Bruce Gagnon

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Bruce Gagnon

Bruce Gagnon (born 1952) is Chair, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. He was an early member of the Anti-Defense Lobby in the 1970's regarding the U.S. space program.

“The role of the U.S. in the new world corporate order is going to be to export security. That means endless wars and weapons in space. The Pentagon will send our kids off to foreign lands to suppress opposition to corporate globalization. How will we ever end America’s addiction to war and violence as long as our communities are dependent on military spending for jobs? We must work to convert the military industrial complex to sustainable technologies like windpower, solar, and mass transit.”[1]

Today he is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992. He is an active member of Veterans for Peace and is the Secretary of Space in the Green Shadow Cabinet. Bruce published a new version of his book in 2008 called Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire. Bruce also has a blog called Organizing Notes. He has also written articles that have appeared in publications like: Asia Times, CounterPunch, Ryukyu Shimpo (Okinawa) and Z Magazine. In 2013 Bruce was featured in the documentary video called The Ghosts of Jeju about the South Korean village fighting against construction of a Navy base. He has worked to help build support for the Jeju Island issue for many years.[2]

Conservative roots/radicalization

Bruce Gagnon was vice president of the Okaloosa County (Florida) Young Republican Club, he volunteered in Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign.

In 1971, soon after graduating from high school, Gagnon volunteered for the US Air Force because "I wanted to be a career military man just like my dad. I flunked my induction physical because of an old football injury and had to get a waiver to get into the military". After my training he was sent to Travis AFB in California that was an airlift base for the war in Vietnam.

Most weekends a small protest would be held at the gates of the base by the peace movement.[3]

We would be threatened by the Air Force authorities that we were not to go near the protest or we could be severely disciplined. This dynamic created much debate in the barracks and as it turned out my first roommate was one of the leading organizers in the GI anti-war resistance movement. At night guys would come into our room and talk about the war for hours. Having grown up a young conservative from a military family this was all very new to me. It ended up changing my life and after about six months I slid my chair into their circle and became a peace activist.

Peace activism

Gagnon has worked on space issues for more than 20 years, first as state coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice. Valuable resources on the moon and planets form the next battleground for corporate profit, he says, and “defense” programs such as “Star Wars” actually are conceived as offense. “The U.S. intends to control…and dominate space and deny other countries access,” says Gagnon, adding that the means for seizing such control are nuclear, threaten everyone on Earth, and divert funding from the common good.

To "raise awareness of what is at stake", Gagnon speaks internationally and has written for publications such as Earth Island Journal, CounterPunch, Z Magazine, Space News, National Catholic Reporter, Asia Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Canadian Dimension. He has produced two videos, Arsenal of Hypocrisy (2003) and Battle for America’s Soul (2005) and he published a book, Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire (2005). He is host of This Issue, a cable TV program that airs in five communities in Maine, his home state. In 2003 Dr. Helen Caldicott named Gagnon a senior fellow at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, where he also serves on her advisory board.[4]

Fundraiser for PWW & Global Network, March 7, 2004, Portland, Maine

In the "What's On" section of the PWW, Feb. 28-March 5, 2004, P. 16, the following announcement was listed: "Sun. March 7, 4 p.m. Fundraiser for PWW & Global Network, Chestnust St. Methodist Church, 17 Chestnut Street. Speaker - "*Bruce Gagnon, Director, Global Network, international organization working against militarization of space. Showing: "The Revolution Will Not be Televised".

911 "Truther"

Bruce Gagnon was one of 100 "prominent Americans" who signed an October 26 2004 statement[5]circulated by calling on the U.S. Government to investigate 9/11 as a possible "inside job".

...we have assembled 100 notable Americans and 40 family members of those who died to sign this 9/11 Statement, which calls for immediate public attention to unanswered questions that suggest that people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.

Fasting against “Star Wars”

In 2008 , Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space promoted a June 22 “Global day of fasting to Stop Star Wars”.

