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.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Verboten has lost

 


 
Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Isaac, and Bradly Beal (and some other NBA players) have broken the verboten spell.
 
We've not really been allowed
to talk critically about covid,
or the jab,
it's been verboten,
a forbidden subject.

Isaac was one of the
ballplayers who took a knee
over Black Lives Matter.

It's obvious he thinks for 
himself.
Many others don't,
they just follow the crowd,
what ever Mr. Big says,
is what goes. Period.

Big pharma is owned 
by many of the same people 
who own the media,
who are Wall Streeters,
who own the MIC
and Big Oil.
They have
Inter-locking 
boards of directorates.
 
Mr. Big is getting desperate.
The peasants are becoming
unruly.
Covid passports
and other restrictions 
on freedom and 
personal liberty
are being protested.
 
People around the world
not buying it,
figuring out that
something is rotten,
Norway just backed off.
Sweden backed off 
long ago.
Not sure about
Denmark.
 
Verboten has lost.
 
Those who are still
asking questions,
like Jonathan Isaac,
are doing us all
a big favor.
 
I hope you can
acknowledge that.
 
Bruce 

Space control & domination: The hidden US-UK agenda

 


Ramblinactivist 2021/20, 2nd October 2021 

Britain is to become part of a global network that will allow the US to ‘dominate space’. 

The UK government is promoting this as a way to create greater ‘security’ for our technological lifestyle. The reality about what this system is for, and the US military’s strategy behind it, is somewhat different to that public message of greater security. 

This short film was prepared especially for the CroughtonWatch/Oxfordshire CND ‘Keep Space for Peace Week’ event on 2nd October 2021.

Friday, October 01, 2021

'The new normal' is corporate domination

 


Max Blumenthal and Jimmy Dore discuss this crazy, desperate story of big pharma cracking down on healthcare workers in New York.

Things are heating up and the corporate masters are throwing everything thing they can at us to try to divide and conquer the public against itself.

In the end it won't work - just ask Hitler and Mussolini how it went for them as their power collapsed. 

Should we privitize the post office?

 

 

Postmaster DeJoy’s 10-year plan for the U.S. Postal Service takes effect this week. 

As Porter McConnell explains, DeJoy is permanently slowing down mail service across the country in order to speed up the privatization of USPS. 

Joe Biden must act to stop him. 

Demand that he does.

Sign the petition here

Whales sustain the ocean


 

Explore how whales change climate, engineer the ecosystem, create conditions that spawn plankton, and keep our oceans healthy in this beautiful story by George Monbiot. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Present arrives from death row at San Quentin

 


A nice surprise arrived in the mail today from my phone-friend James P. Anderson who is on death row at San Quentin prison in California.

He told me a week ago to expect a present from him in the mail. He's called me a couple times to find out if it had arrived yet. No, I said, not yet - all the time wondering what might be coming.

Today an envelope arrived from California with a nice card and the domino that had been transformed into a 'Keep Space 4 Peace Week' gift.

It's a key chain pendant - one of many made by the jailed hands of James.

It even has my initials - BKG - branded into the side of the domino.

My first question - how did he make this because they had taken away his 'tiny electrical plug bit' that he previously used to scratch out letters and images?

Well James called tonight and put my question to rest. He used a paperclip to carve the domino.

His last tool, was called a 'dangerous weapon' by the jail authorities and he was thrown in the hole for more than 60 days. (See more on that whole sordid story here)

All his property was confiscated (including his legal papers that he uses to work toward a re-trail) and has yet to be returned violating state law which says after an inmate gets out of the hole their property 'must' be returned.

James is still waiting.

Since he got out of the hole James has followed all proper procedures - filed paperwork requesting his property be returned by prison authorities; filed a request to the state 'Office of Inspector General' for an investigation; and contacted the governor's office. He's even sent word out to various media outlets. No good results. So much for the 'rule of law' in America.

Why does San Quentin do this? I've asked James that question. His answer is that he is being punished because he dared to file a lawsuit because of past property theft by the jailers. It's happened before - and not just to James.

I know it's a bit twisted and hard to understand. James is in jail and his property is being stolen (which is against the law) and the people that are doing it are free and clear and run the prison.

It's an upside-down world.

Bruce 

PS Thanks James. I love the key chain and will carry it with me always.

Paying a price for telling the truth....

 

 

This is a good one - great critique of mainstream media's attacks on independent voices.....

Russell Brand paying a price for telling the truth - but in the end his audience is growing beyond the size of corporate-owned media. 

Thus the oligarchs agents vilify Brand. 

Mr. Big is under siege and is pushing back.

Keep paddling.... 

