Peace activists to walk from Limestone to Bath

11 years ago

Peace activists from Maine and beyond plan to walk from Limestone to Bath from October 10-19 in an attempt to draw attention to an issue of domestic use of drone surveillance at home and foreign drone usage.
Walk organizers have stated that thirty-seven states have applied to host one of six military drone test centers across the nation, with discussion that the Presque Isle airport could become a weaponized drone test center, which the organization states is the impetus for starting the walk in Aroostook County,” said a press release sent by walk organizers with the groups Maine Veterans For Peace and the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home.
According to Lisa Savage, co-coordinator of the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home, “This walk is important to raise awareness of how the government spends our tax dollars on very expensive drones to keep us all under surveillance. Drones are being used to kill thousands of innocent civilians, including hundreds of children, around the world. People here in the U.S. say they want their tax dollars spent on health care, education, jobs and veterans benefits — not drones,” she said.
The drone walk begins in Limestone on Thursday, Oct. 10 and will pass through Caribou, Presque Isle, Old Town, Bangor, Skowhegan, Mercer, Farmington, Waterville, Belgrade, Augusta and Bath. Organizers say that some driving will be necessary between some of the communities. The walk will average about 13 miles per day and in the evenings, walkers will be fed at local churches and will stay in local homes.
The walk will conclude on October 19 with a 10:00 am protest in Bath at the “christening” of the Navy’s first “stealth” destroyer at Bath Iron Works.
The daily schedule and entire walk route can be found at Drone Peace Walk Schedule.pdf.