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…

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.”

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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

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…

All Farmers Should Be Able to Grow Hemp – Celebrate Hemp History Week, June 5 – 11

The 8th annual Hemp History Week campaign video “Breaking Ground” shares the story of Alex White Plume, Oglala Lakota hemp farmer and activist, whose hemp crop was unlawfully raided and destroyed by the DEA in 2000. Since then, he has been fighting for the right to grow hemp on tribal lands, which have been left out of current federal hemp farming legislation. Learn more about Hemp History Week, June 5-11, 2017, and sign up for updates at www.hemphistoryweek.com. This video was directed by Lauren Stansbury and produced by Movement Media and Bell Visuals for the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) © 2016

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…