Act Now! Email the Transportation Committee about the East-West Corridor today!

Good morning Mainers,

 

We have an opportunity right now in the legislature to kill, or at least significantly hinder, the East-West Corridor proposed by Peter Vigue of Cianbro.  Please help by emailing members of the Transportation Committee by this Tuesday, May 7!

 

Just last week on April 30, over thirty people submitted written testimony on six bills that addressed various concerns about the EWC, particularly: Transparency and public access to information, expending taxpayer money on private projects, and assessing environmental, cultural, and economic impacts.

 

We believe that to address all of these concerns, the Committee should: 1) Strengthen the Maine Sensible Transportation Policy Act to expand the scope of the Act to include public-private-partnerships and private Significant Transportation Projects; and, 2) Repeal the Public-Private-Partnership law, because it contradicts the STPA and creates a loophole, and is harmful to the pubic interest.

 

Our deadline is this Tuesday, May 7, because at 1pm in Room 126 of the State House, the Transportation Committee will work these bills.  We believe they are motivated to pass something.  For one, the committee chair, Senator Ed Mazurek, sponsored one of the bills.  Another committee member, Senator Linda Valentino, sponsored another.  Finally, we swept the day with clear support of these bills and opposition to the EWC!  Let’s give them a simple and clear solution by emailing them today!

 

Message Example:

 

Dear Senator Mazurek, Representative Theriault, and honorable members of the Transportation Committee,

 

I have learned that you’ll be in work session on May 7 to address all the East-West Corridor bills.  I believe that the issues and concerns raised by all of the bills may be resolved very simply.  I recommend that you address the bills by:

1) Strengthening the Maine Sensible Transportation Policy Act to expand the scope of the Act to include public-private-partnerships and private Significant Transportation Projects; and,

2) Repealing the Public-Private-Partnership law, because it contradicts the STPA and creates a loophole, and is harmful to the pubic interest for many reasons.  This is not a necessary tool and the Maine Turnpike Authority is a good example of that.

 

Thank you very much for taking these steps to protect the public’s best interest.

 

Email Contact List: (copy this list and paste it into your email)

EdMazurek1@aol.com, SenLinda.Valentino@legislature.maine.gov, RCollins7@maine.rr.com, RepCharlesK.Theriault@legislature.maine.gov, RepAnn.Peoples@legislature.maine.gov, RepAndrew.McLean@legislature.maine.gov, RepChristine.Powers@legislature.maine.gov, arthurverow@hotmail.com, rw556@aol.com, RepWayne.Parry@legislature.maine.gov, RepJames.Gillway@legislature.maine.gov, bob@bobnutting.com, RepBeth.Turner@legislature.maine.gov

 

 

Questions? FMI visit: www.stopthecorridor.org

Rally of Unity, January 8th, State House!

Rally of Unity…

January 8th, NOON, State House, Augusta

…for our people AND our environment on the first day of the 126th Legislature ! ! !

Organized by the Alliance for the Common Good, an ad-hoc coalition assembling as a unified front under the theme, “Maine the Possible” to give voice to ordinary Maine people and to push back against corporate dominance in government, with hopes to organize into the future. Principles we agree on:

Maine $$ for Maine People

A Maine Economy that Protects our Environment

Money Out of Politics

Current details:

-At NOON we will gather outside, possible activities include:

-holding hands in a circle of unity

-singing

-skits

-color blocks (many people wearing one color)

-At 1pm we will move into the Hall of Flags, possible activities include:

-citizen lobbying

-a human oil spill or “die-in” (wear black and lie on the floor)

 

-Individuals and groups should represent themselves visually, and be creative to highlight issues

 

-No groups will be featured.  We do not all agree or endorse each other, but we can rally behind the above principles, therefore:

-One press release will represent all of us.  To contribute to the release, or to be on the list to review the release before it’s sent out, contact Lew before January 1: kingsburyk(at)hotmail(dot)com

-Alliance spokespeople will talk to press at the event.  We’d prefer these to be citizens with a personal story, who will speak to the message of unity and say why they’re at the rally.

