I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones
-Albert Einstein (contemplating nuclear devastation)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bruce Gagnon in Washington State: A BIG Finish

Bruce Gagnon is back home in Maine after his whirlwind one month West Coast Tour.  He spent the last week in Washington, and it was time well spent.  Audiences heard his message loud and clear that the Military Industrial Complex Corporate Crime Syndicate (as Bruce referred to it) is dragging our nation down (and the rest of the world along with it).  We can, and must, change direction, and Bruce was adamant that it is up to We The People to make it happen.  Just electing another president isn't the answer.  In fact, Bruce made it crystal clear that there are no EASY answers or quick fixes; we're going to have to get our hands really dirty to ditch the seemingly endless spiral of militarism and build a sustainable economy.
At Soul Food Books, Redmond

Bruce's last day here was a BIG FINISH!  Following his talk at University of Washington Tacoma and a ceremony there honoring Fr. Bill "Bix" Bichsel, we headed for Seattle and the protest at the South Korean Consulate to speak out against construction of the naval base on Jeju Island.  After that we headed south again for the Tacoma Catholic Worker where Bix and company had a wonderful feast waiting for us AND Susan Crane, of Disarm Now Plowshares, who had gotten out of prison on April 25th.

We're grateful for Bruce's work with the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.  Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and many other organizations partner with the Global Network in its work, and I hope that many more will jump on this bandwagon (one with a very low carbon footprint).

Bruce has a great blog called Organizing Notes.  You can read his post, Heading Home, where he summarizes his last couple days in the Seattle/Tacoma area.  It's a good read.

Here is the video of Mike McCormick's (KEXP 90.3 FM) interview with Bruce on Talking Stick TV on April 28th:

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