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Monday, March 14, 2011

Nuclear Power Madness


Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever.

Political elites are still clinging to the oxymoron of “safe nuclear power.” It’s up to us -- people around the world -- to peacefully and insistently shut those plants down.

There is no more techno-advanced country in the world than Japan. Nuclear power is not safe there, and it is not safe anywhere.



Sunday, March 13, 2011

Norman Solomon will speak to Council of Mayors and Councilmembers

Marin Independent Journal
From an article by political columnist Dick Spotswood

Marin's Council of Mayors and Councilmembers generally stays out of politics, but that may temporarily change. San Anselmo Mayor Ford Greene has invited Norman Solomon to be the speaker at the group's April 27 public dinner meeting. The monthly sessions are hosted in rotation by Marin's eleven municipalities. In April, it's the Hub City's turn.


Friday, February 25, 2011

In search of a Green New Deal

From the Marin Independent Journal

Elections come and go, but the need for a Green New Deal remains.

Dire trends are undermining our economy and ecology. Misplaced priorities have led to high unemployment, rampant home foreclosures and widening income inequality.

Meanwhile, despite important progress in certain areas, the natural environment continues to take a beating.

We can find solutions — but only if we invigorate civic involvement.

That's been the hope behind a grassroots initiative launched two years ago — the Green New Deal for the North Bay — directly involving hundreds of people in public forums, discussions and meetings.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Solomon prepares to seek Woolsey’s seat in Congress

The Press Democrat

Norman Solomon, a Marin County political activist and author, said Wednesday he will run for the Sonoma—Marin congressional seat in 2012 if Rep. Lynn Woolsey retires.

Solomon, an Inverness resident and self-described progressive Democrat, said he would “extend the Woolsey legacy” by opposing war in Afghanistan and backing green jobs, clean energy, civil liberties, gender equality, health care, education and balanced spending priorities.

“True leadership means standing up for the well-being of the vast majority of Americans, even when — especially when — the powerful push back,” Solomon said.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Grassroots Response as Norman Moves Toward Run for Congress

Enthusiastic support has continued to surge across the North Bay since Norman Solomon's announcement in late January that he will run for the seat currently held by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey if she decides not to seek re-election. Many see the potential for a grassroots campaign to counter the power of corporate money in politics.

Solomon has gained wide recognition for his expertise and advocacy on such issues as ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, foreign policy, human rights, healthcare, workers’ rights and sustainability.

“Norman Solomon is already out demonstrating expertise on national issues. Solomon and Woolsey are 100 percent in agreement on those policies,” Marin IJ political columnist Dick Spotswood wrote recently.

Solomon said that he would extend the Woolsey legacy -- strongly opposing war in Afghanistan while championing progressive policies for good green jobs, economic fairness, clean energy, civil liberties, gender equality, healthcare, education and balanced spending priorities.


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