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▶ Please join us at the Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, Sept. 19-21!

Please join us at the Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, Sept. 19-21. Come to NYC or bring Convergence to your community by holding a solidarity event wherever you are. Subscribe or “Follow” us on Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and […]

▶ DN!: NSA Creates Google-Like Search Engine to Help Other Agencies Access Collected Phone, Email Records

“The search tool, known as ICReach, contains information on both foreigners and millions of U.S. citizens who have not been accused of wrongdoing. It is designed to share more than 850 billion records — that is more than twice the number of stars in the Milky Way.”

The Intercept: The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

The Brennan Center’s Goitein said it appeared that with ICREACH, the government “drove a truck” through loopholes that allowed it to circumvent restrictions on retaining data about Americans. This raises a variety of legal and constitutional issues, according to Goitein, particularly if the data can be easily searched on a large scale by agencies like the FBI and DEA for their domestic investigations.

Glen Ford: Ferguson and the War on Black America

“Clearly, the U.S. is at war with Black America.” Glen Ford  By Glen Ford   The Progressive   August 21, 2014 The corporate media, reflecting their owners’ anxiety at the failure of Black people to revert to a state of passivity in Ferguson, Missouri, have arrived at a general consensus on two counts: the need to “demilitarize” […]

[Video] Thom Hartmann> Obama: The Era of Bush is Over!

 thomhartmann Published on May 23, 2013 Thom Hartmann comments on President Obama’s speech in which he calls for an end to the policies set in place by President George W. Bush in dealing with terrorism. Subscribe or “Follow” us on For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top […]

Is American Nonviolence Possible?

The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence. — Martin Luther King Jr. Todd May, New York (NY) Times April 21, 2013 | We are steeped in violence. This past week was of course a searing reminder: Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon and the ensuing manhunt that ended on […]

Ending Moral Exclusions

Posted by David Culver Tom Niemisto, Minnesota 2020 Conservative policy justifies disinvesting in public services and health care by using a moral exclusion argument—i.e. people who depend on these services must be deserving in some moral way to qualify for them. Minnesota native Marisa Egerstrom, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at Harvard University in early […]

Why Won’t They Listen?

‘The Righteous Mind’ ~ Jonathan Haidt A psychologist argues that people base decisions on moral intuition, not reason George Monbiot | Right’s Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left Reviewed by William Saletan, New York (NY) Times Submitted by David Culver You’re smart. You’re liberal. You’re well informed. You think conservatives are narrow-minded. You can’t understand […]

The Defining Issue: Not Government’s Size, But Who It’s For

In a recent Pew Foundation poll, 77 percent of respondents said too much power is in the hands of a few rich people and corporations. Do Regulations Really Kill Jobs Overall? Robert Reich, Huffington Post The defining political issue of 2012 won’t be the government’s size. It will be who government is for. Americans have […]

Poster> I always wondered . . .

Why You Shouldn’t Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. Bill Browning, Bilerico Project Submitted by David Culver Here are some highlights from the Salvation Army’s (an evangelical Christian charity)  recent anti-gay political lobbying, a handy video with more information, and a list of charities who don’t discriminate against their clients and […]

The Crocodile and the Elephant: A Fable by Polly Mann

The Crocodile and the Elephant By Polly Mann In a stream close to shore a crocodile grunts to an elephant standing nearby, “A scrap of goat lies near your feet.” “Not a lot, but it hits the spot.” The elephant replies, in a tone quite snide “ Thanks, friend, but no to meat. Grasses and […]

A Day! Help! Help! Another Day! (or how did Emily Dickinson celebrate Flag Day)

How did Emily Dickinson celebrate Flag Day? She didn’t, because it wasn’t observed until 1893, but in 1877, on the centennial of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes, the flag flew over every government building. Emily also mentions flags in several poems, including this very unusual one: WAMMToday note:  The poem seems fairly standard […]

It’s time: A reflection on war, family and action

It’s time: A reflection on war, family and action The story of Lisa Gray and Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt BY LISA GRAY April 04, 2011            Twin City Daily Planet Reposted with permission from the author. The headline in The Washington Post from March 2nd, 2011 read,“Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost his […]

VICTORY! Court Says Plaintiffs Can Challenge Bush Wiretapping Law

From: ACLU Communications Sent: Monday, March 21, 2011 12:46 PM To: ACLU National Staff Subject: VICTORY! ACLU Challenge to Bush Wiretapping Law Reinstated  VICTORY! Court Says Plaintiffs Can Challenge Bush Wiretapping Law In a huge victory for privacy and the rule of law, a federal appeals court today reinstated our landmark lawsuit challenging the FISA […]

Libya Attack Brings Out Angry Protestors

Irate peace activists rallied at the US Courthouse in downtown Minneapolis Monday afternoon to protest bombing attack on Libya. The was 25 years after Ronald Reagan had ordered bombs to fall on Libya. WAMM members were joined by many other groups to express outrage and condemnation of the US action. Stay tuned for more actions,

Day Two in the War Zone: Planting Trees, Burning Candles

Day Two in the War Zone: Planting Trees, Burning Candles by Steve Clemens. March 19, 2011 In the morning we walked in groups of five for about 30-45 minutes through our area of Kabul en route to our morning activity. I awoke at 4 AM to use the bathroom and when the call to prayer […]

Open Society’s Peace March in Kabul

Hakim and the AYPV and Open Society’s Peace March in Kabul this week mentioned in Steve Clemen’s report. The people speak.

Three Powerful Perspectives on Afghanistan

Twin City activist Steve Clemens is in Afghanistan with Kathy Kelly and others from around the world.  He is sending daily posts about his experiences. Day 1:  Three Powerful Perspectives on Afghanistan by Steve Clemens. March 18, 2011 I couldn’t afford to give in to jet lag after my arrival in Afghanistan this morning after […]

WAMM Member Ann Galloway goes to Madison: What you didn’t see in the news

I went to Madison on Saturday. What you didn’t see in the news It was very incredible.  I felt like I was with other people who were in reality.   Sort of like the Matrix. I was with people who took Red pill of reality, and coming back to work would be with Blue pill takers. Photo: […]