Peninsula Peace & Justice Notes


Peninsula Peace & Justice 
May 1 2019 

International Day of the Worker


Blue Hill Library, present: Bonnie, Ron, Peter, Dud, Connie, Judy


1. We will invite Maurine and Bob Tobin of Deer Isle to speak about their recent trip to Occupied Palestine either for May 31 or a June date.

2. A Film that we would like to screen (May or June): THE  HUMAN ELEMENT (“National Geographic photographer James Balog shows viewers why we, as a society, can no longer turn a blind eye to the drastically changing world around us.”)  Peter will purchase a dvd copy

3. We discussed an invitation from Kate Harris re: Organizing for community rights; in the Midcoast area, groups are hoping to collaborate in learning about organizing. Bonnie, as representing the Food Sovereignty movement, has said she would like to participate as needed. Bonnie shared information about the Maine Municipal Assn and their negative impact on community organizing.

4. Judy shared a letter she received from Senator Angus King regarding U.S. role in Venezuela. Many points of his letter need to be rebutted. Judy will draft a response for input, and send the approved letter to Senator King with PPJ signatures. 

5. We had an opportunity to view Peter’s slide show: Climate Crisis Demands Conversion, with photos from April 27 civil resistance and arrests at BIW. We thank Sheri for her technical assistance in using library equipment. Peter is updating the video and will make copies to share.

6. Judy brought  “Choctaw meditation” by Steven Charleston for reflection.


notes by Judy R.

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Blue Hill ME 04614


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BIW Protest? (lost correspondence)


There was an exchange of correspondence this afternoon that was blocked by the HCCN list due to the fact that most of the participants were non-members of the list who had been included in CCs and did REPLY-ALLs. Usually those messages are held temporarily and can be released if they seem of general interest, but for some reason the queue of such messages was empty. I’ve done a rough copy/paste here, with apologies for the messed up formatting.
Subject: Re: BIW Protest? From: Dud Hendrick <dudhe@myfairpoint.net> Date: 4/30/19, 2:19 PM To: Robert Shetterly <robert.shetterly@gmail.com> CC: Yosarian <slack@prexar.com>, Richard Kane <kanelewisproductions@gmail.com>, Judy Robbins <Judy@robbinsandrobbins.com>, Hccn Hccn <HCCN@mainetalk.org>, coecarolyn@gmail.com
Great idea. Hope your name isn’t so toxic that it’ll queer the reception.
> On Apr 30, 2019, at 2:16 PM, Robert Shetterly <robert.shetterly@gmail.com> wrote: > > I wrote to Jennifer Rooks at Maine Calling & suggested she put us on to explore conversion at BIW. > She wrote right back & said she’d passed on the idea to her producers. Might happen. > Rob
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 1:30 PM Yosarian <slack@prexar.com> wrote: > > Maine Public Radio trumpeted the launch of a new battleship, its namesake’s celebrity progeny, but no mention of any protest.. > Yo
> On Apr 30, 2019, at 10:02 AM, Richard Kane wrote: > > Judy: > > Keep an eye out for a video posting of some of the speeches and arrests from last Saturday. > I’ll send a link to you as soon as I have it cut together. > > Dick
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 9:18 AM Judy_Robbins <Judy@robbinsandrobbins.com> wrote: >> >> Maine media opted not to cover the protest and arrests at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works last weekend, but a reporter at BDN did a followup story that is very good.
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BIW Protest Video!!


Judy:
Keep an eye out for a video posting of some of the speeches and arrests from last Saturday.
I'll send a link to you as soon as I have it cut together.
Dick

On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 9:18 AM Judy_Robbins <Judy@robbinsandrobbins.com> wrote:
Maine media opted not to cover the protest and arrests at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works last weekend, but a reporter at BDN did a followup story that is very good.
Because it may appear in the Midcoast paper and not more locally (I don’t know), I have linked it here for our Hancock County readers. Please share.


From Lisa Savage:
Good news here. The Bangor Daily News reporter Beth Brogan contacted me Monday saying the BDN weekend reporter did not do us justice and could I provide her with some photos, which I did. Here's her story just published Tuesday morning with the BEST headline: "Climate change inspired 25 protesters who were arrested at Bath Iron Works." TY to Peter Robbins and Jim Anderberg for the photos.
 


Climate change inspired 25 protesters who were arrested at Bath Iron Works

Courtesy of Peter Robbins
Protesters block a bus carrying attendees to Bath Iron Works for Saturday's christening of the USS Lyndon B. Johnson. Police arrested 25 people on misdemeanor charges related to the protest.

