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.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Stand with the Palestinians!


Farming on
Palestinian land,
a crime
says Israel

Like America's
hunger
to rule the world,
a religious fanaticism.

In Washington
and Tel Aviv,
they think
they are
god's chosen
ones.

Israel plays the role
of U.S. agent,
military base,
in the Middle East
imposing
endless conflict,
destabilization.
regime change,
and weapons testing
on the caged people
in Gaza
and beyond.

Brutality,
arrogance,
megalomania,
wickedness.

Stealers of land
like pirates,
terrorists,
lacking conscience.

Tormentors of
the Palestinians.
Lives being
shortened,
in a
neo-liberal version,
of genocide.

Boycott
Israeli products,
call on Congress
to stop funding
Israel's military,
quit sending American
local police
to Israel
for training
in cruelty.

It's fascism
no matter
how you paint it.

Bruce

Friday, August 28, 2020

White boy privilege


This is 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse-Lewis and his mom Wendy.  They live in Illinois where it is against the law for a 17 year old to have a gun. She drove him and his AR-15 rifle from Antioch, IL to Kenosha, WI where it is ALSO AGAINST THE LAW for a 17 year old to have a gun.

But because he was white, FOR HOURS, police watched Kyle Rittenhouse walk all over town with it, and just gave him a pass. ⁣ ⁣ Mommy's boy shot 3 people. 2 died and 1 lost his arm. Then walked right past police and drove himself to Illinois. ⁣

In the wake of the police pumping 7 bullets into the back of Jake Blake at close range in front of his children - Kyle Rittenhouse-Lewis and his Mommy were 'very concerned' about PROPERTY that they did not personally own and how people's grief and rage might impact private property in Kenosha. So, they broke the law to “defend” businesses that they do not own from riots.

Had this white boy been a black man carrying such a weapon, and gunning down three people, cops would have been all over him and shot him dead in the streets.

But because he is white - cops passed him by like nothing.

He was eventually arrested - once he returned home (safe and sound) to Illinois.

The kid and his mom both deserve long jail sentences.  Will that happen?

Welcome to Amerika.



Titanic battle: Taking on the MIC



Pushback with Aaron Maté 

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, discusses the connections between the global US empire and the record US death toll during the coronavirus pandemic. 

"We're really not doing anything very well or right, and that's a consequence in part at least of our fascination with an attempt to maintain and even expand this empire that we've created since 1945," Wilkerson says. 

He also discusses the breakdown of US-Russia talks on expanding a key nuclear weapons treaty, and new revelations about the Bush administration's drive to invade Iraq.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The law of nature....


“The law prevails, what we call the Great Law, the common law, the natural law. The law says if you poison your water, you’ll die. The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer. The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer. The law says all of this. If you don’t learn that then you can only suffer. There’s no discussion with this law. We always said that we have been told and understand that we’re relatives. Where our white brother will talk about water and trees and animals and fish as resources we talk about them as relatives. That’s a whole different perspective. If you think that they’re relatives and you understand that then you’re going to treat them differently.

~ Oren Lyonss is a Native American Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy in Upstate New York

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Save our post office!


'You look like your father'


Mother ~ Gatania (Ruth) Aurelia Tarantino DiCapua (she/her)
Father ~ Kenneth Edgar Gagnon (he/him/his)

Early 1950's,
they were
never happy together
a marriage of necessity,
of convenience,
not destined
for longevity

He a quiet, shy, bookish,
single,
chicken & turkey farmer
in Maryland,
born along
New York's St. Lawrence River,
French-Canadian territory

She, pregnant, out of rebellion
in Connecticutt,
famiglia Italiano,
sent south
to hide the 'shame'
of carrying baby into
the harsh world
where judgement rules

She,
staying with uncle
in DC,
aunt intros her
to him (brother of
her aunt)
soon baby
has daddy.

She wasn't enamored
with chickens
and eggs
and gobblers,
a cow,
rustic living,
talks him into
selling.

