Peninsula Peace & Justice notes



PENINSULA PEACE AND JUSTICE

Minutes for Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Public Library
Steve, Dud, Connie, Harry, John

 

Connie has a DVD of a recent documentary film to share: The nuns, the priests, and the bombs, which she acquired from Helen Young for possible screening by PPJ. The action of the Plowshares group is focus of film. Steve will borrow it for taking a look.

 

On December 20th, we will have Hugh Curran giving a talk he presented recently in a conference in Malta, reflecting work on tolerance and non-violence. Judy will be preparing a press release for Hugh’s talk by the end of this week and forwarding it to Steve to send out to media, after Hugh approves it.

 

We observed that feedback on the Peace On Earth banners has been unusually strong. One sign is loose and will be attended to soon.

 

Judy will prepare a financial report by early January. We have happily received around $100 in donations over the past month.

 

Dud lauds a new book, Common sense for the 21st Century, by Roger Hallam, one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion. Steve reported on his recent visit to an XR meeting in Belfast, and on Fridays for the Future rally in Orono on 12/6/19, on the Ecosattva group developing at the UU church in Ellsworth, and on last Friday’s FFF event on Blue Hill Bridge. We also talked about the Climate Change Net meetings and teams stemming from Reversing Falls Sanctuary’s work to address global warming.

 

Our next organizational meeting is scheduled for the Bass Room, in the Blue Hill Library, at 12:00 noon on the second Wednesday of next month, January 8, 2020. (The library is closed on January 1, the first Wednesday of the month.)

 

— Notes by Steve Benson 

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1257
Blue Hill ME 04614
judy@robbinsandrobbins.com
www.facebook.com/Peninsula.Peace.and.Justice

Steve Benson, POBox 1257, Blue Hill, ME 04614

 

“The dialectical tension between humans and their environments produces the cultures and technology 
we need to thrive. A change in the tension will change the people, and the environment.”

— Susan Bodnar, in “Wasted and Bombed: Clinical encounters of a changing relationship to the earth,” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, vol. 18 (2008)


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Leonard Peltier’s Thanksgiving Message: In the Spirit of Crazy Horse


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Leonard Peltier’s 2019 Thanksgiving Message: “Walking on Stolen Land”



Published November 23, 2019

COLEMAN, FLORIDA – Leonard Peltier, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, who is incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida, for his 1977 conviction in connection with a shootout with U.S. government forces, where two FBI agents and one young American Indian lost their lives.

Peltier, who is considered a political prisoner of war by many, released this statement on Thanksgiving through the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee:

The year of 2019 is coming to a close and with it, comes the day most Americans set aside as a day for Thanksgiving. As I let my mind wander beyond the steel bars and concrete walls, I try to imagine what the people who live outside the prison gates are doing, and what they are thinking. Do they ever think of the Indigenous people who were forced from their homelands? Do they understand that with every step they take, no matter the direction, that they are walking on stolen land? Can they imagine, even for one minute, what it was like to watch the suffering of the women, the children and babies and yes, the sick and elderly, as they were made to keep pushing west in freezing temperatures, with little or no food? These were my people and this was our land. There was a time when we enjoyed freedom and were able to hunt buffalo and gather the foods and sacred medicines. We were able to fish and we enjoyed the clean clear water! My people were generous, we shared everything we had, including the knowledge of how to survive the long harsh winters or the hot humid summers. We were appreciative of the gifts from our Creator and remembered to give thanks on a daily basis. We had ceremonies and special dances that were a celebration of life.

With the coming of foreigners to our shores, life as we knew it would change drastically. Individual ownership was foreign to my people. Fences?? Unheard of, back then. We were a communal people and we took care of each other. Our grandparents weren’t isolated from us! They were the wisdom keepers and story tellers and were an important link in our families. The babies? They were and are our future! Look at the brilliant young people who put themselves at risk, fighting to keep our water and environment clean and safe for the generations yet to come. They are willing to confront the giant, multi-national corporations by educating the general public of the devastation being caused. I smile with hope when I think of them. They are fearless and ready to speak the truth to all who are willing to listen. We also remember our brothers and sisters of Bolivia, who are rioting, in support of the first Indigenous President, Evo Morales. His commitment to the people, the land, their resources and protection against corruption is commendable. We recognize and identify with that struggle so well.

