[HCCN] Maine's Connection to the Pivot on April 11-12 in Orono and Brunswick
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Wed Feb 26 09:41:27 EST 2014
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The Pivot and the Zumwalt:
Conference(s) and Protest Planned by Veterans for Peace
Bath Iron Works has recently announced that the christening of the USS
Zumwalt, originally scheduled for last October now will take place on
Saturday, April 12th. Maine Veterans for Peace, which is planning two
related conferences to take place that weekend, considers the
postponement a fortunate coincidence. The veterans’ peace
organization, committed to making the connection between our ailing
economy and unfettered military spending, couldn’t ask for a more
The first of the conferences addressing “Implications of the U.S. Asia-
Pacific Pivot: Maine’s Connection,” will convene April 11th, 2:30 PM,
in the Bangor Room of the Union at the University of Maine in Orono.
Joseph Gerson, Asia-Pacific expert with the American Friends Service
Committee will lead a panel of experts in an examination of the U.S.
military’s “pivot” of military resources and focus to the Asia
Pacific. Joining Gerson will be Subrata Ghoshroy—MIT-based educator
from India, Fumi Inoue—Japanese peace activist and Boston College
graduate student, and Hyun Lee—leading Korean peace activist.
The panel will again convene the next day, April12th, at 7pm, at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick at 1 Middle St. The public
is invited to participate in a pot-luck supper beginning at 6pm at the
Earlier on April12th, thousands are expected for the christening of
the Zumwalt, a $3 billion “stealth” destroyer which likely will become
an element in the “pivot”. Bruce Gagnon, lead organizer for VFP,
characterizes the vessel, “as one more unnecessary warship and an
example of ‘up-armoring,’ making the world a more dangerous place
while ignoring our economic woes at home.” VFP is inviting
concerned citizens to join them from ten to noon at the corner of
Hinckley and Washington Streets in Bath. There will be an open mic
and citizens are encouraged to bring appropriate signs.
Co-sponsors of the conferences and demonstration: Maine Peace Action
Committee (UMO), PeaceWorks Maine, WILPF, Pax Christi Maine, CodePink,
Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Veterans for Peace—Tom
Sturtevant and Jim Harney Chapters, Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm.
For additional information contact:
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