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.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

SECOND DAY IN THE HEAT


Last night the VFP conference began with former TV show star Phil Donahue showing his anti-war film Body of War.  Having watched his show for many years, and being so familiar with his style, it was a treat to watch him during the Q & A following the film.  Frankly he seemed a bit lost when it came to questions about how we should be dealing with the present political situation.  He is still tied to the Democratic Party which reduces his ability to think outside the box.  I am more convinced than ever that we have to point the finger at the root of the problem which is our capitalist system which is all about greed, maximum consumption, and endless war.

As I write this I am listening to Carlos and Melida Arredondo speak about the loss of their son Alex to the war in Iraq.  More recently their second son Brian took his own life and Carlos recalled how lost he was following the death of his older brother in war.

It is hot as blazes in Miami with virtually no air to breathe.  Climate change is hitting hard here making South Florida a tough place to be.  Add in the fact that this is a concrete jungle and that only magnifies the heat.

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