  April 29, 2019 9:22 am 
Updated: April 29, 2019 11:25 am



Richard Kane, Director
ROBERT SHETTERLY: An American Who Tells the Truth                                           
Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/220552230
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Union of Maine Visual Artists and
Kane-Lewis Productions
189 Rope Ferry Road, Sedgwick, ME 04676
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Climate change inspired protestors, Bangor Daily News


Maine media opted not to cover the protest and arrests at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works last weekend, but a reporter at BDN did a followup story that is very good.

Because it may appear in the Midcoast paper and not more locally (I don’t know), I have linked it here for our Hancock County readers. Please share.




From Lisa Savage:
Good news here. The Bangor Daily News reporter Beth Brogan contacted me Monday saying the BDN weekend reporter did not do us justice and could I provide her with some photos, which I did. Here’s her story just published Tuesday morning with the BEST headline: “Climate change inspired 25 protesters who were arrested at Bath Iron Works.” TY to Peter Robbins and Jim Anderberg for the photos.
 


Climate change inspired 25 protesters who were arrested at Bath Iron Works


Courtesy of Peter Robbins
Protesters block a bus carrying attendees to Bath Iron Works for Saturday’s christening of the USS Lyndon B. Johnson. Police arrested 25 people on misdemeanor charges related to the protest.


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Fwd: climate action conference. We invite you May 4th



Pass it on.
🌎🕊

Dear Climate Participant,


Sierra  Club  Maine  invites you  to our 4th  Climate  Action  Conference  in Belfast. It is an amazing array of speakers  starting with Gus Speth and his inspiration towards the Next System there will be two  Lightning Rounds in which the ideas for the  Breakout Sessions will be introduced.
so participants are  able to decide  which session  to attend and also to benefit more broadly from  the
whole conference.  Food is provided by local caterer  Bell the Cat- 

We  hope you will consider attending. Registration is open  but we  will have a  better handle on food if  you  register upfront. Again  this is a sliding scale.  Bring a Friend


Best wishes

Becky Layton Bartovics
Sierra Club Maine- CCL/Climate Action/ Energy/ 
Advancement
207-867-4938 (h)
207-390-0393 (c)



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Fwd: Rights for All in Sedgwick




This is a really good tool:



Before the debates start in June, candidates are the most accessible to you and me, and we need to take this opportunity to show every presidential candidate that we’ll hold them accountable on civil rights and liberties issues.

We can raise the volume on civil rights and liberties issues like criminal justice reform and immigrants’ rights by engaging candidates directly on social media.




Begin forwarded message:


From: “Phil Aroneanu, ACLU People Power” <info@list.peoplepower.org>


People Power | ACLU


Judith,


ACLU volunteers have been getting presidential candidates on the record at in-person events –– and it’s made a huge impact on the public conversation about key civil rights and liberties issues like voting rights.

Most of these face-to-face engagements have happened in early primary states like Iowa and Nevada, but these states aren’t the only places where we can get candidates on the record.

That’s where you come in, Judith. We created a tool that lets you submit a question to any presidential candidate on Twitter, one of the places where their campaigns are most active.

Use our Ask a Candidate tool to submit a question to a presidential candidate on Twitter. If you’re not sure what to ask, we’ll suggest a question for you.

Ask a question »

Before the debates start in June, candidates are the most accessible to you and me, and we need to take this opportunity to show every presidential candidate that we’ll hold them accountable on civil rights and liberties issues.

We can raise the volume on civil rights and liberties issues like criminal justice reform and immigrants’ rights by engaging candidates directly on social media.

Send a question to a candidate right now to flood Twitter with #RightsforAll and make candidates pay attention.

Using our tool, you can choose an issue from our Rights for All platform, then write your own question. Or, if you’re feeling stumped on what to ask, we’ll suggest questions for you to ask candidates online. 

We’ll also tally up the questions you and other ACLU supporters submit, and make sure presidential candidates crisscrossing the country hear them in person.

If as many of us as possible engage with candidates, face-to-face and online, we can make sure civil rights and liberties stay front and center in this race.

For our rights,


Phil Aroneanu
ACLU People Power

 


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Another shameful "christening" at Bath Iron Works





Connie Jenkins’ powerful statement that she read at the peaceful protest on April 27 is in Common Dreams today.






photo: Peter Robbins


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Blue Hill ME 04614


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Fwd: 25 Arrested Demanding BIW Convert To Building For Climate Solutions, Not Carbon Belching War Ships



nb: Several of the following photos were taken by Peter Robbins of Peninsula Peace & Justice.


