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Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.    (#2: June 23, 2011; #3 1-1-2012; #4 April 9, 2012; #5 Nov. 27, 2012; #6, March 24, 2013; #7 Sept. 15, 2013; #8 March 4, 2014)

Actually, all of OMNI’s newsletters are activist; that is they affirm and advocate peace, justice, and ecology.  This newsletter named “Activism” emphasizes that fact.  Gandhi, MLKJr, nonviolence: The stories and arguments cover a broad range of striving for world peace, justice, and environmental preservation. The only restriction is the rejection of violence.  See the newsletters on Nonviolence.


What is the mission of OMNI? 
With the Quakers (AFSC, FCNL) we seek:
a world free of war and the threat of war,
a society with equity and justice for all,
a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled,
and an earth restored.
     That is, the entire peace, justice, and ecology movement, of which OMNI is a part, seeks to create a better world.   We are not passive: we are engaged in making peace and justice.  We do not seek distractions from the world that so urgently needs our help; and anyway our society like no other in history offers escape 24-7.  We have something else to do.

Newsletters cover the fields of peace, justice, and ecology.
There is also an Index.
Blogs are the newsletters that relate to US empire, militarism, Pentagon, and peacemaking and peacemakers:  War Department/Peace Department; that is, most of my newsletters are also my blogs..

I am also occasionally filming “Short Takes” on war and warmongers and peace, peacemaking, and peacemakers on Community TV, shown also on my Blog.  


Blog:  The War Department and Peace Heroes
Newsletters on Peace, Justice, and Ecology:  For an informed citizenry.

     I heard a speaker refer to this state of mind to explain why she was so determined to work for peace, justice, and the environment.   She said it was a widespread mentality among educated and inquiring people.  Many gave up on their liberal ideals regarding the government (bi-partisan empire and permanent war, corporate/money/war party takeover of Congress and many state legislators by narrow, callous Tea Party faithful), and devoted their lives to play or to local betterment.   May be true.  Recently two friends who had spent much of their lives helping national and international projects said they were working locally in the future.   
     What does this mean?   The Platonic/Socratic tradition through the Renaissance and modern Humanism trusted knowledge as the foundation for right direction in the pursuit of the Good.  Is the “well-informed futility” syndrome a repudiation of this tradition of education, knowledge, reason?  We should embrace the alternative:  intensity, passion, violence?


A Call to the People by George Monbiot:
From: Robert McAfee <>
Date: September 19, 2013, 5:36:29 AM CDT
To: Robert McAfee <>
After more than a quarter of a century of environmental campaigning I’ve come to see that the only thing that really works is public mobilisation: the electorate putting so much pressure on governments that they are obliged to take a stand against powerful interests. It doesn’t matter what weapons governments use to confront these interests: what counts is their willingness to use them. A system which undermines public involvement, boosts the power of the financial markets and reduces love and passion and delight to a column of figures is unlikely to

Activism Newsletter Nos. 3-8 at end

Contents of Activism/Protest/Resistance Newsletter #9
YES! Magazine (Summer 2014)
David Hoffman, Citizens Rising on Independent Journalism
Moyers & Co., One Example 4-27-14: Versus Fossil Fuel
     Companies: Divestment, Ending Subsidies,
     Carbon Tax Needed.
     Moyers 2013
     Peter Dreier on New Generation of Activists
Peter Dreier Reports
Michelle Deakin, Unitarian Universalist Social Action
     Heroes (Book)
Bruce Dancis, Vietnam War Protest (Book)

Australia: Iain McIntyre, How to Make Trouble and
    Influence People

YES!Magazine SUMMER 2014
In each number,YES! focuses on a different theme.  The Summer 2014 number examines the power of storytelling, in which who tells the story, who controls the story, matters.  Those who decide which stories most of us hear define the culture and therefore the future—whether of war or peace, or destruction or not of our civilization because of warming, or justice for workers and women.  Some of the articles:
“Why Net Neutrality Is Worth Fighting For”
“Storytellers of an Emerging World”
“Books That Opened My World”
Silent Spring Still Echoes”
“Voices Raised: Who’s Telling a Different Story”
    (8 sections from low-power FM Radio to My
    Name Is Rachel Corrie).

