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, August 24, 2017

Protesting Hells Angels War Show in Brunswick



Seven of us gathered for just over an hour around noon today in downtown Brunswick to hold banner, signs and hand out flyers to promote our protest against the Navy Blue Angels airshow this coming Saturday in our community.

Our timing turned out to be quite good as the Hells Angels flight team was zooming around Brunswick in order to promote their appearance.  They blasted just overhead along Main Street in Brunswick several times and then flew various formations over the city during most of our time on the street.

Many hundreds of cars passed by and got a good look at our banner as did the noon hour walking traffic in the downtown area - a popular place to visit during the summer time.  One German couple stopped to talk to us and told one of our folks that they want the US military bases in their country to leave.

I told people who stopped to talk that while we have to listen to this racket for just a weekend, people living near US bases in Okinawa and South Korea (or many other places around the globe) have to listen to these ear-splitting war planes every day.  Then in war zones like Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen they not only get the noise but also the bombs dropped.

Our flyer promoting our protest on Saturday at former Navy air base in Brunswick reads "Real Angels Don't Drop Bombs".  We got some good responses but also had some hecklers shout at us as well.  Many people's minds have been colonized by the US endless war machine - they've swallowed the propaganda that says the 'exceptional' US military is protecting us here at home.

I think we are going to have a good protest on Saturday outside of the Hells Angels war show.  We'll never end this imperial war system unless we repeatedly speak out.

Bruce

2 Comments:

Blogger Zinn Reader said...

Bruce and brothers and sisters for real peace, I wish you well in your protest at former Navy Air Base in Brunswick. Wish I could join you but a family commitment prevents me from doing so.

Please know that NH BVFP stands in Solidarity with you. Blessings of Peace.

8/24/17, 9:07 PM  
Blogger Sally Reynolds said...

Hi Bruce, wonderful banner! Any chance we can use the artwork to make one for ourselves?
Sally of Abingdon Peace Group and Oxfordshire Peace Campaign

8/25/17, 2:22 AM  

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