Maine, Political Buttons
1. ECOLOGY NOW
The ecological movement was arguably born with Rachel Carson's work of non-fiction: Silent Spring. The American and global ecology movement emerged at the end of the sixties as a social movement that was concerned with man-made ecological crisis. For example, there was and is a great deal of concern over nuclear weapons and nuclear power, acid rain, ozone depletion, deforestation, and currently, climate change.
2. NO NUKES FOR ME.
Opposition to nuclear power and testing usually cites nuclear accidents, such as the (1979) Three Mile Island accident and the (1986) Chernobyl disaster as evidence of the inherent danger of nuclear power. The anti-nuclear movement began after World War Two with a public outcry and sympathy for those maimed or killed in the nuclear devastated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The (1968) Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is taken to be a milestone for anti-nuclear activists.
3. THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREEZE IS THE CANDIDATE MAINE FREEZE VOTER Dr. Randall Caroline Forsberg, a disarmament and peace activist, founded the nuclear freeze (or free) campaign and led a massive demonstration against nuclear weapons in 1982. The Freeze campaign sought to "freeze and reverse the nuclear arms race," and it was a grassroots effort to get nuclear free initiatives onto the ballot. Local Freeze leaders, like Randall Forsberg, Pam Solo, and Randy Kehler, helped to elect national Representative Patricia Schroeder and Senator Ted Kennedy, who introduced Freeze measures into Congress.
4. Gerald Talbot MAINE DEMOCRAT
The Black-capped Chickadee, Maine's state bird is pictured. By using the state bird as a visual slogan, Talbot identifies himself with Maine’s state and ecological issues, such as building more box nests for the state bird.
5. BRING JUSTICE TO AMERICA’S FIELDS IN 76
The United Farm Workers of America (UFW) labor union initiated several strikes in the seventies to call attention to workers rights and wage increases. During a successful grape strike, strikers used the principles of non-violence championed by Mahatma Ghandi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In addition to the bald eagle being the national bird of the United States of America, it is also a symbol of the environmental protection movement, as the eagle is cited as a successful example of species protective legislation.
7. BREAD NOT BOMBS
A peaceful American grass roots organization that distributes free food (and bread) to housing projects, daycare centers, and battered women’s shelters. Bread Not Bombs combines access to free food with nuclear-free activism, homeless rights, and the rights of disenfranchised citizens to organize.
Mark Udall is a Colorado Democrat in favor of state and national environmental protection. As a state legislator, he introduced several bills designed to advance renewable energy in Colorado. He is featured here because of his association with environmental imagery in his campaign.