-One resource packet for legislators will be available. To include your issue in the packet contact Ridgely with a one page, black and white document: ridgelyfuller(at)gmail(dot)com

 

Join us:  The bigger the movement, the stronger the impact!  If your organization is interested in joining the Alliance for the Common Good on January 8th, please contact Chris to confirm your support: chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net We will be in contact with you after January 8th to explore the future of this Alliance.

 

The Alliance for the Common Good currently includes:

350 Maine, AbilityMaine, Activist Art, Alliance for Democracy, American Friends Service Committee, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Bring Our War $$ Home, Citizens United, CodePink, Defending Water for Life, Don’t Waste ME, Food and Water Watch, Food for Maine’s Future, Global Network, Industrial Wind activists, Maine EarthFirst!, Maine Greens, Maine Peace Action, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, National War Tax Resisters, Occupy groups statewide, Pax Christi Maine, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Peninsula Peace and Justice, Pine Tree Youth Organizing, Resources for Organizing and Social Change, Social Workers,  Searsport LPG activists, Stop the East-West Corridor …

Rally of Unity, January 8th, State House!

 

Join Stop the East-West Corridor at the Rally of Unity!

*JANUARY 8             STATE HOUSE              AUGUSTA*

 

Wear your blaze orange! ! !

 

11:30am : Meet-Up in Parking Lot behind the Blaine House

Let’s get fired up! Share info, signs, materials, blaze orange, etc…

 

NOON : Rally between State House and Cross Building

Carry signs and banners, sing songs, do a little skit?  Spokespeople talk to media!

 

1pm : Move into Hall of Flags

More rallying! Talk to legislators, wear black under your orange for a mock oil spill…

 

Needed:

  • A carpool coordinator, and carpool volunteers
  • Media spokespeople
  • Citizen lobbyists
  • to help contact: Chris 357-1443 or chris@defendingwater.net

 

With new information that Cianbro is speaking to Town Managers behind the backs of the public, we are gearing up for the next phase of organizing to stop the corridor!  This rally is an opportunity to come together, in solidarity with over 20 other environmental and social justice groups across the state, to tell our legislators to represent US by protecting our homes, health, and quality of life.  See you there in your BLAZE ORANGE!

 

no corridor, no compromise!

Friends of the Sunkhaze NWR Presentation – raw audio

1. Link to audio file     
 from STEWC presentation by Chris Buchanan, November 17, 2012.

Whose Valley is it Anyway?

The 9th Annual Skagit Human Rights Festival
March 2012
Whose Valley is it Anyway? 
Corporate Power or Community Power?
March is Human Rights Month in Skagit County, and the Skagit Human Rights Festival has some great events planned to put relevant conversations on the community table.
  • Lee Mann Exhibition–Art opening, Thurs., March 1, 5 p.m, Skagit Valley College multipurpose room. Letters and photos of longtime Skagit Valley human rights advocate Lee Mann on display. His son, Bryce Mann, to make the presentation.
  • Human Rights Display, Fri., March 2, 5-7 p.m., Lincoln Theatre Art Bar, downtown Mount Vernon. Skagit art pieces will relate to corporations, civil liberties, water and labor. Artists Richard Olmsted, Thais Armstrong, Sue Wren, Jessica Gigot and Kerry Scott.
  • Corporations and the Rise of Occupy, Thur., March 8, 7 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, Skagit Valley College. Movie showing of Inside Job about the U. S. financial crisis followed by a corporate personhood Q&A panel session. Panel members involved with the Northwest Occupy Movement.
  • Civil Liberties and E-Verify, Thurs., March 15, 7 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, Skagit Valley College. Lt. Col. Margaret Stock (ret.), political science instructor and award winning lawyer from Alaska, explains how the E-Verify national database will impact all of us–not only undocumented immigrants.
  • Defending Water, Thurs., March 22, 7 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, downtown Mount Vernon. Sandra Spargo, Alliance for Democracy, will show the movie TAPPED about the bottled water industry and will discuss the Anacortes contract to build a bottled water/beverage & food manufacturing plant entitled to five million gallons of water per day.
  • Labor, Thurs., March 29, 7 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, downtown Mount Vernon. Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, and young labor activists will describe how unions champion the rights of all workers and will show two short movies: Eyes on the Fries and We Are the ILWU.
Visit www.skagithrf.wordpress.com for a complete list of event details.

