Rivera Sun

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Sunday, December 15, 2019
What's the Secret to Success for Nonviolent Movements? Try Solidarity.
There’s a secret to success for nonviolent movements for change: solidarity. Instead of “going it alone,” movements can amplify their message, leverage collective power, and build strength by seeking solidarity from aligned organizations and groups. Movements can also mobilize thousands of people...
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A demonstrator holds a sign during an Extinction Rebellion action in Melbourne Views
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Tapping Into People Power
In times like this, many of us feel powerless to do anything about the political, social, and environmental injustices we face. But, power is everywhere. Like sunlight and solar panels, it's a question of tapping into it. Accustomed to the top-down power of presidents and CEOs, most of us have no...
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President Donald Trump reversed former President Barack Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline in 2017, drawing protests.  Big banks have also been targeted for their continued funding of dirty fossil fuels projects. (Photo: Rainforest Action Network/Bonnie Chan/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Bottom Line: Go for the Money
It's rare to hear business magazines admit the power of nonviolent action. As the editor of Nonviolence News , a service that collects and shares 30-50+ stories of nonviolence in action each week, I often see business journals minimizing the effect of activism. Usually, industry tries to conceal...
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Extreme far-right Vice President of the NRA Wayne LaPierre speaks during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. Views
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Stopping Mass Shootings: Less Finger Pointing, More Action
In the wake of yet another school shooting, everyone from ordinary citizens to pundits to politicians seems to be engaged in one of our favorite and least effective responses: finger pointing and passing blame. It's like a toxic and deadly game of hot potato. The NRA shrieks and throws the blame...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016
Sing the Body Politic, Electric
Recently, I traveled by train across the US in a swaying, creeping journey of that took me through the backyards and forgotten corners of our country. Here, you see the America that doesn't make it into the slogans of presidential campaigns. These back alleys are not evoked by the statistics and...
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Monday, August 01, 2016
We Can't Bomb Our Way to Better Schools
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."—Dr. King From the left and the right, policy proposals are flying fast and furious. It is an election year, after all. But one topic is completely off...
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Vladimir Putin carrying his buddy Donald Trump Views
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Vote Fear and Fear Wins
Watching the electoral cycle this year is like watching an old movie from a warped film reel with the sound out of sync. The puppet figures of politicians go through the meaningless gestures. The familiar slogans and catch phrases groan from twisted mouths, distorted and odd. A maniacal fervor...
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Saturday, March 05, 2016
10 Things To Know About Nonviolent Struggle
“There is a place between passivity and violence. I’ll meet you there.” – Rivera Sun Nonviolent struggle is on the rise globally. Neither passive, nor inaction, this powerful way of working for change is proving Gandhi’s audacious claim that “nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of...
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