Articles by Marilyn Langlois

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The Future of Work
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2019

In order to prepare our children for the future of work we need to teach them in school about worker solidarity and the history of the labor movement. Instead of being prodded to compete for limited spaces at universities and scarce “dream” jobs (guaranteeing that many will lose out), young people should be learning how to build a society where every job is a good job.

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Calling all Healers!
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

In TMS’ first editorial of the new year, Johan Galtung anointed 2019 as the Year of Health. This is a call to all of you to recognize and cultivate the healer in yourselves, to support and elevate healers everywhere at all levels. To revive ancient healing methods and create new ones for the most intractable ailments afflicting individuals, communities, societies and our human species.

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No No Keshagesh*
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

“Keshagesh means Greedy Guts. It’s what you call a little puppy who eats his own food and then wants everybody else’s.” –Buffy Sainte-Marie. Selfishness is the common cold we treat with parental guidance and peer pressure. Greed is a cancer that will consume us as a species unless we get serious about implementing effective interventions.

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A Plea to TMS Readers
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jun 2018

Dear TMS Readers, our dear friend, brother, colleague, and compañero, Antonio C. S. Rosa, has for many years given selflessly and generously of his time–many many hours every single week–to put together this valuable and highly informative collection of articles and commentary that you can’t find elsewhere. His expenses are minimal but they are real. if you value this resource, please take a moment to donate now, whatever you can spare, and the more of you who give a small amount the greater the collective participation in this peace-building enterprise. Now’s the time to show solidarity not only by sharing ideas but also by sharing the modest means required to keep the TMS platform alive!

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A Challenge to Philanthropists
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

Instead of expressing admiration for rich people who give to the poor we should be challenging them to join us in demanding structural changes to ensure a decent and dignified life for everyone. The Greek root of the word philanthropy is love of humanity. So I invite those who truly love humanity to walk the talk, shoulder to shoulder with all our sisters and brothers, following these four principles.

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Transformative Cities Atlas of Utopia
Transformative Cities Team, via Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

26 Mar 2018 – After months of work we are excited to share with you Transformative Cities Atlas of Utopias, a global gallery that we launch today of inspiring community-led transformation. The atlas features 32 communities from 19 countries who responded to TNI’s Transformative Cities initiative which seeks to learn from cities working on radical solutions to our world’s systemic economic, social and ecological crises.

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A Plea to TMS Readers
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2018

Dear TMS Readers,
Our dear friend, brother, colleague, and compañero, Antonio C. S. Rosa, has for many years given selflessly and generously of his time–many many hours every single week–to put together this valuable and highly informative collection of articles and commentary that you can’t find elsewhere. His expenses are minimal but they are real. if you value this resource, please take a moment to donate now, whatever you can spare, and the more of you who give a small amount the greater the collective participation in this peace-building enterprise. Now’s the time to show solidarity not only by sharing ideas but also by sharing the modest means required to keep the TMS platform alive!
— Marilyn Langlois, Member and TMS Writer

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Playing by the Rules? Nuclear Powers Could Learn from Olympic Athletes and Fans
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

Sometimes it is regular people in unlikely places who need to show world leaders the way: ice hockey players or figure skaters here; families attending an international sports event there. People who have an innate sense of fairness and solidarity and are willing to follow sensible rules, as long as they are applied evenly. So instead of the US insisting on North Korea discontinuing its nuclear weapons program, what if the US tried listening to what people want and took a different approach?

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(Norsk) Bør vi innføre et øvre tak på rikdom?
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jan 2018

Tenk deg at trillioner av dollar blir omfordelt og fordelt utover hele økonomien, inkludert til offentlige finanser, for å tilby sterkt tiltrengte tjenester og infrastruktur. Altfor ofte investerer de svært velstående inntektene sine i eksotiske finansielle instrumenter som ikke har noe å gjøre med målbare aktiviteter. Innføring av et øvre tak på formuer kombinert med et solid gulv for livskvalitet ville føre til økt pengesirkulasjon i jobbintensive aktiviteter både i privat og offentlig sektor.

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“We Still Have a Choice Today: Nonviolent Coexistence or Violent Coannihilation” — MLK
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jan 2018

“When profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s prophetic words continue to haunt and challenge us. He would be 89 years old today, January 15.

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(Italiano) Divide et impera, a chi giova? – Gli USA e l’ex Jugoslavia
Marilyn Langlois | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Nov 2017

L’uomo è un animale sociale e la sua sopravvivenza dipende dalla cooperazione con i suoi simili e dal mutuo sostegno. Solo in un’atmosfera in cui si percepiscono scarsità, minacce e conflitti irrisolti le persone si dividono e demonizzano “l’altro”. Se continuiamo ad attingere a quest’umanità profonda e a respingere costantemente gli incentivi alla divisione, noi esseri umani possiamo sicuramente unire le forze per assicurare una vita decente a tutti.

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Divide and Conquer
David Moore and Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Nov 2017

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Quality-of-life Floor and Wealth Ceiling: A House We Can All Live in
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2017

The house in which we all can live has a quality-of-life floor with a minimum material living standard and a ceiling of maximum material personal wealth. It can be built by harnessing the boundless energy of inclusive populism, or “people-ism”. It would need to be constructed on the most stable foundation possible, one of “equi-archy” (term Galtung uses to describe an egalitarian structure, as opposed to hierarchy and oligarchy).

