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Leaflet advocating Gandhian Resistance I distributed in Washington DC at Climate change rally

Started Nov 21, 2012 0 Replies

We Climate Change Activists Are Not Serious Enough!Our culture is the ultimate in superficiality.We seek to maximize public support. Such is the way of most political activism.Beyond the breadth of…Continue

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American environmentalists successfuilly suppress discussion of Gandhi

Started this discussion. Last reply by Balamurali Balaji Aug 30, 2011. 8 Replies

Tonight I returned from making a 5 minute presentation to a third of the nonviolent direct action workshop at Powershift 2011 at the DC Convention Center.  I had expected to speak to the whole…Continue

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David Slesinger commented on Balamurali Balaji's blog post Article: Is Gandhi out-of date? - A study
"While your full statement is not as troubling as your summary, I consider it below Gandhian standards to discuss terrorism without being open to mentioning US government involvement in the perpetration of 9/11. It is a form of suppression of…"
Feb 4
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Leaflet advocating Gandhian Resistance I distributed in Washington DC at Climate change rally

We Climate Change Activists Are Not Serious Enough!Our culture is the ultimate in superficiality.We seek to maximize public support. Such is the way of most political activism.Beyond the breadth of support, we should also be concerned with the depth of our commitment to the cause.Most political people are just concerned with marshalling their supporters. Gandhi felt it was important to suffer in jail to touch the heart of his adversaries.Our sisters and brothers known as “climate change…See More
Nov 21, 2012
David Slesinger commented on Balamurali Balaji's event GANDHIRAMA 2012
"I am so honored to be invited to this, however, I expect to lovingly challenge Veterans for Peace to have me arrested the week before in Miami. I also am changing jobs and am worried about paying my rent and other bills. Hopefully another year I…"
Jun 23, 2012
David Slesinger might attend Balamurali Balaji's event

GANDHIRAMA 2012 at Jawaharlal Nehru University

August 17, 2012 to August 22, 2012
A feast of ideas and a festival of ArtSee More
Jun 19, 2012
David Slesinger replied to GandhiServe Foundation's discussion Pros and cons of civil disobedience in the group Mahatma Gandhi News Digest
"Thanks so much for your response.  I am sorry that I do not have time to read or view videos extensively as I have a 40 hour a week job ,read slowly,don't even take care of my health because of my activist dedication, and have much reading…"
Jun 18, 2012
David Slesinger replied to GandhiServe Foundation's discussion Pros and cons of civil disobedience in the group Mahatma Gandhi News Digest
"I am unfamiliar with so many of the Proper Names you use. I guess I can look them up on the computer rather than asking you to explain each. Allow me to review the immediate challenges for me, who is more of an organizer than a thinker. I claim to…"
Jun 17, 2012
David Slesinger replied to GandhiServe Foundation's discussion Pros and cons of civil disobedience in the group Mahatma Gandhi News Digest
"So pleased to see where you are going You appear closer to me politically than almost any person in the US. I will probably seek extensive discussion of other concerns of mine, but let me address first what you raise. I certainly don't like the…"
Jun 15, 2012
David Slesinger replied to GandhiServe Foundation's discussion Pros and cons of civil disobedience in the group Mahatma Gandhi News Digest
"The only argument against civil disobedience seemed to be lack of concern for justice, hardly much of an option. Did I misunderstand?"
Jun 14, 2012
David Slesinger replied to GandhiServe Foundation's discussion Pros and cons of civil disobedience in the group Mahatma Gandhi News Digest
"Sorry to be obtuse. what are the cons of civil disobedience?"
Jun 14, 2012
David Slesinger commented on Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal's blog post Gitmo or Gandhi?
"While the wisdom of this essay deserves full praise, I must note something that needs to be raised when Gitmo is mentioned. Pacifists like myself and the Shapiros would oppose violence to Gitmo prisoners just because they are human beings. However,…"
May 14, 2012
David Slesinger replied to Jessie carrel's discussion Satyagraha
"I am so pleased to see several people comments indicating the importance of loving suffering by the actionist. My mentor in nonviolence, previously the primary source of Gandhi related literature in North America, Arthur Harvey of Greenleaf Books,…"
Mar 12, 2012
David Slesinger replied to GandhiServe Foundation's discussion Anna Hazare's methods are not Gandhian: Tushar Gandhi in the group Mahatma Gandhi News Digest
"Obviously I do not mind giving Anna praise. Nevertheless, I hope I am not alone in my concern that admirer's of Bapu know he was clear that you only fast on people who love you."
Dec 19, 2011
David Slesinger replied to GandhiServe Foundation's discussion Anna Hazare's methods are not Gandhian: Tushar Gandhi in the group Mahatma Gandhi News Digest
"Hazare deserves appreciation for his concern for integrity and his courage. My understanding is that Gandhiji saw fasting as a technique only to be used on those who love you. I don't see that as what Hazare is doing. We can wish him well…"
Dec 19, 2011
David Slesinger replied to JP Cusick's discussion Occupy Wall Street, USA.
"I would be so pleased if Gandhiji's approach to civil disobedience was popular in the US, but I believe he is quoted but not understood by those getting arrested. I have not seen full reports of many arrests, but Americans generally plead not…"
Nov 28, 2011
David Slesinger commented on Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal's blog post Thought For The Day ( SCIENCE )
"Americans and even many Indians are afraid to examine the scientific evidence that 9/11 was a false flag operation. We all know the towers fell straight down from videos. They certainly didn't fall over. The official explanation is fire. Fire…"
Oct 24, 2011
David Slesinger commented on Dr. T. Prasad's blog post Corruption, Anna and Gandhi
"Every nonviolent activist in the US seems unaware that Gandhi advised fasting to only be used on those who love you. It seems from Anna's very public effort that even followers of Gandhi in India are also unaware of this admonition from Bapu.…"
Oct 17, 2011

