Monday, January 6, 2020

U.S. Senate Candidate Lisa Savage Condemns Airstrike In Iraq, Calls For Restoration of Congressional Authority Over Military

On the bridge in Skowhegan, Maine saying NO to war since 2003
U.S. Senate Candidate Lisa Savage, of the Maine Green Independent Party, strongly condemns Thursday’s airstrike by the U.S. military near the Baghdad, Iraq, airport. At least five individuals were killed in the drone attack, including Major General Qasem Soleimani, of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard and Chief of its Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, pro-Iranian chief of an umbrella group for Iraqi militias.
The Pentagon confirmed they acted on President Trump’s orders, bypassing Congress.

The Pentagon described the airstrike as a defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad, but many observers of the Middle East are warning that the strikes will escalate tensions in the region and could provoke a hot war amid increasingly strained relations between the U.S. and Iran.
“U.S. military aggression serves war profiteers, not the people,” said Savage. “We cannot bomb our way to a peaceful resolution of the conflict zone our nation has created in Iraq. Nor is deliberately provoking Iran in our best interests as a nation. Diplomacy is urgently needed. A wise government would adhere to international law, including the Kellogg-Briand Pact, Nuremberg Charter, and United Nations Charter, which prohibit pre-emptive wars or first strikes.” 
Specifically, Savage called for repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) 2001, and opposes any measures “authorizing” preemptive or illegal military actions by delegating to the president sole power to commit acts of war.
“The restoration of congressional authority over the president's use of the US military is needed now more than ever,” said Savage, an antiwar organizer in Maine for years prior to announcing her run for the U.S. Senate under ranked choice voting. “We need senators and congresspeople willing to stand up to the Pentagon and the executive branch of government to say ‘no’ to more warmongering."

"We need elected officials who reflect the will of the people rather than the will of corporate campaign donors who profit from endless war."
For more information on Lisa Savage’s positions on foreign policy issues, see the website for her campaign for the U.S. Senate, www.LisaforMaine.org

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Youth And Indigenous Voices Speak Out Against NECEC / CMP Corridor Through The Maine Woods


It was a long, tiring public hearing for the proposed NECEC / CMP corridor through the Maine woods last night in Lewiston, Maine. Most who testified were opposed to the project, receiving hearty applause from the hundreds in attendance. The federal officials who had come to hear from the people of Maine certainly got a strong indication of where public sentiment is on this environmental disaster as they began listening at 4:30pm.

As many of us wearily remained until 8pm to see if we would have a chance to testify, up stepped the students of St. John's Catholic School from Brunswick. Parker Jones spoke first and the effect on the audience was electrifying. Such eloquence from one so young!



Parker and his mom (and science teacher) Tiffany Jones gave me permission to record and post this video of his remarks. Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to ask the other two students for permission before they came to the microphone. All of them did well and nothing could have worked better on my motivation to hang in there until the end.

Research, writing, thinking and speaking skills are alive and well in Maine!

Before the hearing we held a press conference for my U.S. Senate campaign. Here's video that Regis Tremblay produced:



It's a good thing that he did, because the mainstream press who attended ignored our contributions completely in their coverage of the event. This was sad because we were fortunate to be joined by three indigenous speakers: John Gonzalez of the Pimicikamak people whose lands in Canada have been devastated by megadams to sell hydropower to the U.S., Dawn Neptune Adams of the Penobscot people whose homeland in Wabanaki territory would be devastated if NECEC is built, and a written statement from past Penobscot chief Barry Dana which he had sent to be read at the press conference.

Why would the mainstream press ignore these important voices? Perhaps indigenous voices are inconvenient when considering a project founded in environmental racism.

I'll write a fuller report on the content of the public hearing when I have more time. It was extremely educational and deserves to be widely shared.