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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Saturday, October 15, 2011

GLOBAL MOVEMENT



A global movement is growing to counter the reality of corporate globalization.

We've got to keep spreading this deep into the consciousness and fabric of each of our nations.

We can't allow any political party to hijack this movement. It must stay independent....and maintain the ability to be critical of the corporate policies of any and all governments and political parties.

The final key pieces of the movement to be added though must be the ecological and peace links. We can't survive in a world where the resources of the globe are poured into endless war and environmental destruction.

Friday, October 14, 2011

BREAK IT DOWN FOR US

Tax Dollars At War from Softbox on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

WALK FOR FUKUSHIMA INTERVIEW



I interviewed Mia and Steve Athearn, organizers of the Walk for Fukushima, on my public access TV show that now airs in 13 Maine communities. The walk began in Rockland, Maine on Sept. 4 and ended 16 days later at the Japanese Consulate in Boston.

HE'S DOING IT AGAIN!




My friend Tom Weis is going to ride his rocket trike across the country again. You might remember he rode last year to promote investment in renewable energy resources.

This time he is going to combine that message with opposition to the proposed 1,700 mile Keystone XL pipeline.

Over the next 10 weeks, Tom will be amplifying the voices of people in MT, SD, NE, KS, OK and TX who are resisting this dirty pipeline invasion.

I'll keep updating his progress on the blog and you can also follow him day-to-day on his website here

A DAY ON THE STREET



In the protest movement popularity contest, Occupy Wall Street is whupping the Tea Party.

The demonstrations against big banks has a 54% favorability rating compared to the conservative group's 27%, according to a new Time magazine poll.

A sizable number - 23% - said they didn't know enough about the Wall St. protesters to make a decision.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg has ordered that the occupation of Zuccotti Park end at 7:00 am tomorrow in order for the city to "clean" the park. On top of that the city is now going to ban sleeping bags, tarps, and sleeping in the park which would essentially kill the occupation.

The shit is ready to hit the fan.

You can show support by calling Mayor Bloomberg at 212-NEW-YORK (or New Yorkers can call 311) asking him not to interfere with Occupy Wall Street.

SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT IRAN PLOT

DEALING WITH THE CORPORATE FORCES



The assassination of John F. Kennedy was to me the coup d'etat that put the CIA and corporate forces in control of the U.S. government. They've had control ever since.

No one is allowed to become president anymore unless they are under the control of the CIA, oil corporations, banks, military industrial complex and the like.

The History Channel did this series on JFK's killing a few years ago. They clearly put LBJ right in the middle of the whole thing. This one segment gives you just a bit of the strong evidence to show Johnson's role in the cover up.

I highly recommend watching each segment.

The value of this is making the links to where we stand now. If you want to understand the power dynamics in the U.S. today you must be clear about the JFK assassination. This story indicates that we can't "elect" our way out of this crisis but must instead build a national and international people's movement that does not rest until all these corporate forces are turned from power.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DRONE PROTEST IN UK



UAV Tactical Systems company based in Leicester, England which builds the Watchkeeper is in part set up by the Israeli company Elbit Systems. Elbit specializes in the manufacturing of electronic defence devices for the Israeli Army.

This action was held during the Global Network's annual Keep Space for Peace Week.

I lived in Leicester for nearly three years as a young boy. Living in England had a big impact on me. One of the women in the video, dancing with the banner (Anna Cheitham) once took me back to visit my old neighborhood. We were the only Americans living there so all of my mates were English. I tried to teach them baseball (which I failed at) but they got me playing soccer and cricket and singing carols door-to-door.

HEDGES WITHSTANDS INSULTS & DEFENDS THE TRUTH

AMERICAN HYPOCRISY



A great video that reveals the stark and profound hypocrisy of the U.S. government when it talks about freedom and democracy.

I want to hear Obama and Hillary tell the cops in New York and Boston to "knock it off"....that will be the day.

I just learned about this Iran-Saudi Arabia deal.....V-P Biden calling it an "act of war". The U.S. trigger finger is itching again.....they are rolling the dice. The U.S. and Israel want to take out Iran so bad they can taste it. U.S. now has Iran surrounded. Iran has oil.....endless resource wars.

The links between Wall Street banksters, the oil companies, and the increasingly "privatized" wars are so obvious. Corporate war for global control and domination.

