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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Norman Solomon on getting out there and doing something

North Bay Bohemian

"We need to become agitators," says Norman Solomon, Marin County activist and co-creator of the Green New Deal for the North Bay.

"It's the agitator that gets the dirt out in the washing machine," he explains, borrowing an analogy from Jim Hightower. Solomon sees the wash cycle as a good behavior model for those of us who avoid political activism in favor of safe and lazy pondering over how much trouble the world is in right now. It's such a hassle to get involved with strangers and go to meetings. Can't we just whine to our friends about corporate greed and corruption in the comfort of our own homes?

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Whole New ‘Green’ Deal

CommonDreams.org

Can eco economics green us out of the Great Recession?

About two years ago, a group of North Bay residents gathered around a table in a Novato restaurant to talk about missed opportunities.

The idea that old paradigms aren't meeting the unprecedented economic and environmental challenges facing the North Bay today was the topic of the meeting. "I called a bunch of people," says Norman Solomon, "and we met in the back room of the restaurant. There were about 20 people around the table for a few hours."

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