Almost Sunrise at UUCE November 8

Martha Dickinson
40 Washington Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

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Fwd: Taking Next Steps Toward Nuclear Abolition – Kathy Kelly

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Kathy Kelly writes on this week’s trial, on grave charges, of nuclear weapons protesters the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.  

Taking Next Steps Toward Nuclear Abolition 

by Kathy Kelly
October 20, 2019

My friend Marianne Goldscheider, who is 87, suffered a broken hip in July, 2018 and then, in June 2019, it happened again. When she broke her hip the first time, she was running, with her son, on a football field. After the second break, when she fell in her kitchen, she recalls her only desire as she was placed on a stretcher. “I just wanted ‘the right pill,’” she says. She wished she could end her life. Marianne says her Catholic friends, who live nearby in the New York Catholic Worker community, persuaded her not to give up. They’ve long admired her tenacity, and over the years many have learned from her history as a survivor of the Nazi regime who was forced to flee Germany. Recalling her entry to the United States, Marianne jokes she may have been one of the only displaced persons who arrived in the United States carrying her skis. Yet she also carried deep anxieties, the “angst,” she says, of her generation. She still wonders about German people in the military and the aristocracy who knew Hitler was mad and, yet, didn’t try to stop him. “When and how,” she wonders, “do human beings get beyond all reasoning?”

Marianne is deeply disturbed by the madness of maintaining nuclear weapons arsenals and believes such weapons threaten planetary survival. She worries that, similar to the 1930s, citizens of countries possessing nuclear weapons sleepwalk toward utter disaster.

On April 4, 2018, several of Marianne’s close friends from the New York Catholic Worker community became part of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 by entering the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine base in King’s Bay, GA and performing a traditional Plowshares action. Guided by lines from Scripture urging people to “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks,” they prayed, reflected and then symbolically disarmed the Trident nuclear submarine site. The Kings Bay is home port to six nuclear armed Trident ballistic missile submarines with the combined explosive power of over 1825 Hiroshima bombs. One of the banners  they hung read “The Ultimate Logic of Trident is Omnicide.”

Referring to this sign, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, said the banner “is exactly right.” In an October 18 endorsement, he called their actions “necessary to avert a much greater evil.”

In late September, the Catholic Bishops of Canada, alarmed over the increasing danger nuclear weapons pose, urged the Government of Canada to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted at the UN in 2017. The Canadian bishops issued their statement on September 26, the United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. In it, they note the  Vatican has already signed and ratified the Treaty. “The ashes of World War I and the centenary of its armistice,” wrote Pope Francis, “should teach us that future acts of aggression are not deterred by the law of fear, but rather by the power of calm reason that encourages dialogue and mutual understanding as a means of resolving differences.”

The seven defendants, in everyday life, practice nonviolence while serving people who are often the least cared for in our society. Like Marianne, I have known each defendant for close to four decades. They have risked their lives, safety and health in numerous actions of civil disobedience. When imprisoned, they write and speak of the cruel abuse of human beings and the racist, primitive nature of the United States prison-industrial complex. They’ve also chosen to visit or live in war zones, providing witness on behalf of people trapped under bombardment. They live simply, share resources and strive to help build a better world.

Nevertheless, beginning Monday, they will face serious criminal charges and potentially harsh sentences for their action at Kings Bay.  

Marianne anxiously awaits their trial. “Why,” she asks, “isn’t there more coverage?”

One of the defendants, Rev. Steve Kelly, SJ, a Jesuit priest, referred to himself in a recent letter as “a tenuous voice in the wilderness.” He further explained that he is among the wilderness of the incarcerated, “two and a quarter million folks comprising the human warehouses in the empire.” Steve has been imprisoned in the Glynn County jail since April 4, 2018.

His letter continues: 

And your presence today clearly demonstrates that while you can jail the resisters you cannot destroy the resistance. In this advent of our trial, we have a blue-ribbon legal team to whom I’m sure you’ll show your own gratitude.

This trial and the preliminary process represents the second phase of our witness. It is the Kings Bay Plowshares’ attempt to continue with what began in nonviolence – and hopefully without arrogance – to convert the judiciary according to Prophet Isaiah 2:4. As these judges historically legitimize the nuclear idols, we anticipate the government’s presentation of and the judge’s likely approval of motions preventing the jury from hearing our defense. The mechanism is an in limine – you’ll hear more about that if you don’t know already, but essentially it is, in the words of the late Phil Berrigan, a gag order.

