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Rivera Sun at home in the earthship house. Photo by Nova Ami

Rivera Sun at home in the earthship house. Photo by Nova Ami

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  1. Ray Ramage Ray Ramage
    October 26, 2014    

    Please come to visit us in San Diego, California!

  2. Lily Lily
    November 9, 2014    

    Would you be interested in coming out to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a workshop? Our State of Oklahoma is a mess.

    • November 9, 2014    

      Lily, let’s talk. I’ll look at the routes for the tours and see if it is possible. Rivera

  3. John Jordan-Cascade John Jordan-Cascade
    November 12, 2014    


    Thought you might be interested in this radio show I heard last night: “Nonviolence Works” by Erica Chenoweth. Available for download here: http://www.alternativeradio.org/


    • November 29, 2014    

      Thanks, John! Erica is my heroine. I met her at the James Lawson Institute … and I feel honored to be alive on earth with this incredible woman. Rivera

  4. Michael Bakhos Michael Bakhos
    January 31, 2015    

    Thank you for invigorating my spirit Rivera, it’s refreshing to know someone as beautiful as you exists along side me on this planet at this time. (Sacred Grounds Friday January 30th 2015)

  5. barbara kennison barbara kennison
    February 2, 2015    

    Enjoyed your workshop in tanpa yesterday. I chose organic farming, compost and mushrooms’, I think I should have chosen communication, We need a big demonstration if netanyahu plans to address congress after Obama was not consulted. This is a big insult to obama and we need to protest this action. Obama could have done much more for us if we were willing to make our voices heard. The 98% were too silent. Obama told us no leader would do it all if he did not have people pushing him for what they want. Now the leader who was elected by the 98% needs to hear from us that we are angry at this insult to him and netanyahu needs to go home and face his own people who have over the top inflation and are not hAPPY. aLSO HE NEEDS TO FACEthe palestinians who want him for war crimes.

    • February 10, 2015    

      Thanks for coming to the workshop, Barbara. Yes, there is a lot to do. You can do the exercise on Constructive Program for communications using the version in the Dandelion Insurrection Study Guide. I believe you got a copy at the workshop. All the best and keep up your vision and spirit! Rivera

  6. February 18, 2015    

    a great piece on nonviolence in the american revolution. would likeyuou on my prn.fm radio show sometime. please contact….

    no nukes/4solartopia…harveyw

  7. March 2, 2015    

    Dear Rivera. I am interested in hosting a reading/presentation of your book at my church, which includes a group of environmental activists (envirochangemakers.org). I truly loved reading the Dandilion Insurrection and now my copy of the book is being passed around the community. Is there a chance you might be willing to come to Los Angeles? I will look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your insight, vision, and inspiration. Blessings be upon you.

    • March 2, 2015    

      Dear Peter, I’ll email you directly about visiting. I’m so glad you enjoyed the novel! Rivera

  8. bv bv
    March 28, 2015    

    Where exactly in Houston will you be and are you having a workshop in Houston? Please let me know as I would love to attend.
    Thank You, Kindly,

    • April 30, 2015    


      Here is where the workshop will be in Houston:

      Sun, May 10th Houston, TX Seeds of Change Workshop 3-7pm Haus Project 1917 Ruth St, Houston In the Seeds of Change Workshop, learn the dynamics, methods, effective strategies, and analysis tools how how nonviolent action works. Participants will discover how to envision and build campaigns, become familiar with the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, the Pillars of Support, the Spectrum of Allies, and learn to connect the dots between the many issues our communities face. $30-40 sliding scale, scholarships available. Contact Jerry Maynard 713-705-2319. Thank you!