Citizens Rising

Independent Journalism and the Spread of Democracy

by David Hoffman.  CUNY


“Citizens Rising” is a riveting, exhilarating exploration of how new media and old are changing the world. Beautifully written and a must-read for anyone concerned about not just the ‘tech’ but the broader context of journalism today.”
–Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent
“David Hoffman has written a stirring book. He shows how digital technology grants a voice to citizens, threatens the most brutal dictators, and, however unevenly, promises a better tomorrow.”
–Ken Auletta, Media Columnist, The New Yorker
“David Hoffman has written a sweeping history of media and citizen power.  It makes a compelling case for independent media and access to information for all. A must read for those who care about information.”
–Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy
“Citizen Rising is a series of fascinating dispatches from the frontlines of efforts to establish independent media around the world.  David Hoffman is a true visionary; a radical thinker with an uncanny ability to see into the future, a knack for skewering conventional wisdom, and a passion for spreading the gospel that access to free, fair and accurate information is as essential to human progress.
–Chris Turpin, Executive Producer, NPR’s “All Things Considered”
From the fall of the Soviet Union to the Arab Spring to today’s continuing conflicts, media have played a decisive role in political affairs across the globe—driving the revolutionary changes shaping today’s new world. This is the first book presenting a comprehensive look at the emergence of media as a primary actor, and not merely an observer, of global affairs.
As founder of Internews, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to information access and independent media, David Hoffman has had a backstage pass to many of the seminal world political upheavals in recent years. In these pages we see how media have been used for good and bad—to trigger genocide, but also to effectively prevent conflict, facilitate free elections, expose corruption, promote nation-build­ing, provide critical information amid natural disasters, and bring about massive social change such as free education and women’s rights. With the rise of digital technology, the power of media to intervene in global affairs is in the hands of ev­eryone—including you. This book examines media’s historic impact and offers a roadmap to the future.
Read the first chapter of Citizens Rising.
See more at: the protection of the natural world.

MOYERS & Co., APRIL 27, 2014

TOM VAN DYCK, Wealth Management
ELLEN DORSEY, Wallace Global Fund
Made a strong case for the advantages of divestment from socially and environmentally harmful corporations, and against gov’t./public subsidies to fossil fuel companies ($1.9 trillion). 
Corporations should be custodians/stewards of God’s creation, but since they are not the public should push for divestment, ending subsidies, and a tax on carbon of $25/ton.  Dick

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Avaaz joins with other US advocacy groups to deliver more than a million signatures for a free and democratic internet to the FCC in Washington using a giant digital counter on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Avaaz)

In this photo taken Oct. 18, 2011, Andrew McLeod, a student from the Colors Hospitality Opportunities Workers (CHOW) Institute, pours a lemon-caper sauce on a plate of monk fish and carrots as he works in the kitchen learning culinary arts skills at Colors Restaurant in New York. The restaurant-cooperative was founded by workers from the Windows of the World Restaurant, located in the World Trade Center, who survived the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Farmworkers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers said they welcomed Wal-Mart to its Fair Food Program since no other company has the market strength and consumer reach it has when it comes to selling produce.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Avaaz joins with other US advocacy groups to deliver more than a million signatures for a free and democratic internet to the FCC in Washington using a giant digital counter on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Avaaz)
April 17, 2014 | Activism
As powerful media organizations and the government threaten to stifle free speech, a coalition of activists is fighting for your right to connect and communicate.
Activists rally for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on Friday, January 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Flickr/ Brendan Hoffman)
Updated April 4, 2014 | Activism
Groups like Public Citizen, Common Cause, Rootstrikers and many, many others are working to combat corruption and protect our right to vote.
Diane Ravitch
March 28, 2014 | Blog
We asked education historian Diane Ravitch what she hopes people will do after watching this week’s show. Here’s what she had to say.
February 7, 2014 | Activism
These groups are part of a global movement to stop climate change and save the planet.
Michael Bishop displays one of the flags he flies upside down on his property in Douglass, Texas, because it's "in distress," he says. Photo: Tara Lohan.
January 22, 2014 | Activism
The Southern leg of the controversial pipeline opened for business today, but landowners like Michael Bishop and others in its 485-mile path through Oklahoma and Texas aren’t happy about it.
Farmworkers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers said they welcomed Wal-Mart to its Fair Food Program since no other company has the market strength and consumer reach it has when it comes to selling produce.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
January 22, 2014 | Blog
These organizations are all worth watching as they fight for a fairer economy.