Late in the afternoon of October 18, Judge Woods issued her long-awaited orders regarding testimony allowed in court. She will not allow testimony about the illegality of nuclear weapons, the necessity of civil disobedience, or individual motivations and  personal faith. Fortunately, the many dozens of people filling the Brunswick, GA courtroom on October 21 will help communicate the essential evidence that won’t be shared within the court. In alternative settings, such as over meals, during a Festival of Hope, and as part of a Citizens Tribunal, they’ll discuss and eventually share reasons that motivated our friends to perform the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 action.

A recent op-ed in the New York Times suggests the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 message is entering public discourse. The defendants have clarified that the U.S. nuclear weapon arsenal robs resources desperately needed for food, shelter, health care and education. The New York Times notes if we could reach a total nuclear weapons ban, we could save roughly $43 billion each year on weapons, delivery systems and upgrades. “That’s roughly the same amount we’ve allocated in federal hurricane aid for Puerto Rico.”

Marianne laments the madness which considers nuclear weapons a modern idol deserving of great sacrifice. She is rightfully wary of social and cultural developments that consider such madness normal.

She and I commiserate about recovering from hip fractures, (I’ve been on the mend for the past month), but we both know that Steve Kelly’s invitation deserves our greatest attention.

Tiny postcards are the only means of correspondence allowed to or from the Glynn County jail. On one of these,  Steve wrote a message to a large gathering in New York celebrating the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 action. “I am encouraged by your presence,” he wrote, “to ask that this small effort of ours not be the last word in nuclear abolition.”

Kathy Kelly ( co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (

Photo caption:  The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists at oceanfront in Georgia
Photo credit: Kings Bay Plowshares

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The War at Home, Friday 10.25 film, Blue Hill

Please join Peninsula Peace & Justice for a screening and discussion of the documentary THE WAR AT HOME on Friday October 25, 7 p.m., Blue Hill Library. 

What can we learn from the anti-war movement and organizing of the 1960s? This documentary, built from news clips and interviews of the Madison, Wisconsin, protests to end the war in Vietnam, which grew into a national groundswell for peace, was nominated for an Academy Award. Following the film, Dud Hendrick of Deer Isle, Vietnam Veteran and member of Vets for Peace, will lead a discussion of lessons learned and unlearned. 

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Fwd: Restorative Justice Mentor Training in 4 sessions

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Are you interested in working with local youth to foster to make positive change in our community?

Restorative Justice Mentor Training in 4 sessions
All sessions will run from 5-730 pm. On Wednesday October 30 we will provide food and beverages for dinner, for November 6, 13 & 20 we invite you to potluck with us!

Hancock County Community Reparations Board, partnering with the Restorative Justice Project is offering a training opportunity that will cover foundations in restorative practices and teach skills needed to begin mentoring. This volunteer opportunity provides flexibility so that you can accept cases when you have time and decline cases when your plate is full. Our 2.5 hrs training sessions, will take place @ Ellsworth City Hall over 4 consecutive weeks starting on October 30.

To register or for more information you can reach us at or 207-326-2027

Restorative Justice is a growing movement within our schools and judicial systems that acknowledges when a harm occurs relationships are damaged. We all make mistakes but it’s what we do after we make a mistake that indicates whether we will learn and grow or not. This is an approach to justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with harmed parties (victims) and the community at large. When those that have been harmed, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to repair harm, the results can be transformative.

There is a growing need in Hancock County for volunteers and we hope you will join us.

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Fwd: Democracy Forum: Listen – Friday, October 18

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Democracy Forum: Listen – Friday, October 18

Friday, October 18
Hate and Fear in Politics: How Fear and Anger Endanger Democracy

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. 

This month, we’ll talk about hate and fear in politics and whether they undermine democracy: how panic and fear make space for abandoning the rule of law and the regular order; how when we demonize the opposition, it makes room for extraordinary measures to stop them. We’ll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

Special Guests: Joanne Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University; and Steve Wessler, Maine human rights educator, trainer, and advocate specializing in conflict resolution. 

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film THE WAR AT HOME, Friday Oct 25, Blue Hill

BLUE HILL — Peninsula Peace & Justice will screen the documentary “The War At Home” on Friday, October 25, 7 p.m., at Blue Hill Library. First released in 1979, The War at Home was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and went on to win top awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival, just a few years after the war in Vietnam came to an end. Restored in 2018 by Catalyst Media, it is now showing around the country.


The film reveals how the Antiwar Movement grew from a small group of student activists in the sixties to become the biggest U.S. protest movement of the 20th century.


