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Steering Committee looking for new members

Hi everyone, The current STEWC steering committee is looking for new members. We are asking everyone who is interested in helping to lead STEWC to join us next Friday, December 5th at 10am to explore next steps for our coalition. Find directions at the end of this email, and be in touch if you are interested, but unavailable that day. (I’m sorry, we weren’t able to find a time after normal work hours before the holidays.) Current steering committee members [...]

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End Violence Together event draws crowd in Bangor

One week after hundreds of thousands took part in the People’s Climate Change demonstration in New York City, Mainers came together for a rally and march to connect the dots between climate destruction, poverty and war.

Defending Water for Life in Maine was one of 38 Maine cosponsors for the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine’s “End Violence Together” event that was held on Saturday, September 27 on the Bangor waterfront as part of the national Campaign Nonviolence.

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Rail / Water ties with Nestle: update from Western ME

from Nickie Seckera of Community Water Justice

August 31, 2014

 

Hello everyone, Update from Western Maine -

It pleases me to hear that gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud has vocalized a lack of support for an East-West Corridor. YES. Michaud has however expressed interest in exploring / supporting rail options for the transport of natural resources. Here is Western Maine, things are becoming more serious now in discussions of resurrecting the Mountain Division rail line from Montreal to Portland through [...]

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Become Informed about the Corridor- Op-Ed by Jane Crosen

Become Informed about the Corridor

Although Cianbro Corp.’s proposal to build an East-West Corridor across Maine has gone relatively quiet in the face of public and legislative opposition, it hasn’t gone away. Peter Vigue (Maine magazine, May 2014) remains committed to developing a freight and energy supercorridor to boost Maine’s global trade connectivity, and his son Andi, Cianbro’s president, recently stated (WABI TV, June 16) they are at the preliminary stage of final development for the project.

Meanwhile, with Canada [...]

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Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit

Nestle leads the way as… Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit

Mammoth companies are trying to collect water that all life needs and charge for it as they would for other natural resources

….This summer, however, myriad business forces are combining to remind us that fresh water isn’t necessarily or automatically a free resource. It could all too easily end up becoming just another economic commodity.

At the forefront of this firestorm [...]

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Response to “Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye…[on EWC]” & Contact info for Gubernatorial Candidates

RE: BDN Article, Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye — mostly — on Maine’s proposed east-west highway, July 20, 2014 by Mario Moretto

Hello everyone,

I sent the following email to the reporter about a couple glaring inaccuracies in the most recent BDN article about the gubernatorial candidates positions on the EWC, and decided to share it with you all as well. From my observations, most of the reporters from the BDN are repeatedly making the same errors. [...]

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Indigenous People in “Maine” are under attack by the State

The indigenous peoples who have lived in what is now called “Maine” for over 10,000 years, are under attack by the State of Maine. The fishing rights of the Passamaquoddy and the Penobscots, and agreements recognizing the tribes as sovereign nations, are being attacked or denied by lawmakers in the Maine State Legislature, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho. This is what genocide looks like today.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the land [...]

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East/West ME film by Mathias Deming

Mathias Deming is a highschool student who sought to learn more about the East-West Corridor and produce a film about it. Mathias describes the film as, “A short documentary about the proposed east/west corridor in the state of Maine. East/west ME highlights major hopes and concerns that surround this very controversial topic . The film follows me as I learned about the corridor, interviewing various people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas. The hope is that this film will [...]

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Regional Planning for Washington County suddenly contradicts itself to prioritize EWC

By Chris Buchanan

Update as of June 8, 2014: Eastern Maine Development Corporation receives $187 million federal grant “to develop a strategic plan following the loss of rail service and paper-making jobs.” Link to article. What is happening here is for-profit corporations like Mobilize Maine, and non-profits corporations that have joined forces with them, are using federal money to privatize regional and statewide development planning.

The following article was originally published on May 6, 2014. Since then, we [...]

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Chris Buchanan interviewed for STEWC’s two-year anniversary