Walk begins on Saturday - see route information here
Saturday, October 11, 2015
Great Start in Rangeley
Made it to Rangeley, Maine to start our Walk for Peace & A
Sustainable Future...... invited to a turkey supper with more than a hundred
people at the local UCC church where we are sleeping on the floor - they just
had Br. Senji Kanaeda sing an old Negro spiritual to the assembled ....beautiful
start to our peace walk!
The reception has been fantastic.
Photo by Dud Hendrick
Sunday, October 11, 2015 Day 3 - Arriving in Belfast
We walked into Belfast today and once again (frankly much to my surprise)
the response from the public remained excellent. They seem to understand
our concern about the damage to sea life and at this point don't appear to
be much put off by our pointing the finger directly at the Navy for causing
so much of the harm.
The weather was perfect again today and we had unexpected visits by two
different families with their kids who eagerly brought their boundless
energy to us. One of the moms is a former Catholic Worker activist who has
moved back home to Maine to raise her family. She was driving by when she
spotted us and the four of them came back to join us for several miles.
While we had lunch at a beautifully scenic area overlooking the Penobscot
River one woman pulled up and donated a bunch of bottled water to us. Then
minutes later another woman pulled up who happens to be a leading activist
in the state trying to protect our state's underground water supply from the
greedy Nestle water bottling corporation (under the trade name of Poland
Springs). As we neared Belfast another family with their young son joined
the walk and the boy chanted "Save the fish" all the way across the bridge
leading into the city.
After crossing the bridge we walked through the city streets with the
booming Native American drum on wheels pulled by longtime Maine activist
Peter Baldwin. This got the attention of the tourists in the seaside
business district and we handed them flyers.
Four women from the Bangor-based choral group called Voices for Peace have
been with us the whole way so far. Tonight at the pot luck supper in
Belfast they touched our hearts with several songs. During the walk they
have been singing in response as Mary Beth Sullivan has been drumming and
chanting the Nipponzan Myohoji "Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo". This kept us
going up the long hills and down the other side as our legs and feet began
to hurt. We were literally lifted up.
A couple people will leave the walk tomorrow but several more new folks have
joined us keeping our numbers in the 20-person range.
Monday, October 12, 2015 Day 4 - Acupuncture in Camden
We began our day at the UCC Church in Belfast this morning and headed toward
Camden. The minister from the church walked with us the eight miles to our
beautiful lunch spot at Lincolnville Beach. The weather was spectacular
(some Mainers are beginning to like climate change which has extended our
summer weather into October).
What an amazing group we have - today 22 folks - some have left the walk and
been replaced by others. Veterans for Peace national board member Tarak
Kauff (Woodstock, New York) and former national board member Nate Goldshlag
(Boston) joined us tonight in Camden. Glad to have them with us.
When we arrived at the Catholic Church in Camden today around 4:00 pm fellow
walk organizer Jason Rawn had arranged for an acupuncturist to give our
weary bodies a treatment. I noticed that everyone looked more refreshed
after the needles were taken from their legs, arms, feet and heads. I could
feel the energy moving inside me.
Mary Beth had to return home today as she has to go back to work tomorrow.
We are really going to miss her drumming and the good natured loving care
she provided to all of us on the walk. She will be back this weekend when
she brings Buddhist nun Jun-san Yasuda to join us in Freeport.
We had a
photographer show up this morning to get some pictures
of us as we took off from Belfast. As we were shuttling cars ahead this
morning I tuned back into WERU community radio and there on the air were our
two walkers who were interviewed by the station on our second day of the
walk - so they replayed the interview! Thanks WERU.
