Budget for All – Why Not?
Teach-in with Maine Alliance for the Common Good
Sunday, April 7th 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Bangor Lounge, University of Maine, Orono
Fed up with DC Gridlock? Grassroots Alternatives Teach-in to be held at UM April 7th
Orono — 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. See schedule below.
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, Read Brugger of 350 Maine on the Environment, Lisa Savage CodePINK Maine on Feminist Values and Militarism and Katrina Bisheimer, Nurse, on labor. 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 $$ Home, Alternative Economies, Money out of Politics, Nonviolence, Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Art Activism. The workshops will provide information and an opportunity to share ideas and explore mutual support and connections.
Co-sponsors include the Maine Peace Action Committee, Green Team, Sustainable Agriculture Enthusiasts, Student Women’s Association, Office of Multicultural Programs UM, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine; 350 Maine; Americans Who Tell the Truth; CODE PINK State of Maine; Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space; Maine All Care; Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home; Peninsula Peace & Justice; Union of Maine Visual Artists; Veterans for Peace Jim Harney Chapter 003; Pax Christi Maine; Midcoast Peace & Justice
For more information or to pre-register call 942-9343 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> You can register on the day itself, but it would be helpful for their planning if you could pre-register. Thanks!
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