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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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.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

ART IN OUR LIVES

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Last night my friend Will Park in Florida sent me his latest art work. He had a strong reaction to the article I sent around the other day about U.S. military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots feeling stress as they sit at their computers flying the Predator drones that attack people in Afghanistan and Iraq. These pilots seem to have something about weddings because they often have bombed them via space link - likely they see it as a good chance to "take out" alot of people all at once.

I'm going to put this piece of art, along with another one Will recently did called "Torture," in my book which features many of his illustrations from over a 20-year period. I've just today sent my publisher three more chapters to add to my book since I've run out of them again and need to reorder more anyway. Might as well keep it updated and fresh with each new order.

Will has done some remarkable work for the Global Network, and before that the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice, over the years. Anytime I needed a cartoon for the newsletter or a good graphic for a leaflet or poster he would come up with a winner. It's been a wonderful collaboration. Will has long been an accomplished artist and he does the artwork for the American Bar Association's Litigation journal.

We are cleaning up the house today and preparing for our new housemate Maureen Block who will move in this weekend. She will be joining our Addams-Melman House community that now numbers four people - soon to be five. She is an artist, a gardener, a great activist and organizer, and a true wonderful spirit. We are thrilled to have her joining us. Even our nine-year old neighbor girl, who often hangs out here, is helping make space for Maureen and is excited about the new addition to our intentional family.

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