There was a great program after the pot luck supper tonight at the church in
Camden. We were entertained by Mainer singer/songwriter David Dodson and
his wife Mary Kate Small. Each night we are asking a different walker to
speak about why we are walking and tonight Connie Jenkins did a fabulous job
with that job. Each night we are also reading an open letter to the
president of Bath Iron Works that we will deliver when we arrive in Bath on
Thursday this week. A similar letter, calling for the conversion of the
shipyard to peaceful production, will be delivered to the Machinists Union
in Bath as well. When we land in Kittery, Maine at the Portsmouth Naval
shipyard on October 23 we'll also deliver a letter to the Navy commander
In the morning we head to Rockland where we will be hosted by the Unitarian
Church. Likely going to get some rain again tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Day 5 - Fog & Rain in Rockland
The fog was thick when we left Camden this morning for the nine mile walk to
Rockland. After the first three miles the rain started and by about mile six
it began to come down much harder. We took a short break at a park along the
water - we couldn't see anything though because of the fog. We decided to skip
our lunch and pressed on into the revitalized downtown of Rockland stopping at
a book cafe for a hot cup of caffeine. The owner of the joint told us we
could have any dessert for free as a reward for our walking.
Because we pushed into Rockland sooner than expected the Unitarian Church was
not going to be immediately available to us so Jason Rawn walked over to the
city recreation center and asked if we could have our lunch there. They
kindly said yes so we sat in the basketball court bleachers eating while
watching a couple of our folks shoot some hoops.
One older woman joined us today for the walk and I learned she had heard our
two speakers on WERU radio the other day. She wrote down the Maine Veterans
for Peace website address given out over the air as the site to find more
information. She went to the website, checked our daily schedule, and came to
the supper program in Camden last night and then walked with us today. She
shared with one of the walkers that when her son was in the military he was
repeatedly exposed to the use of depleted uranium and has spent recent years
battling four different cancers. She had real incentive to walk with us.
College senior Morgana Warner Evans from West Bath, Maine has been with us the
last two days and is specializing in chasing down people as we pass them by to
make sure they get one of our flyers. Everyone remarks about her boundless
energy and strong determination to share the message of the walk with as many
people as possible.
My favorite part of the day was again hearing the Buddhist chant in four part
harmony during the rain performed by the women from Voices for Peace based in
Bangor - who I've fondly been calling the McGuire Sisters.
Tomorrow we head south to Damariscotta and will be staying at the Friends
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Day 6 - Eating for Peace
Food is important on peace walks. We carry two coolers with us filled with
cheese, hummus, carrots and other left overs from the excellent pot luck
suppers that are organized on our behalf. We are still eating from the four
large loaves of wonderful bread donated to us by a popular Maine baking
It's apple season in Maine so we have several bags of donated apples in the
back of our van. During the suppers we've had apple cakes, applesauce,
apple crisp and apple bars on the tables. And of course apple cider is
available every night.
Tonight is our first night on the walk where we did not have a home stay
provided for us. During my home stays we've had oatmeal, eggs, and
blueberry pancakes for breakfast so far. This evening we are sleeping on
the floor at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House (Quakers) in Damariscotta.
We walked 8 miles south from Rockland today to a farm house (built in 1850)
owned by peace activist Steve Burke who provided us with a wonderful lunch
mostly grown in his abundant garden. Steve also hosted our event last night
in Rockland so he served his homemade veggie soup then and again today for
lunch. The vegans in our group appreciated it.
Just south of Rockland we were joined for two miles by a couple visiting
Maine on vacation from Montana. They are both members of Veterans for Peace
- the woman, Diane Carlson-Evans, was a nurse in Vietnam and went on to be
the driving force behind the Vietnam Women's War Memorial in Washington DC.
They had seen a flyer about the walk inside a coffee shop in Rockland
(probably the joint where we took refuge from the rain yesterday) and
tracked us down. More magic on the peace walk.
The weather today was sunny (a bit too warm actually) but overall a lovely
day for walking. It appears to be clouding up now with rain on the way but
we are safe inside the Quaker Meeting House.
Tomorrow we head into Bath in time to vigil at Bath Iron Works during the
3:30 pm shift change. Friday we have a day off and then walk into Brunswick
on Saturday. People keep coming and going but our solid core remains
largely in tact - all tired but loving the sense of community and purpose
that keeps us moving south.
