05 Oct 2012

I Can’t Tell You Who Won the Debate, but I Can Tell You Who Lost

I haven’t watched the debate. And I’ve tried to stay away from the coverage. All I know is the Huffington Post says reporters and political operatives are largely calling it for Romney. And I can guess what that means—Romney managed to get through it without short circuiting. For someone who has

22 Dec 2011

Occupy the GOP

It is not called the Grand Old Party without good reason.  Formed in 1854 as a response to the proposed expansion of slavery into Kansas and Nebraska, by 1860, they controlled Congress, and had succeeded in electing one of the greatest men to ever hold the highest office in our

30 Nov 2011

Why We Occupy

At the last general assembly I attended in Los Angeles’ Solidarity Park, on the night the occupiers first expected to get evicted, the focus topic of the evening was “Why We Occupy.” I will tell you what I’ve heard from those Occupying Los Angeles and everywhere, and what I know

16 Nov 2011

Occupy is a Terrible Name for A Movement

Before too many people get all up in arms over the title, let me just say that I stand in solidarity with the Occupy demonstrators, and cannot even begin to express my gratitude for what they have already accomplished—namely to affirm what many of us have been feeling for a

12 Nov 2011

99 Quotes to Occupy Your Mind: Part One, On The People

Part 1 of 12: On The People We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. –Abraham Lincoln The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them

10 Nov 2011

Re: Ohio’s Amendment to Prohibit Health Care Mandates, Liberty, Socialism, and Democratic Strategy

An open letter Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Florida Congresswoman, DNC Chair, and Vice Chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Dear Debbie, Last night on Lawrence O’Donnell you seemed to be evading the question of the Constitutionality of an individual mandate. Do you not have an opinion about the matter?

08 Nov 2011

99% Isn’t Enough

You can talk about capitalism and communism and all that sort of thing, but the important thing is the struggle everybody is engaged in to get better living conditions, and they are not interested too much in government. ~Bernard Baruch   We have been called the land of opportunity. A

06 Nov 2011

Thank You for Hope

This was originally published on January 20, 2009.  A lot has changed since then, and I, like many of you have been disappointed that our President did not do a better job of leading on a number of progressive policy issues, but I do believe there is still hope for

18 Oct 2011

Occupy LA: Perhaps Not So Inspirational After All

More from Ruth Bonnet Invigorated by my experience visiting #OWS in New York a few weeks ago, I was greatly looking forward to the Global Day of Action back in Los Angeles.  For the record, I am not a professional protester, although I started going on Gay Pride marches in

11 Oct 2011

We Are Here To Inspire A Movement

by Ruth Bonnet I went to New York last week to scatter the ashes of Jack, my beloved border collie of 12 years, who lived with me there before we moved to Los Angeles. I spent most of my days wandering and soaking up the sounds of the city, riding