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.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Who are these cops?


Kevin Zeese from Popular Resistance writes:

The unidentified new DOJ militarized police force requires immediate litigation. Congress is not capable of responding. This needs to get into the courts quickly before they kill someone and cannot be held accountable. They were ordered to remove their names and other identifying information so they would be free to commit violence.

Six years ago Black Lives Matter was founded since then there have been more than 6,000 people killed by police with almost no accountability. The national uprising has been building for years since Occupy and the disappointments of the Obama era that failed to provide hope and change, followed by the worst president of my lifetime, Donald Trump - and the potential future worst Democrat of the last 40 years, Joe Biden. People are fed up and rising up for very good reasons.  Now we have a police crisis -- a government that cannot get its police to stop killing people is one extreme example of a failed state. This uprising needs to be the issue of 2020. It will be the people leading from below as we cannot trust elected officials to be responsible -- at any level of government. The US is a failed state and the people of the United States and the world see it.

The failed state is also shown by the worst-possible response to the pandemic, the continued corruption shown in the response to the economic collapse with trillions going to the wealthy and scraps going to the people and the long term failure to respond to the environmental and climate crisis. The response of both parties has been more fossil fuel production in the US. 

This uprising is so massive -- all 50 state and DC, including every major and modestly sized city -- that it is hard to describe. While the trigger has been police murder, the issue is bigger -- it is about a failed bipartisan state that serves only the wealthy and does not ensure people have economic security or the necessities of a decent life, as well as fails to protect the planet.

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