So today, I thank all of the people who are willing to have an open mind, those who are willing to accept the responsibility of planning for seven generations ahead, those who remember the sacrifices made by our ancestors so we can continue to speak our own language, practice our own way of thankfulness in our own skin, and that we always acknowledge and respect the Indigenous linage that we carry.

For those of you who are thankful that you have enough food to feed your families, please give to those who aren’t as fortunate. If you are warm and have a comfortable shelter to live in, please give to those who are cold and homeless, if you see someone hurting and in need of a kind word or two, be that person who steps forward and lends a hand. And especially, when you see injustice anywhere, please be brave enough to speak up to confront it.

I want to thank all who are kind enough to remember me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for continuing to support and believe in me. There isn’t a minute in any day that passes without me hoping that this will be the day I will be granted freedom. I long for the day when I can smell clean fresh air, when I can feel a gentle breeze in my hair, witness the clouds as their movement hides the sun and when the moon shines the light on the path to the sacred Inipi. That would truly be a day I could call a day of Thanksgiving.

Thank you for listening to whomever is voicing my words. My Spirit is there with you.

Doksha,
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Leonard Peltier



Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online. Previously, he served as editor of the Native News Network. He is a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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film WATERMARK Friday 11.29 Blue Hill


Please join Peninsula Peace & Justice for a screening of the Canadian award-winning documentary WATERMARK.

Friday Nov 29, 7 p.m., Blue Hill Library.





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Fwd: Climate Matters and the Black Friday Rally




Begin forwarded message:


From: tony ferrara <123ferrara@gmail.com>


To All Concerned with Earth’s Health,
November 29th is a special day. Extinction Rebellion, FridaysforFuture, and Global Student Strike are all conducting climate actions on that Friday. We too will gather in solidarity with these global climate events to rally (see poster). 
It is also “Black Friday,” the day of “incredible bargains” and frenzied shopping. The bridge rally will be followed by a conversation at the Blue Hill Congo Church which will include an exploration of the linkage between climate and our consumer culture, and an update of local climate-actions and issues. A longer note on the relationship between “growing the economy (GDP)” and our climate crisis is attached. Also, attached is an important Bar Harbor climate action initiated by MDI/HS and COA (Earth-in-brackets) students with the support of local climate action groups: ACTT and Indivisible, Bar Harbor.
Tony Ferrara
Climate Action Net
PS: Below is a well stated comment on our consumer culture by Charles Eisenstein:

A world without weapons, without McMansions in sprawling suburbs, without mountains of unnecessary packaging, without giant mechanized monofarms, without energy-hogging big-box stores, without electronic billboards, without endless piles of throw-away junk, without the overconsumption of consumer goods no one really needs is not an impoverished world. I disagree with those environmentalists who say we are going to have to make do with less. In fact, we are going to make do with more: more beauty, more community, more fulfillment, more art, more music, and material objects that are fewer in number but superior in utility and aesthetics. . . .

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Fwd: This Issue latest guest – Moms Demand Action



From: “Global Network” <globalnet@mindspring.com>


This Issue Public Access TV Program                      
 
Please share with your lists
 
This Issue host Bruce Gagnon interviews guests Kathleen McFadden & Nacole Palmer from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Their organization, part of a national network, has been working hard across Maine for several years, locally and in Augusta, to bring attention and legislative change to our state’s gun laws.  (Thanks to VFP member Peter Morgan for arranging their appearance on the show.)
 
 
Bruce Gagnon works for the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and publishes a popular blog called Organizing Notes.

This Issue is produced by David Brooks.  Camera work was done by Peter Woodruff and Dan Ellis.  Dan Ellis also did the final editing. Photos provided by Moms Demand Action.
 
This Issue runs each week during the following days/times on Brunswick’s Cable TV Channel 3:

Wed  6:00 pm
Friday  2:30 pm
Sat  2:01 am
Sunday  8:30 pm
 
This Issue also airs on Bath, Harpswell, Portland, Phippsburg, Freeport, New Castle, Madison, Skowhegan, Anson, North Anson, Solon, Belfast, South Portland, and Biddeford public access cable TV at random times.  Check
local listings.
 
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 607-4255
http://www.space4peace.org 
http://space4peace.blogspot.com  (blog)

‘Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.’
~ Henry David Thoreau


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Peninsula Peace & Justice Notes


Thanks for the update! are you accepting donations and if so, where should I address it to?

