During the past year a group of artists in Maine have been making banners for various protest movements. Artists' Rapid Response Team
(ARRT!) is a fluid group of dedicated Maine artists who are members of the Union
of Maine Visual Artists.
Yesterday ARRT! met in nearby Brunswick for a day of banner making and delivered this one above to our house just before supper time. They made the banner for us to use on Saturday, April 12 at the planned protest during the 'christening' of the Navy's new stealth destroyer
here at Bath Iron Works from 10:00 am to noon.
On April 12 Veterans for Peace, and the other co-sponsoring groups, will share our conversion message with the thousands of local citizens who line up at BIW to enter the ‘christening’
The peace groups are calling
on the Maine legislature to pass a law creating a commission
to plan for
Connecticut, very reliant
on military spending, recently passed such a law and many other states are now
working on similar legislation. Maine workers know that when military spending
cuts do come jobs will be lost.
Planning for conversion and diversification is a good strategy.
Other sponsors for the April 12 protest at BIW include: Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm; Maine
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom; Pax Christi Maine;
CodePink Maine; Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space;
Vital Connections; and Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine.
Later in the evening on April 12 an International
Panel on US ‘Pivot’ to Asia-Pacific will be held at the new Unitarian
Church in Brunswick. Speakers from
India, Japan, Korea and the US will discuss the implications of moving 60% of
US military forces into the Asia-Pacific to “control” China. Potluck supper begins at 6:00 pm and the
panel discussion at 7:00 pm.