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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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I WAS A FREE MAN



MB and I went to see "12 Years a Slave" last night and everyone should go see this important film.  It shares the deeply sad and sadistic story of slavery in the US in pre-Civil War times. 

I am always struck in such stories by the total disruption of the African-American family and psyche.  How can anyone of good conscience not see how several hundred years of slavery bears a multi-generational scar on the backs of black people to this day? 

Cotton fields have now been replaced by jails as the majority of black youth find themselves shackled inside prisons.  There is no doubt to me that our nation can never be whole until we deal with this ever present reality of cruelty and brutality toward the black people in our nation.

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