Photos by Regis Tremblay
Peace Walk Arrives in Bath
Video by Regis Tremblay
It's getting late, I'm tired, my eyes are burning. I didn't sleep much last
night on the floor of Quaker Meeting House in Damariscotta, Maine.
We walked just 10 miles today (sunny and cool with vivid fall colors) and
arrived in Bath in time to deliver letters to the president of Bath Iron
Works and to the local Machinists Union just before several thousand workers
came streaming out of the shipyard at 3:30 pm. We had 19 folks lined up
along the sidewalks with cameras, banners, and signs calling for conversion
of the shipyard to building rail, solar and wind power instead of weapons of
mass destruction. Our leafletter supreme, Morgana Warner-Evans, broke the
record for handing out flyers at any protest I've ever been to at BIW. She
plowed right into the middle of the workers as the rushed out of the yard
and it was a pure joy to watch.
Afterwards we went to a local church and had hot apple cider and seasoned
popcorn while we discussed the protest. We all felt the event was made even
more special by the presence of two great banners made specifically for this
walk - one by Russell Wray that many have seen attached to our walk van and
the other by Artists Rapid Response Team (see above post of photos).
At one rest stop today a reporter from the Lincoln County News came
and interviewed us. See it
Maine VFP web master Dan Ellis tracked down other news reports about the
walk from Belfast and Camden - see them
here. A reporter from the Brunswick-based Times Record came out
to interview us during the BIW protest this afternoon so we are looking
forward to seeing it tomorrow.
Walkers get a well deserved day off on Friday and then on Saturday we resume
walking from Bath at 9:00 am for Brunswick and a pot luck supper at the home
of Selma & Hersch Sternlieb. All interested human beings are more than
welcome to attend.
Some more walkers had to leave today to return home to work and others keep
coming on board for the continuing trip south. We end in Portsmouth, New
Hampshire on Oct 24 with a march back across the bridge to the Naval
shipyard in Kittery for our finale event.
Then we are having a walker reunion protest on Saturday, Oct 31 in Bath
during the blasphemous 'christening' of another Aegis destroyer from 10:00
am to 1:00 pm. We are going to have music, poetry, speeches, and more that
day under the Halloween theme "Something scary is happening here in Bath."
Come dressed in custom if you are so inspired.
Thursday, October 15, 2015 BIW Protest - Convert the Endless War Machine!
Photos by Peter Woodruff - retired BIW worker.
Friday, October 16,
Peace Walker Reunion Planned.....
Good coverage in local newspaper in the Midcoast of Maine today.
Article about Peace Walk protest yesterday at Bath Iron Works and
they printed our open letter to the president of the shipyard as
well. See them
Day Nine: Saturday,
October 17, 2015
Buddhist Nun Arrives in Brunswick
Civil war statue at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine
We walked into Brunswick today from Bath and after arriving we looped through
the downtown area where we were able to hand out many flyers. Then we passed
through Bowdoin College which was having their annual 'parents day' so more
people than normal were around.
Three people unexpectedly showed up just before we began walking this morning -
it's always a nice energy boost to have some fresh walkers join in like that.
In all we had 15 people doing the whole 9.5 miles today so it was a colorful
group for sure.
Mary Beth drove to Grafton, New York this morning to pick up Buddhist nun
Jun-san Yasuda and another Japanese woman who will join the walk on Sunday as we
head into Freeport. Jun-san has previously walked with us here in Maine and is
a beloved person who has led walks across the US numerous times over the years.
She is particularly loved by Native American activists who have had walking
relationships with her for a long time.
