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 grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


On the 28th of March, 2014, at about 4 p.m., the Afghan Peace Volunteers heard a loud explosion in the vicinity of their community home. It was the start of an attack on a guesthouse of Roots of Peace, a foreign-run NGO located nearby. For the rest of the evening and night, they anxiously waited for the sound of rocket fire and firing to stop. It was reported that a 10 year old girl, and the four assailants, were killed.

Zekerullah's father had asked that Zekerullah travel back to Bamiyan to be with his family till after the elections.

We had been thinking about an appropriate response to the violence perpetrated by the Taliban, other militia, the Afghan government, and the U.S./NATO coalition of 50 countries.

So, on the 31st of March 2014, in building alternatives and saying 'no' to all violence and all forms of war-making, a few of us went to a local park in the area of the attack, and there, we planted some trees.

Love and thanks,

Hakim, Ali, Abdulhai, Ghulamai, Zekerullah, Barath, Faiz, Raz and the Afghan Peace Volunteers


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