Michael Moore has called it “one of the best documentaries ever made.”


Vietnam veteran and member of Veterans for Peace Dud Hendrick of Deer Isle will lead a discussion following the film. 


The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Fmi: 326-4405.

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1257
Blue Hill ME 04614

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Talk: Global Climate, the Pentagon, & War, Portland Oct 26

This event is in Portland, Info at the “tickets” link.

Oct 26, Saturday.Global Climate, the Pentagon, & War”. Climate change is a threat to international security and the Military is already preparing for global instability & outcomes. “The Pentagon is not looking at its own role in the Climate Crisis. I thought we should look at it for them…” noted Professor Neta Crawford, author of Pentagon, Greenhouse Gas and Climate Change study. Her talk is at 6:30. Peace Action Maine hosts, 350Maine, Maine Natural Guard, PeaceWorks and Maine Veterans for Peace are co-sponsors. Space is limited- register for your tickets here!  Potluck at 5:30. Meet and greet: special guest Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action. The Ideal Maine Social Aid and Sanctuary Marching Band welcomes us through the doors. “Show up for each others’ rallys and actions.”*

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1257
Blue Hill ME 04614

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Friday Sept 27: CITIZEN POWER, talk in Blue Hill

reminder: Friday September 27, 7 p.m. Blue Hill Library, Peninsula Peace & Justice and Reversing Falls Sanctuary invite everyone to a talk and discussion with Phil Osgood of Brooksville: “Citizen Power, Lobbying Congress for Climate Change Legislation.” 
Everyone welcome, and refreshments will be served.  Please share with friends and lists.

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World Climate Strike Day: September 20, 2019 – Daily Global Warming News Digest

There were over 100 at the bridge in Blue Hill – thanks to all that organized it and came
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/September 20, 2019/

[Friday strike day]
*Climate strikes see students worldwide demand action*
“I’m here because leaders aren’t doing enough”
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[NPR radio 3:53]
*Global Youth Climate Strike Expected To Draw Large Crowds*
Organizers predict this climate strike will be the largest yet. More than 2000 scientists around the world have pledged to join. Some companies also have signed on, including Patagonia and Seventh Generation.
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[Belfast Times]
*Climate strikes expected to be largest environmental protest in history*
Millions of people all over the world are preparing to get involved.
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The protests are part of a snowballing movement sparked by teenage activist Greta Thunberg’s school strikes outside the Swedish parliament.

It comes ahead of a climate action summit in New York convened by UN secretary general Antonio Guterres to urge countries to up their climate efforts.

Much steeper measures are needed across the globe to prevent temperature rises of more than 1.5C (2.7F) or 2C (3.6F) to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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*Global climate strikes: Don’t say you’re sorry. We need people who can take action to TAKE ACTUAL ACTION*
First Dog on the Moon
Brenda the civil disobedience penguin gives some handy dos and don’ts for your civil disobedience

[Financial Times video – Nicola Walker lends sensitivity and philosophical depth ]
*Climate Change: what do you want me to say? | FT*
Published on Sep 18, 2019
Financial Times
‘The future has come to meet us’. Ahead of climate strikes started by Greta Thunberg, the FT and the Royal Court collaborate on a short drama exploring inaction on climate change. Actress Nicola Walker, transmitting news from 2050, asks why we ‘never really learnt how to talk about this’.

[ferocious storm strikes Houston]
*”Catastrophic Flooding” Threatens Heart Of Texas Oil Industry*
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[YouTube video]
*Storm Imelda lashes Texas with ‘life-threatening’ amounts of rainfall*

[apres moi, le deluge]
*Climate Change Is Devastating the Lush Gardens of Versailles*
Traditional elms, chestnuts and birches are being replaced by trees that can survive climate change.
“Visually, the palace visitors won’t see any major changes, but silently everything is changing.”
–Alain Baraton, chief gardener at the Versailles Palace. Climate change is devastating its legendary gardens.

