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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

Thursday, March 09, 2023

One year mark: My weekly vigil


I was on the cold windy street in Brunswick, Maine again today. During the past year, I've gone out to hold a sign saying 'No war with Russia' or the one pictured above about NATO. I've only missed a handful of weeks due to severe weather.

Today I was alone - usually there are 1-2 others who join me at the weekly vigils. During warmer weather we would have 5-6 of us.

Two cars stopped today. The first one rolled down the window and an older man said to me, 'It's the deep state, the neo-cons pushing this war with Russia'. The second car, a younger man, leaned toward me from behind the wheel and said, 'I am whole heartedly with you. No war with Russia'. 

People usually don't stop and roll down their windows to talk. I'll take it as a good sign.

I got one extended middle finger from an older guy driving a luxury car. I chalked him up as likely retired CIA or military. (Camden, Maine on Hwy 1 is a hotbed of retired CIA types.) 

Got a good number of waves and some honks too.

I plan to keep these Thursday peace vigils going as long as necessary.

Coming up on March 18 is the national protest at the White House in Washington. Many national and local groups are endorsing the event. 

Here in Maine on that same day we will do a similar protest on a busy street in Westbrook (next to Portland). 

We will hold our 'No war with Russia' peace vigil on Saturday, March 18 at 1:30 pm in Westbrook. (Intersection of Stroudwater St. & William Clark Dr. (Westbrook Market & Dunkin are there).
Co-Sponsors: Maine Natural Guard, PeaceWorks of Greater Brunswick, Maine Green Independent Party, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Communist Party of Maine, Party for Socialism & Liberation Maine, Maine Veterans For Peace

Please join us if you can. After the event we will go together to a local Mexican restaurant for a late lunch and discussion.



Blogger elkojohn said...

We all know that voting is a waste of time, but if we're going to waste our time, let's do it for RFK Jr.

3/11/23, 9:24 PM  

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