      See you there,


      • BV BV
        May 15, 2015    

        Hello Rivera,
        I wanted to let you know it was a pleasure meeting you in Houston. I consider myself very fortunate to have spent the Sunday afternoon in your incredibly inspiring presence at the Seeds of Change workshop. Thank YOU so much for your wisdom, insight, books, and spreading joy and compassion. Your beautiful, warm illuminating spirit brightened up the grey, cloudy rainy days in Houston. I cannot thank you enough!
        I grew up reading Orwell’s Animal Farm and of course 1984. What is truly remarkable is that in my lifetime I stumbled upon your books which are a contrast to Orwell’s nightmarish and bleak vision of the future of mankind.
        Your books are like the lamps that illuminate a path towards the future that is filled with love, hope, change, togetherness while restoring faith in humanity and giving us back our dignity as human beings. Your books, vision force us to look at ourselves as human beings and question what being human is all about. Thank YOU:)
        With Deep Gratitude,

        • July 17, 2016    

          I think Orwell was writing to WARN us, not to predict our future. Unfortunately, those who run the empire seemed to think of his concepts as a blueprint for implementation, e.g. universal surveillance, giving us “One nation, under surveillance, with deceit and oppression for all. “(Until we change it all!)

  9. Jeff Story Jeff Story
    May 31, 2016    

    Hello Rivera,

    Thank you for your piece on the White Rose Resistance. I loved the film “The Final Days of Sophie Scholl” and think of them quite often. Very appropriate today, her brother was a veteran of the infamous Russian Front, our leaders long to recreate. My sympathy lies with German people who were much like us then and now. My favorite poets, Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Patchen, William Everson and so may others saw what a terrible sham WWII was and resisted it then, It was such a widely resisted war, but the story is rarely told. When you think of how Weimar Germany went from burning Marks to stay warm to building Luftwaffe almost overnight, it was more than rhetoric by Hitler that created the Third Reich, Try ITT, Brown Brothers Hariman Banks, Ford Motor Co, etc. The loved Hitler and profited from Hitler. Now they love NATO and want our children to die in their wars.

    Thank you so much! Ever read “Wobbly” by Ralph Chaplin? If not yet, you would love it. It is the story of Anarchist Syndaclism in the US, vital story, also covered up and shrugged off by Communists. The US Bolsheviks teamed up with the Feds to crush the IWW. Shameful legacy, then they stole Joe Hill as a folk hero. Beyond contempt,


    Jeff Story

    • June 24, 2016    

      Thank you for sharing that, Jeff. I have not read “Wobbly” yet, but I’ll add it to my mountainous reading list!

  10. Myles Flaig Myles Flaig
    January 9, 2017    

    Thank you for teaching me in your podcast with Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy Intelligence Officer of the CIA. I found the link to your podcast as an attachment to an item at the Sam Adams Awards website. Learning of Sam Adams was another fascinating learning for me today! Wow! I am working on a peace project where I live in Calgary Alberta Canada. I was a student in Grade 11 in 1976, and we visited Russia for ten days. I really related to Elizabeth talking about how we are all just people seeking “LOVE and revolution “!

  11. March 20, 2017    

    Just finished reading thru the Dandelion Insurrection. Can’t seem to find the referenced page: “Fact & Fiction in the Dandelion Insurrection”.

    • March 28, 2017    

      Hi Meenal, we pulled it down to update it and will be restoring it shortly. Thanks for your patience! Rivera

  12. June 1, 2017    

    Great article fellow twin ~ here’s my latest post ~ which features your work regarding radical love.

  13. August 3, 2018    

    Hi Rivera

    I just finished reading book 2 of the trilogy and almost didn’t since I was giving up hope. However, I’m so flag I pushed on and finished it. Wow!!!

    Am sitting at the Taos Town Hall work several hours before I have to make it up to the Columbine Inn for a Holotropic breathing class. So glad to connect with your writing!!!

    I’m a Vietnam vet and know it’s all a farce!!


  14. Becka Gagne Becka Gagne
    November 23, 2019    

    Thank you Rivera! Just saw Sherri’s post and decided to put on an order, excited for the mystery novel! I hope you are happy and healthy❤️

    • December 2, 2019    

      Thanks, Becka. Word of mouth is how people find my books, especially for the first time. I appreciate the shout-out from Sherri. She’s a kindred spirit, for sure. Enjoy the novels!

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