• Making Sense of NAFTA and its Replacement

    Making sense of NAFTA and its replacement Why we need new economic policies before we can fix trade deals By STAN SORSCHER (June 10, 2019) — In 2016, Donald Trump’s trade message was very simple: the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was the worst trade deal ever negotiated. He has renegotiated NAFTA, rebranding the deal as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). We never quite understood his objection to the original NAFTA, and we don’t understand how USMCA fixes it. You need to squint to see the difference between NAFTA and its replacement. “I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me,” Trump has said. His gut instinct said NAFTA…

  • Movement Building is a PARTY

    Movement Building is a PARTY* by Bruce Pruitt-Hamm *Well, actually, PARTY(S), because movements are made up of campaigns, and each campaign is, if well organized, a PARTY, but I get ahead of myself. 1 Introduction This article addresses an overarching lesson, enshrined in a mnemonic acronym, learned while attending the 2019 James Lawson Institute (“JLI”) in Portland, Oregon.  The 90 yr. old Rev. James Lawson is perhaps the closest we get to having access to Martin Luther King, Jr., if he had lived until today. The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ohio at Oberlin College in 1957, while King was lecturing. At the time Lawson, having returned from 3 years of teaching…

  • Why are Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S.?

    Why are Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S.? Yes, there is a crisis at our southern border, as hundreds of thousands of migrants have made the arduous, treacherous, and very long journey from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and several other countries to seek asylum in the United States. There is a certain irony here — the U.S., to which they make their asylum appeals, is the very country whose interference in the internal affairs of their home countries over the last 65 years, has left behind a legacy of right wing, often military governments, many imposed upon the people by CIA funded and directed over-throws of officials elected by the people. Their priority then becomes the protection of U.S.…

  • A Letter to Our U.S. Senator About Boeing

    May 5, 2019 Honorable Senator _______,   Boeing could use some good PR right about now, and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to be on the right side of history. As a senator you could facilitate this by proposing to send them contracts to build a sustainable energy infrastructure. Enough with the defense contracts!  We need to focus on our real security needs — a livable planet.  This means we need to transition from fossil fuels to solar and wind.  Boeing has the resources to contribute to this effort.  With government contracts they could be environmental heroes. Although Boeing moved their headquarters to Chicago, they still have a huge presence here in Washington.  Our economy can’t afford to have…

  • Larry’s Latest Letter to the Editor May 1, 2019

    by Larry Kerschner In the Fall of 2002, many people all over the world were appalled as the Cheney/Bush administration were threatening to attack the people of Iraq over non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction. A group of Lewis County citizens started a weekly peace vigil in front of the Centralia Library each Saturday at noon beginning the third weekend in October 2002. We had from 30-50 participants each Saturday. 15 February 2003, was a world-wide day of protests, including in Centralia, in which people in more than 600 cities declared opposition to the imminent war against Iraq in what was described as “the largest protest event in human history”. Ignoring the wishes of the people, the US government invaded Iraq…

  • Community Service for Boeing

    Letter(s) Submitted to The Seattle Times   Boeing is going to trial for the wrongful death of 346 people from the crashes of the 737 Max 8s. We think the judge should include as a part of the sentence, community service. Boeing has tremendous human and other resources that could be used for the benefit of all, such as building wind turbines, high speed trains and solar equipment.   Corey Elliott Member of West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice  

  • WHAT’S THE AUMF?…….and why should you care?

    WHAT’S THE AUMF?…….and why should you care? by Louise Lansberry   Over 17 years ago, a bill not widely known by most American citizens today, was passed by Congress. This bill, the AUMF: Authorization for the Use of Military Force, was passed in the wake of 9/11 in 2001 and allowed for the use of military force against any country, organization, or person determined to be involved with the attacks of 9/11: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and al Qaeda. The only Congress person to vote against the bill was Rep. Barbara Lee (D) of California.  She said, “We must be careful not to embark on an open ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target.  We cannot repeat…

  • Five Steps to a Nuclear Free World

    Testimony of John M Repp (9802 45th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98136) of the coalition Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (https://www.wanwcoalition.org/) to the Senate Joint Memorial #8006 on February 22, 2019 in Olympia, Washington. The movement to abolish nuclear weapons faces two governments that have two doomsday machines. These doomsday machines are immoral, threaten the world and should be dismantled. Our conventional military forces can protect us. So today, I want to focus on the five steps the Joint Memorial mentions where the United States could lead a global effort to prevent a nuclear war. These are concrete actions that our politicians can take now. 1) Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first. 2) Ending the President’s sole, unchecked authority…

  • Don’t believe the hype about Venezuela

    Don’t believe the hype about Venezuela by Randy Rowland   Don’t blame Venezuela for the US economic war being waged against it. I took this photo of a listing ship on Feb 9th, of this year (2019), less than 100 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It is one of a dozen or so stranded oil tankers that were caught up in the sudden US embargo of Venezuelan oil. There is no smoke coming from its stacks, and no wake. The ship is dead in the water, drifting aimlessly. Last January 28th, the US—without warning—announced an embargo of Venezuelan oil. Suddenly, ships like this one, already loaded and bound for a buyer, couldn’t off-load the oil they carried. Port fees…

  • The Green New Deal and Project Drawdown

    The Green New Deal and Project Drawdown by John M Repp One week after the 2018 mid-term elections, a grassroots climate action group called Sunrise Movement organized a sit-in in prospective Speaker-of-the House Nancy Pelosi’s office. They were joined by Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The group wanted Pelosi to form a Select Committee for a Green New Deal in the 116th Congress, a committee that would have subpoena power and could write legislation that the Sunrise Movement expected would be passed in two years i.e. after the 2020 election. A month earlier, on October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Centigrade” which warned that the world must cut greenhouse…