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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Holding Out a Vision for Solutions Not Endless War



Economic conversion, defense conversion, or arms conversion, is a technical, economic and political process for moving from military to civilian production.

The sixth Maine Peace Walk for Conversion, Community and Climate is concentrating on the serious need to convert Bath Iron Works (BIW) to peaceful and sustainable production.
Learn more about the Maine Peace Walk: http://vfpmaine.org/2017%20…/Maine%20Peace%20Walk%20Call.pdf


UMASS Amherst Economics Department study shows that we could have more jobs for people if we spent on alternative domestic spending priorities, in particular investments in clean energy, health care and education, versus military spending:
https://www.peri.umass.edu/…/PERI_military_spending_2011.pdf

Video by Will Griffin (Veterans For Peace)

4 Comments:

Blogger Jo McIntire said...

Great vision - great reporting!!

10/15/17, 4:59 PM  
Blogger Zinn Reader said...

Terrific video and powerful statements from peacemakers who understand the impact of militarism in draining much needed resources from essential life-affirming activities instead of waging war and harming our fragile but beautiful blue planet. Thanks to Will and all those who were present and who will be doing the walk for peace and for educating our citizens about the perils of climate change.

10/15/17, 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your initiative, but I am so disappointed and with no hope in something of good in this direction.
Every global power, first of all americans, which are well behind Russia and China for what concerns ICBM principally, atom weapons and every electonic technologies, are looking for a definitive weapon to threat all other antagonists and drive them to accept american decisions and leave america make all what wants. In poor words america wants to mantain the led positions oer all the world.
To have that america is capable to bring the world in ww3 and commits every evil actions. They demonstrate this for one century when became with Philippines in 1898 a global colonial power, americans think to be the elected people, or, perhaps the lead group that rule america with their propaganda, with dollar power, with the company the power of jews (which are the majority in that group), being also in great decline, thinks to make the ultimate mother of betting to take definitively the power all around the world crushing (or attempting to do it) even think to the consequences.
this evil criminal behavior of crazy, mad, idiotic, stupid, murder, people of this group wants became the master of the world, also killing trillion of people . . . . . excuse me for little english and for this long speech

10/16/17, 8:26 AM  
Blogger Bruce K. Gagnon said...

We can only control what we can do - so I believe we must do our best always and beyond that some things are beyond our immediate control.

Today we finished going door-to-door across the city of Bath. I was able to hand out about 15 flyers as workers left BIW this afternoon which is an all-time high. Our goal is to create a discussion about conversion in our community. I think we are doing it.

Most people have never thought about it but the reports from our door-to-door teams is that many people they spoke with agreed that it is a good idea. We have to start someplace.

10/16/17, 7:59 PM  

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