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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Location: Brunswick, Maine, United States

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.

Thursday, July 05, 2012


Lone protester, local  hairdresser Sid Lewis in Paonia, Colorado, stopped the July 4th parade led by tank owned by Bill Koch (Koch brothers fame) who owns area coal mines and is at root of fracking efforts in this peaceful valley. Fighting fires isn't enough. Paonia residents have to fight Koch billions too. Holding a sign reading 'Democracy Bought & Sold' and 'Trying to buy the planet, or just take it?', Sid stood in front of the approaching tank which led the parade and forced it to stop. He was finally shoved out of the way, but next he stood in front of Bill Koch's Hummer and that didn't stop... tried to run him down. He stood his ground until he couldn't any longer.

Following the parade, a man rushed him and said, "You're gonna get a bullet right between the eyes." But, later, as Sid stood over the 'recycling' 'compost' and 'landfill' bins educating people about trash, he received many comments of gratitude and praise.  It won't make national news, and maybe not even the Paonia paper... but, it should.

Update:   The Denver Post did end up covering this story.  See it here


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