International Workers/May Day - May 1st!

Clasping Workers' Hands Across Borders

In a May Day article in 1941, the “Rebel Girl” Elizabeth Gurley Flynn wrote:

“Only workers are forbidden to be internationalists. It’s perfectly proper for J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford; for the bankers, the munitions trusts, the chemical companies. … Only the clasped hands of the workers across the boundaries are struck down in every country.”

Efren Carrillo, resign now!

A Sexual Preditor is on the Loose in Sonoma County!

Demand Carrillo's resignation at a demonstration

on Wednesday, April 30th, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.,

Courthouse Square, 3rd and Mendocino, Santa Rosa

Protect Internet Neutrality - Only YOU Can Do it! Urgent!

The FCC is proposing rules to end net neutrality - the Internet needs to stop this from happening:

http://http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/tellfcc/

Contact the FCC and contact your representatives in Washington, D.C.!

President Obama, move from talk to action on nuclear disarmament

The Peace & Justice Center has signed on to a letter, along with 60 additional signatories, asking that the United States move from talk to action on nuclear disarmament. Here is the beginning of the letter followed by a link for the full letter.

Dear President Obama,

During the closing session of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on March 25, 2014, you cited a number of concrete measures to secure highly-enriched uranium and plutonium and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime that have been implemented as a result of the three Nuclear Security Summits, concluding: “So what’s been valuable about this summit is that it has not just been talk, it’s been action.”

Would that you would apply the same standard to nuclear disarmament!

http://wslfweb.org/docs/Obamaletter416.doc

Here and Now by Bruce Gagnon

                                                                                      

The starkness of the times
causing even old warriors
to fall
the suffering can bear a load
even on the strongest

For many moons our people
have struggled to survive
been through hell
and back
but we are here

Now

Many of us have fallen
victim to the hype, the pretense,
the flim-flam man,
and the desire to just
be one of the crowd

That's OK

It's just time to move on
to get serious about dealing
with our present here
and now

Let the spiritual connection
to our relatives,
that is real,
the two-leggeds.
the four-leggeds, the things
that fly, the things that swim,
the water, the air, the earth

All our relatives

We must fight, crawl, dribble,
snort, swear, and swim
in order to protect
the future generations
who cry out to us
in our sleep.

Here we are now.....

by Bruce K. Gagnon
Coordinator
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

PJC Hosts Mike Roselle - Co-founder of Earth First!, Rainforest Action Network, Ruckus Society and Climate Ground Zero

Activist Lounge - Friday, April 25 - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Gaia's Garden Restaurant, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

Mike Roselle will speak on his current efforts with Climate Ground Zero to stop mountaintop removal, as well as his past efforts and his work with nonviolent direct action. See the link below for an article about Mike's current work

Poetry by Dean Walker and Music by Carl Sokol

$5.00 minimum purchase - Tea, chai, wine, beer, juices

And join us if you can for the vegetarian buffet beforehand - reservations at 707-544-2491

Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County, 100 Thousand Poets for Change and Gaia's Garden

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2311593/one_state_under_coal.html

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back and Enjoy Collapse of United States

The Onion! All too true!

WASHINGTON—Putting the nation on alert against what it has described as a “highly credible terrorist threat,” the FBI announced today that it has uncovered a plot by members of al-Qaeda to sit back and enjoy themselves while the United States collapses of its own accord.

Multiple intelligence agencies confirmed that the militant Islamist organization and its numerous affiliates intend to carry out a massive, coordinated plan to stand aside and watch America’s increasingly rapid decline, with terrorist operatives across the globe reportedly mobilizing to take it easy, relax, and savor the spectacle as it unfolds.  Continue on link:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/fbi-uncovers-alqaeda-plot-to-just-sit-back-and-enj,35788/

Journalists Who Broke NSA Story in Guardian Dedicate George Polk Award to Snowden

The journalists who first revealed the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities dedicated a prestigious award on Friday to their source, Edward Snowden.

Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras had earlier cleared immigration at John F Kennedy airport in New York without a hitch as they arrived to share a George Polk Award for national security reporting with Ewen MacAskill of the Guardian and Barton Gellman of the Washington Post. The Polk awards are administered by Long Island University.

"This award is really for Edward Snowden," said Poitras, who first met the former NSA analyst in Hong Kong with Greenwald and MacAskill last year, as she accepted the award in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan.

Continue on link:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/11/journalists-nsa-guardian-polk-award-snowden

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies - Chris Hedges

The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.

Our country is given shape in the form of the ship, the Pequod, named after the Indian tribe exterminated in 1638 by the Puritans and their Native American allies. The ship’s 30-man crew—there were 30 states in the Union when Melville wrote the novel—is a mixture of races and creeds. The object of the hunt is a massive white whale, Moby Dick, which in a previous encounter maimed the ship’s captain, Ahab, by dismembering one of his legs. The self-destructive fury of the quest, much like that of the one we are on, assures the Pequod’s destruction. And those on the ship, on some level, know they are doomed—just as many of us know that a consumer culture based on corporate profit, limitless exploitation and the continued extraction of fossil fuels is doomed.

Continue with this link:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_myth_of_human_progress_and_the_collapse_of_complex_societies_video_2014/

 

We Are Now in the Terminal Stage of our Fossil-Fuel Addiction

'“America is addicted to oil,” President George W. Bush typically declared in his 2006 State of the Union address (and he was hardly the first president to do so). Such statements have often been accompanied in the media by cartoons of Uncle Sam as a junkie, desperately injecting his next petroleum “fix.” But few analysts have carried the analogy further, exploring the ways our growing dependence on oil has generated increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior. Yet it is becoming evident that the world’s addiction to fossil fuels has reached a point at which we should expect the judgment of senior leaders to become impaired, as seems to be happening.'

http://www.thenation.com/article/179113/we-are-now-terminal-stage-our-fossil-fuel-addiction?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_