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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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.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

FROM THE ROAD


  • The Grand March for Life and Peace continues across the Korean mainland.  At the very same time the Pentagon and South Korea puppet government has announced an expanding missile arms race in the region.  The U.S. claims it is working for peace but keeps building and deploying more weapons of war and increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific.
  • I am in Baltimore now (not to go to baseball games) but to join a protest at the National Security Agency (NSA) HQ today along with local activists.  The NSA is the agency that is in charge of intercepting all of your phone, fax, and email communications globally.  They have downlink stations in places like Menwith Hill, England and Pine Gap, Australia.  It's 'big brother' on steroids.
  • I must confess that I have watched the Oriole-Jankees playoff games on TV the last two nights.  They have each won a game and now the series heads to New York City for the next three games.  
  • I spoke twice in Philadelphia area - on Sunday night at the Springfield Quaker Meeting House and then on Monday during the day at the American Friends Service Committee offices in downtown Philly.  Both went well.  Yesterday in Philly at my mid-day talk a woman named Clarissa Rogers came and told me she was one of the "Cassini 10" who in 1997, when NASA launched 72 pounds of deadly plutonium-238 into space, were arrested for chaining themselves to desks in the office of one of their senators in Burlington, Vermont.  It's amazing as I travel how many people I meet who played some role in that dynamic three-year campaign we organized from Florida as we tried to prevent that dangerous launch.  And the fact that 15 years later folks are still proud and talking about their roles in the effort speaks volumes to how much it meant to everyone.
  • In the morning I head back to Maine. 

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