From: Lisa Savage <lsavage3@gmail.com>
Subject: 25 Arrested Demanding BIW Convert To Building For Climate Solutions, Not Carbon Belching War Ships


WENT 2 THE BRIDGE / Lisa Savage / Sunday, April 28, 2019  

Protesters Arrested Demanding BIW Convert To Building For Climate Solutions, Not Carbon Belching War Ships #LBJ25

Most of us who were arrested at Bath Iron Works war ship “christening” 4/28/19, after our release from the Bath Police Department. 

Jim Anderberg, who supported the protest as a photographer, posted this comment: 

The last Zumwalt class destroyer was launched at Bath Iron Works today. 25 people were arrested in a protest. A $7.5 billion boondoggle. 

Think what that money could be used for to alleviate our use of fossil fuels and address the global warming crisis.

The #LBJ25 are mostly Mainers: Natasha Mayers, Whitefield; Ginny Schneider, South Portland; Jim Freeman, Verona Island; Connie Jenkins, East Blue Hill; Meredith Bruskin, Swanville; Suzanne Hedrick, Nobleboro;  Dixie Searway, Parsonsfield; Ridgely Fuller, Belfast; Dud Hendrick, Deer Isle; Dan Ellis, Brunswick;  Carolyn Coe, Orland; The Reverend Mare Honan, Freeport; Ethan Hughes, Belfast (who returned home from Bath by bicycle!); Russell Wray, Hancock; Judy Robbins, Sedgwick;  Robert Shetterly, Brooksville; Jason Rawn, Lincolnville; Mike Donnelly, Brunswick; Mary Garvey-Donnelly, Brunswick; Mark Roman, Solon; and Lisa Savage, Solon.

We were grateful to be joined by several Veterans for Peace who traveled to Maine for the protest: Ellen Barfield, Baltimore, Maryland; Don Cunning, Old Bridge, NJ; Julius Orkin, Bergenfield, NJ; and Roy Pingel, Queens, NY.





Other supporters of the protest: Peter Baldwin of Waldo County Peace & Justice who brought his drum; VFP members Ellen Davidson and Tarak Kauff, who designed and produced the banners pictured above; VFP’s John Morris and Ian Collins, logistical and jail support; song leader Rosie Paul of Peaceworks; BIW stalwarts Maureen and George Oestensen of Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm and Akemi Wray of Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats (COAST); photographers Roger Leisner, Regis Tremblay, and Richard Kane (who was on hand filming for a documentary on portraitist Rob Shetterly of Americans Who Tell The Truth) and a sound technician with Kane whose name I didn’t catch before I was arrested.


It would be impossible for me to name all of the 75 or so folks who turned out yesterday, but I love you all!










Suzanne Hedrick, the eldest of those arrested, was featured in this great video by Peaceworks.



(If you’re unable to view the embedded video, you can see it here on YouTube.)

I departed suddenly from my role as MC at the rally where speakers noted the urgency of the need for conversion as the Pentagon and General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works barrel full speed ahead toward the cliff of climate catastrophe. I look forward to videos sharing both the first half of the rally and the second half, which I missed after moving into Washington Street to help halt traffic.



A partial list of the news coverage:
Twenty-five protesters arrested near Bath Iron Works” Darcie Moore, Times Record & Portland Press Herald
BIW Christening” Kennebec Journal & Waterville Morning Sentinel

Dud Hendrick, VFP, engaged in civil resistance (Photo credit: David Sharp, Associated Press)

LBJ’s Daughters Christen BIW Destroyer Ship Bearing Their Father’s Name” Caitlin Troutman, carrying water for the military industrial complex at Democrat leaning news service Maine Public.

The LBJ 25 were charged with obstructing a public way and ordered to appear in court on June 18 at 1pm in West Bath

If you’re in the area, we hope to see you there!



Lisa Savage
Went 2 the Bridge blog




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militarism and environmental harm.


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Climate Crisis Demands Conversion


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Blue Hill ME 04614

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Climate Crisis Demands Conversion

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One act of resistance against climate crisis: protest the “christening” of another US Navy destroyer (the LBJ) at Bath Iron Works, Saturday April 27, rally at 8:30 a.m. People from around Maine and New England will speak out against the continuation of the Pentagon’s giant carbon footprint — and in support of conversion of BIW from military/industrial production to building for a sustainable future.
Please come and add your voice.






And a little child shall lead them?  (Greta Thunberg in London on Earth Day)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKMX8WRw3fc




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Blue Hill ME 04614


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