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 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.

Friday, February 12, 2016

To War or Not to War - That is the Question

Maine Veterans for Peace members John Morris (top) and Peter Morgan (bottom photo) joined us in Bath on ash Wednesday for the start of the Lenten season vigils at the Navy shipyard.  We carry on again this coming Saturday at 11:30 am and each Saturday in February through to the end of March. Thanks to the Smilin' Trees Disarmament Farm for their Lenten vigil coordination. (Photos by Roger Leisner)

To war
or not
to war
that is the question

Any answer
other than
a resounding 
is too
and insane
to ponder

Why though
war machine
push on
to bomb
and slaughter?

The Massacre of the Innocents
in a technological
of King Herod
on steroids

Where does this
war cancer come from?
How does one lance
this ugly boil 
of endless 
death mongering?

Shall we 
this rush
to war?

Lent is
of penitence

Where are
the church voices
calling for peace
and for turning
the local
sword making factory
into plowshares? 

is the
so deafening? 

Are we
on our knees
because we 
are in prayer
or in an act
of submission? 

This Day in History:  On February 12, 1997 in "Prince of Peace Plowshares," six activists poured blood and symbolically disarmed U.S.S. The Sullivans, a nuclear-capable Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. All were eventually convicted of destruction of government property and conspiracy. 


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