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.

Friday, August 24, 2012

SAMSUNG IS BAD NEWS

  • 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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