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.

Thursday, December 06, 2012


Future survival is all about what we do to get the American people to rejoin the human race.

Whether it is climate change, endless war and military empire, the destruction of social progress here at home, and the dissolution of our democracy by the corporate oligarchy - the people in the US are MIA (Missing in Action).

It's not that they don't care.  I think most do.  They've just been trained like a dog to sit and lay down and to follow the pack.  They are on a short leash and have grown accustomed to being kept under control while maintaining the illusion of freedom and independence.

The leash is the media, school, work, church, government, mindless consumerism, and more.

I'll never forget when the Berlin Wall fell and mainstream newspapers in the US ran a story about how the people in East Berlin would now be "free" to purchase dozens of different varieties of sausages.  Freedom  equaled shopping.....these words get redefined so that as long as people can buy, buy, buy they feel "liberated".

Can the old dog learn new tricks?  The world is wondering and eagerly waiting to find out......


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