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.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

DRONING ON



  • Obama's drone attacks continue as we enter the 4th day of Keep Space for Peace Week. Each day since Oct 1 I've received word of even more local events being organized in opposition to the militarization of space.


  • Last night I spoke on the phone with Kyle Kajihiro who lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and works with the Peace & Justice Center. They will be hosting a mini-conference of Global Network leaders on Feb 19-21 in 2012 when we go there for meetings. We'll stop in Hawaii on our way to Jeju Island, South Korea where we have been invited to hold the GN's 20th anniversary space organizing conference on Feb 24-26. While in Hawaii we will also go to Kauai for one day to meet activists who are organizing against the Pentagon's Barking Sands Pacific Missile Defense testing facility on their island. Let us know if you'd like to come along.


  • I was shocked, but then again maybe not, to learn that Japan has decided to "donate" products from their northeast region (Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima Prefectures) to developing countries. Among the products to be given include food. The Japanese government appears to be doing this to bring some economic support to collapsed economies in the radiation zone but is cynically then sending this radioactive aid to struggling people in poor countries. This outrageous story can be seen here. In related news, hormonal and other irregularities were detected in the thyroid glands of 10 out of 130 children evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture. Three of the 10 children used to live within the 20-km zone around the nuclear plant and one was from the evacuation-prepared area between 20-30 kilometers from the plant, while six others were from towns outside such zones. See more here

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