Fwd: [Peacectr_list] Event: “Reckoning with Our Racial Past and Present in the Liberal Arts”

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From: “Peace & Justice Center .” <peacectr@gmail.com>
Subject: [Peacectr_list] Event: “Reckoning with Our Racial Past and Present in the Liberal Arts”
Date: August 20, 2019 at 8:15:15 AM EDT
To: “peacectr.list” <peacectr_list@lists.peacectr.org>

Kiese Laymon, Keynote
by Noelle Chaddock, VP Equity and Inclusion

Thu, Sep 26, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Chase Hall, Memorial Commons
56 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, ME 04240

“Reckoning with Our Racial Past and Present in the Liberal Arts”
Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. In his observant, often hilarious work, Laymon does battle with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place. He is the author of the powerful and provocative memoir Heavy: An American Memoir (which won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose), the groundbreaking essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and the genre-defying novel Long Division.

Laymon’s debut novel, Long Division, combines elements of science fiction, satire, and social commentary. In Long Division, 14-year-old City, a newly minted YouTube star, is sent to stay with family in rural Melahatchie, Mississippi. What happens next transgresses the boundaries of fiction and reality, present and past, as City travels through time. The novel was honored with the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in 2014, and was shortlisted for a number of other awards.

In addition to Gawker, Laymon has written for Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, NPR, Colorlines, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Ebony, Guernica, The Oxford American, Lit Hub, and many others. He was selected as a member of the Root 100 in 2013 and 2014 and the Ebony Magazine Power 100 in 2015. A graduate of Oberlin College, he holds an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. He is a Professor of English and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. He is also at work on a novel, And So On, out in 2020.
Here is a link to Laymon’s webpage. It includes, amongst other items, links to his essays and interviews.

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film: THE GREAT HACK, Blue Hill Weds Aug 28

BLUE HILL — On Wednesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at Blue Hill Library, Peninsula Peace & Justice will screen The Great Hack, a new film detailing the inside story of Cambridge Analytica and the threat to democracies of unregulated data acquisition.


In this incisive and powerful film, former insiders detail just how the company worked to turn voters toward a socially conservative choice of candidate or policy, including the 2016 election of Donald Trump and Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Rotten Tomatoes’ critics rated it 86% fresh.


Cambridge Analytica assembled virtually all the world’s people’s individual personality profiles on the basis of hacking and data gathering. The Great Hack warns citizens to address the risks of inattention to internet data exploitation, which open frightening prospects for social conflict and world domination.


All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information: 374 2357.

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

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Fwd: [mainevfp] Mourning the Victims of Gun Violence – Augusta – Saturday, August 10th, 7:00 p.m.

From: “Pizza” (via mainevfp Mailing List) <mainevfp@lists.riseup.net>

Mourning Victims of Gun Violence, calling Maine leaders to lead.  Candlelight vigil.
The Blaine House, 7:00 p.m.
August 10th
Sponsored by:
Maine Teen Advocacy Coalition
Maine Gun Safety Coalition
Maine Moms Demand Action
Suit Up Maine 

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Peninsula Peace & Justice film Friday July 26

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Fwd: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on Palestine, the NDAA and the Pentagon Audit

Please tell your congresspersons what you think about their vote.

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From: “Global Network” <globalnet@mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on Palestine, the NDAA and the Pentagon Audit
Date: July 21, 2019 at 9:07:07 PM EDT
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Pingree and Golden just voted in favor of the 2020 Pentagon budget authorizing $717 billion on July 12
They both love them some destroyers!
From: Ginny
Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:54 PM
Subject: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on Palestine, the NDAA and the Pentagon Audit

From: Congresswoman Pingree <ME01CPIMA@mail.house.gov>
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2019 7:49 PM
To: ginnyschneider@hotmail.com <ginnyschneider@hotmail.com>
Subject: Message from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree


Dear Ginny, 

Thank you for contacting me about the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories and the Pentagon’s recent audit. I appreciate hearing from you on these important issues.

I share your deep concerns about the cycle of violence and tension. While there are reports of some protestors committing violent acts, human rights groups have characterized the Israeli military response as disproportionate. I support the ability of people to exercise their right to assemble and to engage in nonviolent protest and urge all parties to allow urgent humanitarian assistance to reach those in need in Gaza.
I believe we need to reinvigorate a diplomatic process that deals with the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. While the road to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and Palestine may not be short, I believe real progress can be made by a U.S. Administration with the vision and political will to invest in sustained, high level engagement. That is why I am a proud cosponsor of H.Res. 138 and H.Res. 326, which express support for addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict concurrently with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and for a two-state solution.
I opposed the Trump Administration’s cut-off of U.S. contributions toUNRWA and economic aid for the West Bank and Gaza, including the East Jerusalem hospitals.  It also closed the Palestinian representation office in Washington and revoked the visas of their top diplomat and his family. These actions not only will exacerbate the suffering of Palestinian refugees and make it more difficult to get access to education, health and livelihoods, it is a security concern, as evidenced by concerns raised by Israeli military and intelligence agencies about the UNRWA cut, and could set back the quest for peace. You may be pleased to know that the FY20 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee, on which I serve, restores $226 million in economic assistance to the Palestinians including a contribution to UNRWA.
I have been greatly disappointed that President Trump has all but abandoned the two-state framework for peace, and that his decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem was delinked from the peace process. In March 2019 he unilaterally accepted Israeli’s annexation of the Golan Heights, seized in 1967, breaking the principle of international law that sovereignty of land should not be determined by force. These actions departed from decades of U.S. policy across both Republican and Democratic administrations. The President’s designated envoy, his own son-in-law, appears to be spending more time talking to undemocratic Arab monarchs than with the people, Israelis and Palestinians, who will have to live with the solution that the Administration may seek to impose. We must encourage an independent and viable Palestinian state living in peace alongside Israel, with security and human and civil rights for all citizens. 
Given the continued suffering of innocent people on both sides of this conflict, it is my hope that a peaceful resolution is found soon. 
Additionally, as you know, in 2018 it was announced that the Department of Defense failed its first comprehensive audit. The audit of the Pentagon, which had a $2.7 trillion budget in Fiscal Year 2018, found multiple accounting discrepancies. Please rest assured that I will continue to monitor this issue. Further, I believe that instead of dramatically increasing defense spending at the expense of other vital programs, the Department of Defense should become more efficient and eliminate outdated programs. I was pleased to support budget agreements in the last Congress that contained reductions in overseas operations funding, continuing the decline in Presidential requests for overseas operations since FY10. Also, in the past, I have joined my colleagues in sending letters to the members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging them to reduce outdated and unnecessary nuclear weapons.

