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

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.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


I went to Warren, Maine yesterday to Steve Burke's barn where Lisa Savage (CodePink Maine and co-coordinator of the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home) and I gathered to help print T-shirts.

Steve has lived on his farm since the mid-1970's and for many years ran a T-shirt making business from his barn.  A few years ago he gave up the biz and sold all of his high-tech equipment but kept a hand apparatus for making shirts for times just like yesterday.

At our last meeting of the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign we decided to buy a couple hundred shirts and print them with the great design done by Maine artist Nora Tryon.  It's our most popular image.  So yesterday Steve printed them and Lisa and I hung them to dry. 

We'll take them to the Common Ground Country Fair September 21-23 where we will share a space with Veterans for Peace.  We are going to ask just $5 for the shirts because we want folks to buy them and be walking all over the fair with this message.

Today Lisa sent a some of the shirts to folks who will be protesting at the Republican and Democrat national conventions coming up real soon in North Carolina and Florida.  Our goal is for the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign message to keep popping up all over the place.  We recently printed up several hundred bumperstickers with the same message as well.  We'll have them at the fair as well.


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