Kennebunkport protest expected to draw around 5000

Protest round-up
August 22, 2007 3:53:22 PM

Like Jay Z and hip-hop, or moths and flames, Cindy Sheehan seems unable to stay away from the peace movement that she publicly cut ties with just over two months ago. “This is my resignation letter as the ‘face’ of the American anti-war movement,” she wrote at the end of May on the progressive blog “I am getting out before it totally consumes me or anymore people that I love and the rest of my resources.”

Then, on August 9, she announced plans to run for Congress against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. And this weekend, she will speak to thousands of anti-war protesters in Kennebunkport, where the Kennebunks Peace Department, along with scads of other social justice organizations, will hold a Weekend of Solidarity to End the War.

Anti-war superstars in addition to Sheehan dot the bill — including Ohio congressman (and presidential candidate) Dennis Kucinich, the Indigo Girls, and former Georgia representative Cynthia McKinney; unfortunately, Michael Moore backed out at the last minute. A group from New Orleans is expected to arrive in their FEMA trailer, “to remind people that New Orleans is still in recovery,” and of “the failure of the Bush administration to help its own citizens,” says organizer Jamilla El-Shafei. There’ll be “a huge amount of activists,” of course, but El-Shafei is “hoping that lots of people who have never been to a protest will show up.”

Between 4000 and 6000 attendees are expected; many have already made reservations to camp at a nearby Kennebunkport farm, donated for this weekend’s use by a local Green Party family. If the list of "groups represented" is any indication, attendees will be bombarded not just with peace messages, but with a healthy dose of all causes liberal, including environmentalism, universal health care, and organized labor.

The August 25 event in Kennebunkport kicks off an autumnal smorgasbord of anti-war demonstrations, both here in Maine, and nationwide:

AUGUST 28 Americans Against Escalation in Iraq will hold four events throughout Maine on "Take a Stand Day," which they hope will keep the pressure on Senator Susan Collins to vote for American troop withdrawal from Iraq. In Portland, organizers hope for more than 100 people in Monument Square. Protesters will also gather at the University of Maine at Orono, in Biddeford at City Hall, and in Augusta at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park.

SEPTEMBER 15 Maine Veterans for Peace march and rally in Brunswick to protest the US Navy’s air show at the Naval Air Station. The day of the march is the same day that General David Petraeus and the Bush Administration are obligated to report to Congress on the situation in Iraq, as per Congressional war-funding legislation approved this May.

SEPTEMBER 29 National March on Washington, sponsored by

OCTOBER 21-23 "No War, No Warming" events nationwide to illustrate the connection between the environmental and peace movements.

OCTOBER 27 Ten mass demonstrations around the country; details TBA at

For more information about this weekend’s protest, visit .


Too bad you article left out who is really behind the Kennebunkport protests. If you check out the organization's website, you can trace it back to the // website which is the product of the Workers World Party and Socialist Party USA...and in league with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. I'm as against the Iraq situation as anyone, but that is no excuse to join COMMUNISTS! I am sure if people knew who was running this event they would stay far far away from it.

POSTED BY NH AT 08/25/07 12:12 AM
NH, Please, your Steven Colbert impression is worse than my Borat. First of all, creepy Communist boogeymen were not "really behind" the Kport protest. The organizers were a few local anti-war activists. Please do not jump in your time machine to bring J Edgar Hoover back from the 1950s -- we're supposed to be afraid of brown people these days. Secondly, anyone who has ever attended a demonstration knows that the socialists always represent. They are like the fundamentalist Christian nutjobs who used to follow George W. Bush around the country when he was campaigning -- except that the socialists are relatively harmless by comparison. The demonstration was great, by the way. It was a lot of fun and I met some of the nicest people. I wasn't converted to Communism, either. A couple of folks did try to offer me a socialist newspaper, but I politely declined. But, I did discover that I like the Indigo Girls (oh no! I hope no one finds out!)

POSTED BY Mark G AT 08/26/07 9:58 AM

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