Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bruce Gagnon: The Deadly Connection: Endless War and Economic Crisis

Bruce Gagnon Washington Tour
Contact: Holly Gwinn Graham

International peace activist and organizer Bruce Gagnon comes to Washington State April 24 to April 30, 2012 to engage local communities around the theme “The Deadly Connection: Endless War and Economic Crisis.”

Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, and long-time member of Veterans For Peace. (A detailed bio on Gagnon is attached to this release.)

Having recently returned from demonstrations in South Korea protesting the construction of a huge US Navy base on Jeju Island, Gagnon will speak on U.S. expanding militarism, as well as the impact of militarism on the economic crisis here at home. He will stress the need to promote the conversion of the military industrial complex to sustainable production if we hope to have the slightest impact on climate change. These and similar issues are contained in his book Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire.

The Washington speaking engagements are part of Gagnon’s West Coast speaking tour that begins in Los Angeles, California on April 1st and ends in Tacoma, Washington on April 30th. Washington stops include Olympia, Walla Walla, Bellingham, Seattle and Tacoma.

See full Washington schedule below.

Tuesday, April 24 – Olympia – 6:30 PM, Traditions CafĂ©, 300 5th Avenue Southwest, Contact: Holly Gwinn Graham,hollygg@msn.com

Wednesday, April 25 – Walla Walla - 7:00 PM, Whitman College, Olin Hall Room 130, Contact Jennifer Doering,doerinje@whitman.edu

Thursday, April 26 - Bellingham - 4:00 PM, Western Washington University, Arntzen Hall, Contact Gene Marx, 253-653-4423

Friday, April 27 – Bellingham – 7:00 PM, Mt. Baker Theatre’s Encore Room, 104 North Commercial Street, Contact Gene Marx, 253-653-4423

Saturday, April 28 – Seattle - 7:30 – 8:00 AM, Interviewed by Mike McCormick on KEXP, 90.3 FM, Mind Over Matters.

Saturday, April 28 – Redmond - 1:00 PM, Soul Food Books, 15748 Redmond Way.

Sunday, April 29 – Seattle - 4:00 pm, University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 Northeast 43rd Street, Contact: Leonard Eiger (for all Seattle and Redmond events), subversivepeacemaking@gmail.com

Monday, April 30 – Tacoma - 12:30 – 1:30 pm, University of Washington, Tacoma, Carwein Auditorium, 1551 Broadway, Contact: Rob Crawford, crawford@u.washington.edu

Seattle events sponsors include Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, Veterans for Peace (Seattle Chapter), United Nations Association, Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation, University Temple United Methodist Church, The Alliance for Democracy and the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund.

For further information on the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, seehttp://www.space4peace.org/. Also see Bruce Gagnon’s blog, Organizing Notes at http://space4peace.blogspot.com/