About Rise Up Times


News, information, stories, commentary, videos and perceptive views on current events, actions, and media issues and links to calendars of Twin City Peace and Justice events.

Rise Up Times Welcomes You!

Sue Ann Martinson, Editor

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Media for the People!

Thank you for reading and sharing Rise Up Times. With a mainstream corporate media that is beholden to powerful financial and political interests that do not have the people at heart, we need to share and discuss information and issues more than ever.

The politics of truth is in the interaction. Factual truth is the bedrock of a free politics. Difference of interpretation and opinion is its process.
—Jeffrey C. Goldfarb, The New School for Social Research

Rise Up Times welcomes dialog and discussion, “difference of interpretation and opinion,” within the editorial guidelines in articles posted and in comments made on posts, but personal attacks and hate speech will be removed.

“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”    ― Howard Zinn


Truth is not fake news.  Justice is not fake news.

The primary focuses of Rise Up Times continue to be the media, antimilitary/propeace, and civil liberties. At the same time, Rise Up Times is somewhat eclectic, covering national politics, eco-concerns, and Minnesota issues. Articles from readers who send emails with significant commentary to post, as well as Coleen Rowley’s posts and comments on the Rise Up Times Facebook page, make Rise Up Times a community of contributors.

Rise Up Times is concerned about the rise of totalitarianism and fascism and suppression of democracy, particularly in the United States but also across the globe. Free discussion is necessary to any government truly by the people.

Resistance is no longer an option, it is now a matter of life or death. The lights are going out on democracy across the globe and the time to wake up from this nightmare is now.    —Henry A. Giroux

Rise Up Times posts articles about a variety of issues:

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” —Audre Lorde

Carl Sandburg knew:

The people yes. The people will live on. …
In the darkness with a great bundle of grief the people march.
In the night, and overhead a shovel of stars for keeps, the people
“Where to? what next?”
—Carl Sandburg

Your support is essential and appreciated. Rise Up Times needs your assistance to continue to bring you up-to-date news and commentary about issues crucial to the survival of government by the people and the planet. You make People Supported News possible.

To mail a check, please make it payable to Sue Ann Martinson/RiseUpTimes and send to 2900 11th Ave. So., Unit Box 209, Minneapolis MN  55407

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Sue Ann Martinson, Editor
Rise Up Times

P.S. Your continued support does make a difference, as does every phone call you make, every email you send, every protest you attend, ever​y action you take for peace and justice.

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  • Print copies of articles or visuals in Rise Up Times and leave them in your favorite bookstore, coffee shop, etc

Thank you for your help and support.

​Why Rise Up Times? The name Rise Up Times was chosen because these are the times to Rise Up and be heard. “Times” refers not only to the Times we live in but, as you know, is also a common name for newspapers and other media. We continue to Rise Up!

Sue Ann Martinson, Editor



  1. Hello Ms. Martinson,

    Let us extend an offer to you and/or your readers to participate in an interview by answering the (4) questions posed to Alfred recently in post: “An Interview Of Alfred Gluecksmann” at The Oneness of Humanity. Future posts will carry the same title: “An Interview Of (Your name here)”.
    Question 1…) What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging on the worldwide web – on the internet?
    Question 2…) How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality? What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective?
    Question 3…) What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading/considering your writings?
    Question 4…and final) Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?
    If you (or anyone who passes this way – this proposal is open to all) would like to share your (their) thoughts take as many words and as much time as necessary to accurately convey your responses, then – when completely satisfied – email them (please refrain from email formatting as it makes it more difficult to copy/paste/edit into a WordPress post) to jerryalatalo (at) hotmail.com., whereupon I will publish each individual’s response as a stand-alone post – with the ultimate goal of inclusion/compiling in a book.

    The potential book’s title has yet to become decided upon. There are no rules besides the obvious (no profanity, etc.), no word-count limits (1,000/10,000 words might suffice as a suggested lower/upper limit) or time deadlines (hoping for pre-Christmas 2017 self-publish date – Kindle, Smashwords (eBook), Amazon (softcover/paperback) … ), but only honest observations.

    Thank you and best regards,
    Jerry Alatalo

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  2. Gini Coover · · Reply

    I am working with an organization that encourages people to get involved politically. We have identified 3 fundamental causes of the many serious problems in our country: Corporate control of (1) politicians and judges, (2) the banking system, AND (3) the MEDIA. We are encouraging people to provide concrete suggestions for change to elected politicians and people running for public office.
    What concrete suggestions do you recommend for actions that elected officials in Federal and State offices can do to make media more accessible to citizens for public policy discussions, politicians running for public office, and reporting of national, local, and international issues of interest to local people.

    Please send information to me at my email address below.



    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lee Anderson · · Reply

    https://youtopia.guru/027-dare-to-debate/ I believe the strategy for defeating the oligarchs is here. Be sure to click the link to part 2

    Liked by 1 person

  4. David Eberhardt was a member of the Baltimore Four with Father Philip Berrigan, Tom Lewis and Rev. James Mengel. The group poured blood on draft files on October 27, 1967. They would be convicted and sentenced to prison. Dave has written a book “For All the Saints- a Protest Primer”- documenting the Baltimore Four action and many others up to and including the most recent Plowshares action – Kings Bay Plowshares 7. Phil Berrigan’s wife, Elizabeth McAlister, is a member of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.

    Dave just printed the 5th edition of the book which is available for $25 by sending him a check: Dave Eberhardt, 4 Hadley Square North, Baltimore, MD 21218. You can contact him at mozela9@comcast.net. He prefers that you DO NOT order the book from Amazon.

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