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Location: Brunswick, Maine, United States

I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Climate striking in Portland


A group of us peaceniks attended the Student Climate Strike in Portland, Maine last Friday.  Several of us arrived early and held signs and banners across the street from City Hall where the event was held.  The newspaper reported that about 2,000 people turned out for the spirited event.

It was quite moving to see various schools (Middle, High school and college students) march down the street to city hall - they each got a rousing applause as they approached.

Several of us handed out over 350 of your Conversion of Bath Iron Works flyers as part of our statewide campaign to expand public consciousness about the Pentagon's contribution to climate change.

Here are a few more photos of some of us as we vigil across from city hall before the big show began.  (Photos by Peter Woodruff - click on the photos for a better view.)

Lisa Savage (right) with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter

Jason Rawn (left) and Mark Roman

Peter Morgan (right) and I talking with a man who told us he already got our flyer from a neighbor.  Nice to know they are getting around so well. 

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