October 08, 2018
On October 6th, the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space held their annual Keep Space for Peace Week vigil at Bath Iron Works (BIW) which was attended by 33 people from across Maine, New York and Massachusetts.
After the protest we had a pot luck lunch at the Addams-Melman House in Bath which was followed by a planning meeting to discuss the next ‘christening’ of a destroyer at the Navy shipyard. At this moment the date for the next ‘christening’ has not been set but it could happen before the end of this year.
Nineteen people joined the meeting where we reviewed the last two non-violent civil resistance actions at BIW. The Zumwalt 12 action was held in 2016. During the trial the defendants were found guilty and sentenced to 30 hours of community service. Here is a video from that action.
In 2017 the Aegis 9 were arrested in another ‘christening’ protest at BIW. The case was thrown out of court by the Superior Court judge who stated that the Bath police department had been “out sourced to BIW”. See the video from that action here
We also reminded everyone that a Non-Violence Training has been scheduled for Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Damariscotta at the Friends Meeting House (77 Belvedere Road – just off US Hwy 1). Please bring your own lunch.