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In regard to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi I am a / we are an
activist
About me / us
Hopefully I am wrong, but it appears I am the only advocate of Gandhian resistance in the US. Gandhi is, of course, much more than resistance. It seems all US scholars of Gandhi avoid resistance and none of those who do nonviolent arrest urge others who do so to avoid seeking mercy.
I've been arrested about 30 times and did 4 months in jail in 1982.
My / our projects, events, campaigns, research, publications
Since 2002 active with the 911Truth movement.
Since 1977 I've been active against nuclear power, being one of the 1414 arrested with the Clamshell Alliance at the nuclear plant at Seabrook, NH
Address and contact details
dslesinger@alum.mit.edu

911courage.blogspot.com
JenningsMystery.com
YourCowardiceIsBelowYou.com
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http://911courage.org

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At 5:19am on September 2, 2011, Bernard "Bernie" Meyer said…

FOR began in 1915 in Europe. So, there have been many actions and many CDs. I am unaware of quilty pleas by FOR members for CDs, but I do not know about most of the actions. Peace, Bernie

PS I have done many CDs or better Citizen Interventions, one Court appearance just last Monday for Blocking the entrance to Sub Base Bangor on the Hood Canal in Washington State. Trident Subs carrying nuclear weapons.

At 4:32pm on September 5, 2010, Dr. Ravindra Kumar said…
Awaiting your complete address David! To send you a copy of NON-COOPERATION soon.
Regards,
Ravindra Kumar
At 4:31pm on March 23, 2010, Neil Garland said…
David, we need to organize something against President Obama's support of a nuclear power plant in Atlanta, that will only create 800 jobs, see
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61F33V20100216.

Lets have dinner soon so we can meet.
Neil Garland
(Neilji)
At 9:05am on March 22, 2010, Om Prakash Joshi said…
It is interesting to read the discussion. Why to discuss about steel and concrete, rather than human life. Laden or some body else killed thousands of human beings is important for discussion. Gandhi always advocated for non-violence, truth and vegetarianism. We must also advocate these basic points of Gandhi
At 8:14am on March 20, 2010, Dipak Dholakia said…
Dear David
I have posted my respons to your comments. I think you have missed it. I copy-paste it here so you can respond to it. There are three more comments on the thread.Here is mine:
I too am confused because I did not find 'Reply to this' under the latest post by David Slesinger. I do not know how this would appear.
David, we belong to the same age group.
First thing, I realise the problem you face which is more in nature of ideological weaknesses on the part of the people around you. I mean, they do not believe, what they say. You have very rightly said that: " I have been urging American activists to see that the most important dimension is not theory or even evidence, but courage/cowardice.". I could not agree more. to tell you honestly, I happened to be agovernment employee till Nov. 08, I have had no opportunity to enagage in activism. I am an untried Gandhian. On the other hand you are doing something and willing to fight for what you think is correct.
I am happy that you have conceded my point that Laden is a culprit for other crimes even if he may not be responsible for 9/11. The main thing is, how to enlist people's support. Is there some sort of Right to Information Act whci may be used to extract information about actions government took before 9/11. I am just indulging in loud thinking. Is it possible to file a petition before a court to make government answerable?
See, my personal opinion does not count. it is your opinion that has to have priority for you. I can only discuss this with you.
It is surprising that your colleagues are not forthcoming in your support. But that is the way it is.
I would still say that creating consensus is very important. The evidence of government involvement must gather public support or must go to a court of law. That is courts should take cognizance of the evidence. I think you do work on this line too. This is more a matter of inquiry commission than of public agitation. at least, this is how I think.
At 1:17pm on March 16, 2010, Neil Garland said…
Dear David,
I will try and call you tonite, very happy to hear from you. Do you like Indian Food?
Dr. Neil Garland
410-484-6447
Namaste
At 9:26am on March 14, 2010, Riccardo Gramegna said…
Hi David! I heard already about you and your 'actions'. A.B.Bhardwaj told me years ago and i finally got to meet yo here! Good. I'll send ou a friendship invitation!
 
 
 

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