Film: DO NOT RESIST Blue Hill October 26


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Film on militarization of U.S. police forces

 

BLUE HILL — October 26 at 7 pm, Peninsula Peace & Justice will show Do Not Resist, a 72-minute film on the rapid integration of military-style vehicles, weapons, and personnel training into the nation’s domestic law enforcement.  

 

This unsettling documentary examines the implications of police departments acquiring armored vehicles and other weaponry that has been typically used in battle. Director Craig Atkinson questions whether this nationwide trend truly serves the goal of protecting the public or is intended more for controlling local populations.

 

The film incorporates video of Grossman Academy training on escalation, as well as tech companies selling police departments on military software at discount rates. This software may process facial recognition, predictions on who is most likely to commit a future crime, and even how likely their children would be criminals  after they are born. 

 

Dud Hendrick of Deer Isle, a member of Veterans for Peace, will facilitate a discussion for those interested, after the screening at Blue Hill Public Library.

 

Refreshments and admission are gratis. Everyone is welcome. More info: 374-2357



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


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Act Now to Protect our Rights to Protest in D.C.


If you want to comment on the National Parks Service proposal to close part of the sidewalk near the White House and make other restrictions on legal protests in Washington, there is only this weekend to do it.
It only takes a couple minutes.




From: United for Peace & Justice <info@email.actionnetwork.org>


Dear Judy,

This urgent message is from our allies at Veterans For Peace, who gave us permission to send it to our national list.  Please act by Monday!  UFPJ Coordinating Committee

New rules have been issued that will eliminate the right to protest as we know it in Washington, D.C, but the government is required to consider public comments before it can make the rules final.  Formal comments in opposition must be submitted by Monday, October 15th.  Read Our Full Call to Action.

The rules will impose steep fees and costs on demonstrations in Washington, D.C. They effectively ban protests on the White House sidewalks and force protesters to pay the costs of barricades erected at police discretion, park ranger wages and overtime, and for harm to grass from standing on it. The rules create waiting periods removing any obligation of the government to promptly process or approve permits and restrict and suppress spontaneous demonstrations that respond to breaking events.


TAKE ACTION NOW

If you oppose these rules, take action before October 15th.  Follow this link to the NPS comment page, or submit your comments via the Partnership For Civil Justice Fund platform to voice your opposition. Your statement of opposition will be part of the public record of comments that must be considered before changes can be made. Let NPS know how these changes will hurt you, the groups/issues that matter to you, and democracy overall. Comments must be submitted before October 15th. View a sample comment.

Veterans For Peace is working with PCJF to make sure our opposition to these rule changes is heard loud and clear. 



Help us continue to do this critical work and more– make a donation to UFPJ today.

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Keep Space For Peace


The group gathered on the bridge in Blue Hill yesterday afternoon to protest the concept of a US “Space Force” were greeted with the waves, thumbs-up, and honks of most of the cars passing.


For those who would like more information, there is a brief video produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists: https://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear-weapons/us-missile-defense/how-space-interceptors-work 

And more on the week-long lineup of international events at http://www.space4peace.org/ 

Here’s a link to the UCS petition to Congress members: https://secure.ucsusa.org/onlineactions/pI2u1tHzCkWeznI_tSqztA2



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


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Upcoming LWV Candidate Forums


more info: downeast@lwvme.org 



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Thanks! It IS great. Can we get a citizens initiative here? Nixing Citizens United?

On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 8:59 PM Judy_Robbins <Judy@robbinsandrobbins.com> wrote:
Just watched the PBS documentary (POV — Point of View) “Dark Money”

Very informative!

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Just watched the PBS documentary (POV — Point of View) “Dark Money”


Very informative!




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Keep Space for Peace Blue Hill Vigil Friday 4:30




Please stand with us to say NO to “U.S. Space Force”.

NO to militarization of space.
NO to expanded arms race.

Friday October 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. ON THE BRIDGE in BLUE HILL




World military spending — Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

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Fwd: Sex Discrimination in Maine – Why We Need an ERA



Sex Discrimination in Maine and Why We Need an ERA. 
 Wednesday Oct 10th 6 – 7pm
 Bangor Public Library.

Panel moderated by Equal Rights Maine


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Militarizing Space is a Bad Idea


Carolyn Coe’s OpEd is published today in the Weekly Packet, and follows here.

Please share with friends and lists.

Editorial: Militarizing Space Is a Bad Idea
Carolyn Coe

As a child, space exploration sounded exciting. How cool to see human beings floating in space! And at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, my brother and I got to try space ice cream. It wasn’t tasty, but I didn’t care because I had just eaten what the astronauts had, and I considered them to be some of the world’s great explorers, like deep ocean divers and high-altitude mountaineers.

As a child, I didn’t consider what might be lost or who might be harmed by the US space program. But when the Reagan Administration advanced the idea of having orbiting nuclear reactors powering US weapons from space, that idea sounded dangerous. I could imagine radioactive waste raining down on Earth from war-damaged reactors. The space-based “missile shield” plan was also very expensive and technologically flawed. 

The Trump Administration has now revisited the Star Wars plan and intends to establish a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the US military. And this year the US Congress voted to start building space-based interceptorsMilitarizing space is a bad idea.

According to a web post by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), space-based missile defense is “enormously expensive, easily defeated, and fundamentally destabilizing. It creates new problems without solving existing ones.” The UCS offers nonpartisan expertise on nuclear weapons issues, and they estimate that deploying even a modest 600 weapons interceptors in space would cost US taxpayers $300 billion, or half the current US military budget. Furthermore, these interceptors could be shot down with anti-satellite short or medium-range missiles, rendering this costly space-based missile system useless. Simply deploying these weapons in space would likely increase tensions between the US and other nations, and it could set off an arms race. 

Who would benefit from militarization of space? The Pentagon and military aerospace firms like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. 

Who wouldn’t benefit? The children of the US. For the Pentagon budget to swell another 50%, the US government would need to slash spending to other programs. Would it be to public schools? And to school lunch programs? And to student grants to attend college? What about funding to help mitigate climate change? Or to provide a social safety net to the sick or homeless, to those most vulnerable in our society? 

What do we want for our children? 

Russia, China, and Canada have been promoting the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) Treaty. Why not the US?

On Friday, October 12, as part of a global week of action calling for Space for Peace, some of us will stand on the Blue Hill Bridge from 4:30-5:30. Join us. For more information about this and other actions worldwide, visit Space4Peace.org





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


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Vigil: No Space Force! Blue Hill October 12


Vigil Friday October 12, 4:30 – 5:30 

Blue Hill, on the bridge


October 6-13 

Keep Space for Peace Week

International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space

No Space Force

No Missile Defense

Close U.S./NATO Bases Worldwide

Stop Drones Surveillance & Killing

End Privatization of Foreign/Military Policy

Convert the Military Industrial Complex

Deal with climate change and global poverty



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


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