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.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

ARMISTICE EVENTS

  • Our Maine Veterans For Peace crew lined up this morning at Monument Square in Portland with our flags in order to have the veterans day parade pass by us.   In recent years the American Legion has tried to kick us out of the parade because they did not like our peace message.  They would demand that we only carry one banner with our name on it and nothing else.  So the last two years we decided to do our own thing and make the parade walk past us.
  • Tomorrow MB and I will head early in the morning to Belfast to participate in another veterans day event.   Waterfall Arts will host an Armistice/Veterans Day Draw-A-Thon from 10am to 4pm at 256 High Street in Belfast. The Drawathons, organized by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Code Pink Maine, Maine Veterans for Peace and other organizations, have been held in different locations around the state for the past three years. The art activist organizers are concerned about the cost of war to Maine taxpayers, now at $3.5 billion, and propose that these war dollars be brought back to the US and re-purposed. 
  •  The Drawathon is being held in conjunction with Waterfall Arts’ current exhibit The War on Peace, with work by Alan Magee, Rob Shetterly and Harlan Crichton. The exhibit runs through November 21st; gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 and by appointment. For more information on the draw-a-thon, visit here

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