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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. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


Jeju Island supporters hold an action in Kimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea


We, the undersigned organizations, stand in complete solidarity with the Gangjeong villagers on Jeju Island, South Korea in their struggle to stop the construction of a Navy base.

As we can already see, the Navy base construction effort has begun the destruction of this fishing and farming community’s natural way of life. This construction process will irreparably harm the soft coral reefs, the fish, the rocks, the vegetation, the water, and other life forms.

When Gangjeong supporters have called the South Korean embassy in Washington DC they have been repeatedly told, “Call the U.S. government. They are pushing us to build this Navy base.”

It is evident that as the U.S. expands its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region it needs more ports of call for its naval arsenal. China transports 80 percent of its oil on ships that pass through the Yellow Sea alongside Jeju Island. A base on Jeju Island would give the U.S. Navy greater access, and thus, potential control, of those shipping lanes.

The people of Jeju Island wish to be an island of peace. The building of a Navy base for U.S. warships will only make Jeju Island a target and a zone of conflict.

We demand that construction of the Navy base at Gangjeong be halted and the village be left to its natural state.

· Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Maine, U.S.
· Nebraskans for Peace, Nebraska, U.S.
· Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado, U.S.
· American Friends Service Committee-Maine, U.S.
· Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, London, United Kingdom
· Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Leeds, England
· Swedish Peace Council, Stockholm, Sweden
· Stop the War Machine, New Mexico, U.S.
· Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
· Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks, Maine, U.S.
· The Taos Group, New Mexico, U.S.
· SS. Francis & Therese Catholic Worker of Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
· Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York City, U.S.
· Peace Action Maine, U.S.
· Maine Green Independent Party, U.S.
· Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights, Ontario, Canada
· CodePink Maine, U.S.
· Atsushi Fujioka, Professor of Economics at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan
· Peace Not War, Tokyo, Japan
· Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition
· Lynda Williams, Physics Teacher, California, U.S.
· Makiko Sato, Global Network board member, Oita, Japan
· Granny Peace Brigade, New York City, U.S.
· CodePink National, U.S.
· OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology, Arkansas, U.S.
· Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, International, Geneva, Switzerland
· AFSC Peace & Economic Security Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
·, U.S.
· Bouny Andre, president of the International Committee of Support for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange, Saint-Jean-Lespinasse, France
· Los Alamos Study Group, New Mexico, U.S.
· Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment, California, U.S.
· Radio Free Maine, U.S.
· Guadalupe Catholic Worker, California, U.S.
· Nashville Greenlands, Tennessee, US
· Brandywine Peace Community, Pennsylvania, U.S.
· Nuclear Resister newsletter, Arizona, U.S.
· Military Space Transparency Project, Massachusetts, U.S.
· Oxford Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Oxford, United Kingdom
· Oxfordshire Peace Campaign, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
· Maine Veterans for Peace (Chapter 001), U.S.
· South Dakota Peace and Justice Center, U.S.
· Woodstock Peace Economy, New York, U.S.
· Darmstädter Friedensforum, Germany
· Greater Manchester & District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, England
· Rochdale and Littleborough Peace Group, England
· Veterans For Peace, Chapter 9, Smedley Butler Brigade, Massachusetts, U.S.
· CamPeace, Cambridge, England
· Peace Philosophy Centre, Vancouver, Canada
· Seal Beach Senior Patriots Against the War, Seal Beach, California, U.S.
· Australian Peace Committee, Australia
· Network for Okinawa (
· ACT for the Earth, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
· Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Berkeley Branch, California, U.S.
· Holly Gwinn Graham, GN Board member, Olympia, Washington, U.S.
· Campaign for Peace and Democracy, New York City, U.S.
· NeedtoKnow
· Maine Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S.
· John Rensenbrink, president of Green Horizon Foundation, Maine, U.S.
· Western States Legal Foundation, California, U.S.
· NO to Nukes and Missile Defense Campaign, Tokyo, Japan
· Gray Panthers of Greater Albuquerque, New Mexico, U. S.
· Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Aberystwyth, Cymru
· Physicians for Social Responsibility, Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
· Peace Action, Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
· Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, assistant professor of English and director of American Racial and Multicultural Studies at St. Olaf College, Minnesota, U.S.
· Blooming Lilac Sangha, New York, U.S.
· Midcoast Peace & Justice Group, Maine, U.S.
· LEPOCO Peace Center, Pennsylvania, U.S.
· Tom Neilson Music, Greenfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
· Kaua`i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice, Hawai`i, U.S.
· Alaskans for Peace and Justice, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
· Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action, Kurtistown, Hawai’i, U.S.
· Stop the War Coalition, Manila, Philippines
· Citizens Peace Watch, Manila, Philippines
· Kickapoo Peace Circle of Viroqua, Wisconsin, U.S.
· Green Party Peace Network, U.S.
· Canadian Branch of the Registry of World Citizens
· West Midlands Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Birmingham, UK
· Union Pacifiste de France
· Green Party of the United States
· Fredericton Peace Coalition, New Brunswick, Canada
· Network of Oxford Women for Justice and Peace, England
· Orono Friends Meeting, Maine, U.S.
· Merrimack Valley People for Peace, Massachusetts, U.S.
· Green Party of Florida, U.S.
· Manchester Central CND, England
· Kalamazoo Non-violent Opponents to War, Michigan, U.S.
· Foreign Bases Project, New York, U.S.
· Trident Ploughshares, UK
· Pax Christi Metro New York, U.S.
· Veterans For Peace-Korea Peace Campaign, U.S.
· Pax Christi Long Island, New York, U.S.
· Peace Action New York State, U.S.
· Social Justice & Peace Commission of Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Catholic Church, Portland, Maine, U.S.
· Church Women United of New York State, U.S.
· Pax Christi Maine, U.S.
· Asia-Japan Women's Resource Center
· Pax Christi Elmira, New York, U.S.
· DMZ-Hawai'i/Aloha 'Aina, U.S.
· Hawai'i Peace and Justice (AFSC-Hawai'i), U.S.
· Susumu Naito (Vice-representative of Kobe Office, Labor Union, Kansai, for Dispatch Laborers & Part-Timers) Hyogo, Japan
· United Coalition Council for dismantlement of military bases Central Kanagawa, Japan
· Consecutive Study Circle in Solidarity with Okinawa's struggle for dependence and liberation, and in struggle against the Security Treaty, Kanagawa, Japan
· Plutonium Action Hiroshima, Japan
· Center for Nonviolent Solutions, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
· New Zealand Peace Council
· Pax Christi Florida, U.S.
· Nevada Desert Experience, U.S.
· War Resisters League, New York, U.S.
· Boundary Peace Initiative, Grand Forks, B.C., Canada
· Union Pacifiste de France
· North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice, Massachusetts, U.S.
· Pacific Green Party of Oregon, U.S.
· Oxford Network for Global Justice & Peace, England
· Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, New York, U.S.


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