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.

Friday, April 01, 2005

BUSY WEEK

It's been a busy week full of meetings and preparation for the Fools No More economic conversion parade today in Portland. In yesterday's Portland Phoenix newspaper a fantastic front-page story came out about our effort. It appears that we will be having folks come from all over the state for the parade, including a fantastic street theatre group from north of here around Blue Hill. Here is the link to the story: http://www.portlandphoenix.com/features/top/ts_multi/documents/04575469.asp

We've also been receiving word that groups in other states are now beginning to follow our lead on the congressional office occupations. We heard from peace activist legend Frances Crowe in western Mass that a group of 10 women occupied their congressman's office in recent days. As they read the names of dead U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and innocent Iraqi civilians, they rang a bell after each name. At some point during their peace witness the congressman came into the office and sat down with them to talk. He recently voted for the $81.4 billion and got an earful from the women.

All over Maine visits to the offices of our senators and congressmen have been happening in recent days. A group of students from Bowdoin college have gone into Rep. Tom Allen's office and we've heard that groups from Augusta, Belfast, Bangor and other places into the state have done office visits this week. Our goal is to keep a steady flow of people going into the congressional offices making statements of opposition to the war in Iraq and asking the politicians to hold a statewide town hall meeting so the public can have an opportunity to publicly comment on the war.

Plans for our April 29-30 international space conference are moving forward. Registrations are still coming in and more importantly we are hearing from more people who intend to come but have yet to register. It is always a hair pulling experience to try and organize the food for a conference when people wait til the last minute to register but that is the nature of the business. We've just added our second keynote speaker for the April 30 conference, Jenny Jones, former deputy mayor of London, England. Jenny is also the former national chair of the UK Green party. So it is going to be an exciting event.

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