Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Maine #Drone Peace Walk To Reach UMF, Belgrade, Waterville & Augusta Hall of Flags

From Bruce Gagnon's post about media coverage of the walk, reposted by the great progressive news blog Popular Resistance.
The Maine #Drone Peace Walk has enjoyed unseasonably warm October days and spectacular fall foliage as they cover around 12 miles each day with around 25 people. They carry banners and signs to convey the message that peace is preferable to war, especially war and spying waged by the flying killer robots known as "drones."

Tonight the walk will reach the University of Maine, Farmington which is a campus near and dear to my heart as many friends have studied there. I hope many who are there now will join the potluck supper tonight (Tuesday, October 15) at 6pm at the Old South Congregational Church at 235 Main St. to meet the walkers.

Each day and evening the group entertain one another with songs like this one, a traditional Japanese folk song about dragonflies.

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Japan is the most nature-revering culture I have ever had the pleasure of encountering, and it is ironic that the globe's worst nuclear disasters, which strike at the very heart of life itself, have occurred there.

I apologize for the role the U.S. government has played in bombing their cities with atomic weapons, and then forcing nuclear power on the rebuilt nation. A typhoon is bearing down on the already damaged and badly leaking Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. This is bad news for the Japanese people -- 40,000 of whom rallied in Tokyo this weekend against the restart of any of the country's nuclear power plants -- bad news for the Pacific Ocean, and for life all over the planet.

If you have not had the pleasure of meeting up with Japanese peace workers, you can catch the walk tonight (Tues Oct 15) in Farmington at the Old South Congregational Church (235 Maine St.), potluck supper at 6pm. There will be many other people who have joined the walk from around the world, the country and our state there, too.

Details here on the walk route and afternoon/evening events tomorrow in Waterville, Thursday in Belgrade and Friday afternoon in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta.

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