Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Location: Bath, Maine, United States

I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BIW Advent Vigil Schedule

US Navy destroyer arrives at new Navy base on Jeju Island, South Korea and is met by protests

Please join us as we hold a light in the darkness at the Advent Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works.

We will gather across from the BIW Administration building on Washington Street in Bath from 11:30 am til 12:30 on the four Saturdays of Advent – December 2, 9, 16 and 23.

We stand with signs calling for the end of the building of weapons of mass destruction by General Dynamics here in Maine.  We stand in opposition to the production of the Arleigh Burke class of Aegis Destroyers [outfitted with so-called ‘missile defense’ systems] and the new Zumwalt Destroyers which will cost over $3 billion each and are presently under construction in the BIW shipyard.

It is time to end the construction of these warships and to begin the transformation to a nonviolent society by using our resources to create life affirming alternatives to our present war based economy.

Please join us for an hour on these four Saturdays in December as we witness in hope for a nonviolent world through disarmament.

~ Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm   763-4062

PS The Aegis 9 trial has again been rescheduled by the Sagadahoc County Superior Court.  The next court date is now Jury Selection on January 4, 2018 at 8:30 am at the West Bath District Court (101 New Meadows Road).  The Aegis 9 were arrested on April 1, 2017 during a ‘christening’ of an Aegis destroyer at BIW.  See the video here

Aegis 9

1. Lisa Savage – Solon, 60 years, School teacher
2. Jason Rawn – Lincolnville, 45, War tax resister, house painter
3. Bruce Gagnon – Bath, 65, VFP (Veterans For Peace & Global Network)
4. Natasha Mayers – Whitefield, 70, Artist
5. Bob Dale – Brunswick, 92, VFP, retired Navy pilot
6. Mike Tork – Cape Cod, MA, 69, VFP, former Navy Vietnam vet
7. Mark Roman – Solon, 69, Woodworker
8. Russell Wray – Hancock, 61, Artist
9. Jessica Stewart – Bass Harbor, 37, Catholic Worker activist

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