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.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

MAINE STUDENTS ORGANIZING



It is good to see students at the University of Maine-Orono getting organized. Last October several of us spent the day leafleting on that campus about the connection between endless war spending and fiscal crisis at home.

Right now in Maine there is growing effort in Bangor, Augusta, and Portland to shut down the Occupy encampments. Their days appear to be numbered. We have a meeting in Augusta today of our Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home and we will also be discussing how the Occupy movement can shift gears and remain vital as local governments move to shut down the camps.

I think it is important for Occupy to have a broader tactical menu to select from - it seems to me the current encampments have been drawn into the governmental "permitting" black hole that have sapped their energy, creativity, and vitality.

It's time to take back the agenda.

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