• Kent State Massacre May 4,  Uncategorized

    We Need to Beat Our Own Swords Into Plowshares

    We Need to Beat Our Own Swords Into Plowshares and Honor the Kent State Martyrs, the Wounded, and Their Families Following the May 4, 1970 massacre of students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio by members of the Ohio National Guard, colleges and universities across the U.S. were in an uproar that ended in the closing of hundreds of campuses for the academic year and the outrage of millions of students and others across the U.S. Nixon had launched an attack against Cambodia, which had been going on secretly for some time, so his betrayal of his own “secret plan” for peace was a joke as most already knew. Much of…

  • militarism

    One, two, three strikes, you’re out…

    “One, two, three strikes, you’re out…”* Published at CounterPunch on June 4, 2019 Just when those who think the situation vis-à-vis U.S. militarism and empire can’t get any worse, there are visible signs they are. Such was the visit to the militarized and right-leaning government of Japan by Trump. With new calls for impeachment—a grand waste of time at this point in Trump’s disastrous presidency—readers might think the visit might add up to something, but it ended as a debacle of Trump tweets and an attempt to hide a U.S. warship. The military and Trump administration kept the USS John S. McCain hidden from view (with a gray tarp covering…

  • Trump considers pardons for war crimes

    When War Crimes Are Pardoned

    Published at CounterPunch on May 27, 2019 When I became a war resister during the Vietnam War, a sign attached to a high-rise off I-95 in Connecticut was a constant reminder of how right wing and militaristic a segment of the U.S. had become during the Vietnam War. The sign read: “Free Calley.” Lieutenant William Calley was the officer convicted of murdering 22 unarmed men, women, and children in the hamlet of My Lai in March 1968. The assault by U.S. forces at My Lai killed hundreds of unarmed men, women, and children. They were left murdered by the side of a road and in a ditch, among other places in…

  • women's reproductive rights

    They’re Just About Ready to Destroy Roe v. Wade

    They’re Just About Ready to Destroy Roe v. Wade Published at CounterPunch on May 20, 2019 Militarism, consumerism, and racism have drawn alongside, and even to, misogyny and anti-immigrant hate. The juggernaut of greed, power, and hate may be impossible to stop at this point in U.S. history. Those of goodwill have been fighting the good fight against these regressive forces for decades. When the Vietnam War ended, only a brief hiatus of warmongering took place before the right was drawing up its vicious plans again. Racism has never had a vacation in the U.S. Slavery led to Jim Crow, and that turned into mass incarceration and white supremacy. Now, the…

  • poetry,  young love

    It Had To Be A Dream

    It Had To Be A Dream In the surreal realm of dream thinking We met at the edge of the emerald green spring forest of new leaf Bordered by still unturned earth and plowed fields  Beneath an undulating sky of gray slate We were new again and the wearing away by this imperfect world Had not yet had its lethal effect Killing innocence. Please follow and like us:

  • Criminalizing Protest

    They’re Beating-Up Protesters in D.C.

      They’re Beating-up Protesters in D.C. The full-court press of repression against protest is taking place at the Venezuelan Embassy (“Venezuelan Embassy’s Power Cut Off in Tense Washington Standoff,”New York Times, May 10, 2019) in Washington, D.C. Pay attention! Pay close attention to how representatives from Veterans for Peace and Code Pink have been beaten-up, physically abused, and treated as criminals for the simple act of bringing food to those occupying the embassy and keeping that property, which belongs to the government of Venezuela, out of the hands of the puppet government “headed” by Juan Guaido and out of the hands of the imbeciles in the administration headed by Donald Trump. Medea Benjamin of Code Pink…

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