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.

Sunday, May 13, 2012



Julia Ward Howe

Written in 1870 

 Arise, then, women of this day! 

Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of fears! 

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, 

"Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. 

"Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience. 

"We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." 

From the bosom of the devasted earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!" 

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice! Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession. 

As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. 

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. 

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, 

And each bearing after her own time the sacred impress,
not of Caesar, but of God ---

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask

That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,

May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient

And the earliest period consistent with its objects,

To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,

The amicable settlement of international questions,

The great and general interests of peace. 


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