Fwd: BIW should help fight climate change




Posted Yesterday at 4:00 AM

BIW should help fight climate change


Bill Nye, science guy, says human extinction caused by climate change could be as close as 15 years away. More conservative voices in the science community give it 50.

Either way, we are in big trouble.

Continuing to produce greenhouse gas emissions in the pursuit of building weapon systems is foolhardy at best, suicidal at worst.

A coalition of leaders in Maine is calling for the immediate conversion of Bath Iron Works, which currently builds only war ships. If BIW could turn its immense industrial potential toward building solutions to climate collapse — rather than contributing to the problem — it would also create far more jobs than it does now (see Brown University’s definitive study from 2017, “Job Opportunity Cost of War”).

The time to act on behalf of climate is now. If we continue on the path we’re on, humans and many other life forms are doomed. Just ask a scientist.

Lisa Savage




Lisa Savage
Went 2 the Bridge blog

to connect the dots between
militarism and environmental harm.

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment

Report on Occupied Palestine, Blue Hill June 21

With regards the Tobins’ presentation, some of you may find this relevant. I first encountered this nurse via NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller, who many of you may be aware of. He knows this woman and has vouched for the reality of the needs she tries to raise funds for. She isn’t very good at English and her stark pictures are sometimes a bit random, but if you are willing to give a bit of help and get on her list, you won’t be able to forget about the ongoing viciousness in the Gaza area.


——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Sad news … We lost one of our best friends in our work. Martyr Mohammed Jadaily
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:01:11 +0300
From: Amal AraFA <anahona366@gmail.com&gt;
Hello dear
I am very sorry for this very quick message, but a very shocking news for us is the martyrdom of our medical friend Muhammad al-Jadili
Mohammed al-Jadaily is the father of four children, 32 years old injured in the march of the Great Return on 3/5/2019 in the face with a gas bomb hit his nose and suffered large fractures in the nose and face
Mohammed Takhir so much that he was taken out of Gaza to hospitals in the West Bank in the city of Hebron. His death was announced at the hospitals in the West Bank city of Hebron
Mohammed was working with us in the same area we work in, north of Gaza City.
We are the first people we have treated until he arrives at the ambulance.
This is not the first time that Israeli medical personnel and paramedics have been killed for the seventh time
The Israeli occupation forces wounded more than 100 paramedics and nurses, and we do not forget the nurse, Razan al-Najjar, who was killed by the Israeli occupation in cold blood while wearing the nurses’ white dress. He deliberately strikes us because we are one of the main elements in treating the wounded of the large return marches.
I need to tell you that our work is very very dangerous and maybe a nurse will lose us himself.
I am a married woman and I have three children at any time I may lose my life and leave behind my children
All we need is support and we will continue this process and work

I am very sorry to send this but we need your support in obtaining treatment and first aid for the injured of the large return marches through this link

thank you
A group of nurses in Gaza

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment

Fwd: BREAKING NEWS: Senate 2nd vote on LD 1323 tomorrow! House speeches on rockweed from today!

Begin forwarded message:

From: KarenTom Adamo <radius@myfairpoint.net>
Subject: BREAKING NEWS: Senate 2nd vote on LD 1323 tomorrow! House speeches on rockweed from today!
Date: June 10, 2019 at 8:08:18 PM EDT
To: KarenTom Adamo <radius@myfairpoint.net>

one more time PLEASE.
Thanks soooooo much.

The Earth does not need us. We need the Earth

From: Rockweed Coalition <saveourseaweed@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2019 7:03 PM
To: radius@myfairpoint.net
Subject: BREAKING NEWS: Senate 2nd vote on LD 1323 tomorrow! House speeches on rockweed from today!



We just got confirmation that the Senate WILL vote for a second time on the rockweed bill, LD 1323,
tomorrow morning, June 11, around 10 am. 

Please make the calls requested below, now! 


Recordings of speeches on the House floor today
for and against LD 1323, the rockweed bill: 


We will have the video of the speeches later this evening if you’d like to see it.  Email us

EVERYONE – This is DO OR DIE time on LD 1323. 
Please jump in to help so we don’t have to
fund another lawsuit.  And more years of rockweed cutting. 


