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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Location: Bath, Maine, United States

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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The refugee



Dislodged
by chaos
separated
from home
and family

climate change
drought
escape for life
in leaky boats
refused at borders

refugee
rejected
vilified
running out of hope

Divide and conquer
blame refugee
rather than
corporate oligarchy
that created
refugees
from war$
Iraq,
Syria,
Afghanistan,
Somalia,
Libya,
Latin America....

refugee
we all
just one war
one economic disaster
one environmental
catastrophe
away

refugee
all our relatives
refugees
from somewhere
at some point
during human history

refugee
refugee
refugee......

Bruce

Update:  Christine DeTroy from Brunswick, Maine called and told me she read this poem at the rally on Saturday, June 30 opposing Trump's separation of refugee children from their parents.  The speaker that followed Christine at the rally was Sen. Angus King (I-ME).  I had a big laugh to hear that King had to listen to my poem.

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