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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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MIXED MESSAGES

Mayor Kang of the Gangjeong village tries to climb on-board the dredging ship that is preparing to destroy the soft coral reefs just off Jeju Island. The people are giving it their all and need our support more than ever.

  • No one is quite sure why Sung-Hee Choi's trial date has been changed to June 29. She's been in jail a long time now for just holding a banner. I think they are keeping her locked up because of her blog and organizing activity that was dramatically helping to spread word about Jeju Island all over the world. But if the right-wing South Korean government of President Lee thinks keeping her in jail will cut off that link they are wrong. The Facebook page has now taken over that role and increasing visits to the village by South Koreans is leading to more spontaneous protests around their country in support of Jeju Islanders.

  • Obama is going to make his weak Afghanistan speech today where he will propose to keep this quagmire going for many years to come. He will suggest the removal of 5,000 troops this summer with an additional 5,000 by the end of the year. That would leave 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan along with NATO forces and the mercenary forces that are hired by private contractors. So the more than $10 billion a month occupation will continue. Despite a few notable exceptions, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress will do all they can to keep this disaster going. Forget the crumbling economy at home. How can anyone now say that voting for Obama in 2012 will bring us change?
  • These same political hacks in Washington keep nagging at us about the growing debt crisis. But when it comes to massive Pentagon war spending they remain largely silent. Recent polls show that 73% of the American people support a withdrawal from Afghanistan. The people are not stupid and understand the links between endless war spending and fiscal crisis. The people don't want their Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and what is left of the social safety net dismantled. But the corporate hacks, posing as elected officials, by and large are out to bring feudalism back to America. I am more than fed up with corporate minions pretending to be "liberal Democrats". God, they disgust me.

4 Comments:

Blogger MacGregor said...

Sung-Hee trial was delayed because she has a new (and much better) legal team. They need time to prepare. They held a press conference in Jeju city on June 20, just when the drama at sea was unfolding.

6/22/11, 5:03 PM  
Blogger MacGregor said...

In the photo with Mayor Kang hanging onto the big tire, you can see two men in the background to the right. They are kicking a beating gentle brother Song, who is lying on the deck.

6/22/11, 5:04 PM  
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6/23/11, 2:03 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

The dilemma for me is that I cannot, in good conscience, cast a vote for Obama. His military/corporate policies appear to make him simply another smooth talking politician bought and sold by the power of the corporatations. However, a vote for ANY Republican - much less the losers in this election's lineup - is a vote for a philosophy I find repugnant. So what's the solution? Not vote? Then we may get a Republican in office by default like we did here in Maine with our esteemed governor. (I know, there's more to that story...) Let's get a discussion going about what the possibilities might be. Or perhaps we are simply stuck with the status quo...?

6/23/11, 7:04 AM  

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