• A Federal Job Guarantee or a Universal Basic Income

    by John M Repp Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18) We need to reimagine a better America to get beyond the overlapping crisis we face in this summer of 2020, a pandemic, massive unemployment, uprisings protesting police violence and an approaching election. I want to discuss two ideas for reform: A Federal Job Guarantee and the Universal Basic Income. After the financial crash and recession of 2008-2009, it took 10 years before the American economy got back to what conventional economists said was “full employment”. But even then, there were millions of people who were not working full time as well as millions who were discouraged about finding work at all. A Federal Job Guarantee is…

  • Testing, Testing and More Testing

    by John M Repp  In early April of 2020, a friend of mine from Germany emailed me that she and her husband were shocked at the stories they were seeing coming out of the United States. She was shocked at our incompetence in the face of this pandemic. She thought we would be competent if nothing else. After all, we were one of the nations that helped defeat the Nazis and rebuilt her country after World War II. Dominique Moisi, a political scientist from France, has said it more forcefully: “America has not done badly, it has done exceptionally badly.” America has some of the world’s best scientists, but many of our political leaders are not listening to them. The…

  • The Virtual WWFOR 2020 Spring Assembly

    WWFOR 2020 Spring Assembly Conference by David Lambert This year’s WWFOR Spring Assembly, a video-conference, was held on Saturday, May 2 and consisted principally of five workshops. Fifty- Five people attended this video-conference. Planners for the event were: Rick Trombley; Vivi Bartron, Fran Hall, Marti Lambert, Susan Donaldson and David Lambert. David was Host and Co-Host was Carly Brook. Carly has had previous experience with Zoom Webinars and David was grateful to Carly for offering very competent assistance.  Following a brief introduction, David introduced Paul Cheoketen Wagner, a Saanich First Nation Tribal member who has worked extensively in activism with the Puyallup Indian Tribe and who has organized walks from Pierce County to the state Capitol. Paul gave a moving…

  • Putting the Green in the Green New Deal

    by John M Repp One of the things we must learn from our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic is to listen to our scientists. The United States has some of the best scientists in the world. Epidemiologists tried to warn the Trump Administration for months that they needed to take precautions as a pandemic could break out at any time. Epidemics from newly evolved viruses have become more common over the last forty years. Think of SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and Ebola among others; even though those viruses did not spread here in the U.S. Biologists tell us “the rate of deforestation in a given area was the number one predictor of where the next pandemic would occur”. Climate scientists told us…

  • Stop state budget cuts during coronavirus pandemic and focus on tax reform

    Stop state budget cuts during coronavirus pandemic and focus on tax reform Originally published in The Seattle Times, April 7, 2020 by Mark Vossler, a Kirkland cardiologist, chair of the Climate Task Force and president-elect of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Max Savishinsky, executive director of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Stephen Bezruchka, a senior lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health, and a board member of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. His views are his own and not those of the University of Washington. We are in a time of crisis, a time of great uncertainty. We don’t know how many people will die of COVID-19, nor the extent of the economic harm that will result from physical distancing.…

  • Covid-19 lesson: The Free Market failed us

    For this crisis and the next, we must manage our future better than our past by Stan Sorscher reprinted from The Stand, April 6, 2020 (April 6, 2020) — The pandemic has dominated our minds for weeks. Each day, new important lessons are drawn into the spotlight, demanding attention. ●  We needed much better testing. ●  We should have comprehensive health care coverage. ●  We should have more reserves of medical supplies, and more surge capacity. ●  We shouldn’t have mocked other countries whose citizens wear masks in public. ●  We should have an industrial base that can make more test kits, nasal swabs, face masks, and ventilators. These must all be national strategies promoted by political leaders. For-profit corporations…

  • This Is How Civilizations Collapse from Within

    This Is How Civilizations Collapse from Within by Bruce Amundson, Vice President, WPSR In December, Congress passed the 2020 military spending act, a grotesque $738 billion bill representing even $30 billion more than last year. Pentagon spending in 2019 is actually higher than it was at the peak of either the Korean or Vietnam conflicts. As fear of terrorism generated by the 9/11 attacks set the stage for 18 years of ill-advised military adventures, we have witnessed the relentless expansion of the military budget and, at least as disconcerting, the militarization of our foreign policy and our diplomatic face to the world.    The end of the Cold War resulted in the rarest of things: real cuts in the Pentagon…

  • Voter Suppression in the USA

    Voter Suppression in the USA by John M Repp a review of the book The Hidden History of The War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote – And How to Get It Back  by Thom Hartmann  and of the Carr Center (Harvard) report “The War on Voting Rights” by John Shattuck, Aaron Huang and Elisabeth Thoreson-Green, https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/publications/war-voting-rights-ccdp-2019-003-february-2019 Hartmann writes that this issue – voter suppression- is not talked about much in the corporate media. Also, as far as I know, the Washington State election system with mail-in ballots is fair, so many people here in our state are unaware of this problem, even though it effects us because of the power of Congress and the President. I heard once that…

  • Deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons lowers the threshold for war

    Deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons lowers the threshold for war  by Bruce Amundson and Joseph Berkson, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, printed by their permission and first published in The Seattle Times ,Feb 14, 2020 Current tensions with Iran, and President Donald Trump’s impulsive decision-making in a very volatile environment, create an increased risk of actual use of nuclear weapons that should be sobering to all Americans. The U.S. Defense Department confirmed on Feb. 5 that the Navy has deployed a low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead. Bill Arkin and Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists first disclosed the deployment a week before that. “The administration’s decision to deploy the W76-2 warhead remains a misguided and dangerous one,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA, Chairman of the…

  • Stop the Economic Sanctions against Venezuela and Iran

    Stop the Economic Sanctions against Venezuela and Iran: Economic sanctions are violent bullying (even without bombing or sending troops) by Glen Anderson glenanderson@integra.net http://parallaxperspectives.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Economic-sanctions-are-bullying-without-bombing-or-sending-troops.pdf People are right to oppose U.S. military violence (bombing, troop deployments, etc.) against other nations. But many people fail to recognize that the U.S.’s frequent use of “economic sanctions” is another kind of war. In fact, international law recognizes a “blockade” as an act of war. For decades the U.S. has bullied other nations and caused serious damage and loss of life by strangling their economies in various ways, including preventing them from having normal trade relations. Worse yet, the U.S. has deliberately caused ordinary people to suffer and die by preventing them from getting life-saving…