Attention all committed to the future of Maine: Kickoff Campaign to Oppose the East-West Highway!

We are expressing opposition to the East-West Highway because:

1)  It is dishonest to use taxpayer money to fund a private project.  The east-west highway would be a private toll road.

2)  The project does not bring any benefit to Maine.  Its primary use will be as a highly expensive toll road for Canadian transport trucks heading to East coast ports.  Not for tourists, or for Mainers.

3)  The project exposes Maine to be used for foreign companies to make money on us.  The highway would export profit from Maine, by opening Maine up to resource exploitation by multinational corporations that provide very few jobs if any, do not spend their profits in Maine, and do not pay taxes here.  And for that harm, most Mainers will lose access to affordable land to make a living on, and reduce Maine’s tourist appeal, a significant source of income for Mainers.

4)  The project will not create many jobs.  This is a private project.  During construction, more people may get employed.  However, as Cianbro regularly performs huge infrastructure projects all over New England, we expect they will provide a high percentage of the work force.  Many Cianbro employees live in Maine, and that is great, but we’re not looking at new job creation here.

Once the road is built, there may be a couple more gas station service jobs.

Wood chips for export to Europe, and jobs mining or bottling water, provide very few jobs compared to other local land uses.  And for the protection of our beautiful state, the Way Life Should Be.  What kind of jobs will be left for our children?

5)  The construction of the highway, over 3 major rivers, multiple wetlands, and through old growth forest would be very damaging to the environment.

RALLY!  Noon, Tuesday, February 14, 2012.  Outside the State House.

At 1pm, LD 1671, An Act To Provide Funding to the Department of Transportation for a Feasibility Study of an East-west Highway, is scheduled for a public hearing and we want to be there!

We want to attract media coverage, and get our talking points out there.  Then, we’ll move inside to attend the hearing.

Pre-Rally Rendevouz!  9am, Tuesday, February 14.  Belgrade*.

Let’s meet to develop solid talking points, strategize our overall approach, make posters, and inspire each other!

*Place: 273 manchester road, belgrade, 04917

I’ll have some food and if someone can bring coffee and a coffee pot that’d be awesome.

Action items: Please sign up!

-Contact media:

-Develop talking points (at least send brainstorms via email):

-Bring banners and posters:

-Outreach and Bring people who will be impacted:

 

Thanks and can’t wait to see you and your posse there!!!

 

Links: 

info:  www.defendingwater.net/maine/east-west-highway/

bill:http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?paper=SP0570&PID=1456&snum=125

 

Contact:

Chris Buchanan

chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net

(207) 357-1443

Attention all committed to the future of Maine: Kickoff Campaign to Oppose the East-West Highway!

RALLY!  Noon, Tuesday, February 14, 2012.  Outside the State House.

At 1pm, LD 1671, An Act To Provide Funding to the Department of Transportation for a Feasibility Study of an East-west Highway, is scheduled for a public hearing and we want to be there!

We want to attract media coverage, and get our talking points out there.  Then, we’ll move inside to attend the hearing.

Pre-Rally Rendevouz!  9am, Tuesday, February 14.  Belgrade*.

Let’s meet to develop solid talking points, strategize our overall approach, make posters, and inspire each other!

*Place: 273 manchester road, belgrade, 04917

I’ll have some food and if someone can bring coffee and a coffee pot that’d be awesome.

Action items: Please sign up!

-Contact media:

-Develop talking points (at least send brainstorms via email):

-Bring banners and posters:

-Outreach and Bring people who will be impacted:

-If you can’t be there, write letters of opposition and email them to me.  I will include them in our testimony at the hearing!

 

Thanks and can’t wait to see you and your posse there!!!

 

Links: 

info:  www.defendingwater.net/maine/east-west-highway/

bill:http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?paper=SP0570&PID=1456&snum=125

We are expressing opposition to the East-West Highway because:

1)  It is dishonest to use taxpayer money to fund a private project.  The east-west highway would be a private toll road.

