Today's papal encyclical, "Praised Be", may be the most important religious teaching to be released in decades. The question is whether its study unleashes a creative leap forward in human understanding of the environment, or a further round of sectarian religious conflicts.
The Peace Exchange Bulletin
Published by Tom Hayden, The Peace Exchange Bulletin is a reader-supported journal, critically following the Pentagon's Long War in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, as well as the failed U.S. wars on drugs and gangs, and U.S. military responses to nationalism and poverty around the world.
The coming climate encyclical of Pope Francis, coupled with his visit to Washington D.C., might ensure a global agreement in Paris this December and transform environmentalism into a movement based on social justice. The Pope's message also might ignite a greater spiritual awakening and an opportunity to challenge the foundations of a global order which forces billions of people to survive amidst poverty and pollution.
BALTIMORE. May 3. As thousands marched through downtown streets here, officials retreated from their nighttime curfew and National Guard occupation. The only question now are where and when another surge of angry protestors will respond to another death at the hands of police, and who will lead us toward a better vision for our cities.
The absence of a powerful Peace Lobby, on the scale of the civil rights, women's and labor lobbies in Washington, leaves a vacuum allowing Hillary Clinton to drift towards neo-conservative military views. Certainly there are admirable peace groups lobbying Washington today, but none compare with the NAACP for African-Americans, MALDEF for Mexican-Americans and immigrants, the NRDC for environmentalists, nor with NOW, the Feminist Majority or the AFL-CIO.
THE FORGOTTEN POWER OF THE VIETNAM PROTEST, 1965-75
By Tom Hayden
Submitted to the conference on the "Vietnam War Then and Now, Assessing the Critical Lessons"
NYU Center, Washington DC, April 29-May 1, 1975
The era of protest against Vietnam - 1965-75 - was unique as the emergence of a nationwide peace movement on a scale not seen before in American history. There were previous war resisters, for example, the Society of Friends, the opponents of the Mexican War and the Indian wars, critics of the imperial taking of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, and opponents of World War I, numbering in the many thousands. But no peace movement was as large-scale, long lasting, intense, and threatening to the status quo as the protests against the Vietnam War.
President Obama's recent progressive initiatives - pursuing diplomacy with Iran, opening relations with Cuba, protecting undocumented immigrants, lifting the federal minimum wage, extending Medicaid benefits to millions of uninsured Americans, imposing tough regulations on coal - are facing furious Republican opposition on every front. That's why it's peculiar that he persists in pushing pro-corporate trade agreements over the objections of a majority of Democrats, unions and environmentalists.
Originally published by the San Francisco Chronicle on April 24, 2015
Jerry Brown perhaps should put his DOGGR to sleep. Not his family dog, Sutter, but DOGGR — the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources — the 100-year-old agency that’s been handing out permits for drilling in the Central Valley without records, oversight or enforcement of 21st century environmental laws.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is staking out a critical leadership role in the Democratic Party as a fighter against economic inequality and for climate justice. De Blasio is scheduling appearances in Iowa and other primary states in a conscious effort to build the party's labor and progressive base into a greater force. In doing so, he complements the voice of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and echoes the legacy of past NY mayors like Fiorello La Guardia.
Who will tell our story when we are gone? So much was never remembered, and now the time is rapidly passing.
We sit in conference at the NY Presbyterian Church in Washington DC on May 1-2. Then we hold a solemn march of rededication, arriving at 5 pm May 2 at the Martin Luther King memorial. We will reclaim Dr. King as a peace and justice leader from those who tried to quiet him when he spoke against the war. We will remind people that a mule train from the Poor People's Campaign carried Dr. King's memory through the streets of Chicago in August 1968, just months after he was murdered. We will thank him at the Memorial on May 2 and pledge to defend his legacy.
An Event You Must Not Miss:
For the Next Peace Movement Workshops and March to King Memorial
May 1-2, Washington DC
NY Ave. Presbyterian Church
1313 NY Ave. NW
Speaking at 5 pm May 2 at MLK Memorial:
Julian Bond, Rev. George Regas, Barbara Lee, Holly Near, Tom Hayden
Speaking at May 1-2 conference:
Phyllis Bennis -- Phil Donahue -- Julian Bond -- Becky Bonds -- Leslie Cagan -- Jo Comerford -- Rep. John Conyers -- David Cortright -- Ron Dellums -- Bernardine Dorhn -- Dan Ellsberb -- Jodie Evans --Richard Fernandez -- Francis Fitzgerald -- Richard Flacks -- Amy Goodman -- Juan Gonzales -- Judy Gumbo -- Tom Hayden -- Gerald Horne -- Jonathan Hutto -- Raed Jarrar -- Barbara Lee -- Judith LeBlanc -- Staughton Lynd --Jorge Mariscal -- John McAulliff -- Michael McPherson -- Betty Metzger -- Stephen Miles -- Holly Near -- Margaret Prescod -- Marcus Raskin -- George Regas -- Luis Rodriguez -- Vivian Rothstein -- Robert Scheer --Susan Snall -- Marge Tabankin -- Peter Yarrow -- Arthur Waskow -- Cora Weiss
Co-sponsors: MoveOn, Credo, Campaign for America's Future, US Labor Against the War, Institute for Policy Studies, Win Without War.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a key figure in the emerging Green Bloc of clean-energy states, visited Los Angeles this week to promote the importance of governor's races to the progressive agenda. Prominent donors on Los Angeles' Westside are more used to writing checks for presidential and senate candidates from around the country than for governors. That has to change, Inslee insisted, because two-thirds of gubernatorial races take place in odd-numbered years, giving Republicans a major national advantage.