Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by Carolyn Coe
Bruce Gagnon on the “US Pivot to the Asia-Pacific” and ties with BIW here in Maine
Bruce Gagnon is well known in Maine as the co-founder of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, and as an active member of Veterans for Peace. He is also a senior fellow at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute and a member of the “Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific” and has traveled extensively in the area.
He spoke in Deer Isle on August 3rd at an event sponsored by Island Peace and Justice, Peninsula Peace and Justice and Americas Who Tell the Truth. The topic was the “Pivot to the Asia-Pacific”. Gagnon talked about the U.S. military presence in the region, U.S. relations with N. Korea, S. Korea, Japan, China, and Russia, and ties with Bath Iron Works here in Maine
Note: An excerpt from this talk aired on a previous edition of Maine Currents
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Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco
Topics: FMLN wins El Salvador Election- Social Movement Response, and local Peace and Justice movement responds to the 6th Anniversary of the US war on Iraq.
Segment 1: Interviews with Esther Chavez, who is from El Salvador, now living in the United States. She has been working with the US El Salvador Sister Cities network since the early 90s and went down as an election observer on Sunday. She talks about her experience and the historical significance of the election of the FMLN candidate, Mauricio Funes, and with social movement leader Lorena Martinez, the President of CRIPDES, a network of over 300 organized communities throughout El Salvador, involved in community development projects and organizing around social and political issues, like free trade, water privatization and gold mining. She talks about the significance of the elections and the implications for the social movement in El Salvador FMI: www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org & www.cispes.org
Segment 2: A coalition of groups working on peace, justice and human rights issues held a press conference at the Peace & Justice Center in Bangor earlier today to mark the 6th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq & to announce plans for a Community Teach In Saturday called “New Organizing Strategies for the Obama Era”. Here are some excerpts of remarks from members of some of the coalition of 16 groups co-sponsoring the Teach-In (which will be held 3/21/09, 1-5pm at the UU Church on Park Street in Bangor). FMI: www.peacectr.org or 207-943-9343