Bruce Gagnon 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.
Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State
Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space
issues for 30 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida
history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the
first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile.
He was the organizer of the Cancel
Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997) that drew
enormous support and media coverage around the world and was featured on the TV
program 60 Minutes.
Bruce has traveled to and spoken in
England, Germany, Mexico, Canada, France, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Japan, Australia,
Scotland, Wales, Greece, India, Brazil, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Czech
Republic, South Korea, and throughout the U.S.
He has also spoken on many college
campuses including: Loyola University, Drake University, Syracuse University,
Cornell University, University of Michigan, Cal Poly State University,
University of Pittsburgh, California Institute of Technology, University of
Oregon, University of Alaska Anchorage, Marquette University, Brown University,
Hunter College, University of Arkansas, University of Florida, Dalhousie
University (Nova Scotia), University of Maine, and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute
of Medical Sciences (India).
Project Censored (from Sonoma State
University, CA) named a story on space weaponization by Bruce as the 8th Most
Censored story in 1999. Again in 2005, Project Censored picked an article on
space issues by Bruce as the 16th most censored story of the year.
Bruce has been featured by artist Robert
Shetterly in his collection of portraits and quotes entitled
Americans Who Tell The Truth. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Dr.
Benjamin Spock Peacemaker Award.
Bruce initiated the Maine Campaign to
Bring Our War $$ Home in 2009 that spread to other New England states and
beyond. This campaign makes the important connections between endless war
spending and fiscal crisis throughout the U.S. In 2011 the U.S. Conference of
Mayors passed a Bring Our War $$ Home resolution – their first entry into
foreign policy since the Vietnam War.
His articles have appeared in
publications like: Earth Island Journal, National Catholic Reporter,
Asia Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Albuquerque Journal,
Sekai Journal (Japan), CounterPunch, Space News, Z Magazine,
and Canadian Dimension. Bruce published a new version of his book in
Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire.
Bruce also has a blog called
In 2003 Bruce co-produced a popular
documentary video entitled
Arsenal of Hypocrisy that spelled out U.S. plans for space domination.
Another of his videos, shot in 2009, was entitled
Review of Obama's Foreign Policy. Both videos
have been widely shown on Free Speech TV. In 2010 Bruce was extensively
featured in the award-winning documentary called
Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space. In 2013 Bruce was featured in the documentary video called Ghosts of Jeju about the South Korean island
fighting against construction of a Navy base. He has worked to help build
support for the Jeju Island issue for several years.
He is also host of a public access TV show called
This Issue that currently runs in 13 Maine communities. (This show can
also be seen from the GN’s website.) Bruce co-hosts a weekly radio show at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
In 1968 Bruce was Vice-chair of the
Okaloosa County (Florida) Young Republican Club while working on the Nixon
campaign for president.
Bruce is a Vietnam-era veteran and began
his organizing career by working for the United Farm Workers Union in Florida
organizing fruit pickers. Bruce is an active member of Veterans for Peace.