Update #2 ·
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Sat June 22 demand conversion to address climate crisis

Join us to call for conversion of BIW to build sustainable energy solutions rather than carbon belching war ships. Join the crowd engaging in civil resistance, or simply bring your message to the protest during the Aegis destroyer ‘christening’ that is scheduled to happen on Saturday, June 22.

Just weeks ago 25 people from Maine and beyond were arrested at BIW during the ceremony to bless the third Zumwalt ‘stealth’ destroyer at BIW – named the LBJ. The recently elected District Attorney for the Midcoast, Natasha Irving, decided that prosecuting the LBJ 25 would be a waste of time. The LBJ action drew extraordinary amounts of media coverage which repeatedly reported that the protest was all about converting BIW to deal with our real problem today – climate catastrophe.

In a May 16 Bangor Daily News article "Government report criticizes Bath Iron Works and Navy for ‘serious deficiencies’ in Zumwalt program" an amazing revelation was disclosed. The Navy has decided to use the LBJ (costing $7 billion) for parts to keep the first two Zumwalt ships running!So in the midst of growing climate disruption, with our government doing little to nothing to protect the future generations, the Navy has created a $7 billion ‘parts store’ for their boondoggle Zumwalt program.

Converting facilities like BIW would create more jobs, because producing sustainable technologies is a better driver of employment than building warships -- see Brown University's definitive study from 2017, “Job Opportunity Cost of War”.

The destroyers at BIW cost billion$ each, are provocative as they are deployed to encircle China and Russia with first-strike cruise missiles, and contribute significantly to the massive US military carbon boot print.

Instead of building these warships we could be building commuter rail systems, tidal power systems, offshore wind turbines and disaster-relief ships to help us deal with climate change.

Please stay tuned and join us in Bath (on Washington Street across from the Post Office) on June 22 at 8:00 am for our next protest. Help us call for a conversion of our hearts and the military industrial complex. For more information contact [email protected]

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