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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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Location: Brunswick, ME, United States

The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

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:
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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