D.C. activists to keynote teach-in on Budget Alternatives
As politicians debate which vital safety net programs to cut, members of the newly formed Maine Alliance for the Common Good plan a teach-in to explore alternatives to proposed austerity measures and environmental policies. Alliance members will sponsor a free and open to the public teach-in, “Budget for All – Why Not?” on April 7 from 12:30 – 5 p.m. in the Bangor Lounge at the University of Maine in Orono.
The teach-in will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, co-directors of It’s Our Economy in Washington, D.C. and be followed by a panel of Maine activists and workshops on specific campaigns.
Margaret Flowers, a Maryland pediatrician, appeared on Bill Moyers’ Journal in 2010 after being arrested for trying to get Congress and the White House to pay attention to the need for a single payer health care system while serving as Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program. She views the struggle for health care as part of a broader social, economic and environmental justice movement. She joined Kevin Zeese in March 2011 as co-director of ItsOurEconomy.us in order to educate, organize and mobilize around social and economic justice issues
Kevin Zeese, an attorney and political activist, advocates for democratizing the economy as co-director of It’s Our Economy and works to oppose war and shrink the military budget through Come Home America. With Margaret, Zeese co-hosts Clearing the FOG radio, which airs on We Act Radio, 1480 AM. Zeese serves on the steering committees of the Bradley Manning Support Network and October2011.org, which organized the Occupation of Washington and seeks to challenge corporatism and militarism.
The keynote will be followed by a panel of Maine activists including Dan White, UM graduate student on Student Debt, Adam Goode, Representative from Bangor on Money and Politics, an invited speaker on labor and Lisa Savage Code PINK Maine on Feminist Values and Militarism.
After the panel, workshops on specific campaigns with resource people from those campaigns, will share information. Participants will explore connections, how to be mutually supportive and next steps.
Workshop topics will include Challenging Austerity; Protecting Maine’s Environment; Health Care for All; Bring Our War $$ Home; Alternative Economies; Money out of Politics; Nonviolence; Fossil Fuel Divestment; and Art Activism. The workshops will provide information and an opportunity to share ideas and explore mutual support and connections.
Co-sponsors include the Maine Peace Action Committee, Green Team, Sustainable Agriculture Enthusiasts, Student Women’s Association, Office of Multicultural Programs at UM, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine; 350 Maine; Americans Who Tell the Truth; CODE PINK State of Maine; Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space; Maine All Care; Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home; Peninsula Peace & Justice; Union of Maine Visual Artists; Veterans for Peace Jim Harney Chapter 003, Pax Christi Maine.
Budget for All – Why Not?
Saturday, April 7th 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Bangor Lounge, University of Maine, Orono
12:30 – 1:00 Tabling, Refreshments, Introductions
12:50 – 2:15 Keynote “Budget for all – Why Not?”
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese,
co-directors of It’s Our Economy
2:15 – 3:15 Maine Activist Panel:
Student Debt: Dan White, Graduate Student, UM
Money and Politics: Adam Goode,
Bangor Representative to Maine Legislature
Feminist values and Militarism: Lisa Savage,
Code Pink Maine
Environment: Read Burgger, 350 Maine
Labor Organizing: Cynthia Phinney
Electrical Workers Union (IBEW) Local 1837 i
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:50 Workshops on what we
can do, how we can make connections and
support each other and what is the next step.
Participant input will be facilitated along
with information sharing.
3:30 – 4:10 Workshops Session 1
Protecting Maine’s Environment:
Chris Buchanan-EW Highway,
Ken Agabian-Thanks but No Tanks
Health Care for All: Geoff Gratwick MD,
Bangor, Maine State Senator, Phil Caper, MD,
Maine All Care
Student Debt: Dan White + MPAC members
Bring Our War $$ Home: Bruce Gagnon
Art Activism: Maine Visual Artists, Rob Shetterly
4:10-4:50: Workshops Session 2
Alternative Economies: Deborah Hawkins,
Cooperative Maine, Elaine Palmer, graduate student
Money out of Politics: Bonnie Preston,
Alliance for Democracy: B J McCallister
Maine Citizns for Clean Elections
Nonviolence: Larry Dansinger, ROSC
Challenging Austerity: Mary Beth Sullivan,
Fossil Fuel Divestment: Karen Marysdaughter +