film KILLING GAZA Friday Blue Hill

Peninsula Peace & Justice will show “Killing Gaza” Friday January 25, 7 p.m., at Blue Hill Library.

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Report from the World Economic Forum

   ‘Sleepwalking into catastrophe’: Extreme weather is biggest global risk in 2019
The World Economic Forum’s annual report found climate change accounting for more than half of the Top 10 risks facing the world

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Fwd: WERU Link: Land Use Planning Commission Poised to Open 1.3 million Acres of Maine Woods to Development

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Subject: WERU Link: Land Use Planning Commission Poised to Open 1.3 million Acres of Maine Woods to Development

RadioActive 1/17/19

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Land Use Planning Commission Poised to Open 1.3 million Acres of Maine Woods to Development
The Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) is poised to make the biggest proposed policy change in Commission history. Their plan to change adjacency criteria, eliminating the so-called “one mile rule”, would open up over 1.3 million acres of the Maine woods to residential subdivisions. 800,000 of those acres would also be opened to commercial development. This would open an unspecified number of class 3 lakes to development.
Opponents say, the policy change would also reverse a 2001 legislative ban on large residential subdivisions of 25 acres (so called, kingdom lots), and would allow subdivisions of up to 14 lots and 30 acres to meet only limited environmental review on approximately 400,000 acres.
The LUPC is accepting written comments on their proposed development changes until January 22. Email comments
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Land Use Planning Commission
Proposed Rules Revisions: Revised Applications of Adjacency Principle and Subdivision Standards
Today’s program was produced with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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Film: Killing Gaza, Blue Hill Jan. 25

BLUE HILL — Peninsula Peace and Justice’s monthly film series will feature the documentary “Killing Gaza” at 7 pm on Friday, January 25 at Blue Hill Library. Independent journalists Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen show the impact of Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza during the continuing war and chronicle its horrific aftermath.

Known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge and sometimes referred to as the 2014 Gaza war, this 50-day military operation, launched by Israel on 8 July 2014 in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, resulted in more than 2,200 deaths. According to the United Nations, the Gaza Strip, reportedly the most densely populated area on earth, may be uninhabitable by 2020.

Film showings are free and open to the public. Refreshments served. For info 374-2357

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1257
Blue Hill ME 04614

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Travel to Cuba with Witness for Peace

There is still room available on this March trip to Cuba
please contact Diane Stradling (email address below) for more information

 Curious about Cuba?

Learn about Arts, Culture and 
U.S. – Cuba Relations
March 2nd-March 11th 2019

   Cuba is an island home to 11 million people, most of whom grew up under the U.S. blockade/embargo. Learn how a socialist country manages to provide social services, education, health care, food, housing, safety and access to the arts to its citizens in an equitable manner, under the pressure of an embargo.  Explore the many ways that this island nation, just 90 miles from our shore, has met these challenges for nearly 60 years in the face of opposition from its neighbor to the north.

 We will meet with and learn from people engaged in:

  • Working to change U.S. – Cuba relations.
  • Social programs – dialogue with participants.
  • Current education, both youth and communities.
  • Visual arts, painters, print-makers, mosaics, book-makers. visit galleries and museums.
  • The effects of the embargo and why it must end.
  • Art, poetry, literature and music that sustains the Cuban soul & enjoy performance events.

Total Cost: $2250 plus airfare & visa fee
   due January 18th, 2019


Delegation fee covers all lodging, meals, interpretation and transportation within Cuba. You will also receive extensive reading material and activist tools.

For more information and to apply, please contact:   
Diane Stradling, Witness for Peace  
(603) 431-2525

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Johan Galtung on: 2019 A Year for Health

Galtung is always an enjoyable read…….

To your health! — JR

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Peninsula Peace & Justice Notes


Minutes for Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Public Library
Peter, Bonnie, Steve, Judy, Marty


We plan to talk with Carolyn Coe further regarding a talk about both Kabul and Palestine, date to be determined if so.


Peter donated our $100 to the library just before the end of the year, in honor of Juliana v. United States.


We continue to talk with Joel Katz and about the film he is suggesting for summer: In the Executioner’s Shadow. Sister Helen Prejean has recommended it. A screening would have to be secured through a distributor for a cost, and we will look into this after hopefully previewing the film. 


Michael Moore’s new film 11 9 and Dolores (about Dolores Huerta) are up for our consideration as films to watch. There may be a new film about Helen Prejean, too. Bonnie will be acquiring a copy of 11 9 but doesn’t know when. Dolores is available on line to any MEPUBLIC Passport Member of NPR.


We plan to screen Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen’s documentary Killing Gaza on January 25. Judy and Peter plan to preview it; Bonnie will check on inviting someone to facilitate a brief discussion following the film.


Our next organizational meeting is scheduled for the Bass Room, in the Blue Hill Library, at 12:00 noon on the first Wednesday of next month, February 6, 2018. 


