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In His Own Words:

It’s war and peace that to me circumscribe our realities here…. We’re being depleted of resources for state and local government services. We need to redefine what national security is. It’s not national security to have our schools crumbling. I would argue that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made us less secure.

Norman Solomon
Pacific Sun, Jan. 14, 2011

The traditional political approaches are dismal failures and really jeopardizing the future for the next generation.

Norman Solomon
Marin Independent Journal, Jan. 9, 2011

In a democracy, people have a right to know what their government is actually doing…. With its massive and unending reliance on military force -- with a result of more and more carnage, leaving behind immense grief and rage in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere -- the U.S. government has colossal gaps to bridge between its public-relations storylines and its war-making realities…. What kind of “national security” can be built on duplicity from a government that is discredited and refuted by its own documents?

Norman Solomon
Pacific Sun, Dec. 31, 2010

The cave-in on Bush tax cuts for the wealthy sets the stage for another pernicious agenda in the next two years -- undermining Social Security.... Tax fairness and Social Security are at stake.

Norman Solomon
Marin Independent Journal, Dec. 23, 2010

I revere the New Deal legacy that gave our country Social Security and other key aspects of the social compact. President Franklin D. Roosevelt fought for economic fairness. Before the end of his first term, FDR denounced “the economic royalists.” He said: “They are unanimous in their hate for me -- and I welcome their hatred.”  He did not say, “They hate me -- and I want them to like me.”

Norman Solomon
Marin Independent Journal, Dec. 23, 2010

I take it very seriously that many people here in the North Bay are encouraging me to run for Congress if a House seat opens up due to retirement.

Norman Solomon
Marin Independent Journal, Dec. 15, 2010

So much is at stake for future generations and for the planet that we need to be willing to organize as if our lives and the lives of those close to us depended on it. Getting involved is essential…. We can turn this around. Sí, se puede…. It’s a cliché, but it's true, that if the people will lead, the leaders will follow.

Norman Solomon
The North Bay Bohemian, Dec. 1, 2010

Protecting and enhancing our social safety net and promoting peace have never been more critical to the health and prosperity of our nation.

Norman Solomon and Donna Smith of the California Nurses Association, co-chairs of the Healthcare Not Warfare campaign
letter to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Nov. 30, 2010

In moral and electoral terms, the status quo is indefensible. Economic realities include high unemployment, routine home foreclosures, huge tax breaks for large corporations, and widening gaps between the wealthy and the rest of us -- in tandem with endless war and runaway military spending…

A much better world is possible.

Norman Solomon
CommonDreams.org, Nov. 18, 2010

The stakes are too high and crises too extreme to accept “moderate” accommodation to unending war, regressive taxation, massive unemployment, routine foreclosures, and environmental destruction…

It’s time for progressives to go back to the grassroots and organize with renewed, deepened commitment to changing the direction of this country.

Norman Solomon
San Francisco Bay Guardian, Nov. 10, 2010

Around the North Bay, people have devoted their minds and hearts to actively envisioning a very different future for the North Bay. We didn't have or seek any big-money institutional backing. The Green New Deal project proceeded with the assumption that a lot of the most visionary and practical “leadership” is apt to come from people with a wide range of backgrounds who can share their experiences, insights and information.

Norman Solomon, quoted as co-chair of the Commission on a Green New Deal for the North Bay
Marin Independent Journal, Oct. 25, 2010

Washington’s failure to respond to climate change is an abysmal betrayal of hopes. The coal and oil industries, along with other corporate behemoths, have managed to trump the interests of life on Earth… It doesn’t do much good for officials to agree that the planetary house is on fire if they won’t really fight for turning on the fire extinguishers.

Norman Solomon
Solar Times, Autumn 2010

We need to give more respect -- and devote far more resources -- to the eco-dog that doesn’t bark. We need a conservation ethic that can elevate notions of stewardship: from mitigating ecological damage to avoiding it altogether.

