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'm back to work for the Global Network. Will continue to help Lisa Savage for US Senate campaign on my free time. Trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Best wishes and good luck to you all.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Who Actually Controls the Media?

Do you actually think the CIA, FBI and NSA can be trusted? Who do they work for? Put your ears to the railroad tracks and hear the train coming!!!

During the days of the former Soviet Union the story was that folks living there had to learn to read the newspaper up-side-down.  That meant they could not trust their media - it was state controlled.

Can we begin to imagine that the media in the US (and much of the world) is owned and run by the rich - corporate oligarchs?  By the CIA.

But having a media we can't trust is not a ticket out of the struggle.  I hear many say that, "Well, I don't know who to believe anymore.  I give up.  You can't beat city hall."

We can't just say we are beat and then quit.  Our children and grandchildren need us to put our asses in gear.  Our relatives in the plant and animal worlds need us to act now. We damn well know the problems - and we have a very good idea what many of the solutions are.

America has always been about fitting in - being accepted by the crowd - going along to get along.  That's all got to change now.  We are on the edge of the cliff and looking at a deep fall.  We've got to move hard and fast.  We've got to speak out more often - more publicly - and help push the real policies that are life giving.  The elite say that America has superfluous populations here now and the oligarchs are trying to thin the herd.  Some would call it genocide - they want to put most of us on the reservation.

Age is not a ticket out of the struggle either so everyone can do something.  Just last weekend 98-year-old activist Frances Crowe and seven others were arrested blockading construction of a Kinder Morgan gas pipeline in the Otis State Forest in western Massachusetts. Activists helped push Crowe to the construction site in her wheelchair, where they then held a mock funeral for fossil fuels. Crowe is a longtime peace and antinuclear activist. This is her third arrest since she turned 90 years old. When asked on Saturday how many times she’d been arrested throughout her lifetime, Francis Crowe answered, "Not Enough."  See the story here

Alot of people are using the word 'Resistance' these days but many groups are pushing an accommodationist strategy with those in power.  Many of these organizations are linked to the Democratic Party and thus their primary job is to herd newly active and enraged people into traditional safe corners where party operatives can control their anger.

For me though 'Resistance' is that which directly non-violently confronts the power elite - from both major political parties.  I always carry in my heart the words of abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass who proclaimed:

Let's cut the bullshit and get to work while we still can.



Blogger lorio said...

I agree!

6/29/17, 3:25 PM  
Blogger lorio said...

I agree!

6/29/17, 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me too agree!

The Accountability We Seek, rather than misdirection & heckled marginalization routines ?

Towers of Babble
The freaks and geeks in the 9/11 Truth movement are on to something-they
just don't know what (something they are unwilling to know/embrace themselves?)
The Gutenberg Revolutions

6/30/17, 9:34 PM  

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