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. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Tuesday, April 02, 2013


International steel magnate Samancor is charged with putting profits before workers' rights. Former employees at their Johannesburg, South Africa plant are dying from manganese poisoning.

There is growing concern that many workers at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Maine are exposed to manganese poisoning as they cut steel to make Navy destroyers.  The dust created is inhaled and over time destroys the person.

There are stories that many workers have been developing symptoms similar to those in this video but when they went to the doctors provided by BIW they were asked if they "wanted to hurt the company." The warning is clear - proceed at the risk of your job.

Whether one is in South Africa, Maine, or other places (Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi) where steel is processed it is clear that the profit motive trumps everything.


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