We Can Do It! by Mr. Fish

Mr. Fish’s We Can Do It! image received a great deal of exposure thanks to news coverage of last weekend’s marches, appearing on Morning Joe, in the L.A. Times and elsewhere. This image is from the Respect Rally in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival.

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The Saudi War on Yemen Supported by U.S. – ‘Worst Humanitarian Crisis in 50 Years’ – was Not Newsworthy to MSNBC in 2017

Russiagate Stories = Higher Ratings = Higher Profits Busily fueling the Grand Kremlin Conspiracy to Subvert Our Peace-Loving Democracy, MSNBC spent 2017 virtually ignoring the worst humanitarian crisis in 50 Years, in Yemen. As a major media institution with a large audience, MSNBC helps to define the scope of respectable political discourse in the United…

January 15, 1968: Sisterhood is Powerful – The Jeannette Rankin Brigade Marches on the Capitol

Fifty years ago, on January 15, 1968, the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, a coalition of women’s peace groups, organized an anti-war march in Washington, D.C. that would become the largest march by women since the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913. Rankin led five thousand participants from Union Station to the steps of the Capitol Building, where they presented…

January 13, 1958: 9,000 Scientists Urge End to Nuclear Bomb Tests

On this day sixty years ago, Linus Pauling presented a petition signed by over 9,000 scientists urging an end to nuclear bomb tests. The “Scientists’ Test Ban Petition” to the United Nations called for an end to testing due to its threat to the planet and its children in particular, noting that “If testing continues…

Democracies Require the Most Sophisticated Propaganda

From Taking the Risk Out of Democracy by Alex Carey (1995). Contrary to common assumptions, propaganda plays an important role – and certainly a more covert and sophisticated role – in technologically advanced democratic societies, where the maintenance of the existing power and privileges are vulnerable to popular opinion. In contrast, under authoritarian regimes power…

Woodrow Wilson & Permanent Counterrevolution as U.S. Global Policy – Tariq Ali

Text from The Dilemmas of Lenin (2017), by Tariq Ali. Chapter 8: October, p 184. Images added. Even as Lenin was presenting the April Theses to the Petrograd Soviet, the war party in Washington was almost ready to move into Europe. Woodrow Wilson was in discussions with close advisors regarding US entry into the First World…

January 1918: Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points and Empire as a Way of Life

An excerpt from Empire as a Way of Life (1980), by historian William A. Williams on the subject of President Woodrow Wilson. His great admirers, beginning with himself, have sought to discount or even deny his understanding of the capitalist imperative to expand the marketplace, and his enjoyment in exercising police power in order to…

Spare Us Your Elegies: Who Will Advocate for West Virginia?

We’ve just begun reading Ramp Hollow, The Ordeal of Appalachia, by Steven Stoll. Read on for an excerpt courtesy of the author and publisher. West Virginia has been beaten up, used and abused by rapacious mining corporations and their public servants, at the expense of its land and people, for the entirety of its existence.…

The Russiagate Woes of the Profit-Driven Press Continue

Here are two reports – from Democracy Now! on January 2 and The Real News Network on December 11 – detailing yet another false mainstream media story that purportedly proved Russia/Trump/WikiLeaks collusion. In its zealous effort to prove the Russiagate narrative it has promoted for more than a year, much of the corporate press continues…

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…

Universalizing Resistance: To Fight Trump, Fight the System

How often do you turn on CNN, which is very anti-Trumpist, but never talks about the problems of capitalism Click here to watch this Real News Network interview at its source. Charles Derber is a professor of Sociology at Boston College and the author of over twenty books. His latest titles include Welcome to the Revolution:…

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…

The Seed Bank to Leave Sonoma County National Bank Building

After a ten-year run in the iconic Sonoma County National Bank building at the corner of Petaluma Boulevard North and Washington Street, the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed folks will soon be moving their Seed Bank retail business across the street a block away, to the Fraley building at 110 Petaluma Boulevard N. In an audacious…

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…

Senators Ask FCC to Postpone Vote and Answer Fraudulent Comment Questions re: Net Neutrality

A group of U.S. Senators has sent an urgent letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asking that he postpone the upcoming vote on ending Net Neutrality protections, after the FCC failed to address the submission of thousands of fraudulent comments supporting the end of those protections.                  …

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,…

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…