma chicken shack we are particularly intrigued by the documents in the WikiLeaks CIA dump that detail the agency’s “UMBRAGE” program, which allows company hackers to cover their tracks, leaving behind the fingerprints of other malware distributors, be they Chinese or Russian or others. The ability to leave another hacker’s fingerprints…

The Deep State & Media Demonization of Russia Can Only End Badly

Devil’s Chessboard author David Talbot via Facebook: March 1, 2017 The plot thickens. The day after Trump’s “triumphant” kinder-gentler Caligula speech before Congress, the deep state moves aggressively against him. Lyin’ Jeff Sessions’ days as Attorney General are numbered after the security agencies leaked his meetings with Russian reps to the Washington Post — and…

Remember 3.11.11 – 6th Anniversary of the Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FUKUSHIMA RESPONSE Media Contact: Linda Speel 707-765-0196 Remember 3.11.11 – the 6th Anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster A Day of Remembrance in Solidarity & Sympathy for Japan (Petaluma 2/21/17)  Sonoma County residents are invited to a FREE public event on Saturday, March 11, 2017, to commemorate the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster…

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

See All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone at the Jewish Film Institute’s Winterfest, March 5, 11:45 a.m. at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Rick Goldsmith, Rose Aguilar, Norman Solomon and David Talbot. See below for bios, visit AllGovernmentsLie.com for more information,…

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Call for Meeting w/ ICE Director & Are Then Excluded from the Meeting by Speaker Ryan & Rep. Goodlatte

Statement from Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) “Speaker Ryan is not an emperor and does not control who I meet with.” Feb. 16, 2017 Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to being excluded from a meeting in the U.S. Capitol with Acting Director Thomas Homan of ICE.…

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces the Stop Arming Terrorists Act

Just in case you missed this very interesting development in December. December 8, 2016 Press Release Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act today. The legislation would prohibit the U.S. government from using American taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to groups like the Levant Front, Fursan…

Turning Texas Blue – Could Community Organizers in the Lone Star State Show the Democrats the Way?

According to Texas Organizing Project cofounder Ginny Goldman, “There’s this misunderstanding that people don’t care, that people are apathetic,” reports Andrew Cockburn in the March 2017 edition of Harper’s magazine. “It’s so not true. People are mad and they want to do something about it. People want fighters that will deliver real change for them.…