If we are serious about getting the deficit under control, we must make smart cuts to the defense budget including wasteful spending on outdated Cold War era technologies, ineffective programs, a failed missile defense program, the proposed Space Force, and unnecessary military bases abroad. I believe we should focus on rebuilding our infrastructure and fully funding our education programs, ensuring that our troops receive the support they need, and emphasizing programs that successfully address our domestic security.

I will continue to tackle these important issues with my colleagues in the 116th
Congress. Thank you again for being in touch, I hope to see you in Maine soon.

Chellie Pingree 
Member of Congress 

Please do not reply to this message, as this inbox is unattended. To contact me, please visit my website at http://pingree.house.gov. If you need immediate help with a federal agency, please call my Portland Office at 207-774-5019 or toll free at 888-862-6500.

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July 27 Concert for Ramallah Friends School, Belfast

An Evening with Amos Libby
A presentation of Middle Eastern music and photographic documentation of current conditions in the West Bank
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00pm
Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church, 95 High Street, Belfast
All are welcome!
Suggested donation: $10 individual or $20 family
This concert is sponsored by Belfast Area Friends (Quakers) and the First Baptist Church of Belfast. Donations will benefit the scholarship fund of the Ramallah Friends School. 

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From: Diane Oltarzewski <dianeolta@gmail.com>

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Peninsula Peace & Justice Notes


Minutes for Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Public Library
Connie, Peter, Bonnie, Steve, Ron, Judy


We talked about our Congressperson Jared Golden’s conversation with people in the library this morning and generally about his accessibility to constituents.


We plan to show Symphony of the Soil at 7 pm on July 26 at the library, in our usual film series. Peter will make a poster. Bonnie will write a press release. Then Steve will send the PR out to media.


We have donated a copy of The Human Element to the library DVD collection.


A friend has suggested that PPJ further pursue the climate crisis topic by hearing from Phil Osgood about his recent participation in the Washington DC Citizen Climate Lobby. Steve will contact Phil to consider whether he might present information on lobbying in D.C. for the bill.


WERU has taped an interview with five of the civil resistance participants recently arrested at Bath Iron Works as part of the Climate Crisis Demands Conversion campaign. It will be aired at 10:00 am on July 4.


Steve will write to PJEM to agree to co-sponsor the End Violence Together Rally & March to be held on September 14, 2019 from 1 – 4 PM at West Market Square in Bangor.


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, August 7, 2019. 


— Notes by Steve Benson 

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

 Steve Benson, POBox 1257, Blue Hill, ME 04614


Knowing what must be done does away with fear. — Rosa Parks

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Fwd: Crimea talk on Deer Isle, Thursday July 11

Crimea:  The History, the Culture, and the Return to Russia

Talk on Deer Isle


Tatyana Bukharina, a native of the Crimea peninsula, will present a video and speak of her home, its history and relationship with Ukraine and with Russia at St Brendan’s Episcopal Church in Deer Isle at 7pm on July 11th.  An English teacher, she has worked extensively as a guide and interpreter—most recently with Maine’s independent film-maker, Regis Tremblay.  Tremblay, whose credits include The Ghosts of Jeju and Thirty Seconds to Midnight will introduce Bukharina and speak briefly of his work in Ukraine and in Russia.


Bukharina is expected to share her perspective of the coup in Ukraine which led to Crimea’s return to Russia.  Her appearance will be sponsored by Island Peace & Justice, Peninsula Peace & Justice, and by Americans Who Tell the Truth.  Donations welcome.


For additional information:
Dud Hendrick



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Climate Convergence Conference, registration open

For a list of workshops and to pre-register: https://reversingfalls.org/climate-conference-registration 

Climate Convergence Conference

George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, Maine
July 20, 2019
world-globeConvergence is the key to this event: the convergence of the different generations, the convergence between the Physical and Social Sciences, and the convergence among organizations willing to champion science and acknowledge that life on earth is in jeopardy. Together we can explore the roots of science denial and change the nature of the public discourse regarding Climate Change. We may be surprised, as well as heartened, to find that our deepest private feelings about the state of our planet are widely shared by others, and by so doing empower each other to action. It is unfortunate that this convergence for the Common Good is necessitated by the convergence of climate catastrophes. 
Through this lens we ask the question,”With all the floods, forest fires, hurricanes, typhoons, and droughts of unprecedented magnitude, isn’t it time to try science-based climate policy?” To explore this question the conference will bring together dozens of organizations from a variety of sectors: environmental, conservation, business, education, food producers, health, social justice, marine, and spiritual. Together, we will:     
  • Learn the current state of earth’s health with acclaimed Climatologists
  • Gain insights into re-framing the public Climate Change narrative
  • Explore the problem of climate-related stress with Social Scientists
  • Learn about a number of successful climate actions in our area

Interested?  Get more conference details here. 

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Reggie Harris Concert June 20, Blue Hill

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

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