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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Location: Bath, Maine, United States

The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Friday, August 25, 2006


  Posted by PicasaGeorge W. Bush arrived in Maine yesterday. His first stop was a private meeting with families of five Maine service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. One was an anti-war widow who told Bush that she objected to his war. "I said it's time to stop the bleeding," said Hildi Halley, whose husband died in Afghanistan. "It's time to swallow our pride and find a solution," she told him.

Halley said Bush responded by saying "there was no point in us having a philosophical discussion about the pros and cons of the war." Enough said. He used the families to show he could tear-up and was a compassionate conservative. If anyone has any objections to the war - keep them to yourself and your next meeting of the Maine Philosophical Society. The man is a prince.

It looks like we will have a good crowd out in Kennebunkport for the protest on Saturday. I went down there yesterday with Mary Beth and we met with Jamilla El-Shafei who is coordinating the protest. She set up a meeting with the Kennebunkport chief of police who took us on a ride of the four-mile peace march route that we have planned. The march will take us directly to the Bush family Walker Point compound. The K'port is loaded with Republicans, fancy multi-million dollar homes, snazzy cars, expensive shops and all the rest. The ocean is crawling with Coast Guard cutters off the point and Homeland Security types in their blue blazers are everywhere as well. Funny things are stuck in their ears.

We are hearing from folks all over the place who say they are coming to the march so we expect a good crowd. (Get details from the link in the headline above.)

I will be wearing my Veterans for Peace shirt and our Maine chapter will be in charge of peacekeeping for the event.

Hope to see you there.


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