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'm back to work for the Global Network. Will continue to help Lisa Savage for US Senate campaign on my free time. Trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Best wishes and good luck to you all.

Friday, July 05, 2019

It's all the rage....


Homeless Rage in America

By Mike Hastie

Yesterday I was driving in Portland, Oregon,

when this homeless woman stepped in front

of my car and just started to scream.

I had my camera on the floor next to my legs,

so I grabbed it real quick and took this picture.

Being a photojournalist, I simply wanted proof

of what I was witnessing.

Sitting next to me was Brian Willson,

who witnessed U.S. atrocities in Viet Nam.

In the back seat was a Nicaraguan woman by the

name of Ulda.

She was visiting the U.S. for the first time.

When she was a small child she remembers eating

only banana roots, because her family didn't have food

to eat because of the U.S. funded Ronald Reagan War.

In the past two years, 200,000 people have moved

to Portland from all over the country.

Rents have gone sky high, just like other cities across

the nation.

Homelessness is an avalanche--tents popping up

like wild flowers everywhere.

Streets are littered with trash everywhere.

Arguments on many street corners.

You can feel the stress everywhere.

Anyone reading my words knows exactly what I am

talking about.

In fact, I doubt if I could say anything in this post that

people don't already know by heart.

It's happening!

You can't spend 50% of U.S. tax dollars on the violent military,

without eventually turning this country into an economic

war zone.

So, Mike, what's your point?

My point?

The world is finally getting even.

The Scream is finally being heard.


And, to think, I once thought being in

Viet Nam would never come home to roost.

Picture taken July 1, 2019

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