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, March 03, 2012


Professor Yang Yoon-Mo is now on his 25th day of hunger striking while inside prison on Jeju Island. He is back in jail for interrupting Navy construction vehicles.

Last summer Yang, while in jail for laying under a cement truck, nearly died as his 71 day hunger strike only ended when Jeju Island Bishop Kang convinced him to stop.

Just before leaving Jeju , Mary Beth got to meet with Yang at Jeju City prison where he awaits his latest trial. He restarted his hunger strike upon entering and vows to continue as long as necessary.

Mary Beth wrote down his words:

If Gureombi (the sacred rocky coastline) lives, I live. If Gureombi dies, I die. Do not cry for me. Cry for the future generations who may not be able to feel the beauty of Gureombi. Gureombi is the medium to connect myself and the sky. The self, the sky, Gureombi have become one. This commitment is a call from God.

I've decided to join his hunger strike for one week beginning Sunday. I would hope others will decide to fast for a meal, a day, or more during this time when Yang is putting his life on the line to stop the destruction done by this Navy base plan. Please let me know if you join the fast and I will collect the names and send them on to South Korea so Yang can see that others care about him, the nature around Gangjeong village, and peace.

I'd also urge you to call the nearest South Korean embassy/consulate and tell them to stop the Navy base and to release Yang from prison.

If you are on Facebook you can get regular updates from the villagers. Just click here

See this video from last year where Yang talks about Gureombi and the corporate neo-liberalism that is now controlling the world. You will be deeply moved by his words and his action.

Write to:

Mr. Lee Myung-Bak
1 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu
Seoul, 110-820
Fax: +82 2 770 4751
E-mail: or or

Mr. Kim Kwan-Jin
Minister, Ministry of National Defense
No. 1, Yongsan-dong 3-ga
Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82 2 748 1111
Fax: +82 2 748 6895

Mr. Woo Keun-Min
The government of Jeju-do
312-1, Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Fax: +82 64 710 3009

Please save the Gangejong, the Life and Peace village.


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