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 grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Monday, February 04, 2008

PREPARING FOR NEW MEXICO TRIP

I leave Wednesday morning for a 10-day speaking tour in New Mexico that will include our annual protest at the Space Technology & Applications International Forum.

Bob Anderson in Albuquerque has organized the most extensive New Mexico speaking trip for me yet. The schedule this year will include:

  • Feb 6 Fly to Albuquerque
  • Feb 7 Speak in Silver City
  • Feb 8 Speak in Las Cruces
  • Feb 9 Speak in Santa Fe
  • Feb 10 Speak in Albuquerque
  • Feb 11 Protest at Space Technology Forum in Albuquerque
  • Feb 12 Speak in Las Vegas, NM
  • Feb 13 Speak in Taos
  • Feb 14 More talks in Taos
  • Feb 15 Speak in Alamosa, Colorado
  • Feb 16 Return home to Maine

It's going to be a busy trip as I go from one end of New Mexico to the other and then head north into southern Colorado for the Alamosa talk. Hopefully I will get some chances to post on the blog while gone.

You can be sure that I will be eating alot of good Mexican food, including my favorite Huevos Rancheros.

I've been making this annual trip to New Mexico for the past dozen years or so and Bob has reached out farther and farther afield each time to have communities host me. I think we've only missed one space forum in all these years.

It's important that we hold a protest outside the annual Space Technology Forum. Inside you will find NASA, Air Force, aerospace industry, and Department of Energy personnel planning the complete nuclearization and weaponization of space. They have huge elaborate displays of nuclear powered mining colonies on the Moon and Mars. They have mock-ups of the nuclear rocket with reactors powering the engines on space ships heading to Mars. These are the same people that have been working for years to create nuclear reactors for space-based weapons.

Our goal is to shine a very public light on this space nukes folks. We want to keep reminding the public and the policy makers that our opposition to the nuclearization and weaponization of space is as strong as ever and growing worldwide.

We want to give voice to the millions of Americans who think our tax dollars should be spent on health care, education, and sustainable environmental technologies rather than preparing for control and domination of the heavens.

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