JUNE 10. 

1. We lost in the House today by only 2 votes. See the vote tally
—>  That means LD 1323 goes back to the Senate tomorrow.
We MUST contact our senators tonight.  This is perfectly OK. 


2.  If your senators voted NO on LD 1323 the first time (see list)
contact him/her, and thank him/her for their NO vote. 


 “In the next vote, please
vote NO on a recede and concur motion and
vote YES on an insist motion.”

Email us if you want to know what this means. It has to do with rules of order. 

photo by B. Willson
2. LOOK UP YOUR SENATOR’S phone numbers. )

3.  Please 
email us if you made a call and especially if you made voice contact with your senator .

(Why not email the senators? Those in the know say a phone call 
is much, much better.) 

Copyright © 2019 Rockweed Coalition, All rights reserved. 
You’re receiving this email message because you have an interest in protection of Maine’s rockweed habitat and have provided an email address to us. 

Our mailing address is: 

Rockweed Coalition


Pembroke, ME 04628

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. 

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment

Report on Occupied Palestine, Blue Hill June 21

The Ongoing Palestinian Nakba
Report on Gaza and the West Bank


BLUE HILL — On Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. at Blue Hill Library, Bob and Maurine Tobin of Deer Isle will give a talk about Occupied Palestine. They recently traveled to Gaza and the West Bank, including a visit to Khan Al Ahmar, a Bedouin village under threat of demolition. 


Since 2005, the Tobins have served as volunteers for Sabeel Jerusalem, a Palestinian Christian Liberation Theology center and are supporters of Al Ahli Anglican Hospital, Gaza City.  They have led 25 witness trips to show participants the reality of Palestinian life under occupation, their most recent trip in March 2019.  They are co-editors of How Long, O Lord? Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Voices from the Ground and Visions for the Future in Israel/Palestine (2003). 

The evening is hosted by Peninsula Peace & Justice. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information: 326-4405.

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

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment

Fwd: LD1323 Defeated

To those who have been following this issue, here is news of today’s vote.

Thanks to the good work of the Rockweed Coalition and local organizers for speaking up for the protection of critical ecological systems.

Begin forwarded message:

From: KarenTom Adamo <radius@myfairpoint.net>
Subject: LD1323 Defeated
Date: June 7, 2019 at 5:17:33 PM EDT
To: KarenTom Adamo <radius@myfairpoint.net>

If you would like to circulate to your email list. The Me. Senate defeated LD1323; yes 7, no 25, absent 0, excused 3.

The Earth does not need us. We need the Earth

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment

Peninsula Peace & Justice Notes


Minutes for Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Public Library
Connie, Peter, Bonnie, Steve, Judy


We talked with pleasure about what books we’ve each been reading lately.


We plan to show Symphony of the Soil on July 26 at the library, in our usual film series. Steve also recommends Dirt! The Movie to everyone.

On Friday June 21, we will host the Tobins’ presentation on their most recent visit to Palestine. Steve will distribute a press release. 


Joel Katz wrote to say the plans for bringing a filmmaker with a new film on the death penalty to Maine have had to be cancelled. We will hold off for now on trying to screen that film.


Haydee Mitchell is forming a weekly rehearsed singing group, beginning in July, focused on climate crisis and diverse justice issues. She’d like us to keep her posted about opportunities for performances at rallies, demonstrations, or other occasions.


We agree to cosponsor IPJ’s hosting of Tatyana Bukharina on July 11th on Deer Isle. She is a citizen of Crimea, residing in Yalta, and will talk about the coup in Ukraine and other issues.


Maine photographer Patrisha McLean has created an exhibit focusing on women who have survived domestic abuse. Her exhibit will appear at Witherle Library in Castine this summer and she is in process of scheduling at Blue Hill in spring 2020. PPJ will help to get the word out.


P&J of Eastern Maine is looking for donations to a tag sale. We may coordinate some items to be delivered.


