PENINSULA PEACE AND JUSTICE
Minutes for Organizational MeetingWednesday, January 8, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.Blue Hill Public LibraryBonnie, Steve, Dud, Connie, Ron, Judy, Peter
Judy reports, as treasurer, that we are doing fine financially. As of the start of today’s meeting, our treasury held $343. We had received $143 in donations since June 2019.
We agreed to donate $100 to Blue Hill Public Library, with gratitude for use of its premises for meetings and presentations. Peter will bring a check to the library. The donation is made in memory of Donald Gellers, tribal attorney who waged a long battle representing the treaty rights of the Passamaquoddy.
Deb Marshall and Olenka are interested in the possibilities of forming an Extinction Rebellion group in Blue Hill. We’ve learned that College of the Atlantic has been developing an XR group. Steve will let Deb and Olenka know of next time there is an open meeting of the group in Belfast, the first Sunday of each month from 3 to 5 pm, so they can learn more about that group’s functioning, if they choose to.
We decide to take the Peace on Earth signs down later rather than sooner, date to be arranged after January, given the state of USAmerican foreign policy and tensions at this time. Dud has offered to help with his truck and ladder.
Bonnie previewed The Corporate Coup D’etat, finding it less than satisfying as a film and as information. Peter will preview the film to see if he has a different take.
Bonnie reports that in the Alliance for Democracy council call on 1/7/20, there was discussion of water issues, including PFOAs in use by USA military and others, such that carcinogens are contaminating numerous local water systems.
We agree on showing Dark Money on Friday January 31 at 7:00 pm. Steve will make a press release and set up the projection that night. Peter will prepare posters. The film explores the machinations of deceptive, covert out-of-state influence in campaigns to defeat familiar, trusted candidates for legislative offices in the state of Montana, in favor of corruptible neoliberal candidates.
Steve agrees with Connie on the idea of PPJ potentially screening the recent documentary film The nuns, the priests, and the bombs, which she has acquired. The action of the Plowshares group to address the risks of nuclear armaments’ use and misuse is the focus of film.
Our next organizational meeting is scheduled for the Bass Room, in the Blue Hill Library, at 12:00 noon on February 5, 2020.
— Notes by Steve Benson