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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Location: Bath, Maine, United States

With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

SUNRISE IN IOWA


In Iowa now and getting ready to head east after visiting my sister. Sun is rising and the sky looks clear.

We are all feeling great about the Omaha confab. (Photo above taken during our April 11 protest at StratCom. Huge security presence that day.)

On Sunday, after our annual business meeting, about 50 of us went to a local health food restaurant for lunch. The joint has anti-war signs in their windows and it had a second floor room just big enough for four large tables that fit us all. It was a nice ending to the weekend and people were really buzzing.

So now we start the long drive home. We've added a fourth person, Brendan O'Connor, to our car as he lives in upstate New York and we will drop him off on the way home. About 26 hours of driving from here to Maine. We plan on making it to Chicago tonight and will stop at an Italian restaurant there that is owned by some old friends of our other passenger Karen Wainberg. For me it is a great plan as I have not had a good Italian meal since we left home. I chart my course by the meals along the way.

My sister is thrilled that we stopped by and it was a wonderful visit, even though very short. The town she lives in has only about 250 residents so visitors are always appreciated.
The local town newspaper says there is a rooster on the loose and the town council must intervene. Another key story is that the town's water system is falling apart and that 707,000 gallons of water were lost last month. That will be a huge expense for such a small town. One more example how wasteful military spending is when we look at other more important priorities that are being neglected.

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