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.
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.
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.
LA RIVER CENTER, April 8. Rep. Raul Grijalva launched a series of congressional forums on raising awareness of climate change in communities of color, starting with a forum drawing over 100 local residents to the LA River Center along the winding path of the LA River restoration project here today.
March 18, 2015 7:30 PM - Berkeley, California
KPFA Presents Tom Hayden @ First Congressional Church 7:30PM with Gloria La Riva
March 19, 2015 6:30 PM - San Francisco, California
Commonwealth Club of California Presents Tom Hayden: Why Cuba Matters
March 26, 2015 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
March 29, 2015 3:00 PM - Detroit, Michigan
April 2, 2015 6:30 PM - Brentwood, CA
April 8, 2015 - Laguna Beach, CA
April 11, 2015 11:15 AM - Malibu, CA
Malibu Democratic Club
April 18-19, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA
April 29, 2015 7:00 PM - New York, New York
Barnes & Noble Union Square with Democracy Now's Juan Gonzalez
May 3, 2015 9:30 AM - Washington, D.C. (Takoma Park, Maryland)
Busboys & Poets in Takoma Park, Maryland
May 3, 2015 1:30 PM - Baltimore Maryland
The Enoch Pratt Library with The Ivy Bookstore
May 4, 2015 - Miami, Florida
May 13, 2015 - Chicago, Illinois
Dominican University, Oak Park
May 29, 2015 - Boston, Mass
Jamaica Plain Forum, Jamacia Plain
May 31, 2015 - Boston, Mass
Governor Jerry Brown' administration shut down twelve oil wells in the Central Valley this week amidst revelations that the carcinogen benzine has leaked into fracking waste water at seven hundred times higher than federal standards.
Read this Vietnam comic book by the young civil rights leader Julian Bond, published in 1967, and I believe you will realize that we still are in a fierce battle between memory and forgetting, between twisted history and true history. Then consider participating in the May 2 commemoration of the first days of the anti-war movement in 1965.