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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Arrested for holding a sign at the public ‘christening’ ceremony gate


Aegis 9 arrested at Bath Iron Works in Maine on April 1, 2017 during the last christening’ of another Navy destroyer.  The group goes to trial in Bath on February 1-2.
 
 A call has been put out for another group of citizens willing to risk arrest at the next BIW destroyer ‘christening’.  Even though we don’t yet know the next ‘christening’ date, already 47 people have signed up to come to Bath and stand against another expensive and provocative Aegis destroyer – outfitted with destabilizing ‘missile defense’ systems that are key elements in Pentagon first-strike attack planning.

Our vision is that BIW be converted to build commuter rail systems, offshore wind turbines, solar and tidal power systems that would help us deal with our real problem – climate change.  We also call for the end to Maine taxpayer subsidies to the General Dynamics Corporation (5th largest weapons contractor in the world) as owner of BIW.  They’ve used past Maine subsidies ($200 million since 1997) to mechanize the operation which has led to job loss.  Additionally General Dynamics has used the money to buy back their own stocks driving market value higher.

The Aegis 9 go to trial on February 1-2 at the Sagadahoc County Courthouse in Bath (corner of Centre and High Streets) at 9:00 am.  We will hold a vigil in front of the courthouse at 7:30 am on Thursday, Feb 1 if you’d like to join us.

Also on Feb 1 we will hold a pot luck supper for the Aegis 9 at the Addams-Melman House in Bath (212 Centre St) starting about 5:30 pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Let us know if you need home hospitality during the trial.

For more info:  karenwainberg@gmail.com
   
Volunteers to Risk Arrest at BIW during next Destroyer ‘christening’ 

  • Peggy Akers Portland, ME
  • Peter Baldwin Brooks, ME
  • Ellen Barfield Baltimore, MD
  • Lynn Bradbury Lubec, ME
  • Meredith Bruskin Swanville, ME
  • Nancy Button Warren, ME
  • Kate Chipman Brunswick, ME
  • Anni Cooper Freeport, ME
  • Bob Dale Brunswick, ME
  • Christine DeTroy Brunswick, ME
  • Mike Donnelly Brunswick, ME
  • Mary Donnelly Brunswick, ME
  • Dan Ellis Brunswick, ME
  • Ridgely Fuller Belfast, ME
  • Michael Gibson Lewiston, ME
  • Nate Goldshlag Arlington, MA
  • Suzanne Hedrick Nobleboro, ME
  • Dud Hendrick Deer Isle, ME
  • Rev. Mair Honan Freeport, ME 
  • Cynthia Howard, Biddeford Pool, ME
  • Ken Jones Ashville, NC
  • Tarak Kauff Woodstock, NY
  • Bob Klotz Portland, ME
  • Carmen Lavertu Thomaston, ME
  • Brown Lethem Bath, ME
  • Rev. Leroy Lowell Casco, ME
  • Kenneth Mayers Santa Fe, NM 
  • Natasha Mayers Whitefield, ME
  • John Morris New Gloucester, ME
  • Jane Newton Bath, ME
  • Jules Orkin Bergenfield, NJ
  • Rosalie Paul Brunswick, ME
  • Roy Pingel Brooklyn, NY
  • Doug Rawlings Farmington, ME
  • Jason Rawn Bath, ME
  • Bill Rixon Freeport, ME
  • Lisa Savage Solon, ME
  • Ginny Schneider Portland, ME
  • Dixie Searway Vermont
  • Rob Shetterly Brooksville, ME
  • Lora Somlyo Portland, ME
  • Mary Beth Sullivan Bath, ME 
  • Will Thomas Auburn, NH
  • Karen Wainberg Bath, ME
  • Jay Wenk Woodstock, NY
  • Russell Wray Hancock, ME
  • Crystal Zevon Vermont 

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