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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Location: Brunswick, Maine, United States

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.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Important Organizing & News Updates

  • Our friend Jason from Hope, Maine arrived here last night after his return from Jeju Island for the past month.  He, MB and I went for a long walk and talked about his experience in Gangjeong village.  This morning Jason reported he was awake half the night dealing with jet lag. Later on we spent some time going over details on the upcoming Maine Peace Walk – Militarization of the Seas: Pentagon’s Impact on the Oceans.  Jason is helping to organize the event that will take us from Ellsworth to Portsmouth on October 9-24.
  • Today I sent around our growing list of local actions planned during Keep Space for Peace Week (October 3-10).  So far we have 25 events on the list from seven different countries.  More will be added in the coming days.  See our poster for space week here.
  • The well-founded idea that nuclear radiation is dangerous even at the lowest levels is under attack, writes Karl Grossman. Three determined nuclear enthusiasts have filed petitions to the NRC calling on it to apply the doctrine of 'radiation hormesis' - that low levels of radiation actually stimulate the immune system and promote better health. Disagree? You'd better act fast. See more here.
The neocon prescription of endless “regime change” is spreading chaos across the Middle East and now into Europe, yet the neocons still control the mainstream U.S. narrative and thus have diagnosed the problem as not enough “regime change.”
Obama’s stepped up [drone] bombing complicit with Britain, France, Canada, Australia and Israel heads thing closer to full-scale naked aggression – to destroy Syrian sovereignty, eliminate an Israeli rival, and isolate Iran ahead of perhaps inventing a pretext to attack the Islamic Republic.

War plans were made years ago, updated as needed. The Iran nuclear deal did nothing to change longstanding US hostility toward Tehran.

Regime change remains official US policy – wanting Iranian sovereign independence destroyed like what’s ongoing in Syria.


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