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.
Best,
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. 


NEEDED ASAP:
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)

IF YOU VOTE IN MAINE: PLEASE TAKE THESE 3 STEPS ASAP TO CALL YOUR SENATOR:
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!

TALKING POINTS YOU CAN USE:
1.
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.  

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2.
 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.)

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3.
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! )


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4.
 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. 

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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

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Pembroke, ME 04628


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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.


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Pastors for Peace in Brunswick Maine June 18


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Fwd: Come Sing for Justice and Climate 🌎




Here is a great new idea !




Begin forwarded message:


From: Haydée Foreman <haydee@mainestylecoach.com>

Hello!
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 
Homelessness
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!

-Haydée 

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


PPS
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
04614


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Greta Thunberg



Greta Thunberg’s speech to the Austrian World Summit R20.

Wow.





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Beth Adams Presenté


I just learned today that Beth Adams has died. She lived in the Blue Hill area for many years and has been a lifelong advocate for peace, justice and the environment.


I attach her Massachusetts obituary


Beth will be greatly missed by all who knew her, her music, and her cheerful optimism and energy.

— J.R.


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Fwd: Urgent: Sign Petition for Kings Bay Plowshares 7 & Share




Begin forwarded message:


From: “Mary Anne Grady Flores” (via nodrones Mailing List) <nodrones@lists.riseup.net>


Please forward to your lists! Thanks!

May 29, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

 

You may know my sister Clare Grady and the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 face 25 years in prison for exposing nuclear weapons that threaten all life on Earth. On April, 4th, 2018, they undertook a nonviolent symbolic disarmament action at the Trident nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, GA. 

 

I am writing you with an urgent request that you sign and share with your social media followers and your lists the link to sign our Kings Bay Plowshares petition. The petition calls for the charges to be dropped and for a renewed commitment to building the global movement for disarmament. We need a million signatures for our government to consider dropping the charges.

 

You will be joining more than 100 distinguished global leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other Nobel laureates, Angela Davis, Medea Benjamin, Rev. Dr. William Barber, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Rabbi Brian Walt, Noam Chomsky, Oscar Lopez Rivera, Dan Ellsberg, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, and many others in endorsing and promoting the petition.

 

This petition is also a plea to expand the movement to abolish nuclear weapons. During the 1980s the global peace movement helped move nations to reduce the world’s nuclear arsenals from 90,000 down to 15,000 nuclear weapons. Now we must abolition all nuclear weapons.

 

Time is short. The KBP7 trial is expected to begin this summer or fall in Georgia. Consider joining us. After signing this petition please forward it to your friends, to your social justice and other email lists, and to your social media contacts. Remind them twice if need be.

 

Please Donate. While our hope is to build the list of supporters of the petition, this all-volunteer effort to support the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 also needs financial support. Please give generously here: https://www.gofundme.com/xaajdf-kings-bay-plowshares-support-fund

 

Thank you for your consideration, support, and for all you do for justice and peace! 
Mary Anne Grady Flores
Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Support Group
607. 280. 8797, gradyflores08@gmail.com

 

LINK TO SIGN PETITION:




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Calling on Congress to become educated about Venezuela


