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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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Grannies Against THAAD in South Korea



On March 18 elderly residents of Soseong-ri, South Korea (a village in Seongju County just 2 miles from the deployment site) joined the national peace march of more than 5,000 people against THAAD (Theatre High Altitude Area Defense).

Leaning on walkers, they marched with high spirits, held up big picket signs and chanted, “Illegal THAAD, back to the U.S! THAAD, go away! Come Peace!” 

These people who live near the THAAD deployment site are mostly melon farmers who used to be 85% in favor of the right-wing ruling government.  Since the decision was made to deploy the so-called 'missile defense' system in their community they quit the right-wing party and joined the peace movement.

One of their leaders will be speaking in Huntsville on April 8 at the Global Network space organizing conference. The THAAD 'missile defense' system is built in Alabama and has been deployed in South Korea in recent days. 

THAAD is also currently deployed in Guam and the Pentagon will soon be undertaking a THAAD testing program at a launch site located on Kodiak Island, Alaska on what used to be a pristine nature preserve area.

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