[Surprise! Amazon joins in with promises]
*Ambitious goals. Immediate action.*
Amazon is co-founding The Climate Pledge, a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. Amazon is also pledging to be net zero carbon by 2040, and use 100% renewable energy by 2030, and more.
Committed to a sustainable future
Amazon is making big changes to protect the planet.
On September 19, 2019, Amazon and Global Optimism announced The Climate Pledge, a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. Amazon is the first signatory of this pledge. The Climate Pledge calls on signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040–a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.
*100% Net zero carbon by 2040*
Deploying our technology and people to reach net zero carbon across Amazon by 2040, one decade ahead of the Paris Agreement.
*80% Renewable energy by 2024*
Investing in wind and solar to reach 80% renewable energy across all business operations by 2024. We expect to reach ~40% renewable energy by the end of 2019.
*100% Renewable energy by 2030*
Investing in wind and solar to reach 100% renewable energy across all business operations by 2030.
*50% Shipments net zero carbon by 2030*
Our vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50% of all shipments net zero carbon by 2030.
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[Amazon employees will keep pressuring for real zero emissions and not net zero]
*Criticism of Amazon*
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia has attracted criticism from multiple sources, where the ethics of certain business practices and policies have been drawn into question. Amazon has also faced numerous allegations of anti-competitive or monopolistic behavior.

[TV Bee’s sarcastic indictment – Samatha Bee stings hard]
*Meet the Rich: The Koch Brothers | Full Frontal on TBS*
Published on Sep 18, 2019
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
The Koch brothers may not have started climate change-induced fire that’s about to engulf the Earth–but they definitely poured gasoline on the flames!

[Trees are not so simple]
*Climate change: the trouble with trees | The Economist*
Published on Sep 18, 2019 [text=video]
The Economist
*Tree-planting has been hailed as a solution to climate change. But how much can trees really do to tackle global warming? *
See our research here:

Summer 2019 – More than 38,000 fires raged across the Amazon. Fires that were man-made. Over the past 50 years almost 17% of the world’s largest rainforest has been cleared. And globally deforestation has almost doubled in just five years.

Since the start of human civilisation it’s estimated that the number of trees around the world has fallen by almost half. Clearing forests increases carbon-dioxide levels but planting them could store away some of the carbon already in the atmosphere.

This woman runs safaris in England. Guests are not only here to see wild animals – they’re here to see wild trees.

Almost 20 years ago Isabella Tree–yes that is her real name-handed 1,400 hectares of Sussex farmland back to nature, by doing, well nothing. She thinks this is the best way to use the land to help tackle climate change.

To stabilise the climate global carbon emissions need to drop to net zero by 2050. Simon Lewis is a professor of global change science.

And there’s never been more global ambition to plant trees. In 2014, 51 countries pledged to plant over 3.5m square kilometres of forest by 2030 – an area slightly larger than India. The 2030 target looks likely to be met. But there’s a catch…

Monoculture tree plantations like eucalyptus grow quickly but the trees are harvested every ten or so years releasing much of the carbon stored in the tree back into the atmosphere – which means that, according to some studies they’ll store only around one-fortieth of the carbon natural forests do over the long term.

In fact, those pledges to plant millions of trees actually promise to store 26bn tonnes less carbon than they could. Sometimes the motives for planting forests are less green than they might appear. By 2020 Ireland ought to have cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 20% below 2005 levels. But at current rates it will have reduced them by only 5%. Planting forests might help Ireland avoid massive penalties for missing EU targets because the potential carbon these forests could store in the future can be counted as a carbon credit today. In the 1920s Ireland had the lowest forest cover in Europe at around 1%. That’s now risen to 11% and the government has set a target to cover 18% of the land with forest by 2046.

And now local community groups are protesting against these monoculture tree plantations. They say they’re doing more harm than good.

Tree-planting programmes invariably have an impact on the people living nearby. In east Africa one project is demonstrating what can be achieved
when there’s genuine buy-in from the local communities. Green Ethiopia is a mixed-tree planting charity.

The land is communally owned and co-operatives of local women receive benefits for planting trees which are protected from being harvested. Here conserving is just as important as planting. Green Ethiopia assesses whether the condition of the land is good enough to regenerate by itself. When it is–on about a third of the area the charity runs they leave it alone. Just like Isabella Tree, back in England.

Monoculture plantations are often preferred because they make money. So some experts are looking to a future where carbon payments could create financial incentives for natural forests. Ultimately though, the trouble with trees tackling climate change is space

[indigenous village used to be icebound year round]
*The Impact of Climate Change on Kivalina, Alaska*
Along Alaska’s west coast, about 80 miles above the Arctic circle, sits the village of Kivalina, situated on a narrow strip of land between a lagoon and the Chukchi Sea–one of several native coastal villages dealing with problems due to the warming of the Arctic. Joe Raedle, a photographer for Getty, recently flew to Kivalina to spend some time with the villagers and photograph their lives and surroundings. The warming climate has led to troubles such as the accelerated erosion of the land the village sits on, which used to be mitigated by sea ice (which is vanishing), and permafrost (which is melting). Fish and wildlife that villagers rely on for food have been forced to change their migration patterns–and poor hunting means more food must be bought from a store, further increasing the cost of living. Raedle: “The residents of Kivalina are hoping to stay on their ancestral lands, where they can preserve their culture, rather than dispersing due to their island being swallowed by the rising waters of the ocean.”
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[a once promising lawsuit by Kivalina]
*Listed Claims against the Carbon Fuel Industry accepted in Federal District Court 2007*
Kivalina vs. Exxon,et al 2007
The following claims are directly from the 2007 filing of Kivalina v. Exxon, et al . The facts were never in dispute, but the case was rejected for standing. (numbering 189-282, the first few are:

