[HCCN] April Calendar of events

Larry Dansinger rosc at psouth.net
Tue Mar 15 12:42:38 EDT 2011


Newsletter editors,

Here are some calendar items for April (plus a few earlier and/or  
later).  FEEL FREE TO PICK AND CHOOSE AND NOT USE EVERY ITEM. If you  
know of things that should be publicized, please send them to me by  
the 15th of the month preceding the month when the event occurs.

Larry Dansinger

March 26: Equality Maine annual awards dinner, evening, Holiday Inn  
by the Bay, Spring St., Portland. Equality Maine, 761-3732 or  
info at equalitymaine.org or www.equalitymaine.org.

March 26-27: "Building Bridges of Communication" introductory  
workshop on Nonviolent Communication to benefit WERU Community Radio,  
Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St. #100,  
Bangor. Call Peggy Smith, 789-5299 or peggy at opencommunication.org.

March 29: Malalai Joya (Afghan Parliament member) speaks, 6:30 PM,  
MUB Theater, Univ. of NH, Durham. Email fried.alex at gmail.com.

March 30: Bill Ayers (former Weatherman and still political activist)  
speaks, time TBA, University of Maine, Farmington. Doug Rawlings,  
293-2580 or rawlings at maine.edu.

March 30: "Conversations about Islamic Culture" w/Reza Jalali, 6:30-8  
PM, Public Library, 48 Gorham Rd., Scarborough. Call 883-4723 or  
askspl at scarborough.lib.me.us.

March 31: Cesar Chavez birthday celebration (recognizing the civil  
rights leader who died in 1993), 9 AM, First Parish Church, 425  
Congress St., Portland. Ralph Carmona, rccarmona at mainelulac.org.

March 31-April 1: Izzeldin Abuelaish, doctor from Gaza who lost three  
children in recent war, speaks on "I Shall Not Hate," 7 PM (book  
signing at 6 PM), Abromson Center, USM, Portland on 31st and 7 PM,  
Curtis Library, Brunswick on April 1. Robert Schaible, 239-8060 or  
rmschaible at gmail.com.

April 1: Vigil for Disarmament with potluck following to commemorate  
20th anniversary of Aegis Plowshares cvil disobedience at Bath Iron  
Works, 3-5 PM, BIW Administration Building, Washington Street, Bath.  
Potluck at 212 Centre St., Bath. Smilin' Trees Disarmament Farm,  
763-4062 or jafabussell at myfairpoint.net.

April 2: "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows" w/Melanie Joy, 3  
PM, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library. Maine Animal  
Coalition, 773-2215, mac at maineanimalcoalition.org or  
www.maineanimalcoalition.org.

April 2 (+ next 3 Saturdays): Lenten Vigil for Disarmament, 11:30  
AM-12:30 PM, across from Bath Iron Works administration building,  
Bath. Smilin' Trees Disarmament Farm, 763-4062 or  
jafabussell at myfairpoint.net.

April 4: Rally to "Bring Our War $$ Home" to focus on federal budget  
priorities and more funds for state/local programs, 11 AM-3 PM, Hall  
of Flags, State Capitol, Augusta. Bring Our War $$ Home, 443-9502 or  
globalnet at mindspring.com or www.space4peace.org.

April 4: "Living Downstream" film shown (pollutants causing cancer),  
7 PM, Colonial Theater, Belfast. Belfast Co-op, 338-2532.

April 5-7, 15: "Game Changer" (final program in Women's Leadership  
Series, in Auburn (Public Library, 5th, 11:30-1 PM), Portland (CIEE,  
300 Fore St., 6th, noon-1:30 PM), Bangor (Public Library, 7th,  
noon-1:30 PM) and Rockland (Public Library, 15th, noon-1:30 PM).  
Maine Women's Fund, 774-5513, thewomen at mainewomensfund.org or  
www.mainewomensfund.org.

April 8: Protest against the war economy, 5-6 PM, Market Square,  
Portsmouth, NH. Amy Antonucci, amyla44 at juno.com.

April 9: Trans Youth Equality Foundation fundraiser to support  
projects for transgender youth in Maine, Portland. FMI:  
contact at transyouthequality.org.

