Author Archives: Rise Up Times

MLK, Qassem Soleimani and the folly of American exceptionalism, by Jack Nelson Pallmeyer

“MLK’s push for nonviolence is something to which we all should aspire.”

Martin Luther King Speaks! Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution

“One of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, that the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution.

Trump’s authoritarian assault on democracy continues: What lies ahead?

“Ben-Ghiat warns that societies often succumb to authoritarianism and fascism not in one dramatic moment – such as a military coup — but gradually over time.”

Democracy fatigue and how to fight it: Henry Giroux on life in the age of Trump: DeVega interviews Giroux

“Neoliberal fascism and Trumpism are a form of fascist politics that basically wears its own racism and modes of exploitation and humiliation as a badge of honor.”

How to Find Time for Friendly Civil Disobedience, by Sarah Lazarovic, Cartoonist

“Everyone was allowed to go to the Raptors victory parade so can I go to the climate strike?”

Ricardo Levins Morales: Ecology of a Radical Community Artist, by Anne Winkler-Morey

Our movements tend to be reactive, not thinking three or five steps ahead, which is one of the reasons why we have President Trump. Sustainability requires intention, planning and approaching the work from a perspective of hope, but not shallow hope–not putting a smiley face on hard issues. If you approach hard issues with complexity […]

Minneapolis Activists Ask Local Leaders to Invest in Communities, Not Cops

“We are investing too much money in incarceration-based policing and not enough money in community-based safety.”

As We Work to Prevent Iran War, It’s Time to End All Our Wars

“On Thursday, the House passed a resolution that would reassert Congress’s constitutional, and long-neglected, power to start and end wars. The resolution faces an uphill battle in the Senate, and this is where progressives should place their energy.”

Trump’s Iran Aggression Sparks Protests Across America, World

Demonstrations from across the U.S.A. with commentary by Max Blumenthal, Mike Prysner, Sanders and Warren. Includes Mayday Plaza in Minneapolis.

Chomsky, Falk and Ellsberg: Congress Must Forcibly Limit Trump’s Power to Attack Iran

January10 , 2020, BREAKING: “House approves war powers resolution to restrict Trump on Iran.” “The House must of listened. If only the Senate would.

Noam Chomsky: US Is a Rogue State and Suleimani’s Assassination Confirms It

“As for what the conflict is all about, the background reasons are not obscure. It has long been a primary principle of U.S. foreign policy to control the vast energy resources of the Middle East.”

Chris Hedges: War With Iran

“A war with Iran would see it use its Chinese-supplied anti-ship missiles, mines and coastal artillery to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, which is the corridor for 20% of the world’s oil supply. Oil prices would double, perhaps triple, devastating the global economy.”

2019 Wasn’t Just About Trump. It Will Be Remembered for Global Resistance

Recently, the United Nations issued a report predicting that climate change would exacerbate a growing gap between the rich and poor globally, and protests across the world are clear evidence that current political systems are failing large numbers of people. And that means uprisings are bound to continue. Protesters, medical professionals and political opponents demand the […]

After-Holiday Blues and an Action to Chase Them Away, By Polly Mann with Mary Beaudoin

Another action to take: Don’t Iraq Iran. Protests continue nationwide.  Ironically, we have heard from the one of the greatest purveyors of propaganda, the Washington Post, that we are lied to about war. But with the release of the series “Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War” by Craig Whitlock, you would think that […]

Three Years of Tracking | U.S. Press Freedom Tracker January Newsletter

“I encourage you to explore the comprehensive search functions on our home page to see how categories, tags, date queries and more interact with one another.”

National Endowment for Destabilization? CIA Funds for Latin America

“A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA,” said NED cofounder Allen Weinstein in 1991.

Dorothee Benz: ‘We Need to Do Everything We Can on All Fronts’

“Three years in, [the Democrats] still haven’t understood that it’s not business as usual. Right? They’ve had to be pushed every step of the way to show any real resistance to the extent that they have.”

REMEMBER, by Jeannie Piekos

“because the lie no longer keeps us safe.
The soft, suffocating lie—that shadow
cast by those who succumbed to fear.”

This week in Venezuela, Snapshots

The following are links to activities in Venezuela this week from TelesurEnglish. December 29, 2019 News > Brazil Brazil to Grant Refuge to Attackers of Venezuelan Military Base teleSUR / MP The “unusual decision confirms the pattern of protection and complicity of U.S. satellite states to attack Venezuela’s peace,”… +++ December 29, 2019 News > Venezuela Venezuelan […]

Onward, Christian Fascists, by Chris Hedges

“Trump’s legacy will be the empowerment of the Christian fascists.”