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: Bath, Maine, United States

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.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Traveling to Support Resistance to U.S. Empire

  • I head to Boston early in the morning for Milan, Italy and then on to Sicily where I will be joined by Global Network board convener Dave Webb and our fellow GN member Jo McIntire (Jo who lived in Italy for many years will serve as our translator. His mother was one of our key leaders in the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice when I worked there for many years.) We will speak twice in the coming days in Sicily with activists who have been waging the No MUOS campaign against a US space warfare communications base built in the middle of a nature preserve.  Sicilian citizens and No MUOS activists are worried about consequences of the installation of this system on: human health, the ecosystem of the Sughereta di Niscemi, the quality of agricultural production, right to mobility and to the development of territory, right to peace and security of their homeland and of its inhabitants.
  • My mother was first generation Italian immigrant born in the US - her father came from Milan and her mother from Naples.  I intend to spend a couple days in Milan before heading to Sicily.  This will be my first ever trip to Italy - a lifelong dream come true.
  • After the trip to Sicily is over I will return to England with Dave who also chairs the UK's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.  He's organized a bit of a speaking tour for me and I will visit Bradford, Menwith Hill (US NSA spy base weekly protest), Leeds, London, Fylingdales (US space warfare base) and Oxford.  I will be get home on November 24.
  • The Obama endless war team has taken another step toward ensuring more chaos in Syria and the direct possibility of a shooting match with Russia.  Can there be any doubt that Washington is doing its best to provoke Moscow and Beijing into a roaring WW III?  One local woman here in midcoast Maine recently emailed that I was crazy for suggesting that the Pentagon has been developing a first-strike attack program using 'missile defense' as their shield which is aimed at Russia and China.  The real question is why do the American people allow the psychopaths running the asylum in Washington to remain in charge?  The Wall Street Urinal reported yesterday:
The U.S. and its regional allies [Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel...] agreed to increase shipments of weapons and other supplies to help moderate Syrian rebels hold their ground and challenge the intervention of Russia and Iran on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials and their counterparts in the region said.

The deliveries from the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi Arabia and other allied spy services deepen the fight between the forces battling in Syria, despite President Barack Obama‚Äôs public pledge to not let the conflict become a U.S.-Russia proxy war.


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