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

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.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

LITERATURE TO BE TAKEN DOOR-TO-DOOR ACROSS MAINE THIS WEEKEND

The Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home will distribute thousands of pieces of literature door-to-door this weekend (April 10-11) in 16 communities across the state calling on Congresspersons Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud to lead the effort in Congress to stop war funding.

The pizza-style door hanger literature spells out how taxpayers in Maine have already paid more than $2.5 billion since 2001 for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Maine is now one of 45 states in fiscal crisis and the campaign makes the case that taxpayers and all elected officials must begin making the links between endless war and declining social progress in America.

“Since the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January, the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home has been working across the state to increase debate and consciousness about the detrimental effects of war spending. There will be no economic recovery in the U.S. as long as we continue to waste massive amounts of money on these quagmires. Our goal is to get citizens and local elected officials to begin to speak out about war spending as they face budget chaos in their communities,” said Bruce Gagnon from the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space – one of 18 organizations in Maine that are part of the campaign.

On April 5 the Portland City Council voted 7-1 in favor of a Bring Our Wars $$ Home resolution. The Deer Isle town meeting recently passed a similar resolution and 22 members of the Maine State Legislature have signed a letter to Representatives Pingree and Michaud urging them to work harder to end war spending.

The statewide literature distribution will be done in the following communities: Skowhegan, Arrowsic, Hollis Center, Farmington, Portland, Freeport, Georgetown, Windham, Bath, South Portland, Brunswick, Belfast, Brooksville, Bangor, Deer Isle, and Ogunquit.

See the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign web site here

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