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.

Monday, February 24, 2014


Vandenberg’s Role in US Global Domination: Implications of US “Pivot” into the Asia-Pacific

 22nd Annual Space Organizing Conference

March 14-16, 2014   
Santa Barbara, California

Conference Program

Friday, March 14

1:30 pm Hospitality lounge & Conference registration at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center (800 El Bosque Rd, Santa Barbara). All guests should check in at the registration office, and then proceed to Casa San Ysidro.

2:30 pm Leave for Vandenberg AFB

4:00 – 5:00  Vigil at Vandenberg AFB

6:30 – 7:30  Dinner at Casa San Ysidro house

-    Welcome by Dennis Apel (Guadalupe Catholic Worker House)
-    Music by Holly Gwinn Graham (Olympia, Washington) & JoYakgol (Jeju Island)

8:00 – 9:30 Showing of Ghosts of Jeju documentary film

Saturday, March 15

7:30 am  Breakfast at Casa San Ysidro house

9:00 – 11:00 Introductions and local updates

11:15 – 12:00 Presentation by Bard Wormdal (Norwegian journalist) on his book The Satellite War

12:00 – 1:30  Lunch and awards

2:30 – 3:15 Presentation by Tamara Lorincz (Canadian activist) on Conversion & Demilitarisation

3:30 – 4:15 Presentation by Masaki Toda (Japanese activist) on US X-Band “missile defense" radar being deployed in Kyoto region.

5:00 – 5:45 pm  Dinner

6:15 pm Move to Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State Street)

7:00 – 9:00 Community program at Trinity Episcopal Church

-    Welcome by David Krieger (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)
-    Dennis Apel (Guadalupe Catholic Worker House)
-    Dave Webb (GN Chairperson, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Leeds, UK) 
-    Andrew Lichterman (Western States Legal Foundation)
-    Christine Hong (Korea Policy Institute and UC Santa Cruz)
-    Mary Beth Sullivan (Social worker & peace conversion activist, Bath, Maine)
-    Music by Tom Neilson, JoYakgol & Holly Gwinn Graham

Sunday, March 16

7:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00  Global Network annual membership meeting (Election of board, coordinator’s report, budget review, strategy & planning discussion, next meeting decisions, 2014 Keep Space for Peace Week theme)

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Check out of retreat center


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