I met Bruce Gagnon a few months ago but only after hearing about him from other people. Seemed like everybody knew Bruce. Turns out, just about everybody who’s an activist of one sort or other knows Bruce. And Bruce knows everybody!
Bruce and I finally met at a state-wide Occupy meeting in Augusta. Wasn’t at all what I expected from the advance billing. He struck me as a quiet, even shy, non-assuming person. Can’t remember him speaking publicly. We connected because we both had expressed frustration at the lack of cooperation among the many advocacy groups which resulted in a losing battle at the legislature.
We chatted briefly during a break and I said I’d like to get together soon since he lives in Bath, Maine and I live just across the river in Woolwich. It was a couple of months later when we finally did meet. An internet citizen journalist based in Iran (yes, Iran) wanted someone to interview Bruce about the Occupy movement.
When I suggested we meet, Bruce asked if I could tape the interview, which I did. But, after taping the 4-5 minute interview for this Iranian show, I started asking Bruce about his background and how he became involved in the Global Network Against Weapons and Arms in Space. As soon as he started talking, I turned the camera on and came to know the man.
I believe Bruce is one of a very few people who sees the big picture and can speak to all that is wrong with our country. Everyone talks about connecting the dots. Bruce does it with amazing clarity and conviction. He travels constantly and is in great demand all over the planet.