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.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Beautiful ceremony for a great man....


US-NATO lied to Russia



NATO is a metastasizing cancer that is growing beyond Europe. Not only is it encircling Russia by expanding into eastern Europe and the Balkans, but also in the Nordic north.

In addition NATO 'partnerships' are reaching into the Asia-Pacific signing up Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and more to encircle China.

NATO's goal is to replace the United Nations as the preeminent international decision making body which would make it easier to 'approve' illegal regime change operations where ever it wishes. The US shoves NATO membership down the throats of unwilling nations by buying off reluctant leaders and putting their own political hacks into prominent positions. Many times the populations of new NATO member countries don't approve of the decision to join the military alliance but they are forced into it anyway.

Currently we see the US pressuring Sweden and Finland to join NATO even though the public in those two nations do not wish to join.

NATO is a 'high class' terrorist outfit.

Truth and democracy are not high on NATO's priority list.

NATO is the military arm of corporate globalization.

Bruce

Friday, August 31, 2018

Save the Griz


Zionists brutalize pacifist Jews in Israel....



Israeli police spraying disgusting "Skunk water" in the face of Anti-Draft Protesters ("Skunk water" is a liquid that smells like raw sewage and was designed by chemists to nauseate people for days after exposure) at anti-Draft protest in Bnei Brak, [a city near Tel Aviv] on Monday, August 6, 2018 over the recent arrest of Nissan Rada, a religious Jewish boy who refused to serve in the Israeli army.

Religious Jews have been resisting recent efforts by the Israeli government to draft them, due to their firm belief that that the Zionist philosophy and its movement is contrary to the foundations of the Jewish religion, which include the belief that Jews are forbidden to wage wars against any nation.

Police were seen dragging the protesters brutally and dispersing the crowd with horses and water cannons, spraying colored water at high pressure directly on the crowd.

Dozens of people were reportedly arrested, and many were wounded and hospitalized.

A similar protest took place in Jerusalem on Thursday, Aug. 2 when 46 people were arrested and the police used similar tactics.
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One person on Facebook posted this question under the video:

Wait! So these Religious Jews are against Zionism. Does that make them "anti-Semitic," according to the logic of those who want to say that people in general who oppose militaristic Zionism are anti-Semitic?
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This is evil. It's fascism. It's a government that cares nothing about heart and soul - it smashes those most peaceful. Israel should be boycotted by the entire world.  Zionism is a cancer to Israel and to the world.

Bruce

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Very important interviews.....



Abby Martin and Mike Prysner lay out exactly what happened to teleSUR and Empire Files.

The censorship from Fazebook and other social media outlets is getting worse by the day.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Living with a gem


This photo is of Mary Beth (MB) and me in Edinburgh, Scotland last June just prior to the annual Global Network conference in Oxford, England.  Dave Webb kindly arranged a day trip there from his home in Leeds and we spoke to a packed room that night.

MB is a social worker who works with the homeless in Portland - a 45 minute drive each way from Bath.  She's moved to just three days a week in order to have time for things at home.  Truthfully, she spends most of her days off doing social work in the Bath and Brunswick area with her 'peeps' - people she adores and helps care for - from 19 to 95 years old.  One of her brothers calls her a saint which is about right.

MB enjoyed the nightly pub visits while we were on the trip to the UK in June.  Being of Irish descent she likes her brew and the noisy company in a good pub.  It reminds her I think of a Sullivan (Boston area) family get together.

But truth is that the UK trip was a working trip - daily traveling and speaking.  Not complaining but MB (and me) have not had a real break this summer.  We both need one.

Since my knee operation on July 16 MB has been watching over me like a mama bear.  Even when  she's been so tired she can't even see straight she still gives my bum knee a massage and often gives one to my good leg too for its extra hard service during this past month.

MB's heart is bigger than imaginable.  I love her and am grateful for all she does for me and everyone else. 

One of her childhood friends called from Massachusetts and wants to come up to Maine for the Labor Day weekend.  So the three of us are going to get away for a couple days.  That is exciting and I know we both need a bit of a change of scene.  Maybe there will be a pub visit as well.

Bruce

U.S. cops being trained by Israeli military



Why?

What are US cops being trained for with these brutal tactics that are used on Palestinians?

Are the American people going to be put inside Gaza-like occupation zones and subjected to never ending check points and harsh treatments?

What is the reason this is happening?

And then there is this nonsense reveled in the video below about Congress (now virtually under the control of AIPAC) pushing legislation to criminalize criticism of Israel and any support for the BDS movement.  Such much for democracy - yeah.....


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

What kind of seed?



Fellow Mainer Regis Tremblay graciously agreed to interview me for the recent taping of This Issue - my public access TV show that airs on about 17 stations across Maine.

At the time this was filmed I was still in the thick of the more painful part of my knee replacement surgery recovery process.  My voice was weaker than I had imagined it would be.

But thanks to the energy from Regis and his animated questions I got by.

It is really such an important subject to discuss - space.

What kind of seed should we take with us as we move off this planet?

Bruce

Monday, August 27, 2018

Preparing for Keep Space for Peace Week


Since the 1990's the US Space Command (soon likely to be transformed into the Space Force) has been saying that America must 'control and dominate space and deny other nations access to space'.  The US says that it will be the 'Master of Space'.

Every year since 2001 the Global Network has organized Keep Space for Peace Week in October.  Just today I emailed around the first few events that we know have already been scheduled during the protest week.  I got a call from one group in Philadelphia and another in California who are also working to set in motion events.  My experience over the years of doing this is that individuals and organizations will during the month of September begin making their plans for space week.

This year's events are more crucial than ever as we face the recent Trump proposal to create the 'Space Force'.  In our local newspapers, just during the last week, there have been two major articles supporting this proposal which must in the end be approved by Congress.

In the early 1980's when Ronald Reagan came out with his Star Wars proposal it was met with much derision by the mainstream media.  But this time around the media has been consolidated into fewer corporate hands.  In fact many of the companies inside the military industrial complex have invested their massive war profits since the 1980's into buying up radio, TV and newspapers so currently there is little 'mainstream' critical analysis about the cost and provocative nature of the US desire to dominate space.

The need for public expression against moving the arms race into space - what the Pentagon has said will be the largest industrial project in human history - is needed now more than ever. Much of the public never hears or sees any real opposition to crazy ideas like the Space Force due to this corporate media consolidation thus while citizens might be opposed to the idea they go along with it because they've given up hope of changing any thing - they see or hear of little opposition. 

Keep Space for Peace Week (October 6-13) plays an important role in our effort to help enliven the public to speak out against such a historically dangerous proposal to move the arms race into the heavens.

If you organize any event during space week in your community please do let us know so we can add it to the list of actions.  At the very least write a letter to the editor of your local corporate owned newspaper and tell them how you feel about the idea.

You can see our space week poster - No Space Force - here

Bruce

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Help us link endless war & climate change


In Portland, Maine.  Please join us.

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