Activist/author David Swanson returns to talk about his latest book, War Is a Lie and Rev. Susan B. Thistlethwaite on her new book, Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World. Swanson is the veteran activist who worked for ACORN and was press secretary on the 2004 presidential campaign of Dennis Kucinich. He writes and speaks passionately about America’s wars, past and present, and how war fever is generated by politicians and the media with deception and manipulation. Informed by WikiLeaks, we identify some of the current lies that surround our military operations in Pakistan, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, and we talk about the role of the corporate media in promoting propaganda over truth. Swanson will be in California starting 12/18. While the book is available at Amazon, Swanson is boycotting Amazon for cutting off WikiLeaks servers. You can get his book for half price, and get details on his speaking tour here. Rev. Thistlethwaite is a UCC minister and former president of the Chicago Theological Seminary, where she is now a professor. In our second segment starting at 54:00, she talks about the dangers of religious fundamentalism in our wired world, the need for progressive Christian voices to counter the impact of Christian fundamentalists, and the false notion of American exceptionalism most recently promoted by Sarah Palin. We also talk about the fight for economic justice that is playing out in the battle over the Bush tax cuts. Thistlethwaite is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and you can read her recent commentaries here.
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War Is A Lie
John Lennon believed that artists can change the world, and that each of us has a responsibility to create a better future. We are gathering creative people on the 30th anniversary of his murder, to do good. Human beings can be killed, but the power of human creativity endures.
Each participant’s name is linked to a place where you can purchase his/her work. They have pledged to donate any 12/8/10 royalties via this link to the charity listed after the link.
Let’s rewrite the story of December 8th. “A dream we dream alone is just a dream. A dream we dream together is reality.”
Marley Brant, author, donating to The Salvation Army
Mike Gerber, author, donating to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Bob Harris, TV and travel writer, donating to Kiva.org
Devin McKinney, author, donating to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Joseph Moore, writer/photographer, donating to Doctors Without Borders
Rip Rense, writer, donating to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Mike Sacks, author, donating to the Ronald McDonald House
Jon Schwarz, writer, donating to Consortium News
David Swanson, author, donating to Courage to Resist
Crystal Zevon, Writer, donating to Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
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Friday, December 17th, 2010, 6 PM
"War is a Lie", with best-selling author David Swanson; other invited luminaries. Fellowship Hall, 1241 Cedar St. (@ Bonita) Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.
Book talk, reception, music, followed by book signing and dancing.
$20 suggested donation (includes copy of book); $10 without book, to benefit CODEPINK Golden Gate Chapter and the BFUU.