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, April 28, 2012

BACK IN SEATTLE


When I arrived at the Mount Baker theater last night in Bellingham I was just a bit surprised to see my name in lights flashing on the marquee.  The talk was well attended and capped off a very nice visit with activists there.  Old friends from Florida, John & Dorie Belisle who live just outside of town on an apple farm, came to the talk and it was exciting to see them again.  They had sponsored me here some years ago when I first visited Bellingham.

After the talk was over Mike Jacobsen drove me to Seattle and we arrived about 11:30 pm.  I was taken to an empty house where I will be staying for three nights.  I had to get up early this morning as I was scheduled to do a half-hour live radio interview on a popular local station.

The host of the KEXP radio show remembered hearing me speak last time I was in Seattle and told me that when he is able to find any radio interviews I've done with other stations he likes to put them on his weekend public affairs show.  It's always good to know that someone is out there paying attention.

I'm washing my clothes now and preparing to get ready for a 1:00 pm talk today in nearby Redmond at Soul Food Books.  Then I am off for the rest of the day.  On Sunday I do my big speech here in Seattle at the University Temple United Methodist Church at 4:00 pm.  This event is being sponsored by a host of local groups including the United Nations Assn, Veterans For Peace, and Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.

Just a note: last night I saw that Father Moon was back on the streets again in Gangjeong village on Jeju Island.  A photo showed him, with cast on his broken wrist after his near tragic fall from a tetra pod, laying under a construction vehicle trying to block its entry into the Navy base construction area.  I can't imagine that his three broken vertebrae are yet healed but this remarkable 71 year old Catholic priest refuses to be deterred.  That is an example for all of us to follow.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job Bruce. Several videographers will film the Seattle talk tomorrow for Public Access TV. One of them goes on national distribution to Free Speech TV and sometimes Alternative Radio. So please speak for exactly 57 1/2 minutes LOL! and if anybody interrupts for questions just look straight ahead an keep talking LOL!

4/28/12, 12:35 PM  

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