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'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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

PLANES OVERHEAD

  • The Air Force Thunderbirds have been practicing over our heads for the past two days as they try to pump up the jam for the big airshow this weekend.  Several folks have told me they called the town of Brunswick to complain and were told "you are the only one that has called".  I know it is a lie because I've already heard from half-a-dozen folks who made the call and were told the same thing.  It's a trick ('you are the only one who feels this way so give up') politicians always use to demobilize the public.
  • Yesterday, much to our delight, the local Times Record newspaper printed our Veterans for Peace news release and the Stop Recruiting Our Children for War banner on page three.  A nice way to be sure that the community sees that there is indeed opposition to these expensive, polluting, and recruiting gimmick spectacles.
  • This morning I interviewed renowned peace activist Kathy Kelly on my public access TV show.  Then she came over to our house for lunch and we had a good organizing strategy conversation.  During my interview with Kathy I asked her why she thinks the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan.  Her answer:  China.  (Check out a map.) She is also now talking about the jobs issue and the fact that local communities are becoming addicted to Pentagon $$$$$.  Good to hear her make those connections.
  • Kathy speaks tonight at the library in Brunswick.  Her appearance will be a good building event coming just days before the airshow.  Americans get upset when fighter bombers fly over our heads for a few minutes.  Imagine if we lived in places where they fly day and night and drop bombs on us as well.

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