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Revolution’s Matchstick Catches...

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Dear Friends, As you know, I am the author of a delightful little piece of fiction, The Dandelion Insurrection, which is winning friends across the nation. It is an eerily prophetic story, one which posited a mass surveillance system in a United States “just around the corner of today” months before our friend Snowden told us the [...]

Alligators & Nonviolent Action &...

Rivera Sun greets the Gulf in St. Petersburg, FL
Rivera Sun spots her first-ever alligator! Gainesville, FL Author/activist Rivera Sun kicked-off her 40 city speaking tour by traveling through Florida for ten days, teaching nonviolence workshops, speaking about Campaign Nonviolence and building a culture of active nonviolence, connecting with local organizers, and reading from her novel, Th [...]

Author Rivera Sun Spreads the Seeds o...

Rivera Sun, author of The Dandelion Insurrection
Rivera Sun at a workshop and reading on the Dandelion Insurrection and nonviolent action. Author/Activist Rivera Sun visits Gainesville, Florida on Feb 3rd, 2015, speaking about “Love In Action For the Times We’re In” at the Civic Media Center at 7pm. Suggested donation $3-5. Cosponsored by the River Phoenix Center for Peace [...]

Rivera Sun – New Year’s R...

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The Earthship on the Taos Mesa in the Snow This year, I’m making resolutions. I rarely do, but 2015 seems to be throwing the mantle down at my feet. It’s time to organize, mobilize, and strengthen ourselves and our communities for a time of immense change. 2014 showed us what flexing our people-power might look like. Imagine if 11 [...]

“I’ve got sweaters … what...

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Rivera Sun harvesting potatoes in New Mexico. One year, my relatives gave me a cow for Christmas … not a real cow – a Project Heifer Cow. As a kid, I’ll admit to scratching my head over that one, but, now that I’m an adult who has outgrown pink foot pajamas, dolls, and toys, gifts for social change make me really excited! I [...]

Cuts To The Heart: Schenwar’s B...

Locked Down, Locked Out is a must-read!
Locked Down, Locked Out is a must-read! Locked Down, Locked Out, Truthout Editor-in-Chief Maya Schenwar’s nonfiction book on mass incarceration arrived in the mail last week. I opened the first page and did not stop reading until the very last word. From the moment my eyes made contact with Schenwar’s gripping confession of her co [...]

Upcoming Adventures in the Works R...

Luigi studies The Dandelion Insurrection. Thanks to Carol Ranellone of Taos, NM.
Luigi studies The Dandelion Insurrection. Thanks to Carol Ranellone of Taos, NM. Workshops, speaking tours, and The Dandelion Insurrection Study Guide . . . it is an exciting time as several long-anticipated projects begin to emerge into the world. Rivera Sun is scheduling a West Coast, East Coast, and Rocky Mountain Tour for Spring 2015. Whi [...]

Autumn’s Wisdom & Movement...

Rivera Sun harvesting potatoes in New Mexico.
  Rivera Sun harvesting potatoes in New Mexico. Here at the foot of the Sangre de Christo Mountains, the desert is promising winter. The sagebrush mesa is dotted yellow with autumn flowering shrubs. Soon, the aspens high on the sides of the peaks will turn shocking gold with the bite of cold air. Our field of winter squash ripens orange, [...]

Cultivating vegetables and democracy ...

Rivera Sun at home in the earthship house. Photo by Nova Ami
Dear Friends, Rivera Sun at home in the earthship house. Photo by Nova Ami Certain things fall by the wayside while the squash and weeds proliferate and our US tax dollars go to work bombing children in foreign countries. Updating my website and sending out newsletters lose significance as the power mongers maneuver for a stronger stranglehol [...]

Oligarchy: As American As Poisoned Ap...

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by Rivera Sun The current struggle between democracy and oligarchy in the United States traces its roots back to the 1787 Philadelphia Convention where the wealthy elite pulled off a counter-revolutionary coup to stifle democracy. Oligarchs are as American as poisoned apple pie. Their wealth and power look mouth-wateringly good, but with ever [...]