Author Archives: Rise Up Times

What Cold War? A Truth Commission Clip

War. Who profits? (Who dies?)

What is Ecology Democracy?

MINNEAPOLIS A Sustainable, Smaller Government – GDP VS GPI part 2/16 In this series we will compare the differences between the Gross Domestic Product and the Genuine Progress Indicator and why we believe Minnesota should begin using the GPI as its primary model for measuring economic strength. This is part 2 of 16 which focuses […]

Why local journalism must be considered infrastructure

“A future without local journalism is as dire as a society without roads and bridges.”

Do Haitian Black Lives Matter to US? by Mary Beaudoin

“The policies of neoliberalism are accelerated with what economist Naomi Klein calls the “shock doctrine,” imposed on a country when it finds itself in dire straits and is forced to go into debt, which acts as a form of bondage to international institutions.”

Inside and Outside the Military Industrial Complex with Ann Wright

Ann Wright talks about discrimination against Asians and the new Cold War against Russia.

Matt Taibi: Why “Securing Democracy” Will Be Taught in Journalism Schools

“It is impossible to anticipate all the threats that you will face when confronting powerful governments.”

The Issue Ignored by the Media: How the Military Affects our Climate & Democracy

How the military sector impacts the environment, but also how the military sector itself prepares for a changed climate and also why climate movements do not focus on the role of the military in their activism.

Criminalizing Black Protest: When We Resist

“That’s incredible that you were really just showing them that you left this all over Texas, left it all over the world, it’s probably going to be left over Louisiana, but you were charged with terrorism. So to your point, who’s the terrorist and the situation…”

Standing with Women Water Protectors, by Barbara Williams

“The proposed monstrosity would snake through 200 pristine lakes and rivers in Northern Minnesota including watersheds for the wild rice that is unique to this part of the world and has been intrinsic to the Anishinaabeg/Ojibwe way of life for centuries. A spill could permanently destroy rice beds as well as the fish and wildlife habitat.”

Biden’s Drone Wars, by Brian Terrell

“When you drop a bomb from a drone… you are going to cause more damage than you are going to cause good,” and “The more weapons we give, the more bombs we drop, that just… fuels the conflict.” General Michael Flynn

Eden Prairie MN: City Vote Threatens Fredrick-Miller Spring Water

“Riley Creek has experienced a noticeable decrease of fish and plant life according to water protector Friends of Fredrick-Miller Spring. The Spring’s generosity rushes down Purgatory Ridge and is arguably the last fast-flowing, easy access, good-tasting major spring water in the Mississippi watershed of southern Minnesota.”

Cancel Culture: Chris Hedges with Dan Kovalik

Cancel culture individualist struggle is about white folks becoming less racist instead of working together for real social change.

Henry Giroux: The Plague of Historical Amnesia in the Age of Fascist Politics

“Historical amnesia also finds expression in the right-wing press and among media pundits such as Fox News commentators Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, whose addiction to lying exceeds the boundaries of reason and creates an echo chamber of misinformation that normalizes the unspeakable, if not the unthinkable.”

Chris Hedges: The Unraveling of the American Empire

“There is not a single case since 1941 when the coups, political assassinations, election fraud, black propaganda, blackmail, kidnapping, brutal counter-insurgency campaigns, U.S. sanctioned massacres, torture in global black sites, proxy wars or military interventions carried out by the United States resulted in the establishment of a democratic government.”

Noam Chomsky’s Theory of the Good Life, an interview by Ezra Klein

“In fact, anarchist society should be highly organized, but under popular control of a free informed community, which can interact without illegitimate forces controlling them.”

Journalism under siege in Minnesota, by Mathew Ingram

“We are not worthier victims just because the fourth estate works to uphold democracy. It’s our job. And we’d do well to focus on those who don’t have the opportunity to write 800 words about their own importance afterward.”

Democracy Now! Decolonization or Extinction: Indigenous Red Deal Lays Out Plan to Save the Earth, Parts 1 and 2

The book offers a “people’s program to prevent extinction,” says Melanie Yazzie, assistant professor of Native American studies and American studies at the University of New Mexico and co-author of “The Red Deal.” “The plan is really clear. The stakes are really clear,” Yazzie says.

Civil Disobedience Now! Chris Hedges: Avoid annihilation via fearless nonviolent civil-disobedience.

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:
As the climate crisis deepens and time to act with effectiveness grows shorter, Hedges explains in 10 minutes why mass civil disobedience is our own recourse to stop the climate crisis and save the planet and humanity. Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Presbyterian minister, author, and television…

Code Pink: Closing US Military Bases Abroad

Why should the 800 US military bases abroad be closed? with Christine Ahn, David Vine and Robert Kajiwara

Protesters in St. Paul, MN march in response to the killing of Philando Castile (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

Democracy Now! Police Killed John Thompson’s Friend Philando Castile. Now He Is a Lawmaker Fighting Racist Policing

Rep. John Thompson from the Minnesota Legislature discusses bills re police accountability and barriers in the Republican state senate