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Thursday, December 18,2014

Learning courage from East German pacifists

By Dave Anderson
I recently talked with Boulder schoolteacher Zuza Bohley, who grew up in East Germany. Her entire family were politically active pacifists and were under constant surveillance and harrassment by the Stasi (the secret police). Amnesty International publicized their troubles.
Thursday, December 4,2014

Hick clueless on guest workers

By Dave Anderson
He said: “What’s amazing to me is, a lot of young Latinos, the vast majority don’t care about a pathway to citizenship. They want to be able to get on an airplane and get down to Mexico City and visit their grandparents. And they want to get a job and be able to get paid over the table.
Thursday, November 20,2014

A history of atrocities against American Indians

By Dave Anderson
When Christopher Columbus and his men landed in the New World, he described in his log how the friendly Arawak Indians ran to greet them and offered food, water and gifts: “They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Friendship City Project builds peace one piece at a time

By Dave Anderson
Carl Conetta disputes this in a recent lengthy study of current and historical U.S. public opinion polls on global engagement, military intervention and defense spending. He is the director of the Project for Defense Alternatives of the Center for International Policy.
Thursday, October 23,2014

‘Punk’ kids refreshing in a stale political season

By Dave Anderson
The board quickly abrogated an agreed-upon pay raise for teachers and pushed through a new system linking teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests, rejecting a review by a third-party factfinder who ruled the new system too inaccurate to use for setting salaries.
Thursday, October 9,2014

Democracy in the workplace

By Dave Anderson
Can democracy just consist of voting at the ballot box when we spend much of our time living under a dictatorship at the workplace? Increasingly, Americans are saying no. Under the radar, many are creating collective, cooperative kinds of economic institutions that aren’t your usual capitalist top-down enterprise. About 13 million Americans are in companies with some form of worker ownership. At least 40 percent of American society — 130 million people — are involved in co-ops and credit unions.
Thursday, September 25,2014

Dissecting the political party landscape

By Dave Anderson
There’s a surging populist progressive insurgency of Elizabeth Warren-type Democratic candidates all over the country, according to John Nichols in the latest issue of The Nation. But not in Colorado. Our politics are sometimes described as moderate, but actually should be called heterogeneous. In a profile of Colorado’s political divisions in 2012, journalist Ben Adler portrayed us as a typical “swing state”:
Thursday, September 11,2014

Battle brews on living wages

By Dave Anderson
On Sept. 4, fast food workers went on strike in 159 American cities. Hundreds were arrested for acts of non-violent civil disobedience. It was the latest escalation in a campaign for a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union without retaliation..
Thursday, September 4,2014

Why Nicaraguan kids aren’t fleeing

By Dave Anderson
While many kids from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras flee to the United States, few children from neighboring Nicaragua do. Nicaragua is poor like those nations, but it lacks what experts consider to be the main cause for the migration: high crime and violence.
Thursday, August 14,2014

Finger-pointing in the gun rights fight

By Dave Anderson
Baum is a lifelong liberal Democrat who supports single payer healthcare, strong environmental protection, reproductive freedom, unions, stiff financial regulation, and peace over war. He also loves guns — which puts him at odds with his wife, daughter and friends.