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10 People Who Changed My Life

It hurt like hell at the time, but on reflection, I realized he was right. And I changed my behavior!

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Nonviolence is the OPPOSITE of Passivity

numerous new methods of organizing that were used by other active nonviolent movements such as Occupy and Standing Rock…nonviolent resistance works better than violent resistance. If we engage in violence, we play to the strengths of the opposition.

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The Best Response Ever About Why Guilt and Shame Don’t Work

The example she gives of the young man confronting his father shows exactly why guilt and shame don’t work. Not to confront racism or other isms, and not to protect the planet

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Where Do We Find Our Courage?

As an activist for more than 40 years, I’ve been very lucky. I’ve really only risked my life or serious injury a dozen times or so. I’ve never had to spend time in a real jail…I will not allow fear of my own death to keep me from doing the right thing.

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How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business?

my chapter leader was a 75-year-old fireball who had taken up yoga and become a vegetarian at age 70

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As Bad As Things Are, We Still Can Laugh—And This Made Me Laugh A LOT

uncanny ability to get deep into our angst, to express all the fear and worry we face, and to be side-splittingly funny…a perfectly captured 20-second cameo by Jeff Sessions…and Hillary chomping down on WHAT?

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What I Told the Democrats, and Why

Remember: you are in someone’s email box because of the recipient’s good graces. Don’t abuse the relationship or overstay your welcome. If you annoy, you don’t get read, and eventually

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (Part 5, Fighting the Battle Again)

Fukushima…contaminated a 11,500-square-mile area and required the permanent evacuation of 230 square miles…Dollars invested in conservation and renewables will reduce carbon up to 10 times as effectively and 40 times faster than dollars invested in nuclear.

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (Part 4: Shifts in the Culture)

Why were [nuclear accidents] suddenly newsworthy? …Odds are very good that it was because of Clamshell and the national citizen action movement it sparked. Those efforts caused a lot more people to learn about nuclear power, and to become scared, and to take action

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40 Years Ago Today, We Changed the World (part 3—Inside the Armories)

You could call it “University Within Walls.” Detainees offered a myriad of workshops around energy issues, green living/self-sufficiency, creating inclusive and active communities, environmental justice, and social change.

Posted in Activism, Democracy, Energy & Sustainability, Environment, Green Living/Green Lifestyles, localism/locavore, People Helping People, Politics, Protests and Crackdowns, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , ,

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