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.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Speaking at the White House


“Veterans for Peace” Confront President Trump About Endless Wars from Bill Hughes on Vimeo.

On Tuesday morning, May 30, 2017, a contingent of antiwar protesters in the hundreds, gathered for a rally, at 11am, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. They were led by the president of the Veterans for Peace, Barry Ladendorf. They demanded a “stop to the endless war,” and a start to a genuine “peace-building movement.” 

The speakers raised their voices about the endless U.S. related conflicts around the globe in Afghanistan, Iraq and in Syria. They put emphasis on the war drums beating daily for a conflict with North Korea, and also, thanks to the hawkish Neocons and our influential Military-Industrial Complex, a possible U.S. war, starting in 2017, with - Iran.

After the demonstration at the Memorial, the protesters marched, around 2 pm, to the White House to confront President Trump. There, they demanded a meeting - as soon as possible with him - to discuss his “military policy” and to re-direct government spending to issues closer to home. A letter that Mr. Ladendorf had written to President Trump was read by one of his colleagues in front of the White House fence. To learn more, go to: facebook.com/events/1709862185979408/

According to the authoritative “Cost of National Security,” the American taxpayers have been paying $8.36 million an hour, since 2001, to cover the expenses of our endless wars. To check out more details about this important issue, go to: nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/

Speaking at the White House rally was Veterans for Peace activist, Bruce Gagnon. He’s also the coordinator of the “Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.” He blasted the U.S./ NATO War Machine and referenced the White House as an often "black, dark, evil” house.

(Video Special to Baltimore Post-Examiner)

©Bill Hughes, 2017

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