Peter Dreier


Peter Dreier on a New Generation of Activists

October 25, 2013
In his interview with Bill this week, historian Peter Dreier shares why he’s optimistic about America’s future, shining a spotlight on grass-roots initiatives around the country that remind us of our collective capacity to make a real difference. Dreier, author of The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, also explains why the radical politics of Dr. Seuss, the late children’s book author and illustrator, is a source of inspiration.
“The message that Dr. Seuss is sending in his books to young people is to stand up to arbitrary authority and take back your own life and be a fighter for justice and for your own integrity,” Dreier tells Bill. “I think that Dr. Seuss would be very pleased with a lot of the movements today because these are people standing up to authority and big power and trying to take the country back.”

Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His latest book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012).


Walmart Protest Los Angeles
November 22, 2013 | Blog
A landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board says Wal-Mart unlawfully harassed and fired employees for protesting.
Jobs with Justice National Conference, Day 1 including a demonstration outside the Washington offices of Walmart, Aug. 5, 2011   © Rick Reinhard 2011
October 25, 2013
Meet the up-and-coming activists who are leading the grass-roots movements for economic, social and environmental justice.
Jobs with Justice National Conference, Day 1 including a demonstration outside the Washington offices of Walmart, Aug. 5, 2011   © Rick Reinhard 2011
October 25, 2013
Historian Peter Dreier explains why Gupta is a part of a new wave of grassroots activists changing America.
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October 25, 2013
Historian Peter Dreier explains why Cheng is a part of a new wave of grassroots activists changing America.
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October 25, 2013
Historian Peter Dreier explains why Castellanos is a part of a new wave of grassroots activists changing America.
ACCE activists march on a Wells Fargo Branch named in DOJ lawsuit for racist and predatory lending. (Photo Credit: Flickr)
October 24, 2013
Historian Peter Dreier explains why Schur is a part of a new wave of grassroots activists changing America.
October 24, 2013
Historian Peter Dreier explains why Schlademan is a part of a new wave of grassroots activists changing America.
October 24, 2013
Historian Peter Dreier explains why Salas is a part of a new wave of grassroots activists changing America.
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October 24, 2013
Historian Peter Dreier explains why Rome is a part of a new wave of grassroots activists changing America.
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October 24, 2013
Historian Peter Dreier explains why Ellis-Lamkins is a part of a new wave of grassroots activists changing America.


Social Action Heroes: Unitarian Universalists Who Are Changing the World

Publisher: Skinner House Books
Publication Date: 10/14/11
Pages: 144
Size: 5.5" X 8.5" Inches
Binding Information: Paperback 


Unitarian Universalists are committed to acting on important issues of social justice throughout the world. Award-winning journalist Michelle Bates Deakin explores the actions of eleven individuals and the impact their actions have had on their communities and their souls. Compelling and inspiring, Social Action Heroes illuminates the potential for deep change inherent in each of us, and in Unitarian Universalism as a whole.
Michelle Bates Deakin is an award-winning journalist and author of Gay Marriage, Real Life: Ten Stories of Love and Family from Skinner House Books. Deakin's work has been featured in regional and national media, including the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and UU World, Inc. Magazine, where she is senior editor. She lives in the Boston area with her family.

