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.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

GUARANTEED WAY TO KEEP YOUNG PEOPLE TOEING THE LINE


The growing student debt crisis in the U.S. is one way the oligarchy has discovered to keep legions of young people politically neutered as the economy collapses and wars rage on.

With bundles of debt notices waiting in their mail boxes, students have to think twice about joining a protest group or going to a political meeting. They fear they might get "labeled" as an activist and then their job prospects, already darkened by the greed merchants on Wall Street, would become problematic beyond imagination.

Young people are being put inside a box before they get out of the starting gate. It will take alot of courage, or the complete rejection of the "system", for them to feel free enough to become real citizens in this so-called democracy.

These young people have been hearing about scarcity their whole lives - fewer college scholarships, few jobs available, and fewer opportunities for "success". They can either join the military or get a couple part time jobs that won't pay much and have their debt turned over to collection agencies who will torment them to death demanding they "pay up" now!

These are the seeds of revolution but first young people will have to break the strong emotional link that keeps them tied to the social mythology of upward mobility and the American dream - a dream that is fast becoming a nightmare for all of us.

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