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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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The banksters run the world



Jeremy Corbyn leader of the UK's Labour party on the banksters......

Friday, December 01, 2017

Turning the U.S. into a failed state......



Increased military spending
More tax cuts for the rich
Expanding US military bases around the world
Empire grows abroad
and collapses at home

800 million jobs
will be
lost by 2030
due to robots

Capital has gone global
they don't give
a damn
about country
or the people
anymore

Pentagon
says
every country
will have a different role
a different job
under corporate globalization

The role of the US
will be
'security export'
make weapons
make war
all on behalf
of corporate interests

No jobs at home
young people
have to join
the military
if they hope
to find work,
personal self-worth
or $$$ for education
the 'economic draft'

The growing
military 'mission'
requires even more $$$
where will it come from?

The war machine
has a plan
Cut Social Security,
Medicare, Medicaid
and finish off
other social programs
turn the country
into a failed state

Bruce


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tell Your Maine Legislators to Reject General Dynamics' Request for $60 Million

 
Tell Your Maine Legislators to Reject General Dynamics' Request for $60 Million.



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General Dynamics (which owns Bath Iron Works) is embarking on a statewide public relations campaign to ask the state legislature in Maine for a $60 million tax break over the next 20 years for its operation in Bath.

Click here to email your Maine legislators to say No!

Already over many years General Dynamics has received more than $200 million in state and local tax breaks for BIW. In 2013 General Dynamics asked for another $6 million tax break from the City of Bath, but a local campaign persuaded the city council to reduce that to $3 million.

Now General Dynamics is back to ask an already financially strapped state of Maine for an additional $60 million. How badly does General Dynamics need the money? Not at all!

General Dynamics spent $9.4 billion between 2013 and 2016 buying back its own stocks. William Lazonick, an economist at UMASS-Lowell and an expert on stock buybacks says, "I think, as taxpayers, we're being taken for fools. At a minimum, I would have a rule saying, 'You're not getting any subsidies if you're doing buybacks. You're showing us you don't need the money.'"

General Dynamics last year paid CEO Phebe Novakovic $21 million.

Click here to easily email your Maine legislators to tell them what you'd like your money spent on instead of more riches for a mega-wealthy weapons corporation you're already funding with federal taxes.


Before General Dynamics gets any more state taxpayer dollars it should be required to begin a transition process to build commuter rail systems, tidal power and offshore wind turbines to help us deal with our real problem - global warming.

We have the right, and the responsibility, to speak out and demand this nonsense stops now. We are handing a collapsing nation, facing the ravages of global warming, to our children and grandchildren.  The least we can do is call upon on state legislators to go to Augusta and say no to General Dynamics. Enough is enough.

Let General Dynamics take back some of the extravagant pay increases and bonuses from its top executives before it comes poor-mouthing to our already financially barren state treasury.

After emailing your Maine legislators, please use the tools on the next webpage to share it with your friends in Maine.

This campaign is supported by:
Americans Who Tell the Truth (Brooksville)
COAST (Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats, Hancock)
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space (Bath)
Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks
Green Horizon Magazine (Topsham)
Island Peace & Justice (Deer Isle)
Maine Green Independent Party
Maine Peace Fund (Portland)
Maine Veterans For Peace
Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center (Portland)
Maine Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (Brunswick)
Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine (Bangor)
Peace & Justice Group of Waldo County
Peninsula Peace & Justice Center (Blue Hill)
Resources for Organizing & Social Change (Augusta)

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-- The RootsAction.org Team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.

Background:
> Bruce Gagnon: Bath Iron Works In Poor House, Asking Maine For Welfare Check
> Providence Journal: Defense firms spend big on lucrative stock buybacks

 
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

U.S. Threats & War Games are Illegal and Criminal


Protests in South Korea against US war games aimed at North Korea

1. The US government threats of “preventive warfare” against DPRK are illegal and criminal. The Nuremberg Tribunal in their Judgment of 1946, which the US helped organize, condemned “preventive war” when the Lawyers for the Nazis made the argument on their behalf. This is an illegal and criminal threat in violation of international law. According to the World Court in its Advisory Opinion (1996) on the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, the legality vel non of a threat stands or falls on the same legal grounds  as if the threat were carried out.