Niponzan Myohoji Buddhist nun Jun-san
Yasuda joins the walk in Brunswick on Sunday
On Monday we've been invited to have some of our walkers speak to
students at the Friends School near Portland. This will be one of
two schools we will visit - the other at the New School in
Each night during our programs we've been inviting people to join
the 'christening' protest now planned for October 31 in Bath when
the newest Aegis destroyer gets the 'blessing of Christ' - remember
him, the prince of peace! (Yeah, the guy who said we should love
our enemies and turn the other cheek.) Folks seem very committed to
coming and we are looking forward to that event as kind of a walker
Sunday, October 18, 2015 Day 10 - Into the Shopping Mecca of Freeport
Video by Eric Herter
Following the end of World War II the US loaded nuclear weapons onto
warplanes and flew them just off the coast of China. Each pilot was
assigned a different Chinese city as his target. Bob Dale flew for the
Navy and carried a nuke on his plane along with his assigned target city.
Fortunately Bob never had to drop the bomb. Years later it dawned on him
what he had been assigned to do and for many years he has been an active
leader in Maine Veterans for Peace.
Today Bob, at 91 years old, walked half of our 10 mile journey from
Brunswick to Freeport. This time he was only armed with two walking
sticks, one in each hand.
When we arrived in Freeport, world famous as the home of L.L. Bean store,
we walked all the way through the busy town handing out flyers on both
sides of the street. When we hit the end of the mega corporate shopping
strip we crossed the street and went back to the other side of town. Then
we headed to the local church where we are being hosted tonight by the
parishioners from the First Parish Church (this is the third time one of
our walks has stayed here.) This was our most productive day of handing
out flyers yet.
It is great to have Jun-san Yasuda with us today. She brings joy and deep
inspiration to our walk. She brought with her an activist from Okinawa.
In the morning we head for Portland with a stop at Friends School where
they will feed us lunch and three of our folks will speak and sing to the
7th & 8th grade students.
Here are a couple photos from today......
Monday, October 19, 2015 Day 11 - Walking as Long as I Can
Climate change and militarization of oceans banners lining the walls at Portland pot luck supper
Fourteen of us walked from Freeport into Portland today - a 15 mile
journey. We had the biggest crowd yet for a pot luck supper at the State
Street Church in Portland - much thanks to Grace Braley for organizing that
Earlier in the day we walked our first 9.4 miles before our lunch which was
provided by the Friends School in their beautiful new no-carbon footprint
school. Three of our walkers went there at 10:00 am and spoke to the
combined class of 7th and 8th graders. Russell talked about the Navy's
impact on sea life, Eric (Veterans for Peace member) shared what it means to
be a war veteran who now opposes US foreign and military policy, and Katie
led the group in singing the alternative words to the Star Spangled Banner
written by VFP leaders Tarak Kauff and Ellen Davidson.
As we entered Portland I got a phone call from a man I did not know who
wanted to bring us some coffee that he got donated from a local company. He
met us during our break as we walked around Back Cove and the group loved
his thoughtful sharing. One of our folks remarked that it was the best
coffee he's had on the entire walk.
A young woman also called early this morning wanting to join us. She had
seen a post on the Internet about the walk and recognized the photo of the
Buddhist nun Jun-san who is now with us. So Lynn showed up at our lunch
spot and walked the rest of the way. These are the kind of spontaneous
things that keep happening each day.
Just as I started writing this blog I got a call from Pat Scanlon, our local
host in York Beach, who said he had mentioned the walk while at his favorite
pizza shop today. The pizza owner offered to bake 12 pizzas for us and add
salad as well. The magic of the walk continues.
It's exciting to see how the peace walk message creeps into layers and
layers of our communities across the state - often in small ways but each
touching the lives of ordinary people. This process of creating experiences
for people when they make contact with this traveling road show is how
people begin to change.
Try as they might local Portland activists had little success getting the
Portland Press Herald or the local TV to cover us as we walked into town.
Breaking into the bigger mainstream media has become increasingly difficult
in recent years. All along the way we've had good success getting coverage
from the smaller local papers but the media giants are still proving to be
generally out-of-bounds for groups that dare take on the sacred cow of the
military industrial complex. (One of the smaller Portland weekly papers did
send a photographer as we crossed the bridge into the city.)