April 9: Rally and walk to Bring our War $$ Home in support of  
demonstration in New York, 1 PM, Paul Bunyan Statue to Cascade Park,  
Bangor (Main St. to State St.). Peace and Justice Center of Eastern  
Maine, 942-9343 or info at peacectr.org or www.peacectr.org.

April 15 (and before): Leafletting to protest the large amounts of  
tax money going to the Pentagon, in 10+ towns and cities throughout  
Maine. For leaflets and to do something in your town: Larry  
Dansinger, Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center, 525-7776 or  
rosc at psouth.net.

April 16-18: 11th annual Youth Activism Gathering for high school and  
a bit older youth to come together for workshops, music, fun,  
networking, Saturday noon-Monday PM, Turner Grange, Route 117, Turner  
Center. Call 973-862-7105 or MaineYAG at gmail.com or  
MaineYAG.wordpress.com.

April 17: "Flow" film shown (stopping corporate control of natural  
resources like water), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow St.,  
Bangor. Call the Center, 942-9343 or info at peacectr.org or  
www.peacectr.org.

April 20: "Up the Ridge" film shown (downsides of for-profit  
prisons), 6 PM, Free Library, Belfast. Peace and Justice Group of  
Waldo County, 342-3666 (Becca).

April 24 (+ other programs almost monthly thru December): 11/11  
forums on poverty with topics such as food issues, literacy, jail,  
transportation, mental health, classism, 11 AM, Unitarian- 
Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast. Call Jennifer Hill,  
722-3383 or rooted at fairpoint.net.

April 30: 17th annual HOPE (Help Organize Peace Earthwide) Festival w/ 
organizational fair, music, talks, children's program, 11 AM-4 PM,  
Student Recreation and Fitness Center, U/Maine, Orono. Peace and  
Justice Center, 942-9343 or info at peacectr.org or www.peacectr.org.

May 1: Maine Green Independent Party Convention, Brunswick. FMI:  
http://mainegreens.org.

May 7: Annual Peace Action Maine Peace Supper w/speaker Medea  
Benjamin, Portland (details TBA). Peace Action Maine, 772-0680 or  
peaceactionme at peaceactionme.org.


Notices:

"Dignity for All" is a new campaign coordinated by PICA (Power in  
Community Alliances) to collect 10,000 or more signatures in the  
Bangor area to encourage communities to adopt resolutions supporting  
equal and civil rights for all--for workers, for those dealing with  
police or the courts, with social services, and in other parts of  
people's daily lives. Altho it is especially focused on groups like  
immigrants, GLBTQ people, people without permanent homes or low  
income, and darker skinned people, the Dignity for All campaign is  
truly for everyone in the area. For petitions to sign or circulate or  
more details: PICA, 947-4203 or dfa at pica.ws or www.pica.ws/dfa.

The US congress is debating a cut or zeroing out of funds for public  
and community radio, which affects WERU and WMPG stations, low power  
stations, and Maine Public Radio and TV, among others. A campaign  
thru www.170MillionAmericans.org (the estimated number of listen to  
or watch public/community radio and TV in the US) is urging people to  
call or write Maine's congressional delegation to urge them to oppose  
any budget cuts in this area. Underserved areas (like rural Maine),  
stations owned and run by people of color groups, and ones run by  
special community groups are most in danger of disappearing if the  
funds are lost. The de-funding of the Public Telecommunications  
Facilities Program (HJ Res. 48) will mean WERU radio won't have funds  
for a new transmitter, which it desperately needs. For more about  
this legislation, contact WERU community radio, 469-6600 or  
www.weru.org.

Food AND Medicine's annual Union Supported Agriculture (USA), a  
variation of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), kicks off another  
garden year with the opportunity to buy shares of vegetables, eggs,  
and even flowers. Options run from a large share ($450) to  mini  
($165) and options for work share of 4-8 hours per week. There are  
several pickup spots, including Brewer, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Orland,  
and Orono. EBT cards (like food stamps) will be accepted, and some  
half-price shares are also available. The weekly food distribution  
usually runs from late June to mid-late October. To sign up or get  
more details, contact Laura Binger, 989-5860 or  
laurab at foodandmedicine.org.


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