Alex Pietrowski – When your beliefs are challenged, fear and anxiety are created.
Lance Schuttler – Since the Occupy Wall Street protests in late 2011, the world has seen continued cries for justice, peace and equality.
Laura Gottesdiener, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times Occupy Homes MN supporters march down Portland Avenue to reclaim a vacant foreclosed house in Minneapolis. Photo credit: MrBrownPhoto.com via Occupy Homes MN. “We are about to take this house over, okay?” shouted Reneka Wheeler, speaking slowly and emphasizing each word as she stood in front of a […]
Laura Gottesdiener, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times I’m not sure when I realized that we were in the middle of a full-blown disaster. Maybe it was when I saw the outline of a National Guard soldier hanging off the side of a hummer on a blackened strip of Rockaway Boulevard. Perhaps it was when I […]
Peter Rugh, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times Occupy Nukes demonstrations were held in towns and cities across the United States on Monday, marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Approximately 140,000 civilians were killed by the bomb, code-named Little Boy, while hundreds of thousands died later of cancer, and thousands more […]
Waking Times If the Bilderberg Group is the geopolitical tentacle of the New World Order, Bohemian Grove is slippery underbelly of occultism that is the ultimate expression of the misanthropy inherent at the highest levels of global elitist thought. Similar to Bilderberg, Bohemian Grove was flatly denounced as tin-foil hat conspiracy nonsense until the alternative […]
Cynthia Boaz, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times One of the consequences of the Occupy movement’s emergence onto the scene over the last nine months is the escalating disagreement about the role of various strands of nonviolence and nonviolent action in the struggle. In the process, misconceptions about nonviolent strategy are being unfortunately perpetuated by earnest […]
“We have to reclaim our voices, we have to demand to be heard,” she says. “The energy and the outrage and the righteousness of the Occupy movement [needs] to latch on to the war problem — for us to understand the connection and talk about it.” Bolger urges people to find “the motivation to step outside their comfort zone a little bit.”
“For ten years people in Albany have tried to turn the Gill Tract into an urban farm and more open space for the community,” explains Jackie Hermes-Fletcher, an Albany resident and public school teacher for 38 years. “The people in the Bay Area deserve to use this treasure of land for an urban farm to help secure the future of our children.”
What options are available for redress? Inevitably, the answer given is politics: run a candidate, vote in elections, pass legislation and win incremental reforms that shift the system in favor of the common person. Yet we have seen scores of politicians come and go with no satisfactory change in how this system operates. Almost invariably, these candidates turn into our enemies and, in the rare instance where a potential ally takes the field, they are dismissed as unserious and silly.
The Century Aluminum factory in Ravenswood, W.Va., had seen struggles before. In 1990, 1,700 union workers at what was then called Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation were locked out in an effort to drastically cut wages. When the plant closed in 2009, laying off 651 workers, Century Aluminum promised workers that their health benefits would continue.