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'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

What is the role of the military?



Global Network board member and Iraq & Afghanistan war veteran Will Griffin doing a fascinating review of his recent round of talks to high school students in New York City.

I think you will learn alot from Will's presentation.

He also comments on the current state of education in the schools where cutbacks and reductions in teaching staffs are having real impact on what kids know these days.  Is this dumbing down of American citizens just by chance or is it a systematic program?

Who does it benefit when the American people don't know their own history or contemporary foreign policy?

I can promise you that these kids left this presentation by Will with their heads spinning.  I think it is safe to say that this was a life-changing experience for most of them.

Will produces videos at an amazing rate and has a video channel where you can see all of them.  It's called The Peace Report which you can find here.

We need more activists like Will Griffin.  You should consider offering a donation to him at his Peace Report site.  He's a good one.

Bruce

Friday, November 29, 2019

Plymouth Rock: Some real talk and healing



Speaking on site at Plymouth Rock. A longer explanation of the roots of Thanksgiving and how we as a multicultural people can transmute our situation into beauty and healing. This Thanksgiving, let’s eat and have some real talk. The truth will set us free.

Lyla June is poet, musician, educator, anthropologist, activist and community servant of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages.  She holds a degree in Environmental Anthropology with honors from Stanford University and a degree in American Indian Education with distinction from the University of New Mexico.

🎥Produced by Bill Hurley

Don't freak out - agitate!



Not to be missed video - very important stuff here....

At a private donor meeting ($$$$$$$) Obama warns voters not to go too far to the left......

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Come on over....


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Turkey with no talk? Please pass the muzzles.....



While cooking rice pudding this morning (for the first time ever) I was listening to NPR (National Petroleum Radio) and they were doing a segment on Thanksgiving dinner - how to avoid family conflict over politics.

They had on a couple 'experts' who suggested that families should avoid discussing controversial subjects like politics and religion.  One wag made the suggestion that when someone brings up an 'uncomfortable' subject the host should redirect the conversation like this, "Well Uncle Joe, tell us about your recent trip to Greece."

America, the world's supposed greatest democracy, is now afraid to discuss politics and the folks that guide the thinking of the nation (corporate run media) have decided that in this land of the free (and home of the brave) that we should keep our traps shut and just discuss mundane subjects like sports, shopping, crap TV shows and the like.

The US military is actively spreading 'democracy' around the world at the point of a gun wishing to show the great unwashed people of the planet just how it is all supposed to work.  Ugh!

It is my belief that people would be less divided in America if the corporate media actually reported the truth about what was going on with our government.  Take for example the recent coup d'etat in Bolivia that was clearly orchestrated by the CIA.  Some of us actually understand what happened there because we find other sources of information while the majority of Americans still fall for the propaganda that comes from the mainstream media.  So yes, this is one example of where conflict at the dinner table could arise.  But are we just supposed to fear telling our relatives and friends what actually happened in Bolivia?  According to NPR the answer is absolutely YES.

One friend this morning sent around a link to a story about Extinction Rebellion’s global climate hunger strike and he commented, "Here is an excellent Thanksgiving story. Hunger strikers are missing Thanksgiving while Pelosi feasts. Let's make it go viral so people are discussing it with their families on Thanksgiving."

NPR would not approve of this! Only open your mouths to stuff food down your gullet!

Talk about the coming climate catastrophe?  No way. Forget about the kid's future - no worries....

Could we talk about Joe Biden's son being linked to $16.5 million of Ukrainian funds siphoned off into Hunter (and friends) pockets?  No don't do that - no need to upset anyone.

How about we talk about the growing wealth divide in the US (and around the world) as corporate oligarchs rob the people blind and we have record levels of homeless people this Thanksgiving? Sorry, not allowed!

Maybe we could all discuss our 800 military bases around the globe and the $6.4 trillion that has been wasted on endless war since 2001?  Just imagine how those funds could have been used for sustainable technology development, schools, health care and the like.  Nope, not allowed!

Just ask yourself, how we can have 'democracy' while we create a dumbed down public that is afraid to discuss relevant issues that face us all?  It's nonsense!

So ignore the NPR propaganda.  If someone wants to talk about politics at dinner please join in the discussion.  You don't have to be rude or mean spirited - but you can listen, learn and share your heartfelt feelings about a particular issue that concerns you.  Someone, including each of us, might just learn something new.

That is how 'democracy' is supposed to work.

Bruce
PS My rice pudding turned out quite nicely.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Jamming more military onto already militarized Hawaiian islands



The Pentagon is planning to build a billion dollar radar system called the Homeland Defense Radar –Hawaii (HDR-H) on Oahu, Hawaii.

Global Network board member Lynda Williams (Physics teacher) was interviewed about the radar. Read her report Billion Dollar Expansion of Missile Defense in Hawaii here

Upside down thinking....



Aaron Maté speaks about how corporate media propaganda, from Russiagate to Ukrainegate, promotes war and hawkish foreign policy, and how liberals have embraced this belligerence in the era of President Donald Trump.

(On the panel "PROPAGANDA: How Propaganda Manufactures Consent," organized by the Big Apple Coffee Party in New York City on November 19.)

Monday, November 25, 2019

Civilians still being bombed by Nazis



Up close look at a village in the Donetsk Peoples Republic (Donbass) under continual attack by the Ukrainian Army (Ukrops) and the Nazi death squads.

Filmmaker Regis Tremblay visited the war-torn and badly damaged Petrovsky District of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border.

Russell 'Texas' Bentley (who came to Donbass in 2014 to help defend the people) led a guided tour of the very poor, civilian district that has been repeatedly bombed by Ukrainian military forces. (Mostly coal mine workers community.)

Much to their delight, they met a group of grannies who told of their plight and showered them with gifts of homemade wine, pickles, and jam.

The woman at the very end shares her nightly prayer which is promised to bring tears to your eyes and heart.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Moms Demand Action



This Issue host Bruce Gagnon interviews guests Kathleen McFadden & Nacole Palmer from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Their organization, part of a national network, has been working hard across Maine for several years, locally and in Augusta, to bring attention and legislative change to our state’s gun laws.  (Thanks to VFP member Peter Morgan for arranging their appearance on the show.)

This Issue is produced by David Brooks.  Camera work was done by Peter Woodruff and Dan Ellis.  Dan Ellis also did the final editing. Photos provided by Moms Demand Action.

This Issue runs each week during the following days/times on Brunswick's Cable TV Channel 3:

Wed  6:00 pm
Friday  2:30 pm
Sat  2:01 am
Sunday  8:30 pm

* This Issue also airs on Bath, Harpswell, Portland, Phippsburg, Freeport, New Castle, Madison, Skowhegan, Anson, North Anson, Solon, Belfast, South Portland, and Biddeford public access cable TV at random times.  Check local listings. 

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