Author Archives: Rise Up Times

Killing Democracy in America, by William Astore

This country’s ‘forever wars’ have become a kind of global pandemic all their own and, like a cytokine* storm, are strangling the vital organs of democracy. *Scientists believe these cytokines are evidence of an immune response called a cytokine storm, where the body starts to attack its own cells and tissues rather than just fighting off the […]

Save the U.S. Postal Service! Reasons the Mail Must Get Through

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

The Role of Palestine in the US Elections, WAMM webinar in two parts

“Enormous amounts of money pour into various political campaigns around the U.S. with the apparent goal of influencing elections and manipulating governance throughout the nation.” How is that affecting the 5th District in Minnesota, an epi center for recent activism arount the murder of George Floyd.

Polly Mann: Five Ways to Start a Nuclear War and How to Stop It Before It Happens

Hirosima/Nagasaki:  Calling All Peaceloving People to Commemorate the 75th Anniversay of U.S. Atomic Bombs on Japan See Commemoration details below Polly Mann article. By Polly Mann  WAMM Newsletter  Summer 2020  Vol. 38  Num. 3 David Wright, global security director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, lists five ways in which the United States could be brought […]

No to the Cold War (International Panel, Video)

A webinar originating in the UK, with participants from 49 countries worldwide with an array of panelists, including Medea Benjamin, Ajama Baraka, Max Blumenthal and Vijay Prashad. Note that this is a two-hour video, but can be viewed or listened to in parts. Organising Statement: A New Cold War against China is against the interests […]

Without Mercy: Sanctions and Militarism in the Time of Pandemic

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s call for a global ceasefire: The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown….. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes. End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging […]

We Reject War on Foreign Soil As We Reject Police Violence Here!

Just as we oppose the use of the U.S. military in other countries, we also reject the violence enacted by militarized personnel responding to protest in the Twin Cities and the nation. WAMM Newsletter  Summer 2020  Vol. 38  Num. 3 “Effective war propaganda has caused Americans to either forget or apparently have a hard time […]

Stone and Sjursen: The Unbearable Violence of Being American

Scheer concludes, “Oliver Stone’s movies and Maj. Danny Sjursen’s writing are ultimately attempts to hold us accountable. For our apathy, our indifference. …”

Julian Assange: Denied Lawyer Access and the Failure of Transparency International

“Julian has not been able to see his lawyers for seventeen weeks. The computer supplied to him after over a year of asking has its keys glued down and the typing function is disabled.” Popular Resistance  July 27, 2020   Julian Assange’s Next Hearing On Monday, July 27 By Don’t Extradite Assange. WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson […]

Chris Hedges: America’s Social Hell

“Kabir is one of America’s tens of millions of second-class citizens, most of whom are poor people of color, who have been stripped of basic civil and human rights and are subject to legalized discrimination for life. “

Chris Hedges, On Contact: Policing the Police Is a Strategy Doomed to Failure

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to activist, writer, and PhD candidate at Yale University Philip McHarris, on the latest calls for police reform in the United States.

America’s Problem With Policing Doesn’t Stop at the U.S. Border

“Trump has also made this war even more secretive, issuing an executive order to no longer require the release of annual summaries of U.S. drone strikes and casualties, even as the Navy has expanded its mysterious drone technology.”

How Trump Stole 2020: The Hunt for America’s Vanished Voters, by Greg Palast

But that left 534,510 — over half a million purged — for a reason identified only as “System Cancels.”

A View from the Ground: Twin Cities Activism, Before and After

“Mobolaji Olambiwonnu is correct when he says that most white people do not understand what it is like to be black in America. We do not have to live it. Intellectually we might understand. Emotionally it is still not exactly real to us.”

Hack of 251 Law Enforcement Websites Exposes Personal Data of 700,000 Cops, by Micah Lee

“The fact that the server was seized without a warrant or judicial order and now sits idle while the Germans debate whether or not to let FBI have it simply emphasizes the conclusion that censorship and retaliation, not just investigation, are the driving forces.”

Chris Hedges: Don’t be Fooled by the Cancel Culture Wars

“We must be wary of allowing those wielding the toxic charge of racism, no matter how well intentioned their motives, to decide who has a voice and who does not.”

Mobalaji Olambiwonnu: The Price of Ignoring the Ferguson Uprising

“According to Scheer, who has watched a rough cut of the film, one of the most remarkable elements in ‘Ferguson Rises’ is the portrayal of white liberals who remained ignorant of the plight of the Black members of their own communities. “

“The Minnesota Conspiracy to Save Lives” by Chuck Turchick

“Move and you’re dead!” What? Who was this fellow? By Chuck Turchick  July 14, 2020 “Move and you’re dead!” What? Who was this fellow? With a cut-off sweatshirt, jeans, loafers without socks, I noticed he also had a gun pointed at me. Following him were a phalanx of about a dozen others. Who were they? […]

10 Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead to Defunding War

“Just as the U.S. was created by taking over the lands of Indigenous peoples by force, so America as an empire uses war to expand access to markets and resources”

JCPOA: The Deal That Wasn’t, by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

The Persian Gulf has been the lynchpin of US foreign policy. “To all intents and purposes,” a former senior Defense Department official observed…