Take a stand today against this while you still can.

PRIESTS BLOCK CEMENT TRUCK



This morning in Jeju.... 8 Catholic priests blocked the road entering naval base construction site for more than 3 hours. Some of them even sat under the huge concrete mixer truck.

Father Andrew Park Dong-ho said during a Mass, announcing the nationwide church movement, that opposition to the project has now become “the decision of the Catholic Church” in Korea. Fr Daniel Kim Chang-hoon, vicar general of Jeju, who presided over the Mass, said “the Church has a duty to protect life and peace,” further noting “the protest against the naval base is also one of the Church’s duties.”

I sure wish we could get Catholics engaged like this in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

THE GREED INDEX




PROTEST CLOSES SENATE OFFICE BUILDING IN DC TODAY



I went back down to Occupy Portland for nearly five hours today holding my Veterans for Peace sign that reads "How is the war economy working for you?" I also handed out a couple hundred more flyers.

Veterans for Peace was busy today as many of them were arrested at 1:00 am this morning in Boston when the cops grabbed about 50 of the many who have been occupying a park there.

Then this action was held in Washington earlier this morning at the Hart Senate Office Building and from what I heard they had to close the place down.

Things are popping everywhere across the country. Keep the organizing going folks. Get out and support your local actions. This movement is going to have to keep building before we see any real changes....so don't expect the worm to turn overnight. Keep the heat on.

WALL STREET WAS BUILT ON SLAVE BONES

@OccupyTheHood, Occupy Wall Street from adele pham on Vimeo.


Black and Latino voices growing on Wall Street....

OCT 13 PROTEST AT WHITE HOUSE - SAVE JEJU ISLAND - NO NAVY BASE


Global Campaign to Save Jeju Island to join rally against right-wing South Korean President Lee at White House


Protest in front of White House on the evening of the South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak's state dinner. Meet at Lafayette Park at 5:30 pm

The Global Campaign to Save Jeju Island joins forces with Korean-American activists to call attention to failed Lee Myung-Bak policies.

United States, Washington, DC, —U.S.-based peace activists will assemble in front of the White House on October 13 as a signal to visiting South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak that his support for the illegal construction of a naval base on Korea’s Jeju Island is garnering international heat.

Since 2007, protests have occurred at the site of the proposed base, which would host up to 20 American and South Korean warships, including submarines, aircraft carriers and destroyers, several of which would be fitted with the Aegis ballistic-missile defense system.

South Korea started construction of the base in January but protests halted the work in June. Construction has again resumed despite democratic appeals for its halt, including one from the Jeju Provincial Council on Oct. 4 following a 22-day investigation into the procedures that set the plan into motion.

Just last week nine Catholic priests, a South Korean journalist and 11 college students were arrested as part of the Jeju naval base protests under the banner of violating Article 314 which is the penal code for "obstruction of business" and is most often used to arrest and imprison trade unionists for exercising their democratic rights. Two hundred others have been called in for questioning by police not because they have committed any crimes, but because they are being targeted for their political beliefs and affiliations and for exercising their democratic rights.

Recently the Pan-Korean Committee to stop the Jeju naval base stated, “The police are indiscriminately and violently arresting and detaining not only the Gangjeong villagers and activists who protest against naval base construction but also clerics and news reporters, too. It is the police who have downfallen as the guards of the naval base construction, not minding the protection of the people’s basic rights such as the freedom of expression.”

Among those imprisoned is the democratically elected mayor of Gangjeong, the tiny fishing and farming village on Jeju’s south shore that is the site for the slated construction. The vote to authorize the installation of the naval base was decided by 87 people—some of whom were reportedly bribed—out of a village of 1,900 and an island of more than a half-million people.

Jeju Island, 50 miles southeast of South Korea’s mainland, is a pristine 706-square-mile volcanic island that is the site of three UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites. It was also the scene of a 1948 massacre by South Korean police and military forces of 30,000 civilians. In 2005, Roh Moo-hyun, then South Korea’s
president, apologized for the atrocities and designated Jeju as an “Island of World Peace.”

U.S, President Barack Obama will host Lee for talks and a state dinner on October 13. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has also invited Lee to address a joint session of Congress during his state visit.