That is one heck of a good letter, PP&J. Thanks VERY much! Can you also send it to Mr. Golden? Much as I like him, I’m having a hard time figuring out where he’s coming from on various issues.
Judy_Robbins wrote on 5/29/19 5:30 PM: > As negotiations begin in Norway, the U.S. threats intensify — VP Pence: > “time for talk is over”; Pompeo: “we must intensify pressure.” And, OAS > leader Almagro: “reject any dialogue.” > > Media coverage is lacking in any truth and substance. > > Peninsula Peace & Justice has penned the following letter to Senator Angus > King about the effects of sanctions and the danger of any intervention that > goes against international law. > > > > Dear Senator King: > > I appreciate your taking the time to respond to me on the ongoing crisis in > Venezuela. While some members of Congress are ratcheting up tensions, I > urge you to take a deeper look at the situation. I believe you have been > misinformed on several points. While it is true that the humanitarian > crisis is intensifying, it has been steadily growing worse since the > sanctions imposed in August 2017, which have contributed to a sharp decline > in oil production causing great harm to the population (CEPR report). This > has resulted in an estimated 40,000 deaths from 2017 to 2018 in Venezuela. > The sanctions imposed since January 2019 will cause many more deaths due to > restriction on the availability of medicines and other intentionally > imposed hardships. Sources of these statements are available here > <cepr.net/press-center/press-releases/report-finds-us-sanctions-on-venezuela-are-responsible-for-tens-of-thousands-of-deaths>. > > When you refer to “diplomatic efforts to bring the Venezuelan government to > the negotiating table,” I assume you are referring to the sanctions. > President Maduro has reached out > <www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5411205/Maduro-reaches-Trump-Twitter.html> to > the United States for peaceful negotiation, but has been rebuffed. It is > clear that the intention of sanctions > <www.wsj.com/articles/venezuelans-fear-new-u-s-oil-sanctions-will-hit-them-hardest-11548804430> is > to cause great suffering, not negotiation. > > Nicolas Maduro was elected in 2018 in open, free and democratic elections > by a large majority. Former President Carter has stated that Venezuela has > one of the most transparent and legitimate electoral processes in the > world. It is also important to note that the Trump administration declared > before > <www.reuters.com/article/us-argentina-g20-sullivan-idUSKCN1IL0QS> the > election that they would not recognize the results. > > Thank you for being skeptical about the potential for direct U.S. military > involvement. I urge you to expand your skepticism to much of the state and > media misinformation about the Maduro government and realities on the > streets that floods the airwaves, as well as the flagrant disregard for the > lives of the Venezuelan people manifested by Mr. Almagro, who recently has > rejected negotiation. > > Members of our Blue Hill organization have been studying U.S./Latin America > relations over the past 20 years and we are dismayed at the short view > taken by many in Congress. We hope you will use your influence and > leadership to contribute to peace. > > Sincerely, > > for */Peninsula Peace & Justice/* > Judy Robbins, judy@robbinsandrobbins.com <mailto:judy@robbinsandrobbins.com> > Bonnie Preston > Steve Benson > Ron King > Peter Robbins > Connie Jenkins > Dud Hendrick > > */Peninsula Peace & Justice/, *est. 1999 > P.O. Box 1257 > Blue Hill ME 04614
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Calling on Congress to become educated about Venezuela


As negotiations begin in Norway, the U.S. threats intensify — VP Pence: “time for talk is over”; Pompeo: “we must intensify pressure.” And, OAS leader Almagro: “reject any dialogue.”


Media coverage is lacking in any truth and substance.

Peninsula Peace & Justice has penned the following letter to Senator Angus King about the effects of sanctions and the danger of any intervention that goes against international law.



Dear Senator King:

I appreciate your taking the time to respond to me on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. While some members of Congress are ratcheting up tensions, I urge you to take a deeper look at the situation. I believe you have been misinformed on several points. While it is true that the humanitarian crisis is intensifying, it has been steadily growing worse since the sanctions imposed in August 2017, which have contributed to a sharp decline in oil production causing great harm to the population (CEPR report). This has resulted in an estimated 40,000 deaths from 2017 to 2018 in Venezuela. The sanctions imposed since January 2019 will cause many more deaths due to restriction on the availability of medicines and other intentionally imposed hardships. Sources of these statements are available here.

When you refer to “diplomatic efforts to bring the Venezuelan government to the negotiating table,” I assume you are referring to the sanctions. President Maduro has reached out to the United States for peaceful negotiation, but has been rebuffed. It is clear that the intention of sanctions is to cause great suffering, not negotiation.

Nicolas Maduro was elected in 2018 in open, free and democratic elections by a large majority. Former President Carter has stated that Venezuela has one of the most transparent and legitimate electoral processes in the world. It is also important to note that the Trump administration declared before the election that they would not recognize the results. 

Thank you for being skeptical about the potential for direct U.S. military involvement. I urge you to expand your skepticism to much of the state and media misinformation about the Maduro government and realities on the streets that floods the airwaves, as well as the flagrant disregard for the lives of the Venezuelan people manifested by Mr. Almagro, who recently has rejected negotiation.

Members of our Blue Hill organization have been studying U.S./Latin America relations over the past 20 years and we are dismayed at the short view taken by many in Congress. We hope you will use your influence and leadership to contribute to peace.

Sincerely,

for Peninsula Peace & Justice
Bonnie Preston
Steve Benson
Ron King
Peter Robbins
Connie Jenkins
Dud Hendrick

Peninsula Peace & Justiceest. 1999
P.O. Box 1257
Blue Hill ME 04614

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