June 21 in Portland, Climate Crisis Conversion Campaign will hold a press conference to announce the campaign. The following day, a new Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer will be christened at Bath Iron Works. All are invited to join a protest at BIW Saturday June 22, beginning at 8 a.m.


At a Pecha Kucha the evening of June 6 in Portland, Dud Hendrick will offer a presentation on the theme militarism and climate crisis.


Pastors for Peace will be in Brunswick, including a talk on deteriorating US/Cuban relations by P4P Director Gail Walker on June 18 at the UU Church on Middle St. A Cuban dinner is part of the event which begins at 6 p.m.


Our next organizational meeting is scheduled for the Bass Room, in the Blue Hill Library, at 12:00 noon on the first Wednesday of next month, July 3, 2019. 


— Notes by Steve Benson 

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

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment

Fwd: Rockweed: all hands on deck: call your state senator ASAP! LD1323

From: KarenTom Adamo <radius@myfairpoint.net>

Dear Friends,
Please read below. I respectively request that you forward this email to your email list ASAP. Please also forward to friends and neighbors.
We are facing an ecological and legal compromise if this legislation goes through. Rockweed creates an ecosystem vital to the nursery of many fish, sea birds, waterfowl and other life. Commercial cutting will compromise this ecosystem.
Additionally, the Maine Supreme Court has ruled that upland owners of the saltwater intertidal zone have the right to allow or prohibit this practice. From a citizen’s rights perspective this legislation can be extended to other issues. This is to say, if lobbyist find other guarantees to be contrary to their commercial interests the legislature can pass laws removing those guarantees. Clearly a very dangerous legal precedent.
Please help.
Tom Adamo

The Earth does not need us. We need the Earth

From: Rockweed Coalition <saveourseaweed@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:29 AM
To: radius@myfairpoint.net
Subject: Rockweed: all hands on deck: call your state senator ASAP!


LD 1323 has left the ACF committee with a majority OUGHT TO PASS vote. 

The intent of LD 1323 is to overturn the Maine Supreme Court decision that rockweed belongs to the landowner. LD 1323 states that rockweed is public rather than belonging to the landowner. 

If you vote in Maine, we need you to call your state senator to ask him/her to vote NO on LD 1323.

Stopping this bill now is critical, so that we don’t have to fight for rockweed protection in court again. 


(photo by R. Bukaty)

STEP 1. Find your state senator. 

STEP 2. Click on the name of your senator. You will see the “
State House Office Phone” number listed. 
Call that number. Leave a message. If they list a cell phone, call that phone. 
Ask your Senator to vote NO on 
LD 1323.
Give some or all of the reasons below. You can also ask for a call back. 

STEP 3: 
 Email us and tell us how the call went!

LD 1323 is a bad bill, because it represents an unconstitutional taking. Why? Because LD 1323 makes rockweed a public resource, and there is no compensation to landowners. The Supreme Court said rockweed is owned privately, by the upland landowner.  

– – – –  – – – – – – – – – – – –  – – – – – 
 LD 1323 will result in a huge cost to taxpayers. Expert attorneys have explained that landowners will have to be compensated by the state for the taking of their rockweed, at a minimum cost of 88 million dollars.

(READ (click on letter below) Attorney Gordon Smith’s letter explaining to the state why LD 1323 is unconstitutional, and why the bill if passed into law would cost taxpayers at least 88 million.)

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 
Rockweed is a keystone species in the intertidal zone, and the health and function of rockweed beds are critical to Maine’s commercial fisheries: alewives, herring, lobster, cod, pollock, etc. 

(READ Dr. Diane Cowan’s new piece (click on image) on rockweed’s role in supporting commercial fisheries species, from the June 2019 issue of Commercial Fisheries News! )

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  – 
 LD 1323 is intended to prompt a second lawsuit over the ownership of rockweed, when the Supreme Court has decided 7-0 that rockweed belongs to the upland land owner. 

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  –

If you do not vote in Maine, please do not call at this time. We appreciate your support!

Copyright © 2019 Rockweed Coalition, All rights reserved. 
You’re receiving this email message because you have an interest in protection of Maine’s rockweed habitat and have provided an email address to us. 

