YES Magazine The Bay State is the latest to sign on to a simple strategy to make sure that every vote counts.
Our current system for filling the highest office in the land is broken. The current Electoral College system of electing a president in separate state-by-state elections allows losers to win, creates opportunities for partisans to game the system, and leads to most voters’ preferences being essentially ignored. Continue reading In Massachusetts, A Victory for Fair Elections→
The U.S. reveals the size of its nuclear arsenal for the first time. Are we any closer to disarmament?
For the first time since America first tested a nuclear weapon 65 years ago, the government has disclosed how many nuclear weapons are in our active stockpile. It is long overdue.
The good news is that this action enhances U.S. credibility as President Obama presses to reduce all nuclear arsenals and move towards their eventual elimination. “You can’t get anywhere towards disarmament unless you are going to be transparent about how many weapons you have,” Sharon Squassoni, a nuclear analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Associated Press. Continue reading Some Nuclear Sunshine→
Hundreds to Converge in Altamira to Highlight Threats of Proposed Belo Monte Dam Members of the Press Invited to Attend
Altamira, Brazil – Hundreds of Brazilian indigenous leaders from the Amazon Basin will be joined by local riverbank dwellers and dam-affected people to participate in a regional meeting of the Terra Livre Encampment, in Altamira, Pará, from August 9-12. Organized by the Amazonian Indigenous Organization COIAB, and supported by a coalition of Brazilian and international organizations, participants will occupy the riverside port of Altamira and discuss threats posed by major infrastructure projects in the Amazon, in particular the controversial Belo Monte Dam. The meeting will end with a public rally in Altamira on August 12. Continue reading Indigenous Encampment Planned on Xingu River→