Maine Activists Protest Spending on U.S. Nuclear Overhaul
PORTLAND, Maine - As Maine residents scrambled to get their income taxes filed by today's deadline, a small group of activists gathered in Portland's Congress Square Park to protest how those taxes are being spent.
Members of several groups called on the federal government to scrap its plans for a trillion-dollar overhaul of the U.S.'s nuclear weapons program and instead take steps to abolish the weapons.
Bath resident Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
"The Pentagon has essentially become the primary resource extraction service for corporate globalization, but obviously it benefits the military industrial complex as they make massive profits from endless war," Gagnon said.
Other groups represented at the protest included Maine Veterans for Peace, Peace Action Maine, PeaceWorks, Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center, Maine Natural Guard, and 350Maine.
The protesters said they want their tax money spent on healthcare, education, rebuilding the nation's "crumbling" infrastructure and other programs that bolster communities.