Our mailing address is: 

Rockweed Coalition


Pembroke, ME 04628

Add us to your address book

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment

BIW Conversion Campaign to hold Press Conference 6.21, ahead of "christening"

Conversion Campaign Aims To Turn BIW Toward Halting Climate Change

Statewide groups will gather to call on Bath Iron Works to shift its industrial power to addressing climate change at a news conference for the Conversion Campaign on June 21. The conference will take place at 11:00 am in the Portland Public Library, Room 3.

Environmental, faith, labor and social justice leaders will be on hand to share their views on conversion, including Nickie Sekera of Community Water Justice and Barry Dana, past Chief of the Penobscot Nation.

Dana commented, “War will soon be seen by all as a waste of time. We will soon be too consumed with basic survival due to our climate no longer providing life.”

He went on to say, “Our actions of CO2 emissions, of which the military is the largest emitter, along with the millions of people flying, buying goods transported thousands of miles all in the interest of profit margins, comfortable life styles and feeding the rich, will no longer be possible.”

“Survival will consume our every thought and action. Is this the world we want to leave to our grandchildren?”

A 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report has projected at least a six inch sea level rise by 2050.

Bruce Gagnon of Brunswick, a member of Veterans for Peace (VFP) said, “Our real security needs as a nation are to urgently address climate change and plan for sea level rise that is already underway. How will this affect BIW’s shipyard in Bath?”

“Continuing to build expensive, provocative and polluting weapon systems like Aegis destroyers ignores climate change as the biggest threat to our collective safety.”

Gagnon has helped organize protests at BIW for the past several years. In 2018 he fasted for 37 days to oppose a tax giveaway by the state of Maine to BIW owner General Dynamics.

“Endorsing the Conversion Campaign addresses these truths and provides a rational lens through which to see an apocalyptic reality,” says Dud Hendrick of VFP, one of a dozen organizations sponsoring the BIW Conversion Campaign.

“The absolute imperative of conversion is all the more undeniable to us in Maine, having the longest coastline in the nation. And, a widely predicted collapse of the lobster fishery in Maine waters due to the associated rising water temperatures would be cataclysmic in every conceivable respect for my home town of Deer Isle.”

“Conversion” should influence every decision our Congressional delegates make in the conduct of their work as our representatives,” concluded Hendrick.

See Brown University’s definitive 2017 study, “Job Opportunity Cost of War” by Heidi Peletier

Lisa Savage
Went 2 the Bridge blog

to connect the dots between 
militarism and environmental harm.

The NSA may have read and stored this email without notifying you 
and without judicial or legislative oversight. Click here to learn more.

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment

Pastors for Peace in Brunswick Maine June 18

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment

Fwd: Come Sing for Justice and Climate 🌎

Here is a great new idea !

Begin forwarded message:

From: Haydée Foreman <haydee@mainestylecoach.com>

Current or Potential Singers and Activists.

🌏🗣EarhSong: A new justice and climate singing group is starting later this summer. 

🐝Where: UU Church Ellsworth 121 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth 

🦌When: Tuesdays at 6:30
Starting July, 2

The advocacy mission of this choir is to express solidarity with others and beautifully sing truth to power. We will walk along side other activists and teach songs to them.   
We will build and celebrate community and speak to:
Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
Equal and restorative justice 
Climate Crisis
Poverty and hunger 
LGBTQ Rights
and other important environmental and social concerns. We will attend rallies, protests, and other appropriate events.  We will include a visual component ie:everyone wearing the same T-shirts and carrying a banner.
We will take time together to make signs (and possibly other portable visual arts) that are thoughtful and creative with respectful and inspiring messages. 
Let me know if you are interested and I encourage you TO PASS THIS ON🐋 Thank you.
Combat hopelessness! This  is something we can do!


 Here’s a little something to get you fired up on the issue of climate.

Here’s a more hopeful link. This time to a song we will learn together. 

May all feel safe, may all feel content, may all feel strong, may all live with ease.
Haydée (pronounced 👁EYE-🌞DAY)

Mobile: 207-266-3872
PO Box 1654
Blue Hill, ME

Posted in HCCN | Leave a comment