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

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Brunswick, Maine solidarity protest with Gaza








We had over 45 people from around Maine gather in Brunswick on Saturday afternoon for one of our regular monthly peace vigils. This event was held where the traffic from Hwy I-295 spills into the heart of the town.

Since February 2022 we've been moving these monthly events around the state to busy intersections in various communities. Our goal has been to reach as many Mainers as possible (state population 1.3 million) and give distant communities a chance to host some larger protests.

We spread ourselves out over four corners for 45 minutes and then walked single-file thru both sides of the busy shopping district of the town along the sidewalks. 

Then we gathered in a circle on the town green and invited everyone to introduce themselves to the group with the microphone and say what ever was in their heart. It was then we learned that some of those who joined us had been driving past, parked their car, and came to the protest.

Happening on the same day that the war in the Middle East took a major step toward dangerous further escalation was important for all of us. The the public could not miss noticing that the opposition to Israel-US-UK-EU genocide in Gaza and the West Bank is growing - even in our own community.

The schedule of statewide protests for the next three months will be:

  • Waterville (College Ave & Main St) on May 25 at 1:30 pm
  • Wells (Rt 1 & Rt 9) on June 8 at 1:30 pm
  • Wiscasset (RT 1 across from Red's Eats at the bridge) on July 27 at 1:30 pm

The weekly Thursday protest will continue in Brunswick in front of the Tontine Mall from noon to 1:00 pm.

Our voices and public protests are needed now more than ever.


~ Photos by MB Sullivan (click on them for a better view)


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