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Georgia Kelly is the founder and director of Praxis Peace Institute, a Sonoma based non-profit, peace education organization. She also teaches conflict resolution. Prior to her work with Praxis, she enjoyed a long career as a harpist, composer, and recording artist. She recently edited and co-authored "Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism."

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Why I Support Bernie Sanders 100 Percent

(111) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 2:44 PM

I've been politically active since the Vietnam War days, was a delegate for Jerry Brown at the 1992 Democratic Convention, have navigated between the Democratic Party and the Green Party for years, and have been involved in many issue-oriented campaigns

In my lifetime, there has never been a candidate...

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Reflections on My First Trip to Cuba

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 4:46 PM

If you have never been to Cuba, you cannot really imagine it. Any American steeped in 55 years of anti-Castro rhetoric cannot begin to dream up the real Cuba. Sure, part of it takes one into a time warp with beautifully maintained 1950s vintage cars and old broken down trucks...

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Learning Strategy From the Farmworkers

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 7:42 PM

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the farmworkers strike and boycotts in California. Beginning in Coachella Valley and moving up to Delano where the headquarters became established, this brilliantly strategized movement accomplished extraordinary results. Overcoming the arbitrary division between Filipinos and Mexicans that was encouraged by the growers, these...

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Ukraine: Don't Rush to Judgment

(14) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 9:57 AM

It is not unusual for people to believe the propaganda that their side spews out non-stop with swaggering bravado. That's why propaganda exists. It works time after time, in every part of the world.

In viewing the crisis in Ukraine, it is important to first examine our own propaganda.

Do...

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Exploring Uncivil Liberties

(20) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 12:33 PM

When does liberty become license? At what point does the free exercise of my rights trample on yours? What is the real meaning of terms like private property, civil society, the commons?

These are the questions that a group of authors tackled in a new book, "Uncivil Liberties; Deconstructing...

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Thrive: Deconstructing the Film

(56) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 1:03 AM

There have been many screenings in the Bay Area of a privately produced film called Thrive. It is a long documentary, created in a New-Agey, pseudoscientific mode, which would be fairly innocuous if it were not masking a reactionary, libertarian political agenda that stands in jarring contrast with the soothing...

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Return to Mondragón

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:53 PM

Imagine living in a place where, even in this economic downturn, there is zero percent unemployment. Where there are no homeless people or soup kitchens because poverty is unknown. Where students get a quality education at a private university for about $5,000 a year, and healthcare and pensions are not...

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How Norway Responds to Catastrophe

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 7:06 PM

Twenty years ago, I was living in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), when the civil war erupted there. Realizing that an attack on Zagreb was a distinct possibility after Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia, I thought it wise to consider an exit strategy. However, by the time I decided to...

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Notes From Governor Jerry Brown's Inauguration

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Yesterday, I attended the sober inaugural ceremony that installed Jerry Brown as the 39th Governor of the state of California. Attending with me was Sonoma Mayor Laurie Gallian. We witnessed an unusual inaugural event. No fanfare, no elegant reception, no frills.

Focusing on the challenges that face us but...

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Worker-Owners in the Bay Area: A Business Model for the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 9:28 AM

A few years ago, when former CA state legislator Tom Hayden suggested that Northern California should apply for observer status with the European Union, it was understood that our region had more in common with Europe than much of the rest of America. Widely recognized for its progressive politics, the...

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An Alternative to Cutthroat Capitalism

(23) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 12:16 PM

Praxis Peace Institute (my Sonoma, CA non-profit organization) brought a group of 25 people for a 5-day seminar and tour of the Mondragón Cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain, September 13-18, 2010.

There was a popular phrase among some politicians a few years back that proclaimed, "there is...

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