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'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Friday, October 26, 2007

NEED A REAL MOVEMENT ON IRAN

I am quite upset today. My local newspaper, like most in the country, is playing right along with the Bush crew Iran war drum scenario. The paper's editor claims to be a peacenik and many people sing his praises but the reality is that the paper continues to print the same old tunes which give credence to Bush's claims that Iran is exhibiting "threatening behavior" in the Middle East.

From where I sit the only "threatening behavior" in the Middle East is coming from this side of the Atlantic Ocean - right here in the good old US of A.

So I wrote a letter to editor and sent it in. Helps calm the boiling blood inside me.

Another thing has me fired up. Last night local peace activists in my community were sending around a fund raising email from MoveOn asking folks to send them $200,000 right away so they can stop the U.S. attack on Iran.

Now this is the same MoveOn that has been running cover for the Democratic Party since 2003 on the Iraq invasion and occupation. It is the same MoveOn that has been real slow to come around on the issue of a cut in funding for Iraq and an immediate withdrawal. It is the same MoveOn that won't go near impeachment. And now they want the peace community to send them money to lead the fight on Iran?

Get out of here!

MoveOn will, I promise you, lead the fight on Iran right into the stable of the Democratic Party who up to this point is doing a big fat ZERO to stop any talk of an attack on Iran. When Bush uttered his WW III trash the other day what was the Democratic response? ZIP!

The Dems want that oil in Iran the same way they want the oil in Iraq, the Caspian Sea, the Russian natural gas, the oil in Africa, and the oil in Venezuela.

MoveOn is heavily funded by Democratic party insiders......is MoveOn really going to take the Dems on or are they just going to play more footsie with them?

Save your money and give it to a real peace group in your community that is doing good local work building opposition to endless war. Most of these local groups have virtually no money and don't toe the Democratic Party line.

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