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, June 12, 2020

BS Alert! Phony Mea culpa



General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he regretted participating in a photo opportunity with President Trump at a historic church that was damaged during protests last week.

The arrogant bully boys got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.  The fascists want to extend the Pentagon's 'control and domination' army and ethic onto the home front.  They got hard push back from the public.  Good going folks.  Keep it up.  It's only our survival that is at stake.

Because of computerization, mechanization, robotics and out-sourcing of corporate manufacturing jobs overseas (so the fat cats can maximize profits without environment regulations) growing legions of the American people are superfluous.  Not wanted or needed anymore.  Lock em up and throw away the key. Better they be dead than turn socialist.

The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,833 state prisons, 110 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,134 local jails, 218 immigration detention facilities, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories.

As of July 2019, the United States had the highest number of incarcerated individuals worldwide.

Where will the $$$$ come from to really change the life of poor people in America - of any color?  Which federal agency has a literal stranglehold on the national pot of gold?  Who are the real pirates here?  

The current protests against the racist 'criminal injustice system' at some point will have to additionally call for the defunding of the Pentagon if people want real change.  

It is great that the current movement is concentrating on the demilitarization of local police departments that have been turned into Army forts on the reservations.  We are all a target of the endless war machine now.

We have no economic future, nor the ability to deal with climate crisis, unless we wake up the nation by consistently demanding a massive cut in military spending. 

Currently the Pentagon's share of the national discretionary budget (the part of the budget that Congress votes on) is between 54-60% of every dollar, depending on how you add things up.  For example, nuclear weapons are not in the Pentagon budget, nukes are in the Energy Department budget.  Homeland Security and many other intel and military agencies are hidden in other departmental budgets.

So both parties in Congress pay a shell game in order to keep the public ignorant about just how much corporate looting there is going on in Washington.  They are the big looters and they will grab from anyone around the world - thus the need for a big military bootprint on people's necks in the seven or more war zones the US is operating in at this moment.

Shut this shit down now!  All of it!  Keep connecting the dots!  No half-steppin acceptable!

Bruce