189. There has been a long campaign by power, coal, and oil companies to mislead the public about the science of global warming. Defendants ExxonMobil, AEP, BP America Inc., Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips Company, Duke Energy, Peabody, and Southern (“Conspiracy Defendants”) participated in this campaign. Initially, the campaign attempted to show that global warming was not occurring. Later, and continuing to the present , it attempts to demonstrate that global warming is good for the planet and its inhabitants or that even if Geopoliticus child watching the birth of the new manthere may be ill effects, there is not enough scientific certainty to warrant action. The purpose of this campaign has been to enable the electric power, coal, oil and other industries to continue their conduct contributing to the public nuisance of global warming by convincing the public at-large and the victims of global warming that the process is not man-made when in fact it is.

190. The campaign has been conducted directly by the Conspiracy Defendants, and through trade associations such as the Edison Electric Institute (“EEI”) (which represents the electric power industry), the National Mining Association (which represents the coal industry), and the Western Fuels Association (which represents coal-burning utilities that own Wyoming coal fields). The industries have also formed and used front groups, fake citizens organizations, and bogus scientific bodies, such as the Global Climate Coalition (“GCC”), the Greening Earth Society, the George C. Marshall Institute, and the Cooler Heads Coalition. The most active company in such efforts is and has been defendant ExxonMobil.No danger ahead, OK to pass me!

191. The tactics employed in this campaign include the funding and use of “global warming skeptics,” i.e. professional scientific “experts” (many of whom are not atmospheric scientists) who regularly publish their marginal views expressing doubts about numerous aspects of climate change science in places like the Wall Street Journal editorial page but rarely, if ever, in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The skeptics are frequently quoted in newspapers such as the Washington Times and are offered up to numerous mainstream unsuspecting, news outlets as scientific experts in order to sow doubt among the public about global warming…
more at –
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[the community lawsuit]
Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., No. 4:08-cv-01138 (N.D. Cal.), is a lawsuit filed on February 26, 2008, in a United States district court. The suit, based on the common law theory of nuisance, claims monetary damages from the energy industry for the destruction of Kivalina, Alaska by flooding caused by climate change. The damage estimates made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Government Accountability Office are placed between $95 million and $400 million. This lawsuit is an example of greenhouse gas emission liability.[1]

[Musical anthem collection for this day, for the future, all found on YouTube]
*Collected Music for Global Warming Anthropocene and changing climate – playlist**
*122 videos Last updated on Jul 7, 2019
Search for an Anthem for Global Warming – offering this collection of musical anthems and political and cultural song about our changing future.  This is the Anthropocene – the era where humans have left their mark on the world.   We have a huge mess now, and worse problems for our future.   We have dire science, and now we are on a path of tremendous self-discovery, why are we so willing to tolerate such self harm?   We now bring relentless attention to adapting to our mess and figuring out how to mitigate harm.

Every struggle has its own music – a body of heroic songs, stirring marches,  and anthems.  Even a dirge or two.
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[More music video]
*Global warming and Climate destabilization Music AGW*
163 videos
Music playlist for topic of global warming and climate change – a global trauma triggers a musical response.  Gathered music, general, in no particular order
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[Still more]
*Music Anthems Classics on the Cosmic Quest
*42 videos Updated today
Sacred songs of patriotism or devotion.   In modern music there is a general definition that become cultural.   Once you hear some of these, you will get the sense of what this kind of inspirational music means.

*This Day in Climate History – September 20, 2013 – from D.R. Tucker*
September 20, 2013: The Obama administration proposes new EPA regulations intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants in the US.


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Climate Strike September 20!

The rally in support of the Climate Strike is today, September 20, 4 to 5 pm at the Union River Bridge in Ellsworth.  Our State Representative Nicole Grohoski will speak there at 4:30 pm.  There are also events in Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, and Bangor.  Please come with your signs and enthusiasm.  

Martha Dickinson
40 Washington Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

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