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.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Day 33: We need to build unity and solidarity

Christine DeTroy from PeaceWorks in Brunswick shows the misleading headline in local paper.  Makes it sound like the fight is over - it's not.  The local paper has been outsourced to BIW/GD.  Just last week the editor of the paper cancelled a twice a month Op-Ed that Peaceworks had for the past three years - done in reaction to the campaign to stop GD corporate welfare bill in Augusta. (Photo by Martha Spiess)


  • Alot of people are asking me if I think the US is trying to start a war with Russia.  I respond that the US and NATO want regime change in Moscow and Beijing.  And our government is greedy enough, deceitful enough, desperate enough and vicious enough to go to war to try to reach that end.  It's pure insanity to even consider the thought.

  • All this daily - non-stop - demonization of Putin and Russia should be familiar.  It is the modus operandi (MO) of a killer nation.  We heard the same story in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen.  Demonization and then attack.  The US and NATO are willing to go to war for control of everything and everyone on this planet. It is arrogance and evil wrapped into one package.

  • I did an interview with Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers today on their podcast show called Clearing the Fog at PopularResistance.org  We talked about our campaign going on in Maine and they asked what kind of product should be built at BIW.  I responded as I always do that our biggest problem in the world today is climate change.  Our weather here is all messed up like most places around the globe.  We've long been calling for the conversion of Bath Iron Works to build commuter rail systems, offshore wind turbines and tidal power systems.  We have a short chance to have some impact on global warming - but the public must become vocal now rather than resigning themselves to no human future on Earth.

  • Due to Trump's 'Space Force' announcement I've done some radio interviews in the last few days.  Last year the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill to create a separate military service just for space.  The Senate voted the bill down in Washington.  The Air Force is opposed to the idea - they want to control the seamless web between the Earth and deep space.  The aerospace industry sees big opportunity for profit by expanding military space operations and has much influence on Capital Hill.  They are strongly pushing the bill and likely got to Trump.

  • The Pentagon has been saying for many years that Star Wars will be the most expensive industrial project in human history.  There will be no money for anything else.  That is why we see them going after Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid these days.  They have to defund virtually everything in order to pay for the new arms race in space.  We've got to show how one issue here is linked to the other - the deadly connections  Many organizers stay in their silos and don't share the full picture with the public.  A big organizing mistake.  We need to build unity and solidarity.

  • Tomorrow is the weekly Lenten vigil at BIW just down the street from here at 11:30 am.  People from around the state gather and hold signs calling for disarmament, human needs and conversion of BIW to sustainable technology.  Studies show we'd get more jobs at places like BIW if we built anything other than weapons.  Military spending is capital intensive.  Every other kind of production is labor intensive.  The Pentagon says that America's role in the world today is 'security export'.  That means endless war.  You are the citizen - you decide which way things should go.

Bruce

4 Comments:

Blogger Tarak Kauff said...

Agree with everything you say above Bruce. However, what I admire so much is that you not only have good thinking on these issues and see the connections, but most significantly, you live your ideas. That means you are an honest man, a person of deep integrity. You don't just talk, you walk that talk. That is what I respect most. Keep up the great work. You are literally inspiring and educating thousands.

3/16/18, 6:07 PM  
Blogger Bruce K. Gagnon said...

Thx Tarak for your kind words. We've got a great team of folks across Maine pulling together on this. I've always believed that when you bring good folks together sparks start to fly....

3/16/18, 6:30 PM  
Blogger lorio said...

Bruce, thank you for words of wisdom. We all need to see what the MIC is doing and how dangerous it is to our one and only planet Earth.

3/17/18, 4:02 AM  
Blogger Tarak Kauff said...

Admittedly Bruce Gagnon is a talented and very experienced organizer, but he is also a totally (24/7) committed person as far as saving this fragile planet is concerned. We all may not be as talented and experienced in organizing but every single one of us can emulate and become totally committed to peace and sustainability on the earth. That we can all do. Never doubt the impact every one of us can have. I see in the relatively small group that has coalesced around this issue, those kind of people. I respect all of you and am deeply inspired by your actions. This small group in Maine sets an example for people all over the country. These are not kind or flattering words from me, they are just truthful.

3/17/18, 8:11 AM  

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