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.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Lastest Space Alert at printer

  • Nancy Randolph (from Topsham, Maine) and I finished the latest edition of Space Alert.  It now goes to the printer and it will be in the mail around July 9. It's always a collaborative and fun process with Nancy as we put this newsletter together.  I gather the articles, photos and cartoons and Nancy does the design and layout.  We kick it back and forth a few times before it is finished. 
  • Nancy told me today that she was somewhere over the weekend and some folks were talking about the recent arrests at Bath Iron Works just 10 miles up the road from Brunswick.  Some were criticizing us daring to block traffic and disrupt the destroyer 'christening'.  They felt some types of  'free speech' are just out of bounds. She told them basically that free speech is most needed when it goes against the prevailing mythologies. I thanked Nancy and said that alot of people say they support 'free speech' but actually they only want to 'allow it' when it agrees with them.  When they don't agree with the issue at hand is when they think you've gone 'out of bounds'.
  • We had more articles than we could use this time.  I want to thank Will Griffin (The Peace Report) for most of the photos from the Russia trip.  It was also great that he could go from Russia to Finland to represent the Global Network at peace events there opposing US-NATO war games underway in the northern Nordic region.  The war games were aimed at Russia.  The US is pressuring the hell out of Finland and Sweden to join NATO and allow their military to be subordinated to the Pentagon - the tip of the spear.
  • This Space Alert has a triple-focus.  Our Russia trip, Trump's Space Force proposal now before Congress, and the need to shut down the steroidal NATO war machine.  NATO has been used by the US to circumvent the UN's authority in order to unilaterally pursue multiple wars around the world. There will be lots of anti-NATO organizing this fall at the time of the next big meeting of NATO in London on December 3-4.  We also tried to weave in other key issues into the paper like conversion of the military industrial complex, climate change, and growing poverty as Washington shakes down the public to pay for endless war on behalf of corporate interests.  Mr. Big always wants more.
  • If anyone would like to help us distribute some copies of the newsletter please let us know.  We can mail them to you and all we ask in return is help covering the postage.  Let us know how many you want and we will send them.  Please share the link to the online version of Space Alert at the GN website here
Bruce

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