[HCCN] Peninsula Peace & Justice meeting notes

Judy_Robbins Judy at RobbinsAndRobbins.com
Wed Apr 9 19:32:19 EDT 2014


> From: Steve Benson <sbenson58 at gmail.com>
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> Minutes of the Peninsula Peace and Justice meeting of 04 02 2014
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> 6:30 pm, Wilder Room, Blue Hill Public Library
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> Judy Robbins (facilitator), Jan Carpenter, Steve Benson, Bonnie Preston, Peter Robbins, Ron King
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> Jan speaks to the group about citizens' initiative called We The People Maine (wethepeoplemaine.org), gathering signatures to go to the Maine legislature in hopes of a November statewide referendum, inviting agreement that corporations are not people and money is not speech. This would take the form of requesting a constitutional convention that might have to include 33 other states as well. Jan proposes a literature table at the Go, Granny D performance including petition forms for area towns. Judy will contact leaders of the other sponsoring organizations to canvas their approval to have such a table at the event.
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> Go, Granny D is being publicised by Maine Clean Elections at this time. Rob and Judy will be at the hall by 5pm to start setting up for the 7 pm show. Rob has publicised on the radio this afternoon, saying event will be free but donations are welcome. Foyer will be kept simple, with flowers, welcome and donation baskets. Refreshments and literature tables will go inside the hall. IPJ will bring baked goods, cheese and crackers. Rob will introduce, showing his portrait of Granny D and speaking a bit about her; the show lasts about one hour and may be followed by a Q&A, followed by time to eat treats, talk, look at literature, and sign petitions.
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> May 2 at 7 pm in the Howard Room PPJ & Alliance for Democracy Downeast will co-sponsor the 47-minute film called The Next American Revolution, featuring an extended presentation by Gar Alperovitz arguing for systemic change, including developing and networking worker-owned businesses and cooperatives. Bonnie will write and distribute a press release and lead a discussion, to focus on how people in Blue Hill area might be able to create and sustain such resources. Peter will do a poster. 
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> Judy has bought 3000 white flags for the memorial field. At our May meeting we will work on planning the organization of the Memorial Field of Flags this summer.
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> Ron recommends How to Survive a Plague for showing by PPJ, and we agree to screen that film on Friday May 30 at 7 pm in the Howard Room. This powerful, dynamic, inspiring film concerns the GLBT community response to the AIDS epidemic in the USA in the 1980s.
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> Discussion: veteran suicides currently at 22 per day, with higher per capita suicide rate in those never deployed and in those no longer in service; torture and the role of psychologists in Guantanamo interrogations; both Maine senators vote for release of Senate Intelligence Committee report on detentions during War on Terror; Maine Senate votes to study option of universal health care coverage; other topics.
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> -- Minutes by Steve Benson
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