The Small Dutch Town That Offered Refugees a Permanent Home

It was an odd sight for residents of Zaandam, a quaint Dutch town 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam. A public park in a village known for 18th-century windmills and wooden clogs had suddenly filled with rows of white tents. Five hundred refugees, mainly from Syria and Iraq, mostly men, had arrived by bus in… Read More The Small Dutch Town That Offered Refugees a Permanent Home

#Resistance Is Working!

Reposted from Betsy Taylor.  For everyone who believed in #resist, congrats on helping with the following successful efforts. Because of you: 1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs). 2. Federal judge imposes temporary nationwide halt to Trump’s travel ban. 3. Green card holders can get back in country after massive airport protests and litigation efforts. Iraq war vets were part… Read More #Resistance Is Working!

After the Big Marches, How to Bring the Revolution Home

As the Trump regime rolls out, the need for building local power becomes startlingly clear. The Women’s March on Saturday was amazing and historic. But after the big events are over, how do we continue the momentum? Huge demonstrations are important, especially to reviving our spirits, but to make real change, we’ll need to build power where… Read More After the Big Marches, How to Bring the Revolution Home

Five Seeds of Hope from 2016 that Can Get Us Through the Trump Years

It was a year blown up by the election results. There are now two very different 2016’s—the one before and the one after we learned that Donald Trump would become president of the United States. Before Nov. 8, most assumed that Hillary Clinton would be elected and would lead the nation more or less in… Read More Five Seeds of Hope from 2016 that Can Get Us Through the Trump Years

Plans for my book tour

Where I’ll be speaking: Contact me here if you have ideas or invitations for keynotes, book signings, interviews, and workshops … Here are public events where I’ll be speaking: January 23, BOOK LAUNCH!!! at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Bookstore January 25, Powell’s Bookstore, Portland, Oregon January 26, Eagle Harbor Bookstore, Bainbridge Island, Washington January 27-28, Whidbey Institute, invitational gathering, Washington January 29, Coupeville WA… Read More Plans for my book tour

How Standing Rock Is Changing Us

The Standing Rock uprising is expanding minds and opening hearts, and teaching thousands about ways of life that put the sacredness of life first. At the Oceti Sakowin camp there were celebrations into the night when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision was announced. Fireworks lit up the sky, which is normally dominated by police searchlights,… Read More How Standing Rock Is Changing Us