Bruce

Nixon’s scheme against African Americans & the peace movement

 


One of President Nixon’s top aides, John Ehrlichman, reported this:


“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

 

How are the ruling corporate oligarchies playing their cards these days? 

What issues are currently being used to isolate political activists and turn the public against one another as was done by Washington during the Vietnam war?

Think and survive....

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

News Release: BIW 'Christening' Protest October 2 in Bath

 


Climate Activists To Protest USS Carl Levin Destroyer Christening
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sam Pfeifle  207-749-0298, sam@westgraycreative.com
 
Statewide climate justice and peace groups will rally outside the “christening” of the USS Carl Levin at Bath Iron Works this Saturday, in an effort to draw attention to the massive emission of greenhouse gases contributed by the U.S. military. As politicians and luminaries gather to celebrate the creation of yet another massive consumer of fossil fuels for which no one can articulate any actual need, activists will seek to provide education as to the harm that is being perpetrated on the people of the world in the name of “defense.”
 
Speakers and protesters will gather at 10 a.m. at BIW’s South Gate, on Washington Street, in Bath.
 
Lisa Savage, former candidate for U.S. Senate and founder of the group Maine Natural Guard, is among those expected to speak. “Military emissions have been exempt from climate accords for too long,” said Savage, who noted President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend the so-called COP26 international climate conference in Glasgow this November, where military emissions are verboten. “The greatest security threat we face today is the rapidly accelerating climate crisis. Building polluting weapons of war is an outdated and deadly response. Instead, we need conversion of facilities like BIW to manufacture of things that actually respond to the climate crisis, like renewable energy and public transportation infrastructure, in order to create thousands of additional jobs building solutions to the crisis — rather than contributing to it.”
 
The Navy’s 510-foot, 9,200-ton Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be christened by three daughters of former senator Carl M. Levin, and it will bear a special crest dedicated to his accomplishments, including imagery that evokes the Great Lakes, which Levin fought to protect as senator from Michigan. Ironically, the USS Levin will simply continue to contribute to the negative impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes, which have seen increasingly lower water levels and reduced ice cover due to elevated temperatures, causing negative impacts to Michigan’s economy.
 
“It’s become so absolutely apparent,” said scheduled speaker Dud Hendrick, a member of Veterans for Peace who lives in Deer Isle, “that even the most dedicated and resolute militarist has to concede the fact we have enormous climate crisis-related changes on the near horizon and America’s persistent and insistent militarism is the major culprit.”
 
Bruce Gagnon, of Bath and Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, noted the protest will honor former BIW worker Peter Woodruff. “Peter stood with us for many years at BIW,” Gagnon said. “He was known for his effort to get BIW workers to sign a petition calling on the company to build offshore wind turbines to help deal with our current climate crisis. Peter risked his job to gather more than 800 worker signatures and then made bumper stickers that workers put on their lunch pails and vehicles that said: 'Save BIW, Build wind turbines'.”
 
Due to the rising rate of COVID infections in Maine, participants will be asked to mask and observe social distancing at the event.
 
Organizations sponsoring the event include Americans Who Tell the Truth, Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats (COAST), Durham Quaker Meeting, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Island Peace & Justice, Maine Natural Guard, Maine Veterans for Peace, Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center, Midcoast Peace & Justice Group, Pax Christi Maine, Peace Action Maine, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Peace & Justice Group of Waldo County, PeaceWorks of Greater Brunswick, Peninsula Peace & Justice, and 350 Maine.

 

 
References:

“The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: 2011 Update” by Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier (https://www.peri.umass.edu/publication/item/449-the-u-s-employment-effects-of-military-and-domestic-spending-priorities-2011-update).

See the PPH article announcing the 'Christening' here 

Speeches in the UN and killings on the ground

 


By Adam Keller

נאומים באו"ם והרג בשטח

ערב צאתו של בנט
לעצרת האו"ם     
הרג הצבא
חמישה פלסטינים
ועכשיו הכוחות נערכים
להסלמה ברחבי
השטחים הכבושים.

בנתיבי איילון שבתל אביב
הוצבו שלטים גדולים
"השלום הוא עתיד ילדינו -
חוגגים שנה להסכם השלום."
הכוונה היא כמובן
להסכמי השלום
עם האמירויות ובחריין.

שלום עם הפלסטינים?
מי צריך את זה?

הודעת גוש שלום
29.9.2021
לפרטים: אדם קלר 054-2340749


On the eve of Bennet's trip
To the UN General Assembly
The army killed five Palestinians.
Now the armed forces are girding
For an escalation in the Occupied Territories.

Along Tel Aviv's Ayalon Highway
Huge signs declare:
"Peace is the future
Of our children -
Celebrating the first anniversary
Of the peace accords".
This refers, of course,
To the accords 
With the UAE and Bahrain.
 