Al Johnson from the Boston-area VFP Smedley Butler Brigade joined us in
Freeport early this morning. He was on our walk planning committee and had
made the trek up to Maine a couple times when we had meetings. He also
raised funds to help with walk costs. After we reached Portland this
afternoon he jumped in his car heading back to Boston to pick up a couple
more VFP members. That is real commitment.
I'm tired and at times I find myself getting just a bit disoriented. While
this kind of walking is truly a young person's game I still love it -
particularly walking along the highway with my sign trying to make eye
contact with the legions of people driving by. It's an organizers dream to
have such a captive audience - all I have to do is just keep walking - and I
will as long as I possibly can.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Day 12 - Enjoying the Reactions to Our Walk
Twenty-one of us walked 13 miles into Saco today. We ended at the First
Parish Congregational Church which has hosted us on three or four previous
occasions. When we started out early this morning it was misting but after
a couple of hours the sun came out and it turned out to be a gorgeous day to
Tomorrow we have an easy day only going 10 miles into Kennebunk where
students at the alternative New School will host us for the night.
While on our lunch break in the parking lot of Lois's Natural Market I went
inside the store to use the restroom and when I came out standing in the
middle of the establishment was an old friend from Florida, Michael Canney.
What a surprise! Michael came to Maine to visit him mother who, though 86
years old, walked for a couple miles with us during the last legs of today's
journey. His mom, Connie, came the last day of the walk last year when we
reached Berwick for our protest at Pratt-Whitney where they build the
engines for the boondoggle F-35 warplane.
Our van driver Jeff shared a story about passing Rudy's Diner in South
Portland early on this morning and going inside to hand them some
literature. While there he heard some of the customers in conversation
about the walk and it appeared that there were folks on each side of the
war/peace issue. Jeff also reported that when he handed a street
construction worker a flyer the man said, "I want to walk next year". It's
exciting to know that people are being moved to think and talk about our
Last year we handed out 1,000 flyers during the walk so this year we printed
1,500. Our distribution has been steady and it appears we'll run out of
them by the time we finish up in Portsmouth on October 24.
Starting to hear from more and more folks saying they will join us for the
finale on Saturday, October 24 - we'll meet at Market Square in downtown
Portsmouth at 10:00 am. The plan is to walk back over the bridge into
Maine and hold a protest at the gates of the Naval Shipyard in Kittery and
then head back to Portsmouth - a total walk of about four miles. We
should be done that day by 1:00 pm.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Day 13 - Walking to Spark Thinking, Debate and Action
A member of the Portsmouth-based 'Leftist Marching Band' met us on the road today with
his saxophone as we approached Kennebunk. When we arrive in York Beach
tomorrow the band will greet us at our night spot.
Peace walker John Morris (on left) playing guitar with some students at
the New School in Kennebunk who are hosting us tonight
Twenty-two folks joined the walk today as we did our 10-mile peace strut
from Saco to Kennebunk. I've been joking today, with a great deal of truth
in my words, that we are a moving line of senior citizens. In fact just as
we arrived at the New School this afternoon I got a phone call from a woman
who lives at a senior citizen home 1.7 miles from here who said that 6-12
folks from their center want to join the walk when we pass by tomorrow
morning. That will be exciting for sure. Power to the peaceful elders!
We were joined on the walk this morning by Maine Vietnam veteran Preston
Hood (a former Navy Seal) who won the Maine Literary Award in 2012 for his
poetry. While waiting for dinner he read a couple of his poems to us. One
was about his Marine son who killed himself and Preston reminded us that 22
veterans commit suicide each day.
We are hosted at the New School by Olive Hight who is a high school senior
and coordinated the cooking of our dinner with a group of her fellow
students in the school kitchen. Olive is the daughter of my longtime friend
Matt Hight who brought her to Bath last July 4 for the annual parade. They
both helped us carry our political displays in the parade and she agreed
then to inquire about hosting us when the peace walk came through
Kennebunk. It's fun to see the excited students preparing food for our
We had two different local newspapers take photos and interviews today as we
walked. We are told that another paper will catch us tomorrow as we head
into York Beach. One reported asked me what our primary goal was and I
answered that we are trying to break through the silence about the Pentagon
having the largest carbon boot print on the planet. She remarked that she'd
never heard that before but that it made a lot of sense. If that gets into
her story we will be happy.
