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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

HOME & GARDENS

  • I do our weekly radio show tonight with Peter Woodruff who works at Bath Iron Works (BIW) building Aegis destroyers. Each week we have a theme, tonight it is families and gardens. Lots of room to roam..... Peter is trying hard to help move BIW into building wind turbines. He is quite courageous.

  • I've been working in the garden lots lately. Made some good pesto from garlic scapes and basil from the garden. Very good reviews from housemates. Yesterday I thinned the carrots so will make some kind of salad from them when I finish this blog. Our green beans are ready for picking if we can beat the Japanese Beetles who are devouring the leaves.

  • Tomorrow night is the meeting of Maine Veterans for Peace. We are now one month away from the national convention which our chapter will host in Portland. We are trying to raise funds for the confab and will hold an event at Flatbread Pizza in Portland on Tuesday, August 3. We will get a cut on every pizza sold so please come join us for a fun night and help Maine VFP out.

  • Our new housemate Amanda had a baby yesterday - a girl named Anda. That will make seven of us in the house now. Should also count the two skunks we've seen in the yard lately...they nightly bless us with their foul smell.

  • One of my favorite musicians, Tom Neilson who lives in Western Massachusetts, will be doing a garden party concert in Brunswick on September 19. I am organizing it and always enjoy Tom's wit and his skill at using lyrics to speak the truth to the rich and powerful on behalf of working people. Tom grew up on a dairy farm in New York and is still grounded in those early roots. His latest album is called Biomess.

  • Our Bring Our War $$ Home vigil continues here in Bath every Monday for 1/2 hour. Last Monday I was on my own but still had a good response. We've been counting honks and positive waves and have seen a slight jump in the numbers since we began doing this last winter.

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