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.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Close U.S. bases on Okinawa


All three of these peace movement leaders in Okinawa were arrested for leading the 13-year daily non-violent protests against US base expansion on their beleaguered island.

There are presently 32 US military bases scattered throughout Okinawa taking up about 20% of the total land mass on the island.  And the US wants to take even more land due to Obama's 'pivot' of 60% of US military forces into the Asia-Pacific region to encircle China and Russia.  Trump is now continuing that policy which means more ports-of-call are needed for Navy warships, more runways are need for US warplanes and more barracks are needed for American troops.

The charges against these good men should be immediately dropped.  They have already spent months in prison and face much longer sentences.  They are only facing further jail time because the US demands it.

Bruce

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