Details regarding the Protest Lee Myung-Bak in DC rally can be found on the protest homepage www.ProtestLMBinDC.org

Monday, October 10, 2011

CATHOLICS ORGANIZE NATIONWIDE TO STOP JEJU NAVY BASE




Excellent news today from Sung-Hee Choi on Jeju Island, South Korea:

3,600 Catholic clerics nationwide launched the ‘Catholics Solidarity to Realize the Jeju Peace Island,’ on Oct. 10. The mass for its launch was held in the Gangjeong port at 7pm with 1,000 clerics and followers joining. See this link for many images.

The Catholic Solidarity, centered on the Catholics Justice and Peace committee of the 14 dioceses nationwide was composed of the various clerics from convent, monasteries, human rights committee and labor groups such as the Association of Major Superiors of Women Religious in Korea, Korean Conferences of Major Superiors of Men’s Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic life, Catholic Priests’ Association for Justice, Catholic Human Rights Committee and Catholic Labor Pastoral Association of Korea.

The total number of the members of the Catholic Solidarity reached to 3,835 as of Oct. 10 and if additionally collected, it would exceed 4,000.

They told through its draft of the launch statement that “The stop of the naval base construction is the only way to save the peace in the Korean peninsula and Jeju Island.”

The Catholic Solidarity came to a mutual agreement for each diocese to hold mass or lecture meeting on the Jeju naval base and to visit the Gangjeong to hold life and peace mass there. It also made consent to have a large rally in Seoul in November. The discussion to organize the lay believers is also underway, as well.

ASSANGE ON U.S./NATO TAKEOVER OF LIBYA



Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was one of the speakers at mass protest in London this past weekend that was calling for end to war in Afghanistan and foreign troops pullout.

MY PRAYER ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY



We stole their lands and killed the people by the millions. We've done our best to destroy their culture and lock the remaining people into little boxes called reservations.

Most importantly we've tried to drown their wisdom, their native knowledge about how to live on the land, in a sea of green paper - the green frog skins.

Sitting Bull told the story about when he went to the east coast with the Wild West Show and he sat on a door stoop in a busy urban neighborhood. All the little kids, the street urchins, came begging for coins. When he got back home to South Dakota Sitting Bull told the people, "We are in big trouble. You should see how they treat their children."

Not only their children are left to fend for themselves on the streets but the water, the air, the plants, and the animals are being destroyed by this grinding machine of capital uber alles

The white man's culture won the war but it is a losing civilization. It has no heart and no soul. It teaches greed and possession. It teaches fear and hatred and retribution. It's called the business model. Free market - which means the rich are free to exploit everyone else and they are very good at it.

Let the native people's love for the Earth come into our hearts on this day. Let us remember our connection to all things - the things that crawl, the things that swim, the things that fly - all our relatives.

The white man's greed and hunger for control and domination is now a global disease. This system has to have more oil, more military bases, more guns and missiles, more warplanes and drones, more bombs and more warships than anyone else.

It's a mental disease and all of us living in this culture are afflicted with it on some level.

Let today be the day that we recommit to decolonizing our minds. Let our minds and our hearts be free again. Free to feel the energy and connection with our relatives in the living world.

Life is the great mystery. It is to be lived as a free human being, not as a slave to the green frog skin way.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME

We had 55 folks from all over Maine gather today at the University of Maine-Augusta for our Bring Our War $$ Home 30-day Care-a-Van finale celebration. It was a great event.

People brought food to share and we heard from several leaders across the state talk about the campaign and the growing protests in NYC and Washington. We also listened to two renowned poets read their works as well as two inspiring singers.

The next step for the campaign will be to meet on Saturday, Oct 29 in Augusta (King Street Resource Center) from noon to 3:00 pm to evaluate and discuss ideas for our next phase. People seem to want to keep the Bring Our War $$ Home effort moving. We all take great pride in the fact that this Maine-initiated campaign has now become an integral part of the growing national movement.

It just goes to show what can happen when good spirited people work together toward a common goal across a state. We have focused our energy and public consciousness on the links between war spending and economic crisis.

Build it and they will come.

SUNDAY SONG



THIS IS WHERE YOUR $$ GOES



The new Von Braun III building on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama where the Army's "Missile Defense" Command is headquartered.

This "institution" reveals the importance and resources that the Pentagon is putting into Obama's preferred military strategy that is being used to surround Russia and China these days.