2. The repeated US government threats to “destroy” or “annihilate” DPRK are an international crime under the 1948 Genocide Convention to which the United States is a party. These genocidal threats are also illegal and criminal under the rationale of the 1996 World Court Advisory Opinion mentioned above.

3. The United States has an absolute obligation under UN Charter article 2(3) and article 33 to open “negotiation” with DPRK in good faith in order to produce a peace resolution of this dispute. Instead, the US government has repeatedly rejected these obligations under the UN Charter.

4. The proposal by Russia and China for a “dual-freeze” is an excellent basis to produce good faith and direct negotiations between USA and DPRK as required by the UN Charter.

5. The United States is deliberately provoking DPRK, ratcheting up these provocations in the hope that they will provoke the DPRK to commit an act of aggression against the United States that the USA can then use as a pretext for war.  Pursuant to the terms of their mutual self-defense treaty, China has stated that if the US attacks first it will defend DPRK, but that if DPRK strikes first, China will remain out of any war. So the United States is trying to provoke DPRK into striking first.

6. It is an extremely dangerous situation. It is really up to the United States to take the first step down the Ladder of Escalation that it has constructed here. Instead it appears that the Trump administration is going to escalate up the Ladder of Escalation in the hope and expectation that DPRK will capitulate. This is what  International Political Scientists call a Game of Chicken -- with cosmic consequences. Who will blink first? Anything can go wrong. Thank you so much for being here today to prevent World War III.

Francis A. Boyle
Professor of Law
University of Illinois College of Law

End the Empire - Close U.S. Overseas Bases

Activists outside Beale AFB in northern California hold banner where recon drones, U-2 spy planes and 'missile defense' radar are stationed.

The US military empire is costing our nation and arm and a leg and is a direct reason why social progress and our physical infrastructure are being dismantled.

A National Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases on January 12-14, 2018 will be held at the Learning Commons Town Hall, University of Baltimore (1415 Maryland Avenue) in Maryland.

A slew of excellent speakers will be headlining the event including:

  • Ajamu Baraka, 2016 Green Party candidate for vice president of the United States; President of Black Alliance for Peace
  • Ann Wright, Retired US Army Colonel, and former US diplomat; Leading member of Veterans For Peace and CODEPINK
  •  David Vine, Associate Professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC, and author of Base Nation
See much more here 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The corporate money-go-round



Excellent video produced by Will Griffin (Veterans For Peace) about GD/BIW request for more corporate welfare from state of Maine. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Finding the Truth in Ukraine





Snipers sent to Kiev in 2014 from Republic of Georgia which at the time was run by a total US puppet Mikheil Saakashvili.  Likely he was under orders from the CIA to send the snipers to help create chaos in Ukraine which is exactly what happened.

Now the snipers have confessed.  Saakashvili was eventually run out of Georgia by the people and today he is in Ukraine stirring up trouble there.

Monsanto trying to control food supply......


Sunday, November 26, 2017

On the old farm making cane syrup



On Friday MB and I arrived in Jacksonville, Florida and went to the Geiger farm which sits very near the airport off Hwy 295.  We quickly found ourselves loading sugar can stalks into the trailer behind Al Geiger's old tractor.  Al, now 87 years old, and his son Danny were cutting the cane in preparation for Saturday's cane syrup making.

Quite a bunch of people showed up on Saturday to help with the cane squeezing and boiling process that is outlined in great detail in the video below shot a few years ago at the Geiger farm.

Then late Saturday afternoon MB and I drove to Gainvesville (about 90 minutes away) to meet friends Julie Netzer and Miriam Elliott for supper at a favorite BBQ joint.  MB and I lived in Gainesville for many years before moving to Maine in 2003.

Today MB, Miriam, Julie and I met John and Martina Linnehan for lunch in Gainesville.  All of these folks were deeply involved in the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice which I coordinated for 15 years.  So we had a wonderful visit.

We are staying at the home of Bill and Sally Warrick in Gainesville.  Bill is a Veterans For Peace member and was my medical doctor during the 10 years I lived in town.  So it is also a lovely reunion with them as well.

Tomorrow we are driving to the Atlantic Coast city of St Augustine (the oldest city in America) where we will have a visit with Yosi McIntire who is like a brother to me.  His mom Peg McIntire was the heart and soul of the Florida Coalition during our prime years.  She lived to about 98 years old and stayed active to the end.

What a trip it has been so far.  Much more excitement to come.

Bruce

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