Norman Solomon
Solar Times, Autumn 2010

When I listened to children from Helmand province at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul, it was clear that they didn't know or care whether the man in the Oval Office had a “D” or an “R” after his name. They, and their surviving parents, were trying to stay alive. For all the talk about winning hearts and minds, the refugee camp told a different story about priorities.

Norman Solomon
Marin Independent Journal, Oct. 7, 2010

Despite overall affluence, we're struggling with a perennial health care crisis in this county. More than 16 percent of Marin residents lack health insurance for all or part of each year. Seven percent of children have never seen a dentist. 

Behind such numbers are real people, suffering consequences of misplaced priorities that squander massive resources on the warfare state.

Norman Solomon
Marin Independent Journal, Oct. 7, 2010

Realistic hope is not in a political star or in the mere transformation of our individual selves. Our best strategies and our futures are bound together with political engagement that embraces all of humanity.

Norman Solomon
Truthout.org, Sept. 23, 2010

We need a progressive populism that fights to create jobs and challenge undue corporate power, and the Obama administration has not pursued that approach… Job one is to create jobs, and this administration should be fighting for Main Street much more than it is.

Norman Solomon
The Press Democrat, Sept. 7, 2010

The survival of all living beings on this planet, the entire ecosystem, depends on our civic engagement, on our working together to do the difficult tasks, to engage in the tedious activities, to be part of the political process, to insist that the ocean is not for sale, that the government is not for sale, that our earth is not for sale.

Norman Solomon,
speaking at rally against offshore oil drilling
Marin Independent Journal, June 27, 2010

No amount of rhetoric about the dignity of work can make up for the deficit of determination from elected officials to roll back the scourge of unemployment…. Even when they decry high jobless levels, many in Congress seem to passively accept the myth that government can do little other than boost the private sector…

Norman Solomon
The Press Democrat, June 24, 2010

In real life, for many individuals and families, the effects of unemployment are messy, sprawling and devastating. High jobless rates have become normalized, with the most painful effects often hidden in plain sight. Unemployment brings anguish in human terms that statistics don’t convey…

Why not launch a genuine public employment program? Answers to such questions hinge on perceptions of the chronic jobless crisis. When people view high unemployment as virtually inevitable for years to come, the expectation is largely self-fulfilling.

Norman Solomon
The Press Democrat, June 24, 2010

The take-home message should be that a bad process is very likely to result in bad decisions -- especially when there’s a terrible shortage of sunlight and an overabundance of hubris. In Sacramento, we get very negative results when just five legislative leaders hammer out portentous budget deals behind closed doors -- and then get pledges from legislators to rally ’round the party line.

Norman Solomon
Marin Independent Journal, June 4, 2010

From Afghanistan to Wall Street to the Gulf of Mexico, policies of military action and regulatory inaction are exacting terrible costs: in human life, economic resources and irreplaceable nature. Silence and inaction enable the destructive policies to continue.

Norman Solomon
CommonDreams.org, May 24, 2010

While unemployment soared, Washington bailed out huge financial firms and boosted spending for military escalation in Afghanistan. 

On Capitol Hill, most Democrats continue to go along with budget priorities that favor big business, curtail social programs and ramp up war. 

In Sacramento, incessant state budget crises have yet to spark a clear Democratic strategy to fight for progressive taxation…

Chronic joblessness, under-employment and economic insecurity add up to surefire tinder for populist outrage -- especially when officials seem all too comfortable with widening gaps between the rich and the rest of us.

Norman Solomon
Marin Independent Journal, April 6, 2010

The war [in Afghanistan] becomes its own rationale for continuing: to go on because it must go on.

Norman Solomon
HuffingtonPost.com, March 29, 2010

We can generate sustainable green jobs, protect small independent fishers and ecologically fragile coastlines, and rebuild local economies to serve communities rather than the big corporate model of take the money and run.

Norman Solomon
Eureka Times-Standard, August 10, 2011

In Washington, job one should be creating jobs. And that won't happen by continuing to give tax cuts to the wealthy while imposing benefit cuts on the rest of us.

Norman Solomon
Marin Independent Journal, August 15, 2011

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