For ten days people walked against drones in Maine as part of a Keep Space for Peace Week organized by the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
“Keep Space for Peace Week” (October 5-12 this year) is an annual event put on by the Global Network. From Sweden to Jeju Island, people are encouraged to organize events in their local communities working to stop the militarization of space – plutonium rockets and drones…does that seem safe to you?
The US currently has over 100 active military satellites and well over 2,000 people have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan alone in the last decade; a number is steadily rising by the day(Reuters).
With access to healthcare, education, housing, fuel assistance and food benefits being slashed across the board you’d imagine that the US could cut simply a portion of their $680 billion dollar military budget and direct the funds from killing innocent children in Pakistan to feeding the ones that they claim to vehemently protect in the United States.
This years peace walk lasted for 10 days beginning in Limestone on the 10th and ending today in Augusta. Tomorrow the walkers will gather for a vigil in front of Bath Iron Works, home of the Aegis Destroyer.
For years Bruce Gagnon, (organizer and founder of the Global Network), local chapters of Veterans For Peace, Nipponzan Myohoji monastics, and other peace and justice oriented citizens have gathered outside of Bath Iron Works to call for an end to creating these ballistic missile systems and an end to war.
Tomorrow was initially supposed to be the christening of the USS Zumwalt Destroyer at BIW. This “great warship” christening has been postponed due to the government shut down. This may be the case, but one has to wonder if there’s a chance that the actual reason for postponing the christening is because a group of peace walkers have just walked all across the state to gather at this site and the Navy does not want to be confronted with non-violent peace makers because these people raise questions that they themselves don’t quite know how to answer and the christening of a new warship will surely bring media attention and this is most likely an event that the Navy would like to present to the public as a military triumph without leaving space for another option to be discussed.
Regardless, tomorrow the group will gather outside of Bath Iron Works at 10am for a vigil to remind the community that the factory could be creating something much more beautiful and less fatal than warships.
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Organizer Bruce Gagnon has been faithfully blogging their journey from the start – you can read all of his updates at keepspace4peace.blogspot.com
Lisa Savage, another incredible Maine activist with CodePink has been keeping online records as well, read her words at went2thebridge.blogspot.com