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.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Space week meetings in Nepal


Teacher Prabhu Yadav leads a discussion with faculty and students at Patan Multiple Campus in Kathmandu, Nepal. 




Professor Shreedhar Gautam (Patan Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University) in Lalipur-Kathmandu leads a discussion at another meeting


As per the schedules of our organization, The Global Network Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space to mark a protest Week from October 6-13, 2018 worldwide, we, Nepal Chapter of Global Network, has organized several Programs, including photos exhibition, banners, pamphlets and interactions.  We held a talk program on October 12 in Kathmandu focusing on the need of keeping the space from Nuclear Powers and proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the different parts of the world. We opposed the Military alliances like NATO and advocated the need of sustainable development.

We (Shreedhar Gautam and Prabhu Ray Yadav) gave an introductory remarks to draw the attention of the audience regarding the objectives of the Global Network  Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. And we will organize such activities in futures too.

Prabhu Yadav
Kathmandu, Nepal
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In 2016 GN board members Dave Webb (UK), J. Narayana Rao (India), Will Griffin (Philadelphia) and I traveled to Kathmandu to introduce the work of our organization at various college campuses across the city.  Following a presentation to the Nepal Council of World Affairs a decision was made by those we met to form a Nepal Chapter of the Global Network.  Dr. Shreedher Gautam was made President of the chapter and Prabhu Yadav became a board member.

Since then several members of the Nepal Chapter have attempted to come to the US and England for the last two Global Network annual meetings but were all denied entry Visas (except for one member who was able to come to Huntsville, Alabama).  In spite of those denials the chapter continues to stay involved and these space week events are testaments to their commitment for which we are grateful.

Bruce

Friday, October 12, 2018

Police block Jeju protesters from reaching President Moon



At the official ceremony of the US organized Navy Fleet Review on Jeju Island, South Korea the people organized large protests in the village just outside of the new Navy base gate.  They also jumped into their kayaks and tried to approach the various warships including the US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, who once said the Gangjeong village was owed an apology for the lies over the past 11 years as their village has been torn apart to build the Navy base, was inside the ceremony dressed in a military flight jacket showing his subservience to the war machine and US military domination on the Korean peninsula.


Activist Sung-Hee Choi reported from Gangjeong village:

President Moon has been known to be eager to meet the former mayors Kang Dong-kyun, Cho Kyung-chul, and anti-base committee chairman Go Gwon-il, who are currently the leaders of anti-base village association. However, on the very day, he not only avoided them but blockaded them by police force to the fury of people in the rally in front of the Peace Center, the center of the village. Just before it, Moon government had stopped our leading protest van.

In strong protest to President Moon, former mayor, Kang Dong-kyun said, "We have one more mouse." The new mouse indicates President Moon. The original mouse is [former president] Lee Myung-bak, the conservative, who is now in prison.

Needless to say the villagers and their many supporters are extremely angry and have now virtually lost faith in President Moon.  Who can really blame them?

What the hell was the impact from all these warships on the endangered coral forests just offshore?  How much toxic pollution from the ships was dumped in the water?

Bruce

Hurricane bonus song


Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Poem for Michael and the next ones



Hurricanes, cyclones,
typhoons, tornadoes
the sacred mother
in toxic shock
thrashes about
calling her children
to live correctly
on her pregnant
aching body

The children
are busy
with this
and that
they hear the warnings
but rush onward
almost ready to die,
having given up.
Depression sets in
when we live our life
seeking 'things'.....
fighting spirit
vanishes

One man
I know,
a care giver,
we talk about
all of this,
his young children
are present in our
discussion
about the possibility
of a future on Earth
for the next ones

It's sad
and enraging
I share his pain
as a fellow father
and a human

When we lose
our outrage
we stop being human
and surrender to
darkness

I leave him with this:
What is the #1 job
of a human being
on Earth today?

It's the hardest job
one could ever take on..... 
and a gift at the same time.

Protect la familia

Bruce

Toxic concentration camps for immigrants



The Trump administration plans to use two military bases in Texas—both of which have a history of problems with toxic contaminants—to house up to 32,000 migrants.

Exposure to Agent Orange at one site was the basis of litigation against the V.A.; the other base is a Superfund site.

The truth is in the numbers.....


Defence blog reports:

The world’s preeminent defensive alliance is readying to demonstrate its capabilities in its largest exercise since 2002, said Navy Adm. James Foggo, the commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Italy.

Foggo, who held a Pentagon news conference Friday, will command Exercise Trident Juncture, which will run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7 in Norway and surrounding sea and air spaces. [All along Russia's borders.]

The exercise brings together 45,000 personnel from the 29 NATO allies, and partner nations Sweden and Finland. “Allies are contributing about 150 aircraft over 60 ships and 10,000 rolling or tracked vehicles,” Foggo said.

The purpose of the exercise is to test alliance readiness and responsiveness. “Let me emphasize that this is an exercise,” he said. “This is for training, but it is real because the lessons we learned are very real and they’ll benefit us in our desire to become more resilient and stronger together as an alliance.”

Simply holding the exercise and demonstrating the capabilities of NATO has a deterrent effect, the admiral said.
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Add the various NATO members numbers to the 35% of the US and you get well over 50% of the world total of military spending.

The US-NATO claims that Russia is intent on reestablishing the former Soviet empire and wants to invade Europe - all on 3.8% of the global total?  Nonsense.

