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.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Space week in Asheville, North Carolina


Ken Jones from Asheville, North Carolina wrote to us about the event he has organized in his city this year for space week.

I just got home from our first day walking around Asheville for the week. As you know, last year I did this on my own, couldn’t get anyone from Veterans For Peace to join me. But this year, I have some takers. Today, 4 of us walked around town - I led with the banner, then we had a drummer, a woman costumed in a shroud with a sign and another passing out flyers. And not only was it Saturday in Touristville, but it was Octoberfest! So many people out on the streets for our parade! We got a lot of attention, handed out close to 100 flyers and had some pretty good conversations. We went for about an hour and a half. I came home elated. Just wanted to share my successful day with you.....

From the flyer I am handing out:

"NATO was created 70 years ago to contain the Soviet Union which no longer exists. Still, NATO has grown to be a global military alliance.

US/NATO military bases, war games, and weapons are now deployed directly on Russia’s border and around China. A nuclear WW III could start in a flash.

The continuing development of US “missile defense” systems and space weapons are creating an expensive new arms race.

Militarism is the largest single contributor to carbon emissions on the planet, accelerating our planetary climate emergency.

“The US is already spending $1 trillion a year on our endless war empire. The only way to fund Space Force is to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and what little is left of the welfare program. Are you going to stand for that?” - quote from Bruce Gagnon"

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