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January 16, 2015
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Washington, D.C. — “Today the Obama administration announced a slew of proposals that will endanger our water systems by promoting and facilitating the management of critical drinking water resources by companies that often have a poor track record. Through the creation of a new Water Finance Center at the [...]
Continue reading Obama’s New Infrastructure Plan Would Worsen Our Water System Woes
A tremendous showing for community and tribal sovereignty, and water protection
Augusta – Over a hundred Maine citizens and representatives from dozens of organizations joined forces at the State House’s Hall of Flags for the third annual Rally of Unity. The overarching theme for this year’s rally was protection of our water resources and respect for community and tribal sovereignty. Featured speakers included Shenna Bellows, former candidate for U.S. Senate and former Maine Senator Troy Jackson.
Other speakers shared the [...]
Continue reading Alliance for Common Good hosts 3rd Annual Rally of Unity
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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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.
Continue reading End Violence Together event draws crowd in Bangor
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 [...]
Continue reading Rail / Water ties with Nestle: update from Western ME
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 [...]
Continue reading Become Informed about the Corridor- Op-Ed by Jane Crosen
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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RE: BDN Article, Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye — mostly — on Maine’s proposed east-west highway, July 20, 2014 by Mario Moretto
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. [...]
Continue reading Response to “Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye…[on EWC]” & Contact info for Gubernatorial Candidates
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 [...]
Continue reading Indigenous People in “Maine” are under attack by the State