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.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012


Sung-Hee Choi writes from Jeju Island:

A music video with collection of photos and videos by a grand march report team.

Directed by the Sajahooo TV

March participants' flight to the Jeju Island and march experience for 5 nights 6 days recorded in the collection of photos and videos : 'Peace Is the Way.'

The lyric of background song titled, "To the country of happiness," ... 'Open the curtain, open the window[..] Let's feel the breeze again. Please let me walk on the grass field. I want to laugh and cry. Please touch my heart[..] I will dance overcoming rain and thunder. I will go to the country of happiness.[...] The wilderness is vast. The sky is blue..Let's all go to the country of happiness...'

'You, all the marchers are winners'

My Take: These folks are for real and they are creating an unstoppable momentum that very well could shut down this Navy base construction/destruction project.  This love, spirit, and non-violent determination, in such an epic local struggle, is a true model for all the world to see and feel.  If we all just did a bit more to help, this fight could be won.  God knows our international peace movement could use a "win" for once.  The Jeju Navy base fight connects all the dots:
  • Obama's "pivot" of military and foreign policy into Asia-Pacific to "contain" China.
  • This strategy is hugely expensive and our rotting country can't afford it!
  • Jeju is a pristine environmental jewel which makes it imperative that the enviro-community should be on-board this peace train.
  • Human rights violations and suppression of local democracy is a dramatic issue in this fight as Gangjeong villagers are subjected to daily outrages.
  • Just call it a local fight where the oligarchy is waging war on "the dignity of creation".  Not much more to be said after that..........


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