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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I'm back to work for the Global Network. Will continue to help Lisa Savage for US Senate campaign on my free time. Trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Best wishes and good luck to you all.

Friday, May 27, 2005

REMEMBERING KOREAN WAR

Last night our local PeaceWorks group showed a BBC documentary about the Korean war called "Kill Them All." It is a story about No Gun Ri, the place during the Korean war where the U.S. military ordered the killing of civilians by U.S. troops. The film showed this was official U.S. policy (many different military documents were uncovered that issued the orders to kill civilians) during that war and how civilians were slaughtered many different times by U.S. troops. Once Korean civilians were along a beach and were shelled by Navy ships. Other times U.S. war planes straffed innocent and unarmed refugees, other times U.S. troops mowed civilians down with machine guns.

We showed the film because the theme of our town's (Brunswick) memorial day parade this year is the Korean War. We had about 8 Korean war veterans show up, along with other interested people, for the film last night and had a great discussion afterwards. We asked people if they saw any similarities between the story in Korea and what is happening in Iraq today.

Our Veterans for Peace chapter will march in the Brunswick parade on memorial day as we did last year. We will be dressed in black and pull a float with crosses representing the dead in Iraq. Our banner will read "Abolish all war." The local PeaceWorks group will also join the parade dressed in black.

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