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Bruce Dancis

Bruce Dancis had a long career as a pop culture critic and editor, including sixteen years as the arts and entertainment editor of the Sacramento Bee, before his recent retirement. He lives in Orangevale, California, and Putnam Valley, New York.


Iain McIntyre

Iain McIntyre is a Melbourne-based author, musician and community radio broadcaster who has written a variety of books on activism, history and music. Recent publications include Wild About You: The Sixties Beat Explosion in Australia and New Zealand, and Tomorrow Is Today: Australia In The Psychedelic Era, 1966-70.

Since 2011 McIntyre has co-curated the Australian Museum of Squatting on-line archive which collects together radical photos, articles, stories and ephemera related to squatting movements. 2012 saw Ledatape publish McIntyre’s Sticking It To The Man: Pop, Protest and Black Fiction of the Counterculture, a collection of book jackets and reviews of novels published between 1964 and 1975. In the same year McIntyre helped compile the Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts1965-1967 CD compilation with David Laing and Ian Marks.

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How To Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Protests, Graffiti & Political Mischief-Making from across Australia
Author: Iain McIntyre
Foreword by Andrew Hansen 
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-595-0
Published March 2013 
Format: Paperback
Size: 8.25 by 8.25
Page count: 288 Pages
Subjects: Politics–Activism/History–Australia

This book reveals Australia’s radical past through more than 500 tales of Indigenous resistance, convict revolts and escapes, picket line hijinks, student occupations, creative direct action, street art, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, guerilla theatre, and billboard liberation. Twelve key Australian activists and pranksters are interviewed regarding their opposition to racism, nuclear power, war, economic exploitation, and religious conservatism via humor and creativity. Featuring more than 300 spectacular images How to Make Trouble and Influence People is an inspiring, and at times hilarious, record of resistance that will appeal to readers everywhere.
“I noticed clear back on my first visit in ’83 that radical Aussies fighting back seem to be far more tenacious and creative than most Americans—Roxby Downs, that damned Franklin dam in Tasmania, Operation Titstorm, etc. A far better way to heat up the planet than your lovely mining companies. So keep up the good work! A prank a day keeps the dog leash away.”
—Jello Biafra
“A fascinating recovery of Australia’s neglected past and a worthy inspiration to today’s would-be troublemakers.” 
—Sean Scalmer, author of Dissent Events: Protest, The Media and the Political Gimmick in Australia
“The perfect book for enlightened coffee tables.”
—Rachel Evans, Green Left Weekly
“If you’ve ever thought of speaking out about an issue or have idly wondered what you could do to make the world a better place, this is the book for you! Fascinating interviews, quirky historical snippets and stunning photos chronicling all the Australians who have made a difference and who have done so with courage, audacity and a lot of humour! Keep it on your desk at work for all those moments when you need some inspiration, a bit of hope or just a good laugh.”
—Jill Sparrow, co-author Radical Melbourne 1 & 2
“Fascinating interviews with Australia’s best troublemakers make for a riotous scrapbook covering our radical history of revolts and resistance.”
—Rachel Power, Australian Education Union News
“McIntyre has amassed hundreds of tales alongside dramatic photographs in what is unashamedly a songbook for Australia’s future culture-jammers and mischief makers.” 
—Katherine Wilson, The Age

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Interviews, Mentions and Other
·                                 Iain McIntyre on 3CR Hometime Radio
·                                 How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Socialist Party Australia 
·                                 How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Green Left Weekly

howtoamketroubleHow to Make Trouble and Influence People: A Review
By Meredith Jacka
Socialist Party Australia
November 4th, 2013
How to make trouble and influence people – Pranks, protests, graffiti and political mischief making’ provides a brief yet diverse historical account of Australian radical politics over the last 225 years.

