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]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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[4]circulated by 911Truth.org 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.[5]

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.[6]

References

  1. [http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/pgs/portraits/Bruce_Gagnon.php Americans Who Tell the Truth Bruce Gagnon bio]
  2. [http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/pgs/portraits/Bruce_Gagnon.php Americans Who Tell the Truth Bruce Gagnon bio]
  3. [http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/pgs/portraits/Bruce_Gagnon.php Americans Who Tell the Truth Bruce Gagnon bio]
  4. 911 Truth statement
  5. Organizing Notes blog: STAR WARS OR SOCIAL PROGRESS - YOU DECIDE, June 21, 2008 (accessed on April 21, 2010)
  6. [1] conference speaker bios, accessed, July 18, 2010