The global day of fasting to Stop Star Wars on June 22 is one important way for the public to become involved in this debate. All over the world the U.S. is dragging the "allies" into Star Wars and active resistance to the insanity of an arms race in space is growing.

Included on the “fast’ list was Bruce Gagnon of Bath, Maine.[6]

Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific

Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific released a "Statement Opposing U.S.-South Korea Joint Military Exercises Key Resolve Foal Eagle" circa 2008;

Christine Ahn, Gretchen Alther, Rev. Levi Bautista, Jackie Cabasso, Herbert Docena, John Feffer, Bruce Gagnon, Joseph Gerson, Subrata Goshoroy, Mark Harrison, Christine Hong, Kyle Kajihiro, Peter Kuznick, Hyun Lee, Ramsay Liem, Andrew Lichterman, John Lindsay-Poland, Ngo Vinh Long, Stephen McNeil, Nguyet Nguyen, Satoko Norimatsu, Koohan Paik, Mike Prokosch, Juyeon JC Rhee, Arnie Sakai, Tim Shorrock, Alice Slater, David Vine, Sofia Wolman, Kevin Martin.[7]

Disarm Now! conference

In June 2010, Bruce Gagnon addressed the Disarm Now! Conference, Riverside Church, New York. (Workshop: Missile Defense Deployments Impact Hopes for Nuclear Disarmament) is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and has been working on space issues for the past 28 years. He is a member of Veterans for Peace and was trained as an organizer by the United Farm Workers Union. Bruce lives in Bath, Maine where the Navy builds Aegis destroyers which are being outfitted with “missile defense” systems and are being used to surround China.[8]

Odessa visit

Three members of UNAC’S delegation traveled to Odessa on the Black Sea to help monitor the May 2, 2016 memorial in Kulikovo Square. The delegation included three brave comrades Bruce Gagnon, who coordinates a global network opposing nuclear weapons in space; Phil Wilayto, editor of The Virginia Defender newspaper: and Regis Tremblay, an independent documentary filmmaker who will be producing a video about this issue. Both Bruce and Regis are members of Veterans for Peace. All three of them are affiliated with the United National Antiwar Coalition.

The coordinator and the leader of UNAC, Joe Lombardo, kept the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia informed about the delegation’s historical visit to Odessa and all the details of the memorial. We are willing to share their report with all our comrades and colleagues around the globe.

“Comment from Phil Wilayto:

I was at the memorial today outside the locked gates of Kulikovo Square. There were three of us in a delegation sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition to monitor and report on the memorial. Other monitors came from about 10 European countries…

Report of May 2 events from Bruce Gagnon:

Many feared that there would be more violence in Odessa, Ukraine yesterday similar to what took well over 50 lives on May 2, 2014. But in fact the day was peaceful when up to 10,000 people gathered near the Trades Union Hall to place flowers and stand with the Mothers Committee in a make shift memorial. The public was blocked from having direct contact with the Trades Hall by huge numbers of local police, national security services and fully armed neo-Nazi Azov battalion members who have been incorporated into the newly formed ‘National Guard’ in Ukraine (equipped and trained by US Special Forces troops at a base in western Ukraine)…

Phil Wilayto on his way to the European Union meeting with head of Mothers Committee from Odessa:

I’ve left Odessa and will be in Brussels tomorrow. The president of the Mothers’ Council on May 2 is scheduled to make a formal presentation about the May 2 memorial to a committee of the European Parliament. I’ve been asked to add my impressions and also report on UNAC’S Odessa Solidarity Campaign. What is happening in Ukraine today is critical to political developments in Eastern and Southern Europe, and developments there will go on to affect the rest of the world. Odessa is the real thing: a modern-day struggle against the re-emergence of fascism. And yesterday’s turnout of thousands of Odessans in defiance of the fascist threats, official attempts at disruption and media hysteria defeated the best efforts of the extreme right-wing forces to terrorize the brave people of Odessa into submission. It was such a privilege to be there. I’ll be looking for friends and allies to help in this ongoing campaign.[9]


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