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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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Sunday, March 27, 2005


I have spent this Easter Sunday working on my book. I've now changed the title to "I'm Not Cheering: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire." The title might change again. I'm open to comment.

I've pretty much finished with the overall content of the book and now comes the difficult process of 2nd, and 3rd, and 4th edits. Mary Beth is doing the second edit, our dear friend Julie Netzer in Florida will do the 3rd edit, and then I guess I'll go back through for the 4th.

I start the book with early stories from my life that impacted me and led me into the direction of politics and organizing. My years working for the farmworkers union and then in social justice issues are covered. Then I went through 20 years of peace newsletters and picked out some of the more interesting things I had worked on over the years. I took some things from my diary as well and even a few of the posts I've put on this blog.

My old friend Will Park, an artist in Florida, who I have worked with for about 2o years will let me use many of his illustrations done for my work over the years. I think they will add a great dimension to many of the stories.

I'm even adding a play I wrote a couple of months ago called "A Month of Sundays" into the book. It is about a weapons production worker struggling with the possible loss of his job.

Lots of memories are flowing through me after spending so much time working on this project. I feel that I've been lucky to do something for a living that I loved doing. I have loved working with people. I have tried to always keep in mind the future generations as I do my work. It will be fun to share the stories and memories with people like you. I hope the book will be out within the next 2-3 months.

Best wishes to you all on Easter - the time of resurrection. New life. New beginnings. Renewed hope. Possibilities unlimited. Forgiveness. Love and peace. Time to say we are glad to be alive.


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