WERU Special 5/7/19: Climate crisis and conversion of BIW from building warships

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

On April 27, 2019, 25 people were arrested while blocking roads near the North Gate of Bath Iron Works on the morning of the christening ceremony for the warship the Zumwalt Destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson. Bringing attention to the urgency of the moment given the climate crisis and the harm caused by the US military worldwide, activists share why they protested the ceremony and share their calls for the conversion of the shipyard to the building of green technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, and plastic collectors for polluted oceans.

Guests: Ellen Barfield, Russell Wray, Rob Shetterly, Dud Hendrick, Rev. Mair Honan, Meredith Bruskin, Ginny Schneider, Ethan Hughes, Jim Freeman, Jason Rawn, George Ostensen, Deb Marshall, Connie Jenkins

The above individuals represent many groups including Veterans for Peace, Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Maine Veterans for Peace, Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, Maine War Tax Resisters, Island Peace and Justice, Peninsula Peace and Justice, Pax Christi Maine, and Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm.

Veterans for Peace event announcement and flyer