York Beach is likely to be our biggest evening event during the walk. The
Boston-area Veterans for Peace Smedley Butler Brigade is going all out to
get people to this event. Pat Scanlon is getting his neighbors involved in
housing some of us and he has arranged for the 'Leftist Marching Band' from
Portsmouth to greet us as we walk down the street to Pat's house. Add in
the various activists from around the state who will appear there as well
and it should be quite a night. And the pizzas being donated will be a hit
It seems we had more honks from cars and trucks today than previously. One
family stopped their car right in the middle of the busy US Highway 1 while
we were taking a break asking for more information. It's really fun to
watch people approaching us and wanting to talk politics - it happened
several times today. You can see there is a hunger amongst many people for
community and answers to their questions about why things are so bad across
the country. We've repeatedly seen that this walk is serving to spark
thinking, debate, and action. Can't ask for much more than that.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 Day 14 - Biggest Walk Day So Far
A few from the 'Leftist Marching Band' greeted us as we arrived in York Beach
Pat Scanlon (right) greets
walkers at they arrive at his York Beach home for the night
Students from the New School in Kennebunk walked with us today
We walked 14 miles today from Kennebunk to York Beach. Thirty people joined
the walk giving us our largest turnout since we began on October 9 in
Ellsworth. Eight of the students from the New School walked as did seven
folks from a senior intentional community near Kennebunk. It was an
impressive line of walkers during the high point of the day.
Early on this morning it began to drizzle a bit but the sun finally broke
through the cloudy sky. The rain held off until we got to York Beach - just
as we started to eat supper outside at Pat Scanlon's house the rains came
back for about an hour. Luckily the Smedley Buter Brigade out of Boston has
set up the three canopies where we huddled and ate the pizza, chili, and
salads provided for us.
About 10 members of the Smedley's were here to greet us as we arrived at
Pat's house. Many of them will join with us tomorrow as we walk into
Portsmouth. There will be a rally at 5:00 pm at Prescott Park after we
arrive in Portsmouth and at 6:00 pm there will be a supper and program at
St. John's Episcopal Church (100 Chapel St).
As we pulled into York Beach we were photographed by the York Weekly and
then a reporter from the paper interviewed several of the walkers. Our good
string of coverage by local weekly papers continues (except for the Bath
area where those weeklies don't like to report on protests at the BIW
shipyard - although we did get front page coverage in the local daily paper
there). But circulation numbers show that most small weekly papers often
have larger distribution than the daily papers due to the fact that many
people are canceling their subscriptions to the dailies and relying on the
free weekly papers for their news as a way to save money during these hard
The Leftist Marching Band that greeted us today in York Beach has a slogan
that I just adore - "Our music is better than it sounds". Gotta
love these folks.
Day 15 & 16 - The Big Finish
Lined up across from the Navy shipyard gate in Kittery this morning
Navy veteran Eric Wasileski tells his story at the Navy shipyard rally
MB and I are home and have unloaded the car and cleaned out the coolers and
food crates. The signs and banners are stowed for next week's (October 31)
protest at the Bath Iron Works shipyard where the Navy will 'christen' another
In the video posted just below you find about 50 of us having just come over
the bridge from Portsmouth, New Hampshire heading for the Kittery Naval
shipyard in Maine. We held a rally at the gate with several good speakers and
the band played some more music which we broadcasted with our sound system
deep into the shipyard for their listening pleasure.