In fact Russia has cut their military spending the last two years to deal with economic disparity in its country.

These numbers come from SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute).

Bruce

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Climate change update: Florida hurricane






I lived in Florida for 30 years including several in the Florida panhandle (Ft Walton Beach) where this hurricane hit today.  I witnessed several hurricanes and tornado's during my days there but nothing like this.

Most Florida politicians are climate change deniers.  Let's see what they have to say as folks are digging out from under this mess.

Let's see what those Floridians who love Trump have to say now.

We ignore reality at our own peril.  The facts are facts - human activity is heating up the Earth.  It might be too late now as we arrogantly go on with our fossil fuel and animal-based industrial agriculture society that is going to make it impossible for human kind to survive.

A friend once told me that he read 500 mile per hour winds were likely in the years ahead.  Nothing would be left standing.

Our Mother Earth - always pregnant with life on this beautiful planet - is angry at her stupid children and is swatting them on the ass.  Will they begin to listen now?

Bruce 

More space week events: Oregon, Arizona & India

People held a space week vigil outside of the Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon

Outside of the Raytheon weapons production facility in the hot desert of Tucson, Arizona.  Raytheon builds much of the infrastructure for space warfare technology.


NKS Model College Karanja Ghadge Dist-Wardha, Maharastra, India organised program for peace club inauguration in the peace week on 09/10/2018.


NKS students and faculty members expressed their views on the program topic "NO SPACE FORCE".

Protect our freedom to protest

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

More space week events in Visakhapatnam


During space week JV Prabhakar is taking his message (see below) to students at schools in his city.


A world without wars and weapons is the objective of Global Network we explained to young Engineers.

Their job is to fight for peaceful co-existence not for war, they have to protect the Mother Earth from blood shed and war.


Women are the worst victims of the war.  Graduate women college against wars and weapons. They raised the voice with Global Network, with professor Manju Latha. They extended support to save Jeju Island.

Global Network peace campaign continues.

Prabhakar JV
Visakhapatnam, India

Hyun Lee on Korean reunification



President trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are ready to meet once again, after Secretary Mike Pompeo's trip to Asia over the weekend. RT America’s Sara Montes De Oca reports.

For analysis, RT is joined by Hyun Lee, Managing Editor of Zoom In Korea.

Monday, October 08, 2018

One man peace parade in Asheville


I just want to let you know that I began my week-long sandwich board walks around Asheville yesterday. It was a sunny day and the town was full of tourists. At first, I extended flyers as I walked by people but stopped when I realized that people were not only giving the sign no reaction, but were actually looking away in an attempt to avoid me. Then I just walked, making eye contact when I could, saying good morning, handing a flyer to anyone that reacted visibly to the sign. I was walking around from 10:30 until 12:00, right before lunch time. Sidewalks were busy with spenders and fun seekers.

Overall, most people looked away from me, though I did spot quite a number sneaking a look at the poster. Usually with no facial response at all. Then there were a good number of people - maybe 20 or so - who almost immediately laughed at the image of Trump in the Darth Vader helmet. I even had 4-5 people ask to take my picture with them (just like any tourist attraction). I had actual conversations with maybe 10 people about the message of No Space Force and Keep Space for Peace. All agreed with the message, though only a couple realized that Trump was setting up a whole other branch of the military to accelerate militarism in space.

This walk is a study in how most people don’t know, don’t want to know, or don’t want their good times interrupted with the bad news. One piece of feedback - my initial impression is that for those who do react, the Trump image is the thing they react to, not the message of keep space for peace. It could be that the image is a distraction from the issue, just as Trump always serves that function for the rulers. Something to think about for next time.

I’ll keep at it each day this week for at least an hour. I am casting seeds into the sheltered minds of the bourgeoisie, giving the choir a laugh, and sometimes even touching a nerve about the future we are facing, as I move through Amusement World in my one-man parade.

Abrazos,
Ken Jones
Asheville, North Carolina

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Trump on Fox News


Donald Trump phoned in to Jeanine Pirro’s Fox show last night......Actually the truth is not all the generals agree with his proposal......(especially in the Air Force).


Space week around the world


Dr. Anumita Agarwal (left) led a meeting of the new peace club to discuss space issues at PNG Government Post Graduate College Nainital, Uttarakhand, India

Students in the new peace club at PNG Government Post Graduate College Nainital, Uttarakhand, India

Marching in the rain to US Croughton Air Force Base near Oxford, England

Decorating the fence line at Croughton satellite communication and joint intelligence base. Space communications, drones, bomber guidance, missile defence and command & control functions all happen there.  

Way up north in England's Yorkshire moors these intrepid peaceniks held banners in the rain outside the Fylingdales US and NATO missile 'defence' radar.

Vigil across from the Bath Iron Works administration building in Maine where Navy Aegis destroyers are built which carry interceptor missiles on-board that have proven to function as anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons

Assembling for the vigil at BIW.  People came from all over the state and beyond.

Closing out the BIW vigil we stood on the steps of the administration building and got the photo taken just before security chased us off their 'property'.  Following the vigil we held a pot luck lunch and a meeting to discuss our plans to hold non-violent civil resistance action at the next 'christening' of a destroyer at the shipyard - date not yet known.  

Sunday song