Stories by Geov Parrish

Geov Parrish is a Seattle-based columnist and reporter for Seattle Weekly, In These Times and Eat the State! He writes the Straight Shot column for WorkingForChange. subscribe to Geov Parrish's feed

Posted on: Jan 13, 2002, Source: WorkingForChange.com

White America has turned Dr. King from an outspoken critic of corporate and government power into a warm, fuzzy non-political Hallmark Card.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2002, Source: WorkingForChange.com

The federal deficit just got a whole lot bigger, now that a federal court has given corporations a huge new tax loophole to exploit.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2002, Source: WorkingForChange.com

This inspiring story about a group called Building Communities shows the kind of solutions that emerge when average, concerned citizens have the will to change society.

Posted on: Dec 25, 2001, Source: In These Times

Ding, dong, Al-Qaeda's dead. So sing headlines, pundits, and news shows across America. Of course, chances are good that Al-Qaeda still lives. But then, America has never been very good about counting the dead overseas.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2001, Source: Seattle Weekly

Oxycontin is being portrayed as a menace to society, with a handful of tragedies being expropriated as proof. It's the sort of fiction that has used a very real problem -- drug abuse -- to justify a decades-long grab for government power -- the War on Drugs.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

With the unexpected and welcome news that Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence has been overturned, you'd think his supporters would be dancing in the streets. You'd be wrong.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

For nearly three weeks, I've been trying to get Attorney General John Ashcroft to answer a few invasive, personal questions. After all, that's what he wants me to do ...

Posted on: Nov 4, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

Humanitarian organizations warn that even before the bombing of Afghanistan began on Oct. 7, some 7,500,000 Afghans were at risk of starving to death this winter.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

Thanks to the Internet, interested readers can now find more news and viewpoints directly from the Islamic world, without being filtered by the White House, the Pentagon or the major networks.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

While the outpouring of generosity and compassion appears to know no limits, many of the people directly affected by the events of Sept. 11 are getting no help at all.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

The scope of the civilian destruction the U.S. is creating in Afghanistan is only starting to become clear.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

Eradicating terrorism rests more than anything else on not just neutralizing existing terrorist plots, but on reaching the "hearts and minds" of our world neighbors.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2001, Source: Seattle Weekly

Anti-war activists need to give up the hackneyed "no war!" posters and peace signs, replacing them with ways to combat terrorism far more effectively than bombing Kabul.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

Repugnant as the Taliban are, our current attack on them is a classic bait and switch, promising to fight terrorism and instead bombing already bombed-out, helpless thugs.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Americans are united not in a massive military response to the September 11 attacks, but in the commitment to end terror. This is the source of the current peace movement, which looks like no other in history.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A recent poll shows that 46 percent of Americans are not in favor of military reprisals for the 9-11 attacks. The anti-war movement may have finally moved from marginal to mainstream.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Preventing war can be a citizen activity! Read how you can participate in the growing anti-war movement.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

The news you're not getting these days from the mainstream media.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2001, Source: Seattle Weekly

Terrorism is best encouraged by creating thousands, or millions, more martyrs during a war in the Middle East. The United States can't be that stupid. Can it?

Posted on: Sep 18, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

With small but growing rallies and meetings, the peace movement has begun its race to catch up and overtake the war momentum.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

What hopefully died on September 9, 2001 was not our economic, military, or political isolationism; it was the willful cultural isolationism of the American people.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The political left has an enormous amount of work to do -- right now, today, immediately -- to prevent our government from making a bad situation much, much worse.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Irresponsible media speculation about Tuesday morning's events was rampant, as talking heads blamed Islamic militants for the tragedy on no more than shreds of evidence.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

As people recoil in horror at what is undeniably, well, a horror and a tragedy, and as the U.S. undoubtedly starts to mount retaliatory attacks, here are a few brief reminders of how we got here.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Drug law reformers must acknowledge that drug abuse really does hurt both individuals and communities. The only solutions are personal responsibility and community support.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2001, Source: Eat the State!

Progressives have been decrying the War on Drugs for years. But many have also failed to acknowledge that drug abuse really does hurt both individuals and communities.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2001, Source: Eat the State!

Many environmental activists were sure they could defeat the oil-soaked White House in its bid to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They miscalculated.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2001, Source: WorkingForChange.com

Dear Taxpayer: We are pleased to inform you that our Beloved and Respected Comrade Leader George W. Remedial Bush is throwing you a pitiful little bribe in the amount of $0.16.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

For some 20 months, tactics have been escalating on both sides as the protests against international finance and trade organizations have gotten larger and more raucous. Now one is dead in Italy. Is change afoot?

Posted on: Jun 11, 2001, Source: Seattle Weekly

How much is the extension of a dying person's life worth? A double organ transplant survivor says it depends on how much wealth you've accumulated, how many friends you have and who they are.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The May 16 execution of Timothy McVeigh promises to be one of the most repulsive, sickening media and cultural spectacles in the modern history of a country numbed by them.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Have you ever wondered how much more money your stockholders could make if only you could buy the President of the United States? Well now you can!!

Posted on: Feb 5, 2001, Source: Seattle Weekly

When we are able to find the humanity in individuals we consider repugnant -- as I did when burying my father -- what does it mean for our society? For our politics? For war?

Posted on: Jan 21, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Despite bitter cold, heavy police presence and unenthused media coverage, protesters at this weekend's inauguration delivered a consistent, strong message: George W. Bush has no right to pursue far-right policies.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Now that George II has unveiled his Cabinet choices, the difference between him and Al Gore has become apparent. In contrast to Bush's mediagenic rhetoric of bipartisanship and healing, few of his top administrative picks can be considered "moderate."

Posted on: Jan 7, 2001, Source: AlterNet

When George W. Bush takes office on January 20, a hodgepodge of activist groups will be vocally protesting the inauguration ceremony. What do they hope to accomplish, and why?

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Can thousands -- or even millions -- of outraged citizens deflect the juggernaut that is transnational capital?

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