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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Saturday, February 16, 2008

HEADING EAST

I am in the Colorado Springs airport waiting for my flight to Boston. My talk last night in Alamosa went well and then Bill Sulzman and Loring Wirble drove me back here where I spent the night. This morning Bill gathered some local activists for a breakfast meeting where we talked about the annual Space Foundation Symposium that happens in Colorado Springs each April. This year we timed our Global Network space conference to come right after the Colorado events so that we could hold protests on April 7-9 here and then move on to Omaha, Nebraska for the April 11-13 GN international conference.

This trip has gone well and I owe Bob Anderson in Albuquerque many thanks for putting together a good speaking tour for me. He took the photo above of us protesting at the Space Nuclear Power convention earlier in the week. We had a nice colorful presence.

Glad to see that people are quickly figuring out that the ASAT test against the falling satellite by the Pentagon is just one more gimmick to sell weapons in space. I am hearing from lots of people that we've not heard from in a long time. It's good to know that when you need folks to help they come out of the woodwork. That indicates that our years of work around these issues has paid off.

"In our opinion, the decision to destroy the U.S. satellite is not as harmless as it is being presented. Especially as the United States has been avoiding talks on restricting a space arms race for quite a long time," the Russian Defense Ministry's information department said in a statement.

"Under cover of discussions about the danger posed by the satellite, preparation is going ahead for tests of an anti-satellite weapon. Such tests mean in essence the creation of a new strategic weapon."

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