He becomes lost,
another daughter born,
a divorce,
then remarried,
give it another try,
and then a son
(the Great White Hope)
named after the
Scotsman,
Robert the Bruce,
'If at first you don't succeed
try, try again'.
They tried,
but they failed again.

The baby Bruce and he
were close in the first
two years,
then the 2nd divorce
and daddy gone,
pushed away by her,
he was lost without
his chicks & eggs.

A cousin exists,
the son of dad's brother,
not really known
to us
due to the traumatic
family separation
that lasted a lifetime.

Late in life
the cousin
befriends
the Scottish-named son.
Always kind and generous
to the Bruce.

Reveals that family is eternal,
despite their different
political views,
one a Trump-ite,
the other a socialist-type,
but bound by their love
of him,
the chicken man.
(Let's all hope that civil war does not come to America and this bond is broken too.)

Both cousins,
having lost their
chance for youthful
exploits,
discover they both
love The Kinks,
so hang outside
back door of
a Boston concert hall
waiting for Ray Davies
who never comes out,
but at last memories
are forged together.

Plus they both love
the Orioles
and venture
to Sarasota together
for spring training.

Cousin finds an old photo,
sends to the Scottish pretender
which triggers
feeling of loss, melancholy
and connection.
Two people say,
'You look alot
like your father'.

I know that dad
and I were close
during those early days
together.

He came to me in a dream,
in the mid-80's,
a knock on my door,
a man hands me a book
and says,
'Your father just died'.

A week later
phone rings,
a woman (married to him
during his last seven years)
says,
'Your father died
a week ago in Tucson,
please come and get his things'.

In Germany in the mid-60's
I felt his presence
while playing a lonely
game of basketball
on the school playground.
I stopped
looked around
felt him nearby,
but he was gone.

Cousin remembers
dad crying when mom left him,
taking the 3 kids away.
A note was left along with
his car keys,
'I'm going away,
Bobbie (his brother),
you take my car.'
Never to be seen
again,
except in my dreams.

Bruce (impersonating a Scotsman, why not to be named Mario, Angelo, Rene or Marcel?) 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Opposition to RIMPAC war games


The Rim of the Pacific international military exercise, or RIMPAC as its known, is held every two years on land, in the air, and on the seas around the Hawaiian Islands. In the past, RIMPAC has included more than two-dozen participating countries.  It began on August 17.


This year will mark the 27th iteration of RIMPAC. Such military exercises are increasingly a show of force by the US and its so-called Pacific coalition aimed at China.


The training will be conducted exclusively at sea, with a minimal presence of personnel on land, where the virus could be spread to or from the local community. That is a significant change from past version of RIMPAC, which incorporated numerous social gatherings, shore leave for sailors, and large, land-based war games.


RIMPAC 2020 features 26 participating countries including Australia, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand.


Protests were held in Hawaii with supporting events also held on Jeju Island, South Korea outside the naval base built there in recent years despite intense opposition by the Korean people. The protests on Jeju Island continue on a daily basis - now for the 4,848th consecutive day.

 

Monday, August 24, 2020

You mean our 'leaders' actually lie to us?



It is told that things must be repeated 7 times before they stick in the public consciousness.  By now we've heard the 'enemy' demonization about 7 trillion times.

Rusia, Russia
China, China
Iran, Iran
North Korea, North Korea
Venezuela, Venezuela
Syria, Syria
Iraq, Iraq
Afghanistan, Afghanistan
Nicaragua, Nicaragua
Cuba, Cuba
terrorism, terrorism
on it goes

We need more bombs
and guns
and planes
and warships
and Space Force!

We need
more secrecy,
more spying,
and intel,
and expensive satellites
to watch the bad guys

They hate our freedoms!
The bad guys are coming
watch out
fear, fear, fear

They want
what we've got
here in the USA
(you mean they want our virus pandemic and collapsing economy?)

Look out for
the propaganda
catapults!

Oh my you!

Bruce

Sunday, August 23, 2020

'Remembering why I am doing this'.....



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