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East-West Corridor Art Show starts this week!

Attention Art Enthusiasts & everyone questioning the East-West Corridor…

Eighteen artists who live or create art in the areas threatened by the East-West Corridor proposed by Cianbro Corporation are sharing their work at a very special art show and fundraiser!

Where: 131 Main Street, Northeast Harbor When: August 13th – 19th | 9am to 7pm daily **Opening reception will be Thursday, August 14th, at 5pm**

Through the work of these artists, the people, culture, and landscapes threatened [...]

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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

In Democratic primaries, Jackson staunchly opposed to East-West Corridor

Start viewing at 4 minutes in to see Jackson and Cain share their opinions about the EWC. Click here for video.

Att the Democratic Convention in Bangor, Jackson gave a speech about why he wants to go to Washington. The article and video of Jackson’s speech are available at this Portland Press Herald blog.

Maine Grandmothers Unite to Halt Plans for New Highway

Link to Original Article.

05/23/2014 Reported By: Susan Sharon Frustrated by what they say is the failure of legislative and political efforts to stop the proposed east-west highway, a small group of grandmothers is taking matters into its own hands. The grandmothers have started holding monthly vigils in front of Cianbro headquarters. Cianbro is the Pittsfield-based construction firm that wants to build a 220-mile-long closed access toll highway that would stretch from Calais to Coburn Gore. As Susan [...]

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