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. @BruceKGagnon

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Dismantling General Dynamics with the Mapping Project



This month's Global Network video highlights the organization and website, The Mapping Project
The Mapping Project is a website full of resourceful information on the links between oppressive institutions, essentially "connecting the dots" of US Imperialism and local institutions in the Massachusetts area. The organization is made up of "multi-generational collective of activists and organizers" who wanted to:

"develop a deeper understanding of local institutional support for the colonization of Palestine and harms that we see as linked, such as policing, US imperialism, and displacement/ethnic cleansing. Our work is grounded in the realization that oppressors share tactics and institutions – and that our liberation struggles are connected. We wanted to visualize these connections in order to see where our struggles intersect and to strategically grow our local organizing capacities."

Sometimes the peace/antiwar movement gets too focused on the big guns, i.e. top 5 largest weapons corporations, and we forget that our local institutions are supporting the oppression of US imperialism. Our local universities, banks, police departments and other local institutions are sharing tactics and operations amongst themselves.
The Mapping Project reminds us that we need to build campaigns which focus on breaking these links to US imperialism, one by one. Each broken thread makes US imperialism weaker.


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