Maine, Political Buttons
1. VETERANS FOR PEACE, Inc. Portland, Maine Second Annual Convention 1987
Veterans For Peace was founded in 1985 to create positive political pressure for peaceful American-international cooperation on world issues. A national, state, and local organization, members meet at regional and city conferences to discuss current affairs. For example, Veterans For Peace have met to denounce the Iraq war, the USA Patriot Act, and the war on terror as unconstitutional. Currently, the Veterans Truth Project relates the stories of soldiers returning from the Iraq war to help re-connect veterans to their local communities.
2. STUDENTS FOR MONKS
Many American students, during the Vietnam War, supported the non-violent war-protests of Vietnamese monks.
3. NON-VIOLENCE IS OUR STRENGTH
Cesar Chavez was a labor organizer who led many peaceful labor strikes (and personal hunger strikes) to call attention to migrant workers's wages, pesticide laden grapes, and worker safety.
4. Gus Hall President / Jarvis Tyner Vice-Pres. Peace, Jobs, Freedom vote Communist
The American Communist Party supports workers and the environment, and the responsible use of capital. It had its American founding in 1910, but the party declined in the face of political persecutions during the 1950’s. However, the party is currently gaining some popular sympathy, especially since it supports all working class people against all forms of national oppression.
5. Free the Shah’s Political Prisoners Committee for Artistic and Intellectual Freedom in Iran
In 1976, Iranian exiles, with the help of New York intellectuals and graduate students, formed the Committee for Artistic and Intellectual Freedom in Iran. The committee, along with Amnesty International and The International League for Human Rights, put pressure on the Shah’s regime to improve human rights in Iran.
6. U.S. BASES OUT OF THE PHILIPINES!
Since 1947 the U.S. had operated military training bases in the Philippines under a Military Bases Agreement. In 1991, the Philippine Senate rejected the bases treaty, and ordered the U.S. to convert its bases to civilian use. Subsequently, the U.S. and the Philippines have developed their economic and commercial relations in lieu of military aid. However, the U.S. and the Philippines still maintain a Mutual Defense Treaty.
7. FREEDOM AND PEACE PARTY
Founded in 1967, the Peace and Freedom Party is a feminist and socialist political party that advocates the protection of the environment from pollution and nuclear waste. It also opposed the Vietnam War, advocated free universal access to education and health care. Though founded as a national party, it was reconstituted as a Californian party.