One of the speakers at the shipyard gate was Eric Wasileski who served in the
Navy on a destroyer during Bill Clinton's attack on Iraq (Operation
Desert Fox) in 1998. Eric's ship fired more than 50 cruise missiles into
Iraq and he told the story of one of the missiles that misfired and landed in
the ocean just minutes away from the ship. They steamed to the site of impact
and discovered massive kills of ocean life - fish, sea snakes, sea turtles and
more. He also told the story of regularly firing 'depleted uranium' shells
from onboard the ship into the ocean to test the guns which would have put
huge amounts of the radioactive debris into the sea.
On Friday as we neared Portsmouth we arrived at the Kittery Naval shipyard at
3:00 pm just in time for the start of the worker shift change. Cars poured
out of the gates for more than an hour and we stood on both sides of the
narrow exit road holding our signs and banners. Veterans for Peace member
Nate Goldshlag handed out many fliers to drivers as they sat at the traffic
light waiting to leave the shipyard. (In the end we got rid of all of the
flyers we made for the walk.)
This morning (Saturday) we gathered at Market Square in the heart of downtown
Portsmouth to prepare to walk back to the shipyard for our rally at a second
gate. As we waited on folks to arrive the 'Leftist Marching Band' cranked up
the sound which drew attention far and wide. As we walked the two miles to
the shipyard the band kept the songs going. We were also joined this morning
by Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist monk Brother Kato who in the past has led
several of our walks through Maine. It was quite a site seeing our long line
of marchers going over the bridge.
After the rally at the shipyard gate we walked back to Market Square for our
final closing circle. I thanked this wonderful community, a family, for their
cooperative spirit and for their determined effort to walk so far for such
good reasons. While I am sure everyone will be glad to get back to their own
beds tonight I know that we all will miss one another and cherish the bonds we
formed during this sacred walk.
My hope is that we all find ways to work and walk together again.
I am still collecting photos from the walk. Probably tomorrow I'll post many
more of them. Thanks to all who helped make this walk such a great success.
Day 16 - Back to the Navy Shipyard
The Maine Peace Walk marches from Portsmouth, NH to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Saturday, October 24, 2015 The Dancing Buddhist Nun
Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist nun Jun-san Yasuda grabbed the hat of the
cheerleader from the 'Leftist Marching Band' this morning and showed us some
of her moves before we began the final leg of the Maine Peace Walk.
Jun-san is a real character and is beloved by all. We were honored to have
her walking with us.
More Walk Photos
Our walk sweatshirt front side logo
Nipponzan Myohoji Monk and Nuns in Market Square as we conclude with closing circle
Walking along the ocean in York Beach - just like a herd of Elk
Lisa Savage from CodePink Maine speaks at shipyard gate rally. She is a teacher and couldn't come on the
walk until the last day but was ever present on Facebook and Twitter daily
promoting the walk.
Eric and Jun-san playing stretching games
At the shipyard gate
At the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard gate
Jason Rawn at shipyard gate - he helped with walk organizing from the start and sang at some evening
Peter Woodruff filming Eric Wasileski at shipyard gate. Peter came the last couple days with Regis
Tremblay to work on a finale walk short video.
Our last lunch on the road - by then we'd collected lots of leftovers from pot luck suppers
Mary Beth Sullivan speaking at shipyard gate on Saturday. She drove to Grafton, New York to bring
Jun-san to the walk a week ago.
Amy, holding sign, came every morning for six days during the walk and spent hours running flyers to
local businesses and people watching us from the sidelines as we walked.
She was a great help.
At Market Square in downtown Portsmouth before heading to shipyard on Saturday morning
Students from the New School in Kennebunk who cooked for us and walked with us
Boston-area VFP member Al Johnson and Mainer Dixie Searway at York Beach. Al was on the walk organizing
committee and helped raise funds for the walk.
Leftist Marching Band - "Our music is better than it sounds"
On last leg of the walk - back over the bridge on
Saturday to the Navy shipyard for the final rally
Assorted photos from the last few days of the Maine Peace Walk: Pentagon's
Impact on the Oceans. They are in no particular order. They were taken by
Lisa Savage, Regis Tremblay, Bob Klotz, Nancy Larson and others. They give a
sense of the life of the walk.