Citizen Action Monitor

How to find calm in a chaotic world – The wisdom of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hạnh

Humankind has become a very dangerous species. We need people who can remain calm and see clearly in order to save us. No 2410 Posted by fw, January 5, 2019 … Continue reading

January 5, 2019

Paul’s gift prompts “thoughts of my vast ignorance and the society of illusions and delusions that I was living”

“We are all bruised, aren’t we?  But often times those bruised the most have the most to give.” –Edward Curtin. No 2388 Posted by fw, October 27, 2018 It is … Continue reading

October 27, 2018

The Four Levels of Activism: a personal narrative by a burnt out activist

“It is exhausting to try to change the world by re-localizing and re-skilling your local community.” No 1752 Posted by fw, August 18, 2016 “When we say we should live an … Continue reading

August 18, 2016

Is anyone reading those emails we send to politicians?

Here’s what some people have to say about their experiences – from Ralph Nader on down to Citizen Doe No 1599 Posted by fw, February 21, 2016 I’ll chip in my … Continue reading

February 21, 2016

“Today, my body was a TV’d massacre” — A keenly distressing, awe-full poem — VIDEO

Rafeef Ziadah, Canadian-Palestinian spoken word artist and activist, recites her word art No 1567 Posted by fw, January 15, 2016 Rafeef’s debut audio CD, Hadeel, is dedicated to Palestinian youth, … Continue reading

January 15, 2016

Pope’s encyclical, “On Care For Our Common Home”, aimed directly at world’s economic and political elites

Pope believes situation so grave that only new “true world political authority” can address these problems No 1374 Posted by fw, June 18, 2015 “While the Argentina-born pope is a … Continue reading

June 18, 2015

Five contemporary movements pushing humanity to change course, to save the planet

We cannot wait for governments or lawmakers to take the lead for us – It’s our turn to lead No 1325 Posted by fw, May 5, 2015 “Today, in 2015, … Continue reading

May 5, 2015

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference as a global citizen? — The Pachamama Alliance may be for you

Pachamama’s engagement experience is designed to awaken, educate, and connect a critical mass of “pro-activist” leaders No 1324 Posted by fw, May 4, 2015 Discover how a small group of … Continue reading

May 4, 2015

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action”

The title of this little post is the first line of A Blessed Unrest, a poem by Martha Graham to Agnes De Mille I trust no one will object if … Continue reading

January 18, 2015

How activists can be challenged by, and take comfort from, the impermanence of things

“We had better accept that life as we know it is pretty much about impermanence,” says Melissa Viney No 1037 Posted by fw, April 21, 2014 An essential aspect of … Continue reading

April 21, 2014

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

So wrote American philosopher, psychologist William James in a 1908 letter to Helen Keller No 971 Posted by fw, February 09, 2014 The above William James’ quote popped into mind … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s our worldview, stupid. It’s time to change it

This film is a clarion call for all those who want to participate in the transition to a new worldview No 775 Posted by fw, June 11, 2013 Without exaggeration, … Continue reading

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How to use nonviolent persuasion to neutralize opponents’ power advantages and win decisive campaign victories

The key is to contradict the stereotypical images the powerful use to keep the less powerful in their place No 766 Posted by fw, June 5, 2013 “What the white, … Continue reading

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Response to an activist thinking of closing her pro-Palestinian/anti-Zionist website, “My Catbird Seat”

Cook’s response is a plea “to all who would spend their lives devoted to the rights that give all meaning” No 735 Posted by fw, May 03, 2013 “I am … Continue reading

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Recognition of our oneness prevents us from getting lost in our separateness

We are born into a culture of separateness. Heartfelt expressions of compassion do not always come easily to us. No 643 Posted by fw, January 1, 2013 “We are interconnected. … Continue reading

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We’ll always have eighty-three problems and there’s nothing we can do about it — A Buddhist tale

No 608 Posted by fw, November 9, 2012 There’s a story about a man who came to the Buddha for help. He was unhappy with his life. There was nothing … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Getting people politically activated by fanning flames of fear, urgency, moral outrage just deepens polarized world into good guys and bad guys

Spiritual leader and activist Ram Dass recounts his experience at an antinuclear protest decades ago* leaving us with some important lessons to learn. No 603 Posted by fw, November 2, … Continue reading

November 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

The activist’s paradox: To answer the call to act to relieve human suffering without drowning in the suffering

No 595 Posted by fw October 20, 2012 “As my awareness gets rooted in deeper and deeper understanding, my life just automatically becomes one of any act to relieve suffering … Continue reading

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What does meditation have to do with activism?

Plenty, says poet activist Michael Brownstein No 589 Posted by fw October 9, 2012 The following post was written by an activist who meditates, and has found that meditation practice … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · Leave a comment