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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Maine Peace Walk Update - Oct 11-26

Maine Peace Walk in 2014
 
 
Yesterday Russell Wray and I did the first drive of the next Maine Peace Walk route.  The dates have slightly been adjusted to October 11-26 in order to better accommodate monks and nuns from the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order who will lead the walk.
 
We will begin things on October 11 with a potluck supper hosted by the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island, Maine. 
 
The title of the 2016 walk is Stop the War$ on Mother Earth.
 
Here is the daily schedule below.  We are looking for churches for community suppers and floor sleeping in most of these communities.  If you can help us with that please give me a ring.
 
Note:  On some of the walk days, due to distances, some shuttling will be required.
 
  • Oct 11  Penobscot Nation on Indian Island (orientation, supper and opening program)
  • Oct 12  Indian Island to Dexter
  • Oct 13  Dexter to Pittsfield
  • Oct 14  Pittsfield to Unity
  • Oct 15  Unity to Waterville
  • Oct 16  Waterville to Augusta
  • Oct 17  Augusta to Norway
  • Oct 18  Norway to Lewiston
  • Oct 19  Lewiston to Brunswick
  • Oct 20  Day off in Brunswick
  • Oct 21  Brunswick to Freeport
  • Oct 22  Freeport to Portland
  • Oct 23  Portland to Saco
  • Oct 24  Saco to Kennebunk
  • Oct 25  Kennebunk to York Beach
  • Oct 26  York Beach to Kittery Naval shipyard
Additional note:  There is some discussion now taking place within the Veterans For Peace Smedley Butler Brigade in Boston that they might want to keep the walk going from Kittery into Boston.  More on that later.
 
Stop the War$ on Mother Earth

2016 Maine Peace Walk

The 5th Maine Peace Walk will take place on October 11 – 26.  The organizing team is made up of individuals who are dedicated to creating a more peaceful, sustainable and just world.  We come together out of our deep concern about the many different wars being waged on Mother Earth, ranging from over-fishing, deforestation, and human-caused extinctions, to climate disruption and endless war. 

Close to home we support the Penobscot Nation’s struggle for Justice for the River, opposition to the East/West Corridor, and conversion of war production to alternative energy at Maine shipyards.  We know from past experience of walking through rural and urban Maine that many people will be reached with our messages. We hope this spiritual act of walking and sharing conversation and food will help people in our state feel less isolated and despairing about the future.   

We welcome everyone to join our walk for an hour, a day, or more and to help in any way they can to contribute.   We invite environmental, peace, church, and social justice organizations to sign on as a co-sponsor of the walk.  We ask co-sponsors to make a donation of their choosing and to help spread the word about the walk to their members/community.    Tax-deductible donations can be made by check to Global Network, designated “For Peace Walk” and sent to:

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652
Brunswick, ME  04011

For more information:  Please contact Bruce Gagnon at: globalnet@mindspring.com                          (207) 443-9502

Co-Sponsors:  Penobscot Nation; Smedley D. Butler Brigade Veterans for Peace (Boston area); Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space; Maine Veterans for Peace Chapter 001; Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats (COAST); Veterans for Peace (National); Peninsula Peace and Justice; Maine Natural Guard; Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center; Veterans For Peace, Jim Harney Chapter 003; Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine; Greater Brunswick Peace Works; Alliance for the Common Good; Grandmothers Against the East/West Corridor; Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC); Pax Christi Maine; Friends of the Piscataquis Valley.

1 Comments:

Blogger Sam Swenson said...

Great!

4/13/16, 11:13 AM  

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