Author Archives: Rise Up Times

Danny Sjursen: Undercover Patriots Trump, Tulsa, and the Rise of Military Dissent

“Then there was the powerful visual statement of Marine Corps veteran Todd Winn, twice wounded in Iraq, who stood for hours outside the Utah state capitol in the sweltering heat in full dress uniform with the message ‘I Can’t Breathe’ taped over his mouth.”

Dan Siegel: What Defunding the Police Can Look Like

“Our goal is a radical change in the allocation and exercise of power — communities empowered to take responsibility for their own safety and for the future of their youth.”

Honoring the Warrior: Jim Northrup 1943 – 2016, by Craig Wood

“Despite his political edginess, PTSD and success as a writer, Northrup remained a warm, folksy man who continued to tell his stories in a straightforward and humorous way until his death. In 2016,”

Before George Floyd—Dred Scott in Minnesota

“In 1857, on March 6th, Dred Scott was found to be “not a person.” This finding by the Supreme Court of the United States was ridiculed inside the country and abroad.”

Fourth of July Musings: The Curse of Exceptionalism and the Perils of Patriotism

“…empire-building has always been the path of this vocally republican nation. Like racism and slavery, empire evolved rather than ended.”

Lee Camp, The ‘Threat’ of Peace and Media Dupes: Connecting the Dates on Russia Bounties Bombshell

“I’m referring to is how our military industrial complex (with the help of our ruling elite and our corporate media) have stopped Trump from pushing us toward the brink of peace. …Yes, the brink of peace.”

Chomsky: We Must Not Let Masters of Capital Define the Post-COVID World

“Since January, Trump has escalated…threats to survival. He has continued his project of dismantling the arms control regime that has provided some protection against nuclear disaster.”

Chris Hedges: My Student Comes Home

“I feel a mixture of excitement and trepidation,” he said. “It feels so strange right now to be walking outside without handcuffs and shackles.”

Andrew J. Bacevich, The All-American Way: MLK’s Giant Triplets

“What I am suggesting is that those calling for fundamental change will go badly astray if they ignore Dr. King’s insistence that each of the giant triplets [racism, extreme materialism, militarism] is intimately tied to the other two.”

Diana Johnstone talks about her new book, Circle in the Darkness

“[Johnstone] recounts in detail how the Western left betrayed its historical principles of social justice and peace and let itself be lured into approval of aggressive U.S.-NATO wars on the fallacious grounds of “human rights”.

Chris Hedges: Seeing Through Faux-Solidarity Performance Stunts Of Police Politicians & Corporations

Julianna welcomes back Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Chris Hedges, to discuss how as lawmakers and activists are working together to make real changes in policing that are worth celebrating, it is important to name the statements that are opportunistic and performative, like police officers taking a knee with protesters before proceeding to pepper […]

Patrick Cockburn: The Cynical Forces Behind America’s Forever Wars

“These lessons are pretty obvious, but they don’t seem to be learned,” he goes on, “particularly by the sort of political elite, above all in Washington.”

Who’s Really Looting America? with Robert Reich

As hundreds of thousands take to the streets to protest ruthless police killings of Black Americans and centuries of systemic racism, and Donald Trump and his enablers cast the protesters as violent “looters,” former Labor Secretary Robert Reich exposes the real looters in America: Wall Street bankers in designer suits and corporate executives in lofty […]

A Pandemic, the Geopolitical Struggle for Power, and the Urgency of Common Security

“The pandemic teaches that we are a single interdependent species, and that militarism and xenophobic policies threaten our security and survival.”

A Better Place: Playing for Change, Song Around the World

Some inspiration after days of protest, police violence, and demands for Justice for George and all that implies about changing a system that promotes racism and poverty except for a few who oppress and exploit the many. Playing For Change Get this song on our album “PFC 3: Songs Around The World”: http://bit.ly/PFC3SATW This video […]

Sanctioned Countries Denounce US’s New Military Threats

“- US escalating military threats against shipments of desperately needed supplies pose a threat to the entire world.”

Henry Giroux: The system has to be stopped: On state terror and collective rebellion.

“The fires burning in our cities are unfortunate, but the real fires go unnoticed. These are the fires burning the spirits of those who suffer daily traumas, fears, police violence, and policy driven hardships are what need to be noticed, addressed, and rouse mass anger. No one talks about the roots of these problems…”

Democracy Now! Trump Threatens Protests with Troops, But Police Have Already Been Militarized — With Deadly Results

We look at the increasing militarization of the police with Stuart Schrader, author of “Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing.”

The Protests Made a Huge Difference: All Four Minneapolis Cops Charged in Killing of George Floyd

Includes Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announcing the changing of charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd Degree Murder and the charging of the other three officers; we also hear from Tamika Mallory in New York and Nekima Levy Armstrong in Minnesota with information about Breonna Taylor of others in Louisville, Kentucky.

Chris Hedges: The Treason of the Ruling Class

“They have destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state.”