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Peter Bohmer: Another Police Shooting of African-Americans: This Time in Olympia, WA

Out of this tragedy, there is an opportunity to have serious conversations about racism, about Black lives matter and to build mass movements

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Peter Bohmer: Transcontinental Occupation–Transcontinental Conversation

Like most other social justice activists I know, I have been following (and taking part in) the Occupy Wall Street movement. The encampment in Burlington, VT was in City Hall Park in Burlington's downtown district for over two weeks. After a tragic suicide in the encampment, the Progressive/Democrat majority city government shut the camp down Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Why I Support the Boycott of Israeli Goods from the Olympia Food Coop

The decision by the board of the Olympia Food Coop to not buy Israeli made goods and boycott them is a positive and important contribution towards ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is part of a global grassroots boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement to pressure the United States and Israel to fundamentally change Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: What Economic Policies Do We Need?

[This is the third and final part of a ZNet commentary series about global economic crisis and relating to Greece, by Peter Bohmer and Robin Hahnel. Hahnel spoke at the Greek anti-authoritarian movement’s B-Festival in Athens last May and Bohmer will be speaking at the festival in Thessaloniki in September.]   If stonewalling financial reform and fiscal Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Why Are Center Left Political Parties Supporting Global Fiscal Austerity?

[This is the second of a three part ZNet commentary series this month, about global economic crisis and relating to Greece, by Peter Bohmer and Robin Hahnel. Hahnel spoke at the Greek anti-authoritarian movement’s B-Festival in Athens last May and Bohmer will be speaking at the festival in Thessaloniki in September.]   At the recently concluded G-20 Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Has The World Gone Mad?

[This is the first of a three part ZNet commentary series this month, about global economic crisis and relating to Greece, by Peter Bohmer and Robin Hahnel. Hahnel spoke at the Greek anti-authoritarian movement’s B-Festival in Athens last May and Bohmer will be speaking at the festival in Thessaloniki in September.]   Once upon a time most Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Reflection on Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn contributed in so many important ways to creating an understanding of  U.S. history that put at the center the struggles of oppressed people for dignity, and for economic and social justice. His classic, A People’s History of the United States, has had a profound effect in this regard. It is my favorite book. Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: 10 Days That Shook Olympia: Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace

"There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Olympia Expels Nazi

On Sunday, April 2nd, a counter-demonstration, led by the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP), ran the neo-Nazi, National Socialist Movement (NSM) out of our town The NSM has targeted Olympia, Washington as a major location for demonstrating their white-supremacist and anti-Jewish message and as a place where they hope to recruit disaffected white Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Building a Movement Against the Shipment of Weapons to Iraq

Like many other communities, activism in Olympia, Washington against the war and the U.S. occupation of Iraq declined somewhat since the large protests in February and March 2003. Currently, although the victory by Bush and the Republicans nationally has caused significant despair, activism against the occupation has picked up again in Olympia. There is the Read more…

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