STEWC members organize, present, and lead discussion about EWC in Dexter

On Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, several members of STEWC organized, presented, and led a community discussion about the EWC at the Ridgeview Elementary School in Dexter.  The school’s maintenance person estimated there were at least 200 people there.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered to organize the event, man tables, talk to the press, and make attendees feel welcome!
by Jackie De Tore – March 2nd 2013 07:33pm – Read more Local News
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Dexter – Mainers against the proposed East-West Corridor spoke out in Dexter on Saturday.

The timeline for a highway running east and west across Maine is unclear, but the project manager says it will happen.

Residents in the Dexter held a forum, so community members can ask questions.

Many Mainers say they want to know the exact route of the project and who will be affected.

One organizer said she doesn’t think it will be just a highway, she expects tar sands pipe lines and fracking gas pipelines.

A Member of the Stop the East-West Corridor, Meg Gilmartin said “It threatens Maine’s way of life. Here we have a really strong community based rural traditions. Farming, treasuring our natural resources, hunting, fishing, and we want to protect those things.”

Organizers said Project Manager for Cianbro, Darryl Brown denied an invitation to attend.

WABI-TV 5 News Event Announcement

by Jackie De Tore – March 1st 2013

Dexter – The timeline for a highway running east and west across Maine is unclear, but the project manager for Cianbro said it will happen.
Recent discussions with Maine Town Officials and Darryl Brown of Cianbro show the route could go through Charleston, Garland, and Dexter.

Now people in the Dexter are holding a forum so community members can ask questions.

Organizers said Brown declined an invitation to attend, but a local farmer and the state coordinator for people against the highway will be in attendance.

Community members can head to Ridge View Middle School Gymnasium on Saturday between 1:00-4:00pm to ask any questions or learn more information about the corridor.

Simulated Google Earth Fly-Overs of best guess route, and more

This is the link to Eric Tuttle’s YouTube page where he has posted fly-overs of his best-guess of the Corridor route, as well as raw video that he has taken from events.

STEWC has strong presence at Rally of Unity on January 8th!

On January 8th, members of STEWC joined members of over 20 other progressive activist groups in a Rally of Unity at the State House.  It was an inspiring and successful day with over 150 participants, including drumming and dancing led by members of the Wabanaki Confederacy who are also raising awareness on #IdleNoMore.  Thanks to everyone for coming to speak to legislators and share hope for a healthy and prosperous future in Maine, the way life should be!

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Click on the following links for video and news coverage:

WERU

Portland Phoenix article by Lance Tapley

WGME Channel 13

Morning Sentinel

 

Here is the press release from the event:

Press Release

On January 8th, 2013 the Alliance for Common Good will hold a “Rally of Unity” in the Statehouse Hall of Flags.  Participants will assemble on the common area outside of the statehouse at 12:00 noon and proceed to the Hall of Flags at 1:00. The “Rally of Unity” is assembling as a unified front to push back against corporate dominance in government. The primary focus is giving voice to ordinary Maine people who are concerned about the fiscal cliff, cuts to social services, the East-West corridor, open pit mining of Bald Mountain, tar sands pipelines, importing out of state waste, and the liquefied propane tank at Sears Island.  All of these issues threaten to irreversibly harm Maine’s people, economy, and environment.

The Alliance for Common Good is a collaboration of over 20 of Maine-based progressive activist groups that agree with these basic principles: We want legislators to prioritize Maine money for Maine people, developing a Maine economy that protects the environment, and getting money out of politics.  On January 8th, individual groups will provide their own message to the public and legislators by theater, song or signage.

It is hoped that all likeminded people will join us at the State House in reminding our newly elected state officials that they have been elected to represent the best interests of all of Maine’s people on this first day of the 126th Legislature.

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The Alliance for 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, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, 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, Thanks But No Tank, Veterans for Peace… and growing!

Senate Candidates share position on E/W Corridor

Senate Question 10-29-12

Link to article and video.

 by WABI-TV5 News Desk – October 29th 2012 11:09am – Read more 2012 Candidate Profiles

The campaign trail is heating up as the campaign season winds down.

TV 5 has been featuring the three major candidates running to replace Sen. Olympia Snowe in the U.S. senate.

We asked our Facebook fans to post questions, and we then posed those to Angus King, Cynthia Dill and Charlie Summers.
Here is Monday’s inquiry.

Do you support the proposed East West Highway in Maine? Why or why not?

Angus King:
“I’m not ready to, to take a firm position on that. I’ve talked to Peter Vigue about it, I’ve talked to a lot of people in northern Maine most recently, just in the last few days. I guess I would say right now I’m skeptical. I need to understand what the benefits would be for Maine. I understand the benefits for Canada , for the Maritimes, and for Montreal, but I need to understand what would the benefits would be for Maine. I also need to understand why we can’t do what, what is being proposed, with the existing East-West highway in Maine, which is, which is the rail line. We already got a corridor straight through Maine, from the Mari-times into, into, into Quebec, and it’s been there for a hundred years. The line is there, the right away is there, we don’t have to spend a lot of money and, and do all of the environmental things to, to create a new strip through the state. So, I’m listening, the cases that would help the Port, it would help some of our great paper mills, and I’m very sympathetic to that, but I’m, I’m skeptical the benefits won’t be outweighed by the costs, particularly to run an entirely new corridor right through the state of Maine. But I do think we got to get natural gas to some of those paper mills, that’s the best thing we can do for them.”

Cynthia Dill:
“As a state senator, I’ve voted against using public money to fund a study for a private road. I don’t think that’s an appropriate use of government. I don’t believe that infrastructure should be privately owned, only to serve the interests of corporations that really just have a profit motive. So, the East-West highway, as it is currently proposed, is not something I support. If in fact, we as a community, as a state, as a country, need an East-West highway, if that would better the lives of people and businesses, then we should support it, using tax payer dollars and have it be open and accessible to everybody, on an equal basis. I do not believe that privatization of our infrastructure and our public ways is a good thing. It’s not going to help average working families. It’s gonna just help the corporations and super wealthy people that already have so much. ”

Charlie Summers:
“I think anything that can help with economic development is a good thing. My concern is the private property rights that are associated with that, so as this moves forward, I’ll be anxious to see how the legislature tackles it.”

Darryl Brown in Caribou – 2 Articles

The first article, East-West Maine highway may be privately built toll road, is from October 23 and announces Brown’s upcoming October 29 meetings in Aroostook County.  This provides a good outline of proponent talking points.

The second article, Proposed Highway To Bring Great Development, is from October 29.  It includes a video with many of Brown’s powerpoint slides, which are new.  One new selling point includes a multi-use recreation trail.  Also of note, the reporter says that MDOT was at the table.  This meeting was at Northern Maine Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Mobilize Maine.

There is a lot of information about Mobilize Maine and Eastern Maine Development Corporation in the Timeline of E/W Activity.  Although Mobilize Maine and the regional development corporations say that they promote “asset-based” development, the East-West Corridor is clearly not asset-based, but rather needs-based, i.e. to fill the “hollow middle.”