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.

Friday, August 24, 2012


  • The Washington Post reports today that "After a year of scorched-earth litigation, a jury decided Friday that Samsung ripped off the innovative technology used by Apple to create its revolutionary iPhone and iPad. The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion. An appeal is expected."
  • Samsung also has a construction division and is the lead contractor for the Navy base on Jeju Island in South Korea.  They are now blasting the sacred rocky coast and will pour cement over the abundant life that lives between the rocks.  Samsung has also begun the process of dredging the seabed to make it possible to bring the big U.S. warships into the proposed base.  This dredging process will tragically harm the endangered soft coral reefs just off the coast.
  • Samsung has a long and dirty record of mistreating their non-union workforce where many electronics workers have died or become very ill from unregulated exposure to toxic chemicals used when building these expensive gadgets.
  • What can you do about all this?  Boycott all Samsung products and tell others to do the same.
  •  Yesterday, Nicholson Baker, the acclaimed author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, uploaded his first YouTube video. It's a recording of "Jeju Island Song," which Baker wrote as a plea to stop the construction of a military base in Gangjeong village.  You can listen to it here


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