— Notes by Steve Benson 

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1257
Blue Hill ME 04614

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Fwd: "Fast for Yemen" in NYC – video from TRNN, DN!


Kathy Kelly, Brian Terrell, Carolyn Coe (of Orland) and others interviewed in NYC by The Real News Network. Video here explains the fast and other actions.

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Voices activists and other members of the Dec 29-Jan 12 “Fast for Yemen” were interviewed Thursday and Friday in New York by The Real News Network and by news program Democracy Now! – clicking on the images below should open these videos in your browser, or you can find the segments and further links on our website at  After a week in New York, the fasters will now spend a week with Witness Against Torture in Washington, DC.  A press release about the fast is available here.

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Fwd: Fast for Yemen in NYC and DC

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Here is a press release for Voices’ upcoming Fast for Yemen in New York and Washington, DC.

PRESS RELEASE   For Immediate Release: December 28, 2018

At least twelve people from around the United States and the United Kingdom will undertake a Fast for Yemen, December 29 – January 12, beginning in New York City and closing in Washington, D.C. Participants call for sustained measures to cease all hostilities, end weapon sales to any of the warring parties, protect supply lines, facilitate aid operations, stabilize the Yemeni economy and avoid famine.

While fasting from all solid foods, they will engage in daily public outreach, following the schedule below. In NYC, they will carry placards, along with bookbags symbolic of war waged on Yemeni children, as they process to Missions to the UN and consulates of countries which are among the warring parties in Yemen, including the United States, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

Saturday, December 29th
At 11:00 a.m. joining the weekly Union Square vigil protesting war on Yemen, at East 14th Street and Broadway.
Sunday, December 30th
From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1st Ave & 43rd St., Ralph Bunche Park, in front of the Isaiah Wall across from the UN.
Mon, Dec 30th – Fri, Jan 4th
Same as above, but including daily processions to Missions to the UN and consulates. Call 773-619-2418 for updates.
Saturday, January 5th
At 11:00 a.m.: Union Square vigil, East 14th Street and Broadway
Sun, Jan 6 – Sat Jan 12th:
joining other activists in Witness Against Torture‘s “Fast for Justice” in Washington, D.C.

The Jan 6 – Jan 12th Witness Against Torture fast is an annual event calling for the closure of the U.S. prison in Guantanamo and calling attention to illegal detention, torture and police abuse in the U.S. and abroad. This year’s fast will pay special attention to Yemeni prisoners held in Guantanamo for years without charges; to operation of “clandestine” prisons in Yemen; and to consequences in Yemen of aerial bombardment, ground attacks, and the blockade. In D.C., fasters will be participating in scheduled events including demonstrations at U.S. governmental offices, and at embassies representing countries among the warring parties in Yemen.

A naval and aerial blockade sporadically permitting relief shipments was made worse this year by the long-dreaded attack on Yemen’s vital relief port of Hodeidah; meanwhile a systematic bombing campaign against Yemen’s economic infrastructure means that even where food is available, fewer and fewer desperate Yemenis can buy it.

The Saudi leader is on record claiming “time is on our side” as the humanitarian crisis, already causing one of the modern era’s worst cholera outbreaks, further weakens opposition. Houthis governing from Yemen’s capital in turn insist outrage at an ongoing famine will defeat the attack. The direct death toll solely due to military attack, rising by 2,000 a month, will soon total 60,000 Yemenis.

Fast participants call on all parties in this conflict to immediately and permanently end all military and economic assault on Yemen.

The list below, still in formation, names those committed to fasting in New York from December 29 to January 6. The second week of the fast will take place in Washington, D.C. Listed also are three fasters who will participate in both weeks, but remain in their own locales.

In New York
Carolyn Coe, Orland, ME
Bud Courtney, NYC, NY
Don Cunning, NJ
Maya Evans, St Leonards-on-Sea, UK
Bill Hartman, Camden, NJ
Kathy Kelly, Chicago, IL
Mike Levinson, NYC, NY
Ed Kinane, Syracuse, NY
Jules Orkin, Bergenfeld, NJ
Brian Terrell, Maloy, IA

Beyond New York:
Ken Jones, Asheville, NC
Leigh Estabrook, Champaign, IL
Martha Taylor, Floyd, VA

Photo: NYC Yemen protest, blue bookbag memorial. Credit: Felton Davis

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Fwd: from Kabul

Carolyn Coe’s reflections during her current visit to Kabul. 

More on Afghan Peace Volunteers here: 
And on Nonviolence Education here: 

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Subject: from Kabul
Date: December 23, 2018 at 1:42:58 AM EST

Where Can the Anger Go?


At a busy four-way intersection in the northwestern part of Kabul, traffic is stuck. There is no traffic signal, and cars are threaded through one another like a woven rug.


