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“Our outdated policies on marijuana are having devastating ripple effects on individuals and communities across the country,” said Rep.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.…

Careful drawing conclusions about Russian contacts with Trump & interference in the U.S. election, former CIA/State Dept counterterrorism official warns

The need to resist Trump and all he stands for is paramount. However, let us not forget that there are a significant number of very powerful and influential people who appear to desire a Cold War 2.0 with Russia. Some are openly calling for a coup d’etat to depose Trump. On the Feb. 17 show,…

The Responsibility of Intellectuals by Noam Chomsky – 50 Years Later

Biographer Jay Parini, writing at Salon.com, reminded us the other day that Noam Chomsky’s essay, The Responsibility of Intellectuals, was published fifty years ago this month. It remains a compelling, indispensable work in U.S. political discourse. Take a peak at Parini’s work below and continue reading for the original essay. – RR Noam Chomsky’s “Responsibility…

We Need Keith Ellison as DNC Chair – a Message from Progressive Democrats of America

Will the Democratic Party lead the resistance to Trump and stand at the forefront of the populist revolt currently brewing, or will we be forced to abandon it altogether as we build the truly democratic and sustainable communities and nation so many of us seek? On February 23 the party will choose its new leadership,…

Coal & Appalachia – 150 Years of False Promise. Maria Gunnoe Urges You to Go See Blood on the Mountain

Appalachia has been treated like the Third World of the U.S. for far too long. Since the end of the Civil War, the region has seen its natural resources extracted and sold, with all the profits shipped elsewhere. Its landscape has been radically scarred, leaving its streams polluted, its people sickened and killed, disposable to…

Constituents Force a Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) Promise to Aggressively Oppose Trump Nominees & Policies

Democratic and Republican members of Congress are getting considerable flack from constituents early in the Trump era.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island discovered recently that his constituents were none too pleased by his “yes” vote for Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump’s Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Read the Brown Daily Herald’s report on the event here.

Norman Solomon on KPFA: Time for the People to Raise Hell & Force Our Representatives to Follow

War Made Easy author, activist and media critic Norman Solomon, a West Marin resident, encouraged activists and all Americans interested in resisting President Donald Trump’s brand of neo-fascism to raise some hell and don’t bother waiting for the Democrats to lead the way, in conversation with KPFA The Sunday Show host Philip Maldari on February…

The Anti-Inauguration: Building Resistance in the Trump Era – A Free E-Book

Writes Jacobin magazine: Just a few hours after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a thousand people joined Jacobin, Verso Books, and Haymarket Books at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, for “The Anti-Inauguration,” a night of discussion on how Donald Trump came to win the election, how we can resist him, and what kind of…

The Anti-Inauguration: Building Resistance in the Trump Era, Featuring Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill and More

 

Published on Jan 26, 2017

Featuring Naomi Klein, Anand Gopal, Jeremy Scahill, Owen Jones and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

An ebook of the speeches from this event is available for free here:
https://www.versobooks.com/books/2502…

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On inauguration day, January 20, 2017, over a thousand people gathered at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC to hear Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Anand Gopal, Owen Jones and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor speak on what resistance should look like in the age of Trump and what kind of positive program we should be fighting for.

The event was sponsored by Verso Books, Haymarket Books and Jacobin Magazine.

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, “No Logo,” “The Shock Doctrine,” and most recently “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate.”

Jeremy Scahill is a founding editor of The Intercept. He is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international bestselling books “Dirty Wars” and “Blackwater.” Scahill’s 2013 film “Dirty Wars” was nominated for an Academy Award.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an assistant professor in Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies and the author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation,” an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social movement Black Lives Matter in response to police violence in the United States.

Anand Gopal was Afghanistan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor, and has reported on the Middle East for the Atlantic, among other publications. His book “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes” was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize and for the 2014 National Book Award.

Owen Jones is a London-based writer, commentator and activist. He is the author of “Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class.”

Acclaimed Farmer Eliot Coleman on The Adventure of Organic Farming – by Tuning In to Mother Nature, We Were Unstoppable

The Gerritsen family of Wood Prairie Farm shared this remarkable, must-read presentation by Eliot Coleman, author and proprietor with wife Barbara Damrosch of Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. Coleman gave this presentation at the Mid-America Organic Association Conference held in Kansas City the last week of January, 2017. – RR A partial bio of…

Congress: Invoke War Powers on Saudi-Yemen Before Military Escalation on Iran – Just Foreign Policy

Let’s prevent the folks so eager to engineer a confrontation with Iran from starting another war in the Middle East, by convincing out representatives to invoke the War Powers Act vis-a-vis the Saudi-Yemen conflict. Twelve days into the Trump Administration, it should come as no surprise at this point that the new folks in D.C.…

How progressives can still make change in the age of Trump

  by Sandra Waddock Things are not looking good for American progressives. President-elect Donald Trump is poised to put in place many regressive policies in his quest to “make America great again” that are fundamentally at odds with what are generally considered progressive values such as transparency, inclusiveness, equity, fairness and dignity for all. Examples…