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, January 18, 2017

Getting Caught Up with Odds & Ends

New CIA disclosures reveal that Vladimir Putin used dolphins to help sneak up on the Democrat National Committee (DNC) in order to steal their secrets on behalf of Trump.

  • Since getting home from Okinawa I've been as busy as a one-armed wall paper hanger.  I had lots of lovely mail to get caught up with - including many gifts coming in for the Global Network as we hit our 25th year of operation.  Thanks to all of you who have been donating.  These donations give us confidence that our supporters appreciate our hard work and think we are heading in the right direction - especially as we face a new president who no one knows for sure what he will actually do once in office.

  • I'm also working on my statements and testimony for our coming Zumwalt 12 trial here in Bath Superior Court on February 1-2.  The group is taking this trial very seriously and putting great effort into making our statements to the judge and jury as clear as possible about why we risked arrest at Bath Iron Works in June 18, 2016 during the 'christening' ceremony of the latest Zumwalt 'stealth' destroyer.

  • I am also increasing my efforts on the Global Network's 25th annual space organizing conference that will be held in Huntsville, Alabama on April 7-9.  Our brochure is printed and will be in the mail on January 20 - inauguration day.  We've had our first registration come in from a Veterans For Peace member in Tennessee - someone we don't even know.  I've heard from GN board members in India, Sweden, Norway, England and the US that are going to be at the event.  It's very exciting.  You can see the conference brochure here

  • I've been enjoying the healthy debate on the No to NATO email list serve during the past couple of weeks.  The discussion, mostly from those in Europe, has gone back and forth on whether peace groups there should focus their upcoming inauguration protests on Trump or keep them directed at the US military empire and the expanding NATO war machine.  Several European peace group leaders have made the point that Trump isn't even in office yet but that is has been Obama who has been directing the massive US expansion of NATO up to Russia's borders including the current movement of hundreds of tanks and other military vehicles to new US military outposts in Poland and beyond.


Anonymous Brother Jonah said...

Well, Trump is the new Commander in Thief and from the makeup of his cabinet, I don't see much difference vis a vis the ancien regime. They're more out of the closet about their affiliations. There must be some constitutional super-pass for banksters being eligible for Secretary of the Treasury etc.... you know, something they didn't bother to teach us in Civics class. Conflict of Interests is the phrase, and Tea Pot Dome and Halliburton etc.

If you can distinguish between the Military "defense" sector and the Financial sector you're doing better than me. Remember the anti-trust poster portraying Standard Oil as a giant octopus? Yeah. I'm thinking more on the lines of a huge cloud of jellyfish and a side order of Shark Feeding Frenzy. George H.W. tried to hide continuing interests in Halliburton by ceding control of the company to Cheney. To avoid obvious conflict of interests. Not that (m)any were fooled. It seems to be more of a gesture, a polite nicety like pretending it was the dog who farted.

Hit them hard, hit them low AND high. Trump did divest from ETP to the tune of half a billion $$$. If I heard the figure correctly. That means he's got enough concern with what people think of him, which is a lever. He seems a bit needy for adulation. We'll see it develop better in the coming weeks.

1/19/17, 3:37 AM  

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