But unlike many other history books, this one is delightfully easy to read, you can pick it up and open it to any page and you’ll learn something. It could be about a convict uprising in 1798 or anti nuclear activists in 1986.

There’s no need to sift through dry, academic, text book style stuff, Iain McIntyre has done that for us, with the result being an aesthetically pleasing and easily accessible resource book for anyone interested in progressive activism.
howtoamketroubleHow to Make Trouble and Influence People: Recommended Summer Reading
By Rachel Evans
Green Left Weekly
In this beautifully-designed book, Melbourne-based author Iain McIntyre reveals the vital history of creative resistance in Australia. It is told through stories of Indigenous resistance, convict escapes, picket-line high-jinks, student occupations, creative direct action, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, street theatre and billboard liberation...

For more from Iain... 

Also see review in YES! Magazine (Summer 2014) by Madeline Ostrander.  [--Dick]

Contents of #3
Sending a Petition
Z Magazine January 2012
Yes! Fifteen Activists
New Book:  Becoming the Leaders We Need
New Book: Save the Humans?
New Book: Dream of a Nation
New Documentary on Effects on People of US Capitalism and Remedies
Occupy Wall Street
Justice for Tomato Field Laborers
Global Rallies for Renewable Energy
Journalistic Dilemma in Reporting Protest
Looking Back

Contents of #4 April 9, 2012

The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World
Civic Resistance
Book:  Dream of a Nation
Book:  Mobilizing
Book:  Collaboration
Mark Ruffalo
John Graham, Giraffe Project
Nonviolent Method:  Shame
3 Dissenters: Press, Joya, Jacob George
How to Organize an Event

Contents of #5 (in roughly chronological order of subjects)

Franklin Folsom, the Unemployed  Organized

Bollinger and Tran, From Tecumseh to Harvey Milk

Folsom, Peace March 1986

Film about Brian Willson

Thich Nhat Hanh, Love in Action
Berlowe, Compassionate Rebel 2002, Anger and Love
Berlowe, Compassionate Rebel 2
Zinn, Collected Speeches
Goodman and Moynihan, Resisters Today
Post-Nov. 6, 2012 Election Movement Building
Amy Goodman
Dreier and Cohen

Contents #6
Anti-War Film
Protest, Social Change Film: Let Fury Have the Hour
Rights of Disabled Campaign: Learning Hardball
Critical Thinking
Mann, Progressive Organizing
Split This Rock Poetry Festival
RESIST: Funding for Change
Dick’s Recent Newsletters


Contents #7  September 15, 2013
Tomgram, Solnit: Occupy Anniversary
Dick:  Moyers and Co., Successful Organizing 
   Sandra Steingraber vs. Epidemic Toxic Trespass in US
   Marshall Ganz,
Madeline Janis, and Rachel Laforest—  
Mindful Occupation Booklet, Successful Organizing
Levine:  Get Up, Stand Up Against the Corporations
YES! Magazine.  A news magazine of notes and short articles    about pje changers.
Andrew Boyd, A Toolbox for Revolution
Adam Kahane, Power and Love…for Social Change
Alperovitz, What Do?  Long-range Organizing for Change.
Michelle Deakin.  UU Social Action Heroes
Salsa: Guide for Nonprofits

Contents Activism Newsletter #8 March 4, 2014
Reich, Where are the Ruckus Muckrakers?
Start Your Own Petition
   Move On/, Avaaz
Demand Progress Political Action
Join Hands and Tongue With One of the Thousands
Great Peace Organizations
FCNL Quaker Capitol Hill Lobby
Ganz, Farm Workers’ Movement
Individual Activists
Notable US Peacemakers Rock Happy:  
Dick, Hank Kaminsky’s “Peace Rock”
Moyers:  Dreier, US Activists
Dreier, The 100 Greatest. . .Social Justice Hall of Fame
Reverend Billy (a Billy in every town?)

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