On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 8:30 AM Judy_Robbins <Judy@robbinsandrobbins.com> wrote:

PENINSULA PEACE AND JUSTICE


Minutes for Organizational Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.

Blue Hill Public Library

Bonnie, Peter, Connie, Steve, Judy, Dud

 

We are talking with Hugh Curran about a presentation in Blue Hill of a talk he gave recently at a conference in Malta, reflecting work on Tolerance and Nonviolence.

 Steve has tried to keep up with scheduling library rooms for us in coming months as usual.

 Judy opened discussion about climate crisis action opportunities which may occur independently of PPJ. For instance, to offer queries to Maine senatorial candidates of 2020 regarding the climate emergency. Others spoke of participation in Extinction Rebellion and supporting developments of environmentally sound and sustainable policy-making in Washington. We confirmed again that PPJ does not seek to sponsor or advocate for specific candidates for electoral office. 

We agree to show Watermark (2014) on 11/29/19. Peter will make a poster. Steve will send out a press release and bring a copy of the DVD.

We discuss arranging to post Peace on Earth banners in Blue Hill, as in years past. Dud will help with his pick-up truck and identify our banners in storage with IPJ. Steve and Bonnie expect to be among those hanging banners with Dud.

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, December 4, 2019. 

 

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Film: Watermark, Blue Hill Nov. 29


BLUE HILL — Friday, November 29, 7 p.m., at Blue Hill Library, Peninsula Peace & Justice will screen a 2013 Canadian documentary on evolving uses and abuses of water around the world. 

“Watermark” draws on ultra high resolution cinematography supervised by photographer Edward Burtynsky to render fantastic, fascinating imagery of diverse manipulations of water resources. The astonishing scale of operations of all kinds are visually realized through the resulting camerawork. 

“Watermark” was voted best Canadian film of the year by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Jennifer Baichwal co-directed with Burtynsky, as she did for “Manufactured Landscapes” (2006).

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 610-0396.


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


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Peninsula Peace & Justice Notes


PENINSULA PEACE AND JUSTICE


Minutes for Organizational Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.

Blue Hill Public Library

Bonnie, Peter, Connie, Steve, Judy, Dud

 

We are talking with Hugh Curran about a presentation in Blue Hill of a talk he gave recently at a conference in Malta, reflecting work on Tolerance and Nonviolence.

 Steve has tried to keep up with scheduling library rooms for us in coming months as usual.

 Judy opened discussion about climate crisis action opportunities which may occur independently of PPJ. For instance, to offer queries to Maine senatorial candidates of 2020 regarding the climate emergency. Others spoke of participation in Extinction Rebellion and supporting developments of environmentally sound and sustainable policy-making in Washington. We confirmed again that PPJ does not seek to sponsor or advocate for specific candidates for electoral office. 

We agree to show Watermark (2014) on 11/29/19. Peter will make a poster. Steve will send out a press release and bring a copy of the DVD.

We discuss arranging to post Peace on Earth banners in Blue Hill, as in years past. Dud will help with his pick-up truck and identify our banners in storage with IPJ. Steve and Bonnie expect to be among those hanging banners with Dud.

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, December 4, 2019. 

 

— Notes by Steve Benson 

Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1257
Blue Hill ME 04614
judy@robbinsandrobbins.com
www.facebook.com/Peninsula.Peace.and.Justice

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Thanksgiving message from Jim Loewen


Jim Loewen is the author of, among other works, “Lies My Teacher Told Me”, “Lies Across America”, and “Sundown Towns.” He ended the most recent email to his list with the following:
“Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. Please don’t thank God for your blessings. S/he didn’t do it! S/he isn’t responsible for America being the biggest military, dominant culture, etc. Just enjoy friends, family, and food … OK?”
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Fwd: TALK AT MORGAN BAY ZENDO OPEN TO PUBLIC: SUNDAY, NOV 24 @ 10 AM




“Sally Bowden-Schaible,  Founder of the Buddhist Alliance for Non-Violence and Human Rights in Israel-Palestine” will speak at 10 am Sunday, Nov 24, at the Morgan Bay Zendo (Rte 176, 2.4 miles from surry village). Sally will speak about her recent trip with a group of Maine residents to Palestine to help olive farmers harvest their crops and, in this way, helped protect olive farmers from being harassed.

Anyone interested is free to attend.
Thanks,
Hugh


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