We the People Proclamation

Most Americans are compassionate and caring people who want to build better lives for themselves, their children, and their communities. We are enriched by working together to achieve goals that benefit the common good. Regardless of our political affiliation—blue vs. red, conservatives vs. liberals, or republicans vs. democrats, we believe in our core democratic principles. We believe we have more in common that is good and true. The issues that divide us are less important. It’s like Benjamin Franklin said, “We can choose to hang together, or we will all hang separately.” 


Gaslighting Tactics Used by Fascist leaders

The fascists use of gaslighting has made the American people go to war against each other, instead of seeing who the real enemy is and what the real enemy is doing to America. Let’s analyze and compare the gaslighting tactics used by three fascist leaders: Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. 


A Penny For Your Thoughts

With all that is going on in the world, on the chaotic political front, it’s time to take a look at the bigger picture, and to think about all of those small miracles that happen every day of our lives. In this article, we explore the form of energy that is far greater than any one of us. We take a look at the energy that is generated by people.  


Corruption is a Cancer, and It Can Be Fatal

Corruption is a Cancer, and It Can Be Fatal. There is no cure, but it can be arrested and controlled. 


Sexual Violence in America

The State of Sexual Violence in America - One Woman's Story. Anna Faktorovich writes about her own experiences with sexual assault within the larger context of what is taking place in the national landscape.


Green Energy is Here to Stay

Carl Sagan said, "Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something." And that is exactly what a group of citizens and city employees who cared about a sustainable and green environment in Steamboat Springs, Colorado did in 2005 when they started  an independent group called Green team.


The Right to Vote is Hard Earned

When the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1789, it was meant to be a means by which the states  ascribed powers to the federal government, but its first ten amendments -- the Bill of Rights -- defined limits on the federal government to enumerate constitutional protection for individual liberties.  The principle of representation was an intensely argued one when the Constitution was drafted, most particularly in how slaves would be counted (as three-fifths of a person) in a federal census every ten years.  In her book, These Truths, Jill Lepore notes “The most remarkable consequence of this remarkable arrangement was to grant slave states far greater representation in Congress than free states.” (125) 


After coal: recreating a local economy

   For more than a century, the town of Centralia in southwestern Washington has largely depended on extractive industries for its economy. Logging and coal mining typically provided jobs that paid pretty well. But the forestry industry took a big hit back in 1981 when Mt. St. Helens erupted, and then the coal mine just outside of town closed in 2006.