Author Archives: Rise Up Times

Noam Chomsky: Progressives Must Revitalize the Labor Movement

” …progressive organizing focus on the working class and unions – human civilization depends on it.”

Henry Giroux: Those arguing that education should be neutral are really arguing for a version of education in which nobody is accountable

Giroux advocates that “education has to be at the centre of any discourse about democracy and that is where the left has failed. They failed because they believe that the most important structures of domination are entirely economic”.

Chris Hedges: The Age of Social Murder

“What is taking place is not neglect. It is not ineptitude. It is not policy failure. It is murder. It is murder because it is premeditated. It is murder because a conscious choice was made by the global ruling classes to extinguish life rather than protect it.”

Remembering the Uighur Women We Ignored, updated March 1, 2021

“The girl became completely different after that, she wouldn’t speak to anyone, she sat quietly staring as if in a trance,” Ziawudun said. “There were many people in those cells who lost their minds.”

Fascism in the USA: Jason Stanley on How Fascism Works, plus Trump Uprising, Keeping the Left off the Streets, and more…

“Fascism is a patriarchal cult of the leader, who promises national restoration in the face of supposed humiliation by a treacherous and power-hungry global elite, who have encouraged minorities to destabilize the social order as part of their plan to dominate the “true nation,” and fold them into a global world government.”

The Empire: Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Alfred McCoy, Sheldon Richman, Caitlin Johnstone

The decline and fall of the American Empire?

Behind the Doodle: Audre Lorde’s 87th Birthday and Angela Davis on Audre Lorde

“…and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid,

So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive.”

“A Litany for Survival,” Audre Lorde

Chris Hedges: Cancel Culture, Where Liberalism Goes to Die

“The cancel culture, a witch hunt by self-appointed moral arbiters of speech, has become the boutique activism of a liberal class that lacks the courage and the organizational skills to challenge the actual centers of power.”

Survival at 100 Seconds to Midnight and Biden Cutting the Military Budget

Perhaps most important of all, [Biden’s] bringing the U.S. back into the Paris climate accords, signaling an understanding that a planetary crisis demands planetwide measures and that the largest carbon-emitting economies should be leading the way. “This isn’t [the] time for small measures,” Biden has said. “We need to be bold.”

Seven ways to restore our press freedoms before we end up with another authoritarian dictator

“Disturbingly, the number of journalists killed worldwide in 2020 doubled from 2019. We have to remember that a free press was viewed as so important to our foundational democracy, it was the only profession the Founding Fathers named in our Constitution.”

 USA Should Negotiate A Ban On Basing Weapons In Space, Deploying Weapons In Space Crosses A Barrier That Can’t Be Walked Back

“For example, buried in the DOD 2020 budget is $150 million for research into putting missile defense assets in space to attack enemy nuclear missiles in the boost phase. If the U.S. or another nation does deploy weapons in space, it would be the first country to do so and likely would be a disaster for strategic stability.”

Seizing the War Industry, by Christian Sorenson

“The War Industry infests the American economy like a cancer, sapping its strength and distorting its creativity while devouring its treasure.”

Chris Hedges: Papering Over the Rot

“…window dressing, masking the root cause of the demise of America — unchecked oligarchic power and greed. The longer wealth is funneled upwards into the hands of a tiny, oligarchic cabal, who put Biden into office and whose interests he assiduously serves, we are doomed.”

Opposing Line 3 full page ad in the Star Tribune, January 31, 2021

A Broad and Growing Movement says the Time is Now to Stop Line 3. An open letter to Minnesota decision makers. Since 2014  thousands of Minnesotans have shown up at hearings, talked to neighbors, written letters and organized in their communities to oppose Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Line 3 is a clear danger […]

Fossil Fuel Companies Fuel American Fascism, by Basav Sen

What is the Minnesota Connection? “This isn’t a case of a few isolated billionaires backing one extremist politician. It’s a case of an entire industry filling the campaign coffers of politicians who’ve waged war on our democracy. In the 2020 election cycle alone, the oil and gas industries gave some $9.3 million to lawmakers who refused to certify the 2020 election results.”

DN!: “A Step Forward”: Black Lives Matter Protests Forced Biden to Push Racial Equity, But More Is Needed

“And so, we’ll be fighting to make sure that when we talk about — when the Movement for Black Lives talks about defunding police, that we’re talking about all police, including ICE and Customs and Border Patrol; when we talk about abolishing prisons, that we’re talking about all of them, including detention centers; and when we’re talking about Black Lives Matter, we’re talking about all Black lives, including those of our people that are in this country without papers.”

Peacestock Plaza: Northfielders for Justice in Palestine

Founded in 2007,, this citizen activist group in Minnesota educates and acts around the Palestine/Israel occupation issues,

As Far Right Storms Capitol, Media Need to Look at Their Own Role in How We Got Here

“Imagine if corporate media didn’t praise McConnell, Lindsey Graham or any other Republicans who propped up Trump’s dangerous lies for so long,”

End This Endless War…this Endless Militarism

“We’re all part of a culture that continues to esteem war, embrace militarism, and devote more than half of federal discretionary spending to wars, weaponry, and the militarization of American culture. “

Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges on the State of the American Empire

Noam Chomsky addresses the current state of the American Empire after the attack on the capital on Jan 6, 2021. His new book: “Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance.”