Peace with the Palestinians?  
Who needs it?

Gush Shalom Statement, Sept. 29, 2021

Space week webinars: International speakers on Space & Climate links

 


Two Zoom Webinars planned

 
#1: Sunday, October 3 at 1:00 pm (New York) & 6:00 pm (London)

 
Title: 'Linking Militarized Space & Climate Crisis - Latest news from US & Europe'
 
Speakers: Stuart Parkinson (UK), Regina Hagen (Germany), Dieter Engels (German astronomer), Dave Webb (UK), Bruce Gagnon (Maine)
 
Zoom Link here
 
 
#2: Saturday, October 9 at 7:00 am (New York) & 12:00 noon (London)
 
Title: 'Linking Militarized Space & Climate Crisis - Latest news from Indo-Pacific'

 
Speakers: Dave Webb (UK), Aruna Kammila (India), Kevin Clements (New Zealand), Koohan Paik-Mander (Hawaii), Bruce Gagnon (Maine)
 

Zoom link here


 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Jeremy Corbyn: AUKUS is a 'disastrous mistake'


The announcement of AUKUS, the military partnership between the UK, the US and Australia, is a dangerous escalation in the West’s ongoing confrontation with China.

Watch back this CND and Stop the War emergency rally with a panel of experts and activists discussing the dangers ahead and how best to campaign against the risk of conflict.

If you don't wish to watch the entire webinar then I suggest to move forward to CND's Kate Hudson introducing former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn MP at 59:12

Speakers include Jeremy Corbyn MP; Marian Hobbs, former New Zealand Minister of Disarmament; Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP; Phyllis Bennis, US author and activist; Denis Doherty, Australian anti-bases campaign; Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies, Bradford University; Lindsey German, Stop the War; Jenny Clegg, China specialist, CND. 

Chaired by Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary.  

Military toxics poisoning us all

 

The Environmental Working Group has compiled a map of military bases and installations impacted by toxic PFAS contamination. This of course is happening at Pentagon war bases all over the world as well.  


Thousands of farms warned about toxic PFAS from military bases; no fix in sight


CLOVIS, New Mexico (SBG) — A Spotlight on America investigation is providing new insight into the scope of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination that's impacting farmland across the country.

Public information requests reveal contact information for more than 50,000 farmers was handed over to the Department of Defense so the military could make notifications about an invisible enemy that could threaten their livelihoods. And a recently released report to Congress shows thousands of agricultural operators have already been contacted by the DoD about the toxic, man-made chemicals that may have leaked beyond base fences.

When Art Schaap built a sprawling dairy farm in Clovis, New Mexico, back in 1992, he envisioned it would one day fund his retirement. But in 2018, he got shocking news that changed everything.

Schaap was notified that an invisible enemy had seeped into his groundwater, impacting his cows, tainting their milk and devastating his business.

    There's peoples' lives that have been ruined because of this," dairy farmer Art Schaap told Spotlight on America. "They've basically poisoned our lives.


The 'poison' Schaap is referring to is a toxic set of man-made chemicals known as PFAS. These so-called 'forever chemicals' that are tough to break down in the environment are known to have links to cancer, effects on the immune system and other health problems in humans.

In Schaap's case, records show the chemicals seeped into the groundwater from his neighbor, Cannon Air Force Base. The installation is among the hundreds of military bases nationwide that have long used toxic firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals. Over time, those chemicals leaked onto Schaap's property, with an underground plume impacting his groundwater according to state records. And because of the contamination, he says has to dump about 12,000 gallons of milk a day. All of it, Schaap says, has been rendered useless because of PFAS contamination.

 

Hundreds of dead cows lay piled up in two areas of Art Schaap's dairy farm, waiting to be composted


The Department of Defense has long been aware of the problems associated with PFAS. Since 2019, Spotlight on America has been reporting on its efforts to deal with the issue, with numerous environmental groups and federal lawmakers criticizing their inaction. The discussion has mostly centered around contamination on bases, with the initial focus on protecting the drinking water consumed by military families. But the larger clean-up beyond that is a massive undertaking that experts predict will cost taxpayers billions of dollars and take as long as 30 years.

That monumental undertaking is only related to the cleanup inside the fences of military installations across the United States. But what about farmers whose property has been invaded by that same invisible enemy who also have to deal with the impact?

See more on this story here 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Why do we organize space week?

 

 

A good overview video by Dave Webb (Leeds, England) who is the board convener of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

He has also long been chair of the UK's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. 

In his professional teaching life Dave taught engineering for many years. In his later years at university he switched to teaching peace studies which he found to be more relevant to our troubled times.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sunday song