Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

ON TOUR IN COLORADO

I am in Colorado Springs with our affiliate group Citizens for Peace in Space protesting the 21st annual Space Symposium at the fancy Broadmoor Hotel. Over 6,000 military personnel and aerospace industry types are gathering to plan for war in space. Yesterday afternoon about 20 of us vigiled outside the hotel entrance as they poured into the event. The theme of the protest was the symposium is a weapons of mass destruction arms bazar and that those attending practice "Group think." A street theatre group had made a replica of a satellite and four people with eye glasses covered in dollar signs, $$, went round and round the satellite chanting "Group think, group think" in a dull tone. They'd reach into the satellite and pretend they were filling their pockets with cash. It was quite good and the conference attendees had a good look at it. We held a news conference to begin the action and got covered by two TV stations, a radio station and the local newspaper. (See local newspaper coverage at this link)

http://daily.gazette.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=VGhlR2F6ZXR0ZS8yMDA1LzA0LzA1I0FyMDEyMDI=&Mode=HTML&Locale=english-skin-custom

In the evening members of Citizens for Peace in Space gathered to hear Kelly Dougherty and myself speak. Kelly is recently returned from Iraq with the Colorado National Guard where she was a security guard for convoys. She spoke movingly of seeing children killed, towns destroyed and feared the impact of depleted uranium on the Iraqi people and even on her own body. One young man in the audience announced at the end of the meeting that he is AWOL from the military. He had been to Iraq once already and is now refusing to go back.

Today we go back to the symposium for more vigiling and then tonight I speak in Denver. On Wednesday I will be in Boulder to speak. Back home on Thursday.

8 Comments:

Blogger Zoe Brain said...

A street theatre group had made a replica of a satellite and four people with eye glasses covered in dollar signs, $$, went round and round the satellite chanting "Group think, group think" in a dull tone.

Well, that convinces me. I mean, it's rare that one hears such a compelling, indeed, unarguable case. Completely unanswerable.

4/9/05, 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No nuclear power in space? HELLO? What do you think makes stars shine? Alien fireflies? Earth is in space and already nuclear powered - by the sun!

4/9/05, 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, now. We should respect the efforts of Bruce and his friends. They're just trying to prevent humans from turning space into a radioactive hellhole.

(They're about twenty billion years too late, but hey, it's the thought that counts, right?)

4/10/05, 12:55 AM  
Blogger Mike Jericho said...

You crazy.

4/10/05, 6:58 AM  
Blogger Jabba the Tutt said...

"Kelly is recently returned from Iraq with the Colorado National Guard where she was a security guard for convoys. She spoke movingly of seeing children killed, towns destroyed and feared the impact of depleted uranium on the Iraqi people and even on her own body. One young man in the audience announced at the end of the meeting that he is AWOL from the military. He had been to Iraq once already and is now refusing to go back."

Man, Bruce, you are good, you didn't miss a cliche:
Babykillers - check
Destroyed towns - check
Depleted uranium - check
AWOL soldier - check

Oh, you did leave out Abu Ghraib, torture and war for oil. I guess you made up for the latter with space for for money. How do you do it? I'm impressed.

4/10/05, 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention Halliburton!

4/10/05, 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought this was a great rundown of your experiences in Colorado. the combination of the religious and the military supporting one another is so disturbing. peace, bunkie.

4/14/05, 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought this was a great rundown of your experiences in Colorado. the combination of the religious and the military supporting one another is so disturbing. peace, bunkie.

4/14/05, 10:21 AM  

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