2)  The project does not bring any benefit to Maine.  Its primary use will be as a highly expensive toll road for Canadian transport trucks heading to East coast ports.  Not for tourists, or for Mainers.

3)  The project exposes Maine to be used for foreign companies to make money on us.  The highway would export profit from Maine, by opening Maine up to resource exploitation by multinational corporations that provide very few jobs if any, do not spend their profits in Maine, and do not pay taxes here.  And for that harm, most Mainers will lose access to affordable land to make a living on, and reduce Maine’s tourist appeal, a significant source of income for Mainers.

4)  The project will not create many jobs.  This is a private project.  During construction, more people may get employed.  However, as Cianbro regularly performs huge infrastructure projects all over New England, we expect they will provide a high percentage of the work force.  Many Cianbro employees live in Maine, and that is great, but we’re not looking at new job creation here.

Once the road is built, there may be a couple more gas station service jobs.

Wood chips for export to Europe, and jobs mining or bottling water, provide very few jobs compared to other local land uses.  And for the protection of our beautiful state, the Way Life Should Be.  What kind of jobs will be left for our children?

5)  The construction of the highway, over 3 major rivers, multiple wetlands, and through old growth forest would be very damaging to the environment.

Contact:

Chris Buchanan

chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net

(207) 357-1443

Attention all committed to the future of Maine: Kickoff Campaign to Oppose the East-West Highway!

RALLY!  Noon, Tuesday, February 14, 2012.  Outside the State House.

At 1pm, LD 1671, An Act To Provide Funding to the Department of Transportation for a Feasibility Study of an East-west Highway, is scheduled for a public hearing and we want to be there!

We want to attract media coverage, and get our talking points out there.  Then, we’ll move inside to attend the hearing.

Pre-Rally Rendevouz!  9am, Tuesday, February 14.  Belgrade*.

Let’s meet to develop solid talking points, strategize our overall approach, make posters, and inspire each other!

*Place: 273 manchester road, belgrade, 04917

I’ll have some food and if someone can bring coffee and a coffee pot that’d be awesome.

Action items: Please sign up!

-Contact media:

-Develop talking points (at least send brainstorms via email):

-Bring banners and posters:

-Outreach and Bring people who will be impacted:

-If you can’t be there, write letters of opposition and email them to me.  I will include them in our testimony at the hearing!

 

Thanks and can’t wait to see you and your posse there!!!

 

Links: 

info:  www.defendingwater.net/maine/east-west-highway/

bill:http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?paper=SP0570&PID=1456&snum=125

We are expressing opposition to the East-West Highway because:

1)  It is dishonest to use taxpayer money to fund a private project.  The east-west highway would be a private toll road.

2)  The project does not bring any benefit to Maine.  Its primary use will be as a highly expensive toll road for Canadian transport trucks heading to East coast ports.  Not for tourists, or for Mainers.

3)  The project exposes Maine to be used for foreign companies to make money on us.  The highway would export profit from Maine, by opening Maine up to resource exploitation by multinational corporations that provide very few jobs if any, do not spend their profits in Maine, and do not pay taxes here.  And for that harm, most Mainers will lose access to affordable land to make a living on, and reduce Maine’s tourist appeal, a significant source of income for Mainers.

4)  The project will not create many jobs.  This is a private project.  During construction, more people may get employed.  However, as Cianbro regularly performs huge infrastructure projects all over New England, we expect they will provide a high percentage of the work force.  Many Cianbro employees live in Maine, and that is great, but we’re not looking at new job creation here.

Once the road is built, there may be a couple more gas station service jobs.

Wood chips for export to Europe, and jobs mining or bottling water, provide very few jobs compared to other local land uses.  And for the protection of our beautiful state, the Way Life Should Be.  What kind of jobs will be left for our children?

5)  The construction of the highway, over 3 major rivers, multiple wetlands, and through old growth forest would be very damaging to the environment.

6)  More roads are a waste of money in general.  As we approach peak oil, everyone will drive less.  Why spend more money on roads when we are just going to have less and less fuel?  Climate change activists say put the money into lasting infrastructure projects to benefit people and communities that are not reliant on fossil fuel.

Contact:

Chris Buchanan

chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net

(207) 357-1443