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Thursday, February 06, 2014

'CHRISTENING' PROTEST PLANNED IN BATH

The Zumwalt 'stealth' destroyer was put into the water at BIW in late 2013.  The warship is outfitted with new electromagnetic 'rail guns' right out of a sci-fi movie. Using electric pulses, not chemical explosives, the guns can shoot a 40-pound metal slug from New York to Philadelphia at up to 5,600 mph - more than seven times the speed of sound - with 32 times the force of a car traveling at 100 miles per hour.


The Navy has announced that the 'christening' of the new $3 billion 'stealth destroyer' USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Bath, Maine.
 
This super high-tech destroyer will be a key weapon system used by the US to "control" China in what is turning out to be a very provocative strategy.

There will be a protest that day at the shipyard on the corner of Washington & Hinckley streets in Bath.  Thousands of people are expected to attend the ceremony.  This protest will be sponsored by Smilin' Trees Disarmament Farm, Veterans for Peace, and the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.  We'll hold the event from 10:00 am until noon.  We expect to have some special guest speakers that day.

Then that same evening there will be a pot luck supper and panel discussion about the implications of the US Asia-Pacific 'pivot' at a local church in Brunswick. The pot luck will begin at 6:00 pm and the panel at 7:00 which will feature speakers from Japan, Korea, India, and more.  This event will be sponsored by Veterans for Peace and the Global Network.

We will provide home hospitality for any out-of-towners that come to these events. Just let us know.

Please mark your calendar for April 12 and help us spread the word.

1 Comments:

Blogger Dixie Searway said...

Thanks so much, Bruce for this and all you do. God willing, I will be there and hope some of my friends on Facebook will join you too!

2/7/14, 11:13 AM  

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