STEWC is a member of the Alliance for Common Good.  Hope to see you at the Rally with no corridor signs of all kinds, and visions of what we DO want!  
If you are part of a group that agrees with the principles below, be in touch by January 2 and we'll add you as a sponsoring organization.  
Reminder for folks who want to help with legislation this session, STEWC is hosting a briefing meeting at 9am SHARP before the Rally in the Cross Cafe (in the basement of the Cross Building) to get folks up to speed.  
Happy New Year! Chris
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RD Annual RALLY FOR UNITY*  
 
Thursday, January 8, 2015 
10:00 AM12:00 PM 
Hall of Flags, State House, Augusta 
 
...For people and our environment on the first day of the 128th Legislature 
  
The RALLY OF UNITY is organized by the Alliance for the Common Good, an ad-hoc coalition assembling as a unified front to give voice to all Maine people and to push back against corporate dominance in government. An overarching theme for this year's rally will be the critical need for protecting our Waters.
  
JOIN USThe bigger the movement, the stronger the impact! 
  
No particular group will be featured. We do not all agree or endorse each other on every issue, but we can rally behind the need for: 
 
·         Respect for community sovereignty 
·         Reserving Maine money for Maine people 
·         An economy that protects our environment. 
·         Keeping money out of politics. 
 

Please feel free to represent yourselves or your group visually and be creative to highlight issues you're most concerned about.  Tabling available starting at 10:00 AM through 3:00 PM. 

Reminder: You need to go thru security to get into the State Capitol building where the rally is being held. So, come earlier (9:30 is recommended) if possible and bring a sign if you like. No sticks (such as those attached to a sign), no knives or other weapons, and no drugs will be allowed, so leave them elsewhere.

Following the event, all participants are invited to join us for a meeting where we hope to expand on our ability to support one another and strengthen our alliances. The meeting will begin at 1pm with the location TBA at the rally.
 
If you are not able to make the Rally please consider signing the petition below or submitting a donation. There is an online petition circulating that describes a current critical issue between the Penobscot Nation and the State of Maine government.  The petition challenges the states claim related to the river. This will be a topic at this year's rally. The petition may be read, signed and commented on, at:
 
Donations towards legal fees associated with the case can be sent to:
Penobscot Nation River Defense Fund, c/o Dan Nelson Director of Finance
12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, ME 04468
 
 
For more information contact: Jim Freeman, packrats@mainisms.com or 570-4145.
*An 8 1/2 x 11 flyer of the rally to post and distribute is available from rosc@psouth.net.

Chris Buchanan
Maine Coordinator, Defending Water for Life in Maine
Statewide Coordinator, Stop the East-West Corridor
(207) 495-3648

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Comment by Penny Gray on January 3, 2015 at 2:04pm
Respect for community sovereignty 
·         Reserving Maine money for Maine people 
·         An economy that protects our environment. 
·         Keeping money out of politics. 
All of these pertain to the fight against industrial wind in Maine, not just the east/west corridor.  Seems like joining forces in Augusta would be a prudent way to make connections and spread the truth about industrial wind.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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