28 March 2012
Global Network Coordinator Embarks on
30-Day West Coast Speaking Tour

The Deadly Connection—Endless War and the Ecological, Economic Crisis

 Contact: Bruce Gagnon - 904-501-4494  globalnet@mindspring.com

Recognized by artist Robert Shetterly in his series Americans Who Tell the Truth, Bruce Gagnon, an international peace organizer and activist, will embark on a 30-day west coast speaking tour that will take him from San Diego, California to Bellingham, Washington.  The 24-city trip will run from April 1-30.

Bruce, who coordinates the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space from Bath, Maine, will help local communities explore and confront the reality of the Pentagon’s drive for “full spectrum dominance.”  He will discuss the impact that our expanding militarism has on our natural ecosystems and our economic crisis at home.  From Maine to Jeju Island, South Korea his indefatigable studying, traveling, and organizing has shown how the Pentagon’s intent to control the planet on behalf of corporate globalization has moved from land to sea to air to space pouring our natural and fiscal resources into escalating war-making and violence.   

Bruce’s assessment is: “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 vigorously work to convert the military industrial complex to decentralized sustainable technologies like wind-power, solar, and mass transit.”

His talks will challenge communities to discuss the strategies behind President Obama’s “pivot” and expanding U.S. militarism in the Asia-Pacific region; current U.S. space technology strategy; the need to promote the conversion of the military industrial complex to sustainable production to mitigate climate change; the 2012 elections, and what Americans can do about corporate domination of Congress. 

Bruce concludes, “U.S. foreign and military policy today is all about control of declining natural resources around the world.  The Pentagon is restarting the Cold War by surrounding Russia and China with so-called ‘missile defense’ systems that are actually key elements in U.S. first-strike planning.  We do have a real problem today and it is called climate change.  We can’t afford the pay for endless war that only benefits the mega-corporations and further pollutes our planet.  During this speaking tour I intend to share a spirit of determination and non-violent resistance with people throughout the west coast.  We need to make a collective demand across this nation and around the world.  We are tired of war, tired of corporate domination, and determined to take back our governments.  The future generations depend on our courage and our success.”

Bruce used Amtrak trains and buses for most of the west-coast travel during this tour.

  • April 1 Los Angeles, CA (Overall L.A. coordinator) Randy Ziglar 310-452-0362 & Cris 424-214-8096
  • April 2 San Diego Mariah Gayler 619-263-9301 Brethren Peace Campus, 3850 Westgate Place, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • April 3 Oceanside Oceanside Public Library Community Room, 330 N. Coast Highway, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Carol Jahnkow 619-263-9301
  • April 4 Los Angeles L.A. Catholic Worker House, 10:30 am
  • April 4 Santa Monica Ocean Park Library, Community Room, 601 Main Street, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • April 5 Santa Monica Day off
  • April 6 – Los Angeles Andy Griggs (Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace) 7:00 am 310-704-3217 Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd. LA (Entrance on Berendo)
  • April 6 – Anaheim Unitarian Church in Orange County, 511 South Harbor Blvd at 6:45 pm Randy Ziglar; Ruth Shapin 714-633-0922
  • April 7 – Ventura Cindy Piester (VFP) 805-407-7997 Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., 3:00 pm talk (TV interview also)
  • April 8 – Ventura
  • April 9 – San Luis Obispo Henriette Groot 805-602-1539 San Luis Obispo Library Community Room, 995 Palm Street at 7:00 pm
  • April 10 – Berkeley Vic Sadot (UU Fellowship Hall) 7:00 pm 302-607-1884 Fellowship: 510-841-4824
  • April 11 – Sacramento Winnie (Peace Action) 916-448-7157 cell 916-599-6635 and Riad Bahhur 916-650-2738 & cell is 916-471-8721
    • Sacramento City College on Wednesday 3:00 - 4:20cpm
    • Peace Action Sacramento, Community room at Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd, 7:00 pm
  • April 12 – Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Junior College, 7:00 pm Lynda Williams 415-350-8418, 415-350-8418
    - KAOS Radio interview 12:30 pm
  • April 13 - Santa Rosa Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County (467 Sebastopol Ave), 6:00 pm Susan Lamont 707-575-8902
  • April 14 – Boonville Barbara & John Lewallen 707-895-2996 Lauren’s Restaurant Noon, 12:00-3:30 pm
  • April 15 – Garberville John Haynes Memorial Veterans Hall, Conger & Locust St, 7:00 pm Fredy Champagne (VFP) 707-599-5378
  • April 16 – Day off
  • April 17 – Eugene, OR Gordon Sturrock (Squadron13) 541-729-7760, Anti-John Bolton rally
  • April 18 – Corvallis Linda Richards 541-740-3341 Oregon State Univ. Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 125, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • April 19 – Hood River Corie Lahr 909-215-4682 Riverside Community Church, 7:00 pm
  • April 20 – Portland Tom Hastings (503-327-8250, Whitefeather House) and Celeste Howard (503-648-7759 cell 503-946-6266), First Unitarian Church, 6:30 pm, Fuller Hall
  • April 21 – Hillsboro UU Community Church 10:00 – 2:00 pm Talk, potluck, conversation hour (Celeste Howard); and Forest Grove Pacific University, Taylor Auditorium, 7:30 pm Trelaine Ito (World Awareness Council) ito7221@pacificu.edu
  • April 22 – Beaverton Southminster Presbyterian Church, 11:45 am – 1:30 pm Mark Mullins (503-648-0411); Portland Community Media interview with David Delk (Alliance for Democracy) public access cable TV, 2 – 3 pm (503-232-5495) -
  • April 23 – Olympia, WA Holly Gwinn Graham 360-866-0257 and Tim Russell (SPSCC & media)
  • April 24 – Olympia Traditions Cafe, 6:30 pm, 300 5th Avenue Southwest
  • April 25 – Walla Walla Whitman College, Olin Hall Room 130, 7:00 pm Jennifer Doering cell: (858) 945-2813
  • April 26 - Bellingham 4:00 PM classroom presentation at Western Washington University (Arntzen Hall) and an evening event at Mt Baker Theatre's Encore Room at 7:00 PM, Gene Marx (VFP) 253-653-4423
  • April 27 – Bellingham 7:00 PM, Mt. Baker Theatre's Encore Room, 104 North Commercial Street, Gene Marx, 253-653-4423
  • April 28 – Seattle Leonard Eiger/Tom Shea 425-445-2190 and Rebecca Wolfe (UNA) 425-774-6546 (Mike McCormick KEXP radio Seattle, 7:15-8:00 a.m)
  • April 28 Redmond Soul Food Books, 15748 Redmond Way, Talk at 1:00 pm
  • April 29 – Seattle 4:00 pm, main Seattle speaking engagement at University Temple United Methodist Church
  • April 30 – Tacoma 12:30 – 1:30 pm, University of Washington, Tacoma, Carwein Auditorium, 1551 Broadway, Crawford, crawford@u.washington.edu

Coverage of the trip can be seen on Bruce's blog - http://space4peace.blogspot.co.uk/2012_04_01_archive.html from April 7 2012 onwards.

The good news is that he survived! At the end of the tour he gave this interview to TalkingStickTV:

Fantastic work Bruce!

Report on full speaking tour - here.