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, September 19, 2012

MAKE THOSE LINKS


  • Peace activist Jane Sanford (Belfast, Maine) protested a couple days ago in her community and shows how to connect the dots.  (The right-wing Koch brothers funded Americans for Prosperity bus tour came to her town.)  Her arms might have gotten a bit tired but she did a great job of becoming a human billboard.
  • I've spent most of the day house cleaning and walking the dog (Homer).  It rained all night last night but today is sunny and breezy and supposed to get cold this evening.  Feels like fall here right now.  One of my favorite times of year.
  • This weekend (Friday through Sunday) I will be heading to Unity, Maine to help staff the combined tables of Veterans for Peace and Bring Our War $$ Home campaign at the annual Common Ground County Fair.  It's a great event put on by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association and draws a massive amount of folks.  Great food, fun, friends, and lots of good politics.  I'll bring along my tent and camp there.  Weather should be decent.
  • I've been reluctant to write about my baseball team for fear of jinxing them.  But after their game last night I have to share.  My Baltimore Orioles came in last place in 2011.  In fact they had 14 seasons in a row of losing baseball.  But this year, incredibly, they are currently tied for first place with the New Jork Jankees (the evil baseball empire) with only 13 games to go.  Last night, in Seattle, they tied the game in the 9th inning and then went into extra innings (18 of them) before winning 4-2.  The Orioles are 14-2 in extra innings this season, with 14 straight victories. They're 20 games above .500. What a turn-a-round this year.  Can we hear a loud cheer for the O's?!!  Miracles can happen.
  • I've been real impressed watching the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union.  Looks like they have forced the city of Chicago to back down on some issues.  Goes to show what happens when you build support across the community before going out on strike.  They had support from parents, students, and teachers which is why the city had to back off some of their trash talk about the union.  Proof that hard organizing work often pays off.  We can't rely on Internet organizing to always do the job for us - relationships with people still matter.

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