A passenger car is in front of our taxi. The driver, with two children in the car, has managed to wedge into position, perpendicularly blocking three rows of cars. On the other side of his car are vehicles headed in the direction he came from, and another line of cars is trying to cross in front of his. The driver with the children cannot move anywhere.


Soon, an angry man approaches on foot, placing his hands on the hood of the family vehicle and shouting at the driver. The man walks from the hood to the driver’s side window and back again, shouting. Now the driver cannot move his car forward without hitting the man. He absorbs the verbal abuse without gesticulating or yelling back.


Twice a traffic police officer walks by, trying to untangle the knot of traffic. The angry man continues to yell in front of the car. Meanwhile, two other drivers step out of their cars and start yelling at the man though they don’t approach closer.


Eventually, the angry man walks away, and the traffic knot loosens. The family car manages to clear the intersection, and our taxi finally turns left.


I reflect afterwards how this flare-up is representative of the underlying tensions in Kabul after decades of war, where any situation or statement may soon explode in anger. A precarious balance exists between the venting of frustration and the descent into physical violence.


On November 15, a violent altercation in the men’s dormitory at Kabul University, the preeminent Afghan university in the city, resulted in one student’s death and several injuries. The inter-ethnic clash soon spilled into the streets. The university promptly closed the men’s dormitory, abruptly obligating its residents to find other accommodation, and moved up the final exam dates so that the university could end the semester early.


Reports of the violence at the university spread by social media, reports that two university students tell me drew from deep-seated ethnic biases instead of being a search for a clear understanding of the facts or for a nonviolent approach to resolving the escalating inter-ethnic tensions.


A half hour before today’s road rage, in Kabul’s Char Rah-e Qarbar neighborhood, I met Ramzia, age 17. Ramzia is a student at the JRS school in a camp for refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs). The living quarters in the camp are crowded. Multiple families might share one simple mud home with their sheep and other livestock. Such tight spaces combined with traumatized residents fuels tensions, and Ramzia told me that she didn’t use to know what to do with her anger. “I would keep the anger in my heart,” she said.


Ramzia’s family fled the violence in Laghman province, violence that prevented her from continuing her studies beyond the fourth grade. In the camp, she was able to resume her studies and just completed a dozen life skills classes. The women’s life skills classes, in partnership with JRS, were led by Elina, one of the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs) who do various volunteer projects in the city. The curriculum included trauma healing, permaculture, nonviolent conflict resolution, storytelling, nonviolent communication, and relational thinking skills.


Ramzia said that the most valuable lesson she learned from Elina was to take slow deep breaths when she became angry. “When I do that,” she said, “I feel calmer and happier.”


Ramzia now has some part-time employment in the camp. From 9 to 11 each morning, Ramzia works in the JRS kindergarten, skipping rope and playing ball with the children. The kindergartners living in the camp will grow up facing the same daily frustrations that Ramzia does, living with no electricity and non-potable water, and trudging along unpaved camp paths that turn to mud each spring.


Naser, an APV who was co-teaching the life skills classes for men in the camp, believes the most important thing they shared with the men was how they might behave differently with their parents and siblings. “The parents behave a bit violently with their children, and the brothers behave violently with their sisters,” Naser said. “If children do something wrong, [the parents] don’t ask why or what happened. They just shout at them, beat them.”


After the first nonviolent communication lesson, Naser and his co-teacher Hakim assigned homework to each student. The students were to talk to their parents and siblings about their feeling as well as their favorite food. Before doing the homework, none of the students knew what his parents’ or siblings’ favorite food was as they were not in the habit of sharing their feelings. Naser said, “The next week, they were happy because they were talking about the future with their families.” The students said they’d buy their family members’ favorite food for special celebrations.


The value in teaching life skills, such as what to do with one’s anger and to share one’s feelings, is in its ripple effect. Through these lessons, Ramzia has a tool to help find a calmer way to respond to a four-year-old child at the kindergarten who is acting out or with a neighbor with whom there’s a disagreement. Others might take a moment to try to understand a situation before acting upon it. The skills can help shift how people engage with one another.



Still, educational opportunities are few. There is no government school in the IDP camp to serve the 700 families, so instead of attending school, children spend their days playing in the dirt paths or working as child laborers outside the camp. For any who may attend school, life skills classes are not a part of the regular curriculum.





Photo: Ramzia, an IDP from Laghman province, works in the JRS kindergarten in “Police” refugee camp while two of her brothers are paid by a shopkeeper to pack potatoes into sacks.


Photo: A boy standing in front of the JRS school in a refugee camp holds a rubber hose like the type used by some teachers to strike children who fail to learn their lessons. Other children hold the raw cauliflower florets they are munching on. The permaculture lessons during the APV-led life skills classes encouraged students to grow vegetables in small containers beside their homes. Greenery beautifies, has a calming effect, and is a small step toward combating air pollution.




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