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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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PADDLE TOGETHER OR WE DROWN TOGETHER


This is a great scene from one of my all-time favorite movies - Matewan - which is about the struggle to build the United Mine Workers Union in the coal fields of Appalachia.

The lesson about organizing unity applies to our situation today as the oligarchy tries to pit worker against worker, race against race, religion against religion, and more.

As our state governments force major cutbacks in funding for education and social programs we need to increasingly build solidarity between peace activists, teachers, social service workers, and clients. Public service union workers who are fighting for their jobs and pensions can't do it on their own. We all need each other at this time. There won't be many tax increases to solve our fiscal problems. We are going to have to cut war spending and move those funds to help states that are in crisis.

In the end it is about leadership. Leaders of groups have a responsibility to aggressively protect the "interests" of their organization. Whether unions, peace groups or social service agencies, their first priority must be those that they serve. An accurate political analysis of the current climate across the nation (and around the globe) is that governments and the wealthy class are out to destroy unions and social progress. Thus it is leadership's responsibility to build coalition with any and all non-violent allies to help build a bulwark against the dismantling of the social fabric.

We are either going to paddle together or we are all going to drown. It's that simple.

1 Comments:

Anonymous ironboltbruce said...

TEN FREE VIDEOS THAT CHANGED MY VIEW OF THE WORLD

Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military Industrial Complex
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/297069-1

The Military-Industrial Complex Revisited
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQv8mNMAFYk

Eisenhower's Military-Industrial Complex Speech
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/297489-2

Arsenal of Hypocrisy
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4835966027154828456#

Peace!
http://www.hulu.com/watch/177439/peace

The End of Poverty?
http://www.hulu.com/the-end-of-poverty

Manufacturing Consent
http://www.hulu.com/manufacturing-consent

Psywar: The Real Battlefield is Your Mind
http://www.openfilm.com/videos/psywar

WikiLeaks: The Movie
http://anonops.blogspot.com/p/movie.html

9/11: Blueprint for Truth -- The Architecture of Destruction
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4617650616903609314#

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