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.

Monday, April 03, 2017

BIW Destroyer Protest Video

On April 1st, 2017, nine peace activists were arrested while blocking the entrance to the "Christening" ceremony for a new Aegis destroyer at Bath Iron Works, a leading US naval shipyard owned by General Dynamics.

Aegis destroyers are an important coordinating and missile-carrying component in US nuclear and conventional war strategy.  These warships are being sent by the Pentagon to help encircle Russia and China causing much instability around the globe.

The activists and their supporters contended that the money spent on these expensive weapons systems is immoral, and that the shipyard's workers -- and the world -- would be better served if they produced high-speed trains, solar, wind turbines, and tidal power generators.

Video made by Eric Herter from Brunswick, Maine


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