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Divide and Conquer, Cui Bono? – The US and Former Yugoslavia
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Oct 2017

Human beings are social creatures whose survival depends on cooperation and mutual support. Only in an atmosphere of perceived scarcity, threats and unresolved conflicts do people divide and demonize “the other”. The common denominator in divide and conquer scenarios is increasing concentration of wealth and economic control in the hands of a greedy few to the detriment of poor and working families.

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Richmond’s People to People Delegation: How Beautiful Is Cuba
Willie Thompson, Tarnel Abbott and Marilyn Langlois – San Francisco Bay View, 16 May 2016

We were gratified by the hospitality extended to us in an atmosphere where, by and large, people do right by each other. As the popular national song declares, “Cuba que linda es Cuba!” “How beautiful is Cuba!”

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Haiti’s Election Verification Commission: A Step in the Right Direction
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2016

His [deputy political counselor at the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince] concluding remark, “When capabilities are so low and challenges are so great, where do you draw the line about how flawless the process has to be?” was indicative of the self-serving US policy of dismissing Haitian people’s intelligence, skills and aspirations.

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Haitians Denounce US-Funded Denial of Democracy
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2015

If you happen upon one of the few international news articles about the October 25 first round presidential election in Haiti, and it fails to mention Fanmi Lavalas, Haiti’s largest and most popular political party, and its candidate, Maryse Narcisse, you can be sure the report is part of a well-orchestrated media black-out.

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Haiti: Will Democracy Be Denied—Again?
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2015

Haitians are in the streets demanding their votes be counted, their voices heard. International solidarity groups are demanding the same. US Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a courageous and consistent champion of the Haitian people, is demanding no less in her recent letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Snapshots from the Democratic People’s Republic of [North] Korea (Part 2)
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2015

28 Sep 2015 – Last week TMS published my first account of a recent visit to North Korea, with general impressions and global context, highlighting the US role in tensions in that region. This week I will try to put a more personal and human face to this country, which received us so graciously.

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Letter from the Democratic People’s Republic of [North] Korea: Who Is the Real Aggressor? (Part 1)
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2015

North Koreans, proud of the cultural heritage, artistic legacies and common language they share with fellow Koreans in the south, long for reunification of the peninsula. DPRK proposals for reunification are based on three principles: Independence (negotiated by Koreans without foreign interference), Federation (limited powers of central government with both north and south retaining autonomy in many areas), and Peaceful Means (mutual commitment to resolving issues nonviolently).

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Learning from El Salvador’s Ongoing Struggle for Peace, Dignity and Inclusion
Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2013

The words of Monseñor Oscar Romero, who was murdered by US-trained snipers during a mass on March 24, 1980, still ring true today, offering us an ongoing challenge to restructure our society: “If we really want an effective end to violence, we must remove the violence that lies at the root of all violence: structural violence, social injustice, exclusion of citizens from the management of the country, repression…”

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Chevron Corporation Upgrades from “C” to “B”
Marilyn Langlois, April 1, 2013 – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2013

Richmond, California Refinery to Be Worker-Owned and Operated – “The work of organizations like 350.org made us realize that unless we do something dramatic to slow down climate change, the earth will no longer provide a livable habitat for our great-grandchildren and their descendants”, noted Chevron CEO John Watson in a statement released today. “Consumers are so addicted to oil that we, as producers of fossil fuel products, need to prioritize a rapid transition to renewable energy resources.

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Let the Sunshine In: A 9/11 Conflict Analysis
Marilyn Langlois, TRANSCEND Convener for USA-West Coast – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2011

Beyond my personal interest as a mother whose daughter’s life was endangered on that day, as a member of the TRANSCEND network of peaceful conflict transformation I approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with a conflict analysis that seeks a deeper understanding and sustainable solutions. Johan Galtung, founder of the TRANSCEND network, has defined violence as “an avoidable insult to basic human needs”, and asserts that behind every act of violence there is an unresolved conflict.

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STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH THE PEOPLE OF HAITI
Marilyn Langlois - Haiti Emergency Relief Fund Board Member, TRANSCEND Convener for USA, 22 Jan 2010

–When asked “How are they surviving?” Haitian journalist Wadner Pierre responded, “Well, they’re all sharing.  That’s what we do.  That’s the way Haitians are.” (January 16) –“The city has seen little violence, despite persistent fears that shortages of food, water and shelter will spark unrest.”  (January 21) –Photograph of a white female US Navy medic cradling and […]

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ALLOW ARISTIDE TO RETURN TO HAITI NOW
Submitted by Marilyn Langlois – Haiti Information Project, 16 Jan 2010

Haiti Information Project editorial by Kevin PinaHaiti is facing one of its most severe challenges after a large earthquake rocked the capital yesterday destroying most government buildings and killing possibly thousands. Now more than ever the people of Haiti need hope for the future